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Current Issue - Volume 10 Issue 3 (June 2017)

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Human Affinities with Indigenous Plants: Some Unique Accounts from the Western Ghats of Karnataka

Native plants and trees are significant in many of the world's mythologies and religions, and have been rooted in deep and sacred meanings throughout the ages. In this article, Somashekhar B S gives a few inimitable examples of human affinities and affiliations with indigenous plants by several native communities in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. He says that indigenous communities in these parts of Karnataka are known to perceive nature and plants as an extended manifestation of the divine power and, therefore, they either venerate these plants or use them as 'cultural resources' in their customs, mores, and rituals.

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Hydrogen as Fuel for the Transportation Sector:Drivers and Challenges

If hydrogen is used as a fuel in the transportation sector, it has the potential to facilitate significant reductions in CO2 emissions, thereby limiting global warming. In this regard, Abhyudai Nouni and Dr M R Nouni examine the potential of hydrogen as a fuel in improving air quality and in providing energy security to the respective nations. They also discuss the challenges associated with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles while analysing the way forward.

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Human Affinities with Indigenous Plants: Some Unique Accounts from the Western Ghats of Karnataka

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Maneka Speaks

Veganism: A Force in the Market (Finally!)

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that companies are finally beginning to understand that they need to cater to people who will not eat or wear dead animals. The vegan movement is the fastest growing movement in the last decade.

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TERI Analysis

Community-Led Natural Resource Management: Promoting Sustainability

Koderma district in Jharkhand is rich in minerals and at one point in time, the area was known as the 'Mica Capital of India'. In this article, Sonakshi Saluja discusses some issues relating to natural resource use in Koderma district. She highlights some key findings of the project 'Ensuring Sustainability at the Village Level' to promote sustainable methods of using natural resources at village and community level.

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Special Report

Reviving Nature: Environmental Engineers to Nature's Rescue

Environmental engineering is a branch of engineering concerned with the application of scientific and engineering principles so that the adverse effects of the depletion of environmental resources are mitigated and there is improvement in the overall ecological system. In this report, Mahazareen Dastur says she has been intrigued by environmental engineering as a subject since the days when she was a student, and further examines the origin of the subject along with some noteworthy work done in this field.

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Going the Organic Way: For Health and Healing

While walking through a supermarket or a mall and you are bound to see health buzzwords, such as organic, antioxidants, all natural, sugar free, etc., plastered across food packaging. These buzzwords can be deceptive, directly affecting the way we perceive these food products. In this article, N Kalyani highlights the pioneering efforts of Dr Anjali Pathak who has done significant work in promoting and propagating the organic way of life. An exponent of vrikshayurveda and a naturopath, she is also a small-time organic farmer and has authored a book on organic food.

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In Conversation

Triumph of a Modern-Day Gandhi

Prafulla Samantara's fight against the state and corporate giants saw him get physically assaulted and threatened on several occasions but he stuck to non-violence and Gandhian principles. For his relentless fight for the environment and general public, he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Award in San Francisco, USA, on April 24, 2017. Here, Prafulla Samantara is in an exclusive conversation with Dr Rina Mukherji for TerraGreen. He talks about his crusade for justice and what the award means to him.

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Co-existing with Pachyderms: Managing Human–Elephant Conflict in Western Ghats Nilgiris Landscape

This article highlights the efforts made by WWF India over the years in adopting a range of methods to facilitate effective measures to manage human-elephant conflict in Western Ghats Nilgiris Landscape.

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Green Challenges

India Needs Improved Cold Chains to Fight Rural Poverty

Despite being amongst the foremost countries in horticultural produce, India lags behind in processing and storage facilities. Dr Rina Mukherji looks into the reasons behind the huge wastage of horticultural produce in India due to the lack of proper cold chain storage facilities in the country.

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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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