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Current Issue - Volume 11 Issue 4 (July 2018)

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Household (Indoor) Air Pollution: A Leading Environmental Health Risk

Indoor air pollution refers to the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of air in the indoor environment within a home, building, or an institution or commercial facility. In this article, Dr Kaushik Satyaprakash and Dr Annada Das discuss the prominent causes of indoor air pollution and its adverse impacts on human health. They also highlight its impacts on India and the World Health Organization's Programme on Household Air Pollution. They conclude that the latest findings on the burdens of household air pollution should act as a clear call to action for the global community. Fortunately, there has been a recent urgency in awareness and global determination to address this global health crisis.

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Taking the Green Route: Through Green Buildings

A green building is one which uses less water, optimizes energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste, and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building. Here, Namrata Gulati Sapra discusses the growing significance of green buildings in the urban landscape of the country and highlights some of the most promising green buildings in India.

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July 2018

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Household (Indoor) Air Pollution: A Leading Environmental Health Risk

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Maneka Speaks

History in the Making: California Campaigns to put an End to Battery Cages

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that in California, a new law, may come into existence to ban the sale of all eggs, pork, or veal from a caged animal—if campaigners can get enough signatures. If passed, it would be the most progressive farm animal welfare law and the most progressive human health law in the world.

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TERI Analysis

Two-stroke Autos in Bengaluru: Estimation and Status of Tailpipe Emissions

Recently, TERI released a research paper on the estimation of vehicular emissions from the two-stroke autorickshaws plying in Bengaluru. The research paper quantifies the reduction in emissions achieved through the government's plan to ban two strokes in the city of Bengaluru in Karnataka.

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Special Report

Climate Variability and Tribal Subsistence: An Indian Perspective

Tribal communities are viewed as a group of distinct people who are dependent on their land for their livelihood, largely self-sufficient, and not fully integrated with the mainstream society. But, climate change impacts are affecting the food, health, and economic security of tribal people as forest areas suffer from droughts or flood conditions due to climate variability. In this article, Md Masroor Azam has made an assessment on the impacts of climate change and variability on the subsistence of tribal communities, their socio-economic conditions, and the necessary action which is required for their upliftment.

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A Remarkable Green Crusader: Rajendra Kerkar from Goa

Rajendra Kerkar is an environmentalist from Goa. His relentless efforts contributed towards the notification of the two biggest wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. His fight against mining and destruction of forest helped in securing a safe future for Goa. A history and sociology major, Rajendra Kerkar was a teacher for the first 20 years of his life. However, the passion to protect the environment and dedicate his time to educating people on environment conservation made him give up this noble profession. Kerkar is part of several initiatives, including the Mhadei Bachao Abhiyan and the National Board of Wildlife of India amongst others. He also started the Vivekanand Environment Awareness Brigade in 2001, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising environmental awareness.

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In Conversation

Nature Sensitivity through Art: For Preserving the Environment

Artist Arunkumar HG has been carving a name for himself with his thought-provoking creations that underscore a deep sensitivity towards environmental degradation. He reveals his inspiration and hopes in this conversation with Meghaa Aggarwal for TerraGreen.

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Environmental Research

Nanoplastics in Marine Organisms: Posing Harm to Aquatic Food Chains

Scientists have discovered that nanoplastics can accumulate in marine organisms over time. This could pose harm to aquatic food chains and human health.

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Green Challenges

Efficient Irrigation: For Solving India's Water Crisis

Innovative and efficient irrigation practices can enhance water efficiency, thereby gaining an economic advantage while also reducing the environmental burden that leads to shortage of water. In this article, Sandip Sen says that introducing cost-effective water management techniques in agriculture have become imperative to cope with the water crisis currently faced by India. He also identifies four key areas that need improvement.

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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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