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Current Issue - Volume 9 Issue 2 (May 2016)

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Fostering Cultural Responses to Eco-systemic Change

Sustainable development is a commonly used term today, yet it describes a concept that is still being considered by different kinds of societies, each in a manner of their choosing. While historically the growth of societies took a variety of pathways, today the prescribed pathway to the 'modern' society scarcely changes from one country to another. Hence, culturally what these societies have considered as 'sustainable' behaviour—each, according to its ecological context—is being replaced by a prescribed template in which interpretations are discouraged. Rahul Goswami states that such a regime of prescription has led to the obscuring of many different kinds of needs felt by communities that desire a 'development' that not only makes cultural sense, but also of the kinds of knowledge which will allow that 'development' to be sustainable.

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Energy Storage Takes a Big Leap: Delinking Production and Consumption

The invention of agriculture some 10,000 years ago brought with it a quantum leap in human thought. It freed the population from subsistence activities and allowed individuals to specialize in particular tasks. It formed the basis for specialized division of labour and the development of organizations. The most important role in this equation was that of granary. The ability to stock food, and delink supply and demand led to an agricultural revolution and gave birth to civilization. Similarly, the need to store energy efficiently is no less than the need to store food and knowledge. The prosperity of a country is measured not only by its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but also by its per capita energy consumption. For humans to achieve the zenith of development and advancement, while simultaneously preserving the environment for future generations, it is quintessential to connect renewable power production with advanced energy storage systems. Vijay S in this article captures the key energy storage technologies as they exist now.

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Maneka Speaks

Porcupines: Poached Unabated

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi speaks of the new horrors that come her way almost every month, this time in the form of rampant poaching of porcupines. The Bhubaneshwar unit of People for Animals has just caught hundreds of porcupine quills being sold in the Khandagiri Mela in Bhubaneshwar. The sellers were arrested but she says that there are dozens of such poachers in every village mela.

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TERI Analysis

Grid Parity of Solar Photovoltaic Rooftop Systems: A Feasibility Study

The Government of India wishes to achieve 40 GW capacity of grid-connected rooftop SPV by 2022. TERI in collaboration with KfW Development Bank, Germany, carried out a comprehensive market assessment study to explore feasibility of rooftop SPV systems on policy and regulatory framework, commercial viability, design aspects, impact on revenue and economy, etc. The study intends to contribute to the advancement of rooftop SPV by bringing into notice the various aspects that may contribute or may prove to be detrimental to the sector’s development.

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Special Report

Saving a Dying River: Women United to Save a River in Uttarakhand

River Kosi, the lifeline of 60 villages in the picturesque Someshwar Valley, Almora district, was drying up due to excessive and unsustainable exploitation by people, hotels and resorts, and merciless tree cutting. Basanti Bahan from Laxmi Ashram, Kausani, a dedicated social worker, realised the connection between biomass and water and convinced people to save it. Rakesh Agrawal, who spent a day with her and visited the area, writes about it.

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Environmental Research

Better Air Quality: Mapping out the Way

Air pollution has a significant impact on health and well-being across the world, especially for those with underlying respiratory conditions. In India, the issue is even more significant with an estimated 650,000 people a year dying from its effects, and six of the ten most polluted cities in the world being Indian, according to the World Health Organisation. Arne Berndt, looks at the problems caused by air pollution and how mapping software can be used to mitigate the worst effects.

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In Conversation

Mr Kamlesh D Patel, President, SRCM in conversation with Anisha Chettri for TerraGreen.

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Indian Rhino Vision 2020: Burachopari Gets Rhinos After 25 Years

After success in Manas, a new chapter of rhino translocation sets off.

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Green Challenges

Smart Water: The Present Day Need

Considering that many parts of the world are facing the challenge of being water secure, ‘smart water’ is a sustainable option to control the daily water use. Smart water has become the latest revelation for research to governmental and non-governmental organizations. Fayaz Ahmad Malla is of the opinion that the need of the hour is to upgrade our water infrastructure with more smarter, efficient, and innovative technologies.

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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India’s CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to

Matt Carr
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