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Current Issue - Volume 10 Issue 1 (April 2017)

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The Vanishing Grasslands of India: A Threat to Biodiversity

It has been ten years since the Planning Commission Task Force on grasslands suggested various policy initiatives on saving these critical habitats, as well as communities dependent on them. Today, India's ecologically-fragile grasslands remain degraded and more areas are falling prey to anthropogenic activities. Subir Ghosh highlights the reasons why grasslands are highly important ecosystems and the current status of these ecologically-fragile habitats, particularly in India.

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Municipal Solid Waste Management in India: The Challenges and Solutions

The daily generation of municipal solid waste per day is enormously large in India due to the burgeoning population and the country being one of the fastest growing urban settlements.  Presently, there is a lot being reported in media about the municipal garbage disposal issue not only in the metropolitan cities of the country but other cities as well. Here, A K Agnihotri and Dr Banwari Lal come out with the root cause analysis of municipal solid waste management in India.

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April 2017

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The Vanishing Grasslands of India: A Threat to Biodiversity

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Maneka Speaks

Camel Milk: Panacea for Diabetes

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that we should consume camel milk due to its nutritional and medicinal values, and moreover, it is a superfood for diabetics.

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TERI Analysis

Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services in Coastal Cities of India

Climate change presents a unique challenge for coastal cities. In this regard, Riya Rahiman and Raina Singh highlight TERI's study on 'Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services' in two Indian coastal cities—Panaji in Goa and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. This year-long study was supported by USAID as part of their Climate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) project.

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Special Report

Mobile Phones: A Two-Way Sword of Modern Times

Over a period of just few years, the usage of mobile phones has rapidly increased globally along with mobile towers, which provide network to these mobile phones. This growth has raised concerns about various effects of electromagnetic field (EMF) radiations on human health and other animals. It has also been observed that children are the most vulnerable. Pranali S Chavan and Dr Anjali Parasnis help us to understand various viewpoints in this regard.

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MAD: A Maddening Desire to Keep Dehradun Clean and Green

Dehradun, once a sleepy little town, known for its greenery and cleanliness is fast becoming heavily polluted and increasingly uninhabitable with population exploding and concrete replacing greenery and its residents remaining totally ignorant to the piles of garbage lying almost everywhere in the city and posters of all kinds defacing its walls. In this regard, Dr Rakesh Agrawal 'Ridh' highlights the pioneering efforts of a group of environmentally and socially conscious youngsters who have formed an association called ‘MAD’. They are leaving no stone unturned to revive cleanliness and promote green cover in Dehradun.

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In Conversation

Inspired by Nature and Driven by Innovation and Simplicity

Sonam Wangchuk is a mechanical engineer turned education reformer from Ladakh. His achievements as an innovator and reformer span the areas of education, environment, and energy. His work has won him widespread acclaim both in India and different parts of the world. Sonam’s capacity to motivate people and bring about fundamental changes is what marks him as a unique personality. Here, he is in an exclusive conversation with Abhas Mukherjee for TerraGreen.

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Making Way for the Giants:Securing the Kallar Corridor in Western Ghats Nilgiris Landscape

The Nilgiris Eastern Complex is home to about 6,000 elephants (Baskaran, 2013). Every year approximately 80 elephants use the Kallar Corridor, which connects Brahmagiri–Nilgiri Eastern Ghats range (Elephant Reserve 7) to Nilambur–Silent Valley–Coimbatore range (Elephant Reserve 8) in Tamil Nadu. The corridor is the only transit route for large mammals to move between the forests of Silent Valley National Park, Mannarkad Forest Division, Palakkad Forest Division towards Nilgiris North Forest Division and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve through Coimbatore Forest Division.

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Green Challenges

The Myntdu and Lukha Blues:The Acidic Rivers of Meghalaya

As indicated by the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board in 2008, the bluish hue accumulating in the Myntdu and Lukha rivers, although picturesque, is anything but benign. Having destroyed the aquatic life, the toxic waters have resulted in ruining the livelihoods of the communities living in the surrounding areas. Jonathan Donald Syiemlieh points out that these contaminated rivers are unfit for sustenance or consumption,  and have, therefore, emerged as a formidable health and national challenge.

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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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