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Current Issue - Volume 11 Issue 7 (October 2018)

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Lesser Florican: Silent Decline from Historical Ranges

The lesser florican (Sypheotides indicus), also known as the likh or kharmore, belongs to the bustard family and is the only member of the genus Sypheotides. The lesser florican is a globally endangered bird that has lost over 90 per cent of its habitat. In this article, Dr Surya Prakash presents an ethnobiological analysis on how slowly and silently this beautiful bustard has vanished from its former historical ranges where once it was in abundance.

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Ivory Stockpiles and the Vanishing Pachyderms

The ivory trade is the commercial, often illegal trade in the ivory tusks of the African and Asian elephants. Ivory is the prime reason behind poaching of elephants and their dwindling populations. Here, Dr Rina Mukherji talks about the measures that have been taken globally to stop elephant poaching. But, she also says that tribals in different states of India are known to serve as guides for poachers in the absence of other means of livelihood. If they are imparted vocational skills and made to promote ecotourism, poaching might be curbed in an easier manner.

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Maneka Speaks

Spurious Paneer in India: The Modus Operandi of Production

The recent busting of fake paneer rackets in different parts of Punjab has red-flagged the widespread nature of the menace of food adulteration in India. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that not only Punjab but the entire country is awash with spurious paneer and almost every week there is a report from some local TV channel or newspaper about an illegal factory.

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TERI Analysis

What After Petcoke?: Possible Alternatives for the Cement Industry

Petcoke has been under scrutiny since October 2017 when the Supreme Court of India first put a ban on its usage in Delhi, which it later relaxed for the cement industry. However, a nationwide ban on petcoke, or at least restrictions on its import and usage, is still not off the table. In July 2018, the Union Ministry of Environment told the Supreme Court that it was undertaking a study on the petcoke ban before deciding on imposing a ban on its import. Anshu Yadav and Anubhuti Bhatnagar feel that it is high time that energy and emission-intensive industries such as cement take initiatives to start exploring and adopting clean fuels and technologies apart from their energy efficiency efforts.

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Special Report

Pioneers Blaze Their Own Trail: By Sustainable Use of the Resources

The natural environment plays a huge role in the health and welfare of people who rely on it as their only source of income and food. This is the case for many people across India who live in remote villages. Here, Rajshekhar Pant highlights the case of Ghinghrani village in Uttarakhand where Lalit Upreti, a septuagenarian now, is making optimum use of the available resources with the help of his family members. He is a true torchbearer of sustainability and resourcefulness.

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Then and Now: Doing Journeys That Corbett Did

Dr A J T Johnsingh is an ardent naturalist and environmentalist. He is also a Padma Shri awardee and has received various other distinguished awards. Here, N Kalyani throws light on Dr Johnsingh's latest book, On Jim Corbett's Trail and Other Tales from the Jungle.

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In Conversation

Developing Effective Tools and Solutions: in Education and Vocational Training

Mr R C M Reddy is the Managing Director and CEO of IL and FS Education and Technology Services Limited—the social infrastructure arm of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL and FS), a leading financial institution of India. He brings with him 25 years of rich and diverse experience of working with the government, private sector, and multilateral institutions. Here, he is in an exclusive email conversation with Abhas Mukherjee for TerraGreen.

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Environmental Research

Heatwave Made 'Twice as Likely by Climate Change'

The unprecedented temperatures seen over summer 2018 are a sign of things to come—and a direct result of climate change, according to new Oxford University research.

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Green Challenges

Emerging Mobility Options: For Public Transport in India

In this article, Dr M R Nouni has analysed the present status of hydrogen-fuelled buses, electric buses, and H-CNG buses, including advantages and challenges associated with their introduction.

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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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