NOV 2018  

Kerala floods warn us about the potential harm we are doing to our delicate ecosystem.

It is evident that global warming is shifting rainfall patterns, making heavy rain more frequent in many parts of the world. With human alteration of the land and rivers, many parts of the world are at greater risk of experiencing devastating floods. With rising global temperatures due to increased heat-trapping emissions, more water vapour evaporates from the land and oceans. Also, modern land use practices have left our landscape less able to accommodate heavy rainfall, increasing the risk of floods, and intensifying their impacts.

This month, our cover story titled, 'The Catastrophic Kerala Floods: Linked to Climate Change and Global Warming' discusses the possible factors responsible for the Kerala floods and also cautions that unrestrained human-induced climate change would further lead to shifting forms of weather conditions globally resulting in heavy rains, and extreme heat waves and cold conditions. One of the prominent causes for this natural calamity could be the illegal quarrying, squandering sand mining, unrestricted deforestation, and illegal constructions which changed the normal rainwater draining topography of the state. The exploited soil could not absorb the torrential rain and allowed the water to quickly run-off, flooding the drains, streams, and rivers, inducing flash-floods and landslides.

Apparently, most of the locations affected by the rains and flood in Kerala were demarcated as ecologically-sensitive zones (ESZs) by the Gadgil Commission in 2011. The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), formed by the Government of India and chaired by Madhav Gadgil recommended classifying the 140,000 sq. km of the Western Ghats into three ESZs for protection. The outcome of the report was not implemented and it certainly exposed the vulnerability of the state. We need to implement such recommendations and results of the studies in the future. Kerala floods warn us about the potential harm we are doing to our delicate ecosystem. It showcases how our greed for short-term infrastructure developments will lead to a lasting long-term impact on our vulnerable Earth. We need stronger conviction, broader interest, and a decisive political will to safeguard the interests of the state and its people.

The feature article this month throws light on the fact that rapid industrialization and adoption of advanced technologies over the last few decades have indiscriminately increased hazardous waste generation in India. Lack of treatment and disposal facilities causes hazardous wastes to ravage municipal landfills and open spaces, raising serious environmental threats. A recent joint study by The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India and PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that hazardous wastes in India are mounting at a rate of 2-5 per cent per year, a sharp and concerning surge and approximately 10-15 per cent of industrial waste in India is hazardous. India will be extremely vulnerable in the coming years if rapid steps are not taken to address the emerging challenges of hazardous waste. The article also lists a few possible solutions that could be used as remedies against hazardous waste.

© TERI 2017

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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