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Current Issue - Volume 15 Issue 2 (May 2022)

Cover story

Microplastics in the Ganga River: How Dangerous is the Situation?

Microplastics are recognized as a main source of marine pollution. The plastic products and waste materials dumped in the Ganga River break down and are eventually broken down into micro particles and the river finally transports large quantities downstream into the ocean. Untreated sewage from many cities along the Ganga River’s course, industrial waste and religious offerings add pollutants into the river as it flows through numerous thickly inhabited cities. In this article, Dr Rina Mukherji talks about two recent studies that have revealed the high prevalence of microplastics in the Ganga River basin, and pointed to the risks involved to freshwater biodiversity in the region.

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Creating an Educational Ecosystem: For a Circular Economy

Concepts and ideas in this article by Ram Ramprasad embellish the NEP 2020, and are not contradictory.  Individuals, companies, and leaders at all levels must embrace that addressing climate change and building a circular economy is of paramount importance. Training and education of the youth is the quickest enabler. Creating the right ecosystem for education and training of our youth is the need of the hour.

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Tharu Tribe of Dudhwa: A Remarkable Example of Human-Wildlife Coexistence
"In this article, Mudit Gupta takes us through his vivid experiences during his service in Dudhwa where he got an opportunity to understand Tharu community and engaged with them on wildlife conservation aspects."

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Environmental Research

Pacific Northwest Wildfires: Altering Air Pollution Patterns across North America

Increasingly large and intense wildfires in the Pacific Northwest are altering the seasonal pattern of air pollution and causing a spike in unhealthy pollutants in August, new research finds. The smoke is undermining clean air gains, posing potential risks to the health of millions of people, according to the study.

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Special Report

3Rs of Food Waste: Reduce, Rescue, and Redistribute: A Couple in Malaysia Takes Innovative Action

Around the world, more than enough food is produced to feed the global population—but as many as 811 million people still go hungry, as per Sustainable Development Goal 2, Zero Hunger. After steadily declining for a decade, world hunger is on the rise again, affecting 9.9 per cent of people globally. From 2019 to 2020, the number of undernourished people grew by as many as 161 million, a crisis driven largely by conflict, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic, as per Action Against Hunger’s International Nutrition Security Policy. In this regard, Anita Khuller writes about a couple in Malaysia that started the What a Waste (WaW) initiative in 2018 to reduce food waste and poverty hunger.

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Mindful Travel with RARE: For Better Planet and People

Call it green, eco-friendly, sustainable, responsible or regenerative tourism, here are the hotels in the Indian Subcontinent where the emphasis is given to taking a stand to better the planet and people. The following article has been authored by Shobhana Jain, Head of Sustainability, RARE India, which is a community of some of the finest conscious luxury boutique hotels, palace stays, wildlife lodges, homestays, and retreats in the Indian Subcontinent.

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In Conversation

"Saving Water and Reducing Waste: Evonik Opens its First Zero Liquid Discharge Plant in India"

Mr Sanjeev Taneja, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Evonik Catalysts Business Line, in conversation with us for TerraGreen. Please let us know about Mu Gamma Consultants’ (MGC) commitment in environmental pollution control. Mu Gamma Consultants Private Limited is a research and consultancy organization aimed at improving the quality of life of communities through environment-friendly solutions, drawing knowledge from global best practices, and applying it to the local context. The overall mission of our work is to create a sustainable society. We also aim to support organizations that are committed to contributing towards the success of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by helping them identify the right tools, strategies, and actions for achieving sustainable development.

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Special Feature

Purple Sunbird: Our Winged Guest

Read this fascinating account on purple sunbird by Dr Yashmita-Ulman and Dr Manoj Singh.

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Green Challenges

An Insight into CSR Funds for Education: By India's Top Companies

A four-decade-old school is run by an old couple in a remote village in Uttar Pradesh on personal savings and donations. During the lockdown, they had no option than discontinuing classes. Students did not have any laptops, tablets or smartphones. Teachers visited respective households, but the outcome was no match to the routine. Since then, they have been struggling to set up a computer centre. Government schemes come with their own set of challenges. They have heard of CSR funding but don’t know whom to approach. Which company will support them? How challenging will it be? Will they even consider a non-governmental school? Ritika Mahajan and Monica Sareen tried to explore some of these questions by analysing CSR reports of India’s top ten companies (based on market cap) from the last decade and interviewing experts. The article discusses their CSR budgets for education, significant projects, locations, governance, and associated challenges.

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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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