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Rejuvenating the Ganga Basin: The Need to Implement GRBEMP
The river that has been at the centre of Indian consciousness has been devastated due to various factors. Sujit Chakraborty tells us that till now, apart from rhetoric, there is little in terms of plans to cleanse the system.

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In Conversation

Mutual respect—need of the hour

Abdullahi Majeed is Minister of State for Environment & Energy, Maldives. Abhas Mukherjee in conversation with Abdullahi Majeed for TerraGreen.

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Feature

The Water Bucket Sensibility: Democratizing Climatological Readings

When television in India meant Doordarshan, and Doordarshan broadcast over two channels only, the daily weather forecast was terse and bland. If it was monsoon, there would be scattered showers, cloudy skies, and occasional thunderstorms. If it was not monsoon there would be a Celsius reading. If one lived along the eastern coast (that is, between Nagapattinam to Nellore, Kakinada to Haldia) there were occasional cyclone warnings. When Doordarshan was able to, it showed us pictures of India taken by Insat-1B and for the first time, we saw the great monsoon clouds advancing over the subcontinent. Rahul Goswami tells us more about the need to be wary of scarcity and the need to bridge the technical competence of India's climate monitoring systems, and the ways in which they are used.

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Maneka Speaks

 Cancer Causing Milk: The Threat to Life

If you have a friend who discovers she has cancer, would you recommend that she breast feeds her baby? I would not. There is no way of knowing what goes through the milk to the baby. Similarly, would you feed your child milk from a cow that has cancer? Maneka Sanjay Gandhi tells us more.

 

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TERI Analysis

Bollcure The New-age Biopesticide: Ensuring Safety for All

Bollcure is a plant extract-based botanical biopesticide that has been developed by TERI. The biopesticide Bollcure is an environment-friendly approach to enhance crop productivity in a sustainable manner by keeping insect pests at bay. Insect pests are those insects that feed on, compete for food with, or transmit diseases to humans and livestock. The product has been tested extensively for its usefulness against Helicoverpa armigera (cotton bollworm) in cotton and chickpea at different Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes and agricultural universities in India and abroad.

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Special Report

Science for a Sustainable City: Engaging the Community

Climate change, clean water, urban tree canopy, biodiversity, and other concerns are used worldwide in discussions about sustainability and environmental health but few cities are fortunate enough to have world-renowned researchers studying its metropolitan area as a human ecosystem. Biba Jasmine learned something similar from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), the only 'old city' long-term ecological study. She feels that if similar models are adopted in different parts of the world, cities can become green and sustainable.

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Pioneer

Bees: More Important than Fertilizer

Insects play a key role in the pollination of cultivated plants and a new study suggests that they can be even more important than fertilizers. In the study, fertilization and watering only had an effect on the harvest yield in combination with pollination manipulations. Results led the scientists to the conclusion that an almond tree can compensate for lack of nutrients and water in the short term by directing stored nutrients and water to the fruits but cannot compensate for insufficient pollination.

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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
http://www.csptoday.com/india/awards-index.php or by e-mail to awards@csptoday.com

Contact:
Matt Carr
+44 (0) 20 7375 7248
matt@csptoday.com