MAR 2018
INR100-Crore Plan to Discourage Crop Burning, Improve Delhi Air

The government has come up with a plan to discourage crop burning to improve air quality in Delhi. The plan envisages measures including creation of fodder banks, composting paddy waste on the farm, involving unemployed youth for managing field waste and using new machines such as the Happy Seeder.

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Uttar Pradesh is India's Most Polluted State: Report

With 15 of its cities among 30 cities with highest levels of toxic air in the country, Uttar Pradesh is India's most polluted state, says a Greenpeace India report.

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Watershed for Water Conservation in Rajasthan

New targets have been set for third phase of the Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan to make Rajasthan self-reliant in the water sector.

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Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh, to be part of India's Tiger Census

India's tiger census, which began in end-2017, will see coordination with Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh, in estimating the territorial spread of the animal in the subcontinent. While India has engaged with Nepal and Bangladesh in previous tiger counts, this is the first time all countries are uniting in arriving at tiger numbers, particularly in regions with shared borders.

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Maharashtra Proposes Ban on Five Pesticides

Maharashtra's agriculture department has sought views on a proposal to suspend the sale and use of five types of pesticides which were found to be used by victims of the killer spray in the cotton fields of Vidarbha.

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India's Forest and Tree Cover Rises 1 Per Cent Since 2015

India's forest and tree cover has increased by 8,021 sq. km, up 1 per cent since 2015, to 802,088 sq. km, which is about 24.39 per cent of the total geographical area of the country, revealed the India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017. Of the total increase of 8,021 sq. km in forest and tree cover, forest cover grew by 6,778 sq. km and tree cover by 1,243 sq. km. According to the report, India's total forest cover is 708, 273 sq. km (about 21.54 per cent of India's total geographical area) and tree cover is 93,815 sq. km (about 2.85 per cent of the total geographical area).

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China Plans First Lab on Ocean Oil Spill Cleaning

China's Ministry of Transport is planning to establish a laboratory specializing in treating oil spills at sea, the first-of-its-kind in the country. The country is spending about 200 million Yuan a year on researches for emergency treatment of oil spills but the technological expertise has not been widely applied because of lack of such a lab.

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Kenya Unveils Ethanol Stoves to Help Mitigate Carbon Emissions

Kenya has unveiled ethanol stoves for refugees in Kakuma camp in northwest part of the country to help mitigate climate carbon emissions. The stoves launched in partnership with electronics firm, Samsung, will help reduce dependency on charcoal in the camp.

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2018 Environmental Performance Index: Air Quality Top Public Health Threat

According to the 2018 Environmental Performance Index, air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health. Now in its twentieth year, the biennial report is produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

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Climate Change is Increasing Flood Risks in Europe

A new study finds strong agreement that flood risks in central and Western Europe are rising due to global warming. In the study conducted by lead author Lorenzo Alfieri (European Commission—Joint Research Centre, Italy), Richard Betts (University of Exeter and Met Office, UK), and their colleagues, the authors used what are called impact models to assess the risks of large-scale flooding.

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Hong Kong Closes 13 Beaches as Stinking, Congealed Palm Oil Washes Ashore

Hong Kong has closed more than a dozen beaches after a palm oil spill washed foul-smelling, Styrofoam-like clumps ashore, the latest major environmental disaster to blight the territory's waters.

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Innovative Restoration of Coral Reefs Helps Protect Caribbean Islands

Working in Grenville Bay in Grenada, a Caribbean country, researchers of University of California, Santa Cruz and the Nature Conservancy showed that degradation of coral reefs is directly linked to shoreline erosion and coastal flooding in parts of the bay.

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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 Indias 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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