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Current Issue - Volume 16 Issue 12 (March 2024)

Cover story

Seeds of Contamination: Microplastics in Agroecosystems Impacting Soil and Human Health

Microplastic pollution in terrestrial environments poses a significant threat to ecosystems and human health. These tiny plastic particles can be found ubiquitously in soils, sediments, and even in the air. Once in the soil, microplastics can disrupt soil structure, affecting water retention and nutrient cycling, thus impairing the growth and health of plants. There are concerns about the potential transfer of microplastics to crops consumed by humans, raising questions about their impact on human health. Anagha Krishnan asserts that microplastic pollution is a significant driver accelerating climate change. This article offers insights into the persistence and toxicity of microplastics in the terrestrial environment.

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BIndia's Quest towards a Green Future: With Green Initiatives and Climate Action

The interim budget of India for 2024–25 has placed significant emphasis on the green economy and investments aimed at combating climate change. These announcements are poised to reinforce India's prior endeavours in this direction. In this article, Sameeksha delves into concepts such as the green economy and climate action, highlighting that through its various initiatives, India has made significant progress towards the target of net zero emissions without compromising its economic development in less than a decade. These steps are expected to have a long-lasting impact, and the rapid growth of the country, coupled with green initiatives, will pave the way for a new era of prosperity.

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TERI Analysis

Assessment of Bio-CNG: As a Vehicular Fuel in India
India is at the cusp of mobility revolution. At a time when India's automotive industry is undergoing substantial transformation, a diverse mobility solution is required, which still lags in terms of access to transportation facilities, and introduction of e-mobility is a challenge in immediate future. Bio-CNG has emerged as a potential solution to this sustainable mobility challenge in rural areas. The transition can be accomplished by leveraging nation's significant availability of animal wastes for using Bio-CNG as a cost-effective sustainable alternative for the transport sector. Read about the report 'Comprehensive Environmental and Social Sustainability Assessment of Bio-CNG as Vehicular Fuel in India' published by TERI's Resource Efficiency & Governance Division, which quantitatively attempts to assess the environmental and social sustainability benefits of using Bio-CNG as a vehicular fuel in India.

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Green Challenges

Redefining Development in Tune with Nature: Equitable Human Progress in Harmony with Ecology

A worldwide congress of individuals synonymous with practising ancient traditional values in the eastern part of Assam, in northeast India, has emerged as a major platform for converging diverse cultures, emphasizing the preservation of ancient traditions, ecological sustainability, and collaborative governance. Through this article, Nava Thakuria informs us that the 8th Triennial International Conference and Gathering of World Elders of Ancient Traditions also adopted the 'Dibrugarh Declaration,' which unequivocally states that ancient wisdom profoundly views human beings as an integral part of the natural ecosystem, rather than as masters.

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Special Report

Adding the Annoyance Factor into Noise Analysis: Planning for a More Sound Future

In this article, Jochen Schaal and Michel Rosmolen explain how perceptions can be factored into noise modelling.

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Celebrating 'Solar Sisterhood' Power: On International Women's Day

On International Women's Day (March 8), Ashden highlighted the women who made renewable energy happen—especially among the world's poorer communities where energy access posed significant challenges. The theme for this year's International Women's Day was 'Inspire Inclusion'.

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In Conversation

Indian Forest and Wood Certification Scheme: Timely and Effective

Dr Krishna Kumari, Forestry Faculty, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay College of Horticulture and Forestry, Dr Rajender Prasad Central Agricultural University, Bihar along with Supriya Rai, a third-year student pursuing BSc in Forestry at the same university, engage in a discussion regarding the objectives and benefits of the IFWCS. read more

Special Feature

Micro-and Nanoplastics Invade Everywhere: Will it Take a Toll on Aquatic Organisms?

In this article, Pritam Sarkar, Sudarshan S, SP Shukla, and Rathi Bhuvaneswari G highlight that microplastics/nanoplastics generate synergistic effects with other environmental pollutants, serving as vectors for contaminants to aquatic organisms. They advocate for future research to prioritize investigating the combined impacts of microplastics/nanoplastics with other contaminants. Furthermore, they emphasize the urgent need to establish a robust framework for reducing the utilization and discharge of plastics into aquatic ecosystems.

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Enhancing Green Cover in HP: Barren Forest Land Converted to Verdant Landscape

Not too long ago, a vast stretch of approximately ten acres of forest land in Parohi and Sangirthi of Bandladhar in the Bilaspur zone of Himachal Pradesh remained barren. The terrain was rocky, with minimal soil depth, making the idea of growing trees there seem implausible. However, today, this unproductive land is transforming into a verdant landscape, with 11,000 saplings of various tree species taking root. Sarita Brara informs that this transformation is attributed to the state government's Mukhya Mantri Van Vistaar Yojana (MMVVY), which aims to enhance green cover across thousands of hectares of barren forest land throughout the state. The MMVVY was officially introduced in 2023.

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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 March 4 and the finalists are announced on March 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until March 4 at or by e-mail to

Matt Carr
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