OCT 2018
India Bears 32 Per Cent Global Burden of Respiratory Diseases

India has 18 per cent of the world’s population but 32 per cent of the global burden of respiratory diseases. Respiratory disease burden in India is second to that of ischaemic heart disease, found a state-level analysis of the Global Burden of Disease data.

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India Sets Record in Forest Restoration

India has restored 9.8 million hectares of degraded land in the last seven years (2011-2017), with government agencies playing a major role in the green initiative, restoring 95 per cent while the remaining 5 per cent was done by NGOs and private companies.

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India Unveils Its National Strategy to Increase Forest Cover in Line with Paris Agreement

India has released its 'National REDD+ Strategy', one of the key tools to fulfil the country's commitment of increasing forest cover in a time-bound manner under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Black Carbon Contributing to Receding Snowline

A recent study by the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology has found that black carbon travelling from Mediterranean countries during the western disturbance (which brings winter rains to India) may be one of the contributing factors leading to the receding snowline in the Himalayas.

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Surat Takes the Lead in Managing Water

Surat's civic body is setting up state-of-the-art sewage treatment plants (STPs) to ensure every drop of wastewater is treated and reused for purposes other than drinking.

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Scientists to Assess Biodiversity Loss in Kerala

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSSB) is setting up a multidisciplinary team of 100 scientists from various research institutes to assist panchayat-level Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) to carry out a rapid assessment of the biodiversity loss caused by the recent floods in Kerala.

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Google Street View to Expand Mapping of Air Pollution

Google would expand its innovative, street-by-street air pollution mapping program to an international fleet of 50 Google Street View cars. The programme is a partnership with Aclima, a San Francisco company that maps air quality on a block-by-block scale.

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A New Map Reveals the Causes of Forest Loss Worldwide

Of the roughly 3 million sq. km of forest lost worldwide from 2001 to 2015, a recent analysis suggests that 27 per cent of that loss was permanent—the result of land being converted for industrial agriculture to meet global demand for products, such as soy, timber, beef, and palm oil.

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Water Scarcity in the Arab World Threatens 14 Per Cent of GDP

Water scarcity in the Middle East and North Africa region can either be a destabilizing factor or a motive that binds communities together, according to a new joint report from the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Bank.

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Italy's Lakes Polluted by Trash, Untreated Sewage

Italy's lakes are polluted by trash, microplastics, and untreated sewage, Legambiente environmentalist association said in its first national report on freshwater basins.

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About 90 Per Cent of Marine Plastic Waste Originates in 10 Rivers in Asia, Africa

About 88-95 per cent of marine plastic waste is estimated to come from 10 rivers in Asia and Africa, according to a study by German researchers.

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Coastal Erosion in the Arctic Intensifies Global Warming

The loss of arctic permafrost deposits by coastal erosion could increase climate warming through the greenhouse effect.

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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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