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Current Issue - Volume 11 Issue 2 (May 2018)

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The Disappearing River Island of Majuli: Is There a Glimmer of Hope?

Majuli is the world's biggest river island in the Brahmaputra River, Assam, and in 2016 it became the first island to be made a district in India. In this article, Namrata Gulati Sapra says that unfortunately the river island of Majuli is facing an existential crisis as we stand the risk of losing this biodiversity heritage site due to large-scale industrialization and the perils of climate change. But, she further says that there is a ray of hope as the government is leaving no stone unturned to conserve Majuli and if things go as planned, India will have its first ever carbon neutral district in the form of Majuli. She also highlights the societal efforts at spreading awareness and impacting change as there is a realistic chance of it being granted the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in the near future.

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Biodiesel from Animal Fat: An Environment-Friendly Alternative to Conventional Fuel

Animal fats and oils are lipid materials derived from animals. This includes beef tallow, pork lard, and chicken fat. Animal fat is currently added to pet food and animal feed, and used for industrial purposes such as soap making. In this article, Dr S Talukder, Dr Arvind Soni, and Dr Sagar Chand discuss that animal fats are attractive feedstocks for biodiesel because their cost is substantially lower than the cost of vegetable oil. Animal fat feedstocks can be made into high-quality biodiesel that meets the standard specifications for biodiesel. The authors also briefly discuss the process of biodiesel production from animal fat while also highlighting the drawbacks and challenges to using animal fat feedstocks for producing biodiesel.

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Maneka Speaks

Is it Worth it?

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that when you eat meat, you are actually consuming vast amounts of water and polluting the rest. You need to reduce your water footprint and becoming vegetarian is the first step.

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TERI Analysis

Ascending the Learning Curve with GRIHA: The Rise and Ensuing Developments

Prof. Ian Jacobs, Vice Chancellor and President, UNSW and Dr Ajay Mathur, President, GRIHA Council recently announced that the 10th edition of the GRIHA Summit will be co-hosted by UNSW and GRIHA Council in December, 2018 at New Delhi, India. In this article, Namrata Mahal and Shabnam Bassi discuss the increasing significance of GRIHA Council's work as the year 2018 marks the 10th edition of the GRIHA Summit. GRIHA has been acknowledged as a national tool to evaluate reduction in emissions intensity through habitats, as part of mitigation strategy for combating climate change in India's NDCs submitted to the UNFCCC. The authors also discuss other instruments that GRIHA uses to further ascend the learning curve.

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Special Report

Is Farming a Curse for Indian Farmers?: Potential Ways to Find Solutions

India is predominantly an agrarian economy but our farmers have to deal with extremely distressing conditions of poverty, extreme mental pressure, and the subsequent suicides. Poor return on cultivation and absence of non-farming opportunities are indicators of the greater socio-economic illness in rural India. Moreover, the increasing cases of farmers' suicides are symptomatic of a larger crisis, which is evident in the Indian society today. In this article, Dr Arvind Bijalwan and Dr Manmohan J R Dobriyal have discussed the ordeal that Indian farmers have to go through, the things that plague the agriculture sector in India today, and the possible ways to find solutions to this national problem.

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Tulsi Rasgulla: An Innovation in the Indian Dessert Panorama

Rasgulla is a syrupy dessert popular not only in India but all over the Indian subcontinent. The dessert is known as Rosogolla or Roshogolla in Bengali and Rasagola in the Odia language. Holy basil (tulsi) is an aromatic perennial plant, which is native to the Indian subcontinent and widespread as a cultivated plant throughout the Southeast Asian tropics. Tulsi is known for its medicinal properties. In this article, Prof. Abhijit Mitra talks about an innovation called 'tulsi rasgulla', which is a pioneering effort to combine good health with taste.

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In Conversation

Climate Finance: For Helping India's Clean Energy Sector

A consultant with Climate Policy Initiative's India office, Charith Konda supports the India Innovation Lab for Green Finance. He speaks to Sapna Gopal for TerraGreen on why it is the need of the hour.

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Rhinos Find a Second Home: at Dudhwa National Park

Three female and one male greater one-horned rhinoceros have been introduced to a rehabilitation area in Dudhwa National Park by the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, in partnership with WWF-India. Keep reading to know more...

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Green Challenges

Clean Coal-Generation Technologies: What's in Store for India?

Jonathan Donald Syiemlieh discusses the significance of clean coal-generation technologies for India and concludes that there is a need for India to chart out a detailed outlook for clean coal technologies (CCTs) as well as for its implementation.

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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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