DEC 2017
At 2.5 Million, India Tops List of Pollution-Linked Deaths

India has topped the list of countries with pollution-related deaths in 2015, with 2.51 million people dying prematurely in the country in 2015 due to diseases linked to air, water, and other forms of pollution, according to a recent study published in The Lancet.

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West Bengal Government Plans to Set up Two Hazardous Waste Treatment Units

The West Bengal government is planning to set up hazardous waste treatment units each at Bantala in South 24-Parganas and at Barjora in Bankura, which could also serve as waste banks.

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Goa Villages to Document Biodiversity

Goa has become the second state after Kerala to constitute Biodiversity Management Committees in most of its village panchayats.

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First Fauna Survey Begins in Krishna Sanctuary

The first status survey of the 'fauna' in the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the rarest eco-regions in the world, has commenced.

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Bengaluru Chokes on its Own Waste

From handling only 200 tonnes of garbage per day in 2000/01, the Bengaluru city corporation had to deal with 3,700 tonnes in 2015, that is a rise in workload by over 17 times (1,750 per cent).

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World's First Desalination Unit off Ennore Coast

The world's first off-shore desalination plant would soon be set up in Chennai, for which a deep sea site that is 40 km from the Ennore coast has been finalized.

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Heat Source under Antarctica Melting its Ice Sheet

A geothermal heat source called mantle plume lies deep below Antarctica's Marie Byrd Land, explaining some of the melting that creates lakes and rivers under the ice sheet, a NASA study has found.

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2017 is Set to be in Top Three Hottest Years: WMO

The year 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact events, including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heat waves and drought, says a provisional statement on the State of the Climate released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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Oman Completes Privatization of Waste Management

The Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (Be'ah) is nearing completion for modernization of its waste management operations, including transfer of the existing national infrastructure to international operators.

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Pesticides Linked to Birth Abnormalities in a Major New Study

High exposure to pesticides as a result of living near farmers' fields appears to increase the risk of giving birth to a baby with 'abnormalities' by about 9 per cent.

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Zimbabwe to Get $52m for Environment Initiatives

Zimbabwe is set to receive $52 million funding under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for strengthening biodiversity and ecosystems management and climate-smart landscapes in the mid to lower Zambezi region. The GEF funding is made available in cycles and Zimbabwe was currently utilizing funds received under the Fifth Cycle (2011-2014).

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Brazil to Reinstate Protection for Amazon Reserve

Brazil will reinstate a mining ban in a vast area of the Amazon rainforest. The government announcement is perceived as a victory for environmentalists who feared deforestation.

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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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