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Current Issue - Volume 11 Issue 8 (November 2018)

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The Catastrophic Kerala Floods: Linked to Climate Change and Global Warming

In August 2018, severe floods struck the south Indian state of Kerala, due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season. It was the worst flooding in Kerala in nearly a century. In this article, Jyothi Mahalingam discusses the possible factors responsible for this grave natural disaster and cautions that, if unchecked, human-induced climate change would further lead to shifting forms of weather conditions globally resulting in heavy rains, extreme heatwaves, and cold conditions. Kerala floods warn us about the potential harm we are doing to our fragile ecosystem.

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Hazardous Waste in India: An Alarming Situation

Hazardous waste has substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. Hazardous waste management is a very important issue and is assuming significance globally. Sourav Daspatnaik says that rapid industrialization and adoption of advanced technologies over the last few decades have indiscriminately increased hazardous waste generation in India. While there are quite a few laws/regulations and initiatives in India, we need to upgrade our waste recycle mechanisms and more concrete steps need to be taken to create complete harmony with nature.

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November 2018

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The Catastrophic Kerala Floods: Linked to Climate Change and Global Warming

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Maneka Speaks

Formaldehyde in Fish: Are We Eating Poison?

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that a new test applied a few months ago has shown that almost every fish in India has been embalmed in formalin used to embalm dead bodies. This chemical gives cancer and washing the fish does not help.

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TERI Analysis

Impact of Mechanized Road Sweepers: On Reducing Road Dust

A major concern of air pollution in Delhi is the road dust that is generated as suspended particles during cleaning the roads. Traditionally, sweeping of roads is done manually, which causes the dust to remain floating in the air for some time, thus increasing the amount of suspended particulate matter (SPM) in the air.

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Special Report

From Sea to Plate: Quest for 'Pura Vida'

Plastic is the most pervasive type of marine debris found in our oceans and other water bodies. In this article, Dr Kavita Khanna reports that a recent study in Costa Rica, led by a team of conservation scientists, found that plastic has deteriorated to micro levels in the oceans (microplastics). This has become evident as investigations into sea salt found ever increasing amounts of molecular and micro-level plastics. She feels that if we don't start acting today, we risk not just damaging the environment but also directly impacting the nearly one billion people who live in coastal communities around the world.

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Initiating Change Actively!

As citizens of a democracy, our responsibility is to bring about positive change by working towards it, no matter what the scale. Every drop contributes to the magnitude of the ocean. The article delves into some of the community mobilization and participation measures taken by the S M Sehgal Foundation, Gurugram, Haryana, and how they indicate the beginnings of a progressive change. It stresses that the greater good of the community and country hinges on public participation aimed towards change.

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In Conversation

On the Road to Reduce Carbon Emissions in India

Backed by nearly 30 years of experience, Namitesh Roy Choudhary is currently the Vice President of Production, Technology, Safety and Environment (PTSE) and Capital Investment, LANXESS India. In this capacity, he has led and executed several projects at the Greenfield LANXESS site in Jhagdia, Gujarat, India. These include the setting up of a state-of-the-art ion exchange resins plant, compounding facility for high-performance materials, and relocation of the rubber chemicals and rubber compounding facilities. Here, he is in an exclusive email interaction with Abhas Mukherjee for TerraGreen.

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Environmental Research

Innovative Tool Developed: For Continental-Scale Water, Energy, and Land System Modelling

A new large-scale hydroeconomic model, developed by a team at IIASA, will allow researchers to study water systems across whole continents, looking at the sustainability of supply and the impacts of water management on the energy and agricultural sectors.

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Green Challenges

The Untold Story of Kerala Floods

The recent Kerala deluge unleashed destruction on an unprecedented scale—many lives were lost and the state's flora and fauna were destroyed. But what makes the situation worse is that the cause of this disaster was not completely natural. Megha Jain investigates how anthropogenic activity can be blamed for the havoc in Kerala and how by adopting proactive or preventive measures, not only Kerala but even the other vulnerable states in India can avoid such a calamity in the future.

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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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