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Current Issue - Volume 9 Issue 11 (February 2017)

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The Vulnerable Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve: Facing Environmental Aberrations

The Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (NDBR) is one of the spectacular wilderness areas with exceptionally beautiful high-altitude West Himalayan landscapes encompassing outstanding biodiversity. However, Rajshekhar Pant tells us that the biophysical environment and the socioeconomic conditions of the people inhabiting the NDBR has been in a state of transition for quite some time due to global warming and its consequences.  He highlights that in order to mitigate the dangers posed by these environmental aberrations, it is essential to acquire knowledge of the people, biodiversity, and their linkage through participatory management and research.

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The Breathing Livelihood of Rajasthan!: Handicrafts and Other Sustainable Art Forms

The art and craft forms of India are diverse, and rich in history and tradition.Saurabh Somani takes us through a brief heritage trail of Rajasthan that has a prominent and well-established handicrafts industry. He highlights that craft remains a tradition in Rajasthan, preserved over centuries and passed on from one generation to another. Craft workers do not see this as an occupation, but rather as a mark of respect to their heritage and ethnic richness.

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Maneka Speaks

The Hazards of Artificial Food Dyes and Colouring Agents

Since the colour of food influences consumers, many food manufacturers use dyes in foods ranging from meat and candies to wine. The aim is to simulate a colour that is perceived by the consumer as natural. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi highlights the lethal effects of artificial food dyes and colouring agents on the human body and presents studies that conclude that the FDA should ban food dyes, which serve no purpose other than a cosmetic effect.

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TERI Analysis

Exploring Green Rating System: To Retain Environmental Conservation Practices in Traditional Habitat

In a recent study undertaken by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a feasibility of articulating a Green Rating System to safeguard the environmental conservation practices was explored in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.

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Special Report

The 2016 Draft Wetland Rules:Would these Help in Conserving our Wetlands?

Wetlands are the foundations of biological diversity that provide the water and productivity upon which innumerable species of plants and animals depend for subsistence. In this report, Dr Rina Mukherji, while extoling the prime importance of wetlands and water bodies, highlights some of the provisions of the Draft Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016. She tries to find out that with the 2016 Rules seeking to do away with the Central Wetlands authority, and vest all powers to conserve wetlands in the respective states, are our states capable and equipped to manage these vital water bodies?

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The Sturdy Circular Columns: For Saving Lives and Property during Disasters

Ever wondered how the heritage structures and monuments all over the world have been withstanding the test of time and the vagaries of nature, including global disturbances, such as earthquakes, floods, cyclones, and other natural disasters! Dr Rakesh Agrawal 'Ridh' tries to provide an answer to this question by highlighting that the older structures and monuments erected on circular columns have withstood the furies of nature and the test of time. He further discusses the pioneering efforts of a teacher in Dehradun who has been promoting circular columns and making people aware about them, so that they could also use circular columns while constructing their homes, instead of using popular rectangular columns.

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In Conversation

 Ecology, Sustainability, and Spirituality

Dr Satish Kumar is a long-time peace and environment activist who has interestingly and meaningfully brought together ideas of spirituality and ecology, and likewise peace, disarmament, and the Earth together, issues that are otherwise seen in isolation. He has served as the editor-in-chief of Resurgence, an environment magazine covering ecology, social justice, philosophy, spirituality, sustainable development, and the arts, from 1973 up until a few months ago. Author of No Destination; You Are, Therefore I Am: A Declaration of Dependence; The Buddha and the Terrorist; Earth Pilgrim; and Spiritual Compass, he set up the Resurgence Trust in 2006. An ardent follower of Gandhian principles and philosophy, he was awarded the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values outside India in 2001. Even as the 300th issue of the bimonthly Resurgence & Ecologist, now in its 50th year, was getting ready, in an interview with N Kalyani for TerraGreen, the Editor Emeritus shares his views on sustainability, spirituality, and social justice.

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Rhino DNA Indexing System (RhODIS): An Aid to Investigate Rhino Poaching

India is home to around 80 per cent of the 3,500 greater one-horned rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) found globally. Assam alone is home to 2,626 rhinos found across the Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Orang National Park, and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Although once found in abundance and well distributed in South Asia, the species is now found in only a few Protected Areas of India and Nepal. Over the years, poaching has been the single largest threat to the survival of rhinos. To efficiently counter this danger, the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), University of Pretoria, has developed a DNA database called RhODIS for active conservation and management practices on rhino conservation.

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Green Challenges

Encountering Aquatic Hypoxia: Responses, Adaptability, and Mitigation Measures

Changes in global climatic conditions and the resultant stressful environment are probably the latest challenge to be faced by the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Tincy Varghese highlights that hypoxia is one of the prospective stressors associated with global warming and climate change in aquatic systems. She discusses hypoxic dead zones and effect of hypoxia on aquatic organisms, while suggesting a few mitigation measures.

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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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