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Current Issue - Volume 17 Issue 11 (April 2024)

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Bengaluru Left High and Dry: Water Crisis Hits the Erstwhile Garden City

Bengaluru is currently facing an acute water crisis, exacerbating the city's longstanding struggle with water scarcity. Rapid urbanization, coupled with inefficient water management practices and erratic rainfall patterns, have pushed the city to the brink. Residents are grappling with dwindling water reserves, relying heavily on tankers for their daily needs. The crisis has prompted calls for urgent action, with experts advocating for sustainable solutions such as rainwater harvesting and wastewater recycling. In this article, Indumathi Somashekar discusses the water crisis situation in the city along with some immediate and long-term steps to control the situation.

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Feature

Solid Waste and Marine Litter: Strategizing SWM and Shifting Behavioural Perceptions

Solid waste stands as one of the most pressing environmental concerns worldwide. It reigns as the primary culprit behind marine litter on a global scale, often stemming from indiscriminate waste disposal in public areas. In this article, Shubham Rai endeavours to offer targeted frameworks capable of addressing and reshaping behavioural attitudes towards the challenges of marine litter and solid waste management (SWM).

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TERI Analysis

Planet Over Plastic: Brands Leading the Sustainability Charge
Plastic pollution poses a grave threat to our planet, affecting not only our environment but also the well-being of wildlife and human populations. Fortunately, campaigns around the world have raised awareness about plastic pollution and, in some cases, spurred action. However, the challenge lies in translating this awareness and concern into meaningful behavioural change.

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Green Challenges

Air Pollution Challenge: India's Plan to Tackle it in 2024

India possesses both the capacity and responsibility to take the lead in the global battle against air pollution, thereby improving the air quality for its citizens and the environment. India's goal to tackle air pollution by 2024 represents a proactive step forward. However, to realize the benefits and accomplish the desired results, it is imperative for all stakeholders to collaborate and maintain their efforts consistently. Read this article by Nikhil Savio to know more.

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Special Report

Preserving Goa's Rich Natural Heritage: Noteworthy Efforts by Groups and Individuals

Discussing the natural riches of Goa, which serves as a sanctuary for a wide array of flora and fauna, Manu Shrivastava highlights the efforts of various groups and individuals in the region. They are spearheading initiatives such as nature trails, heritage walks, and educational programmes to raise awareness among locals and curious tourists alike about the region's indigenous plant and animal species. These efforts underscore the ecological abundance and evolutionary legacy embodied by Goa's endemic biodiversity. Keep reading to know more...

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Pioneer

Revitalizing the Yamuna River: Innovative Strategies to Rejuvenate the Yamuna River

In this article, Diksha Pandey delves into a range of approaches and methods aimed at revitalizing the health of the Yamuna River. These could encompass efforts to mitigate pollution, bolster water quality, restore ecosystems, and advocate for sustainable water management practices. Moreover, the piece highlights inventive solutions such as advanced wastewater treatment technologies, community engagement initiatives, and policy adjustments designed to tackle the multifaceted challenges confronting the river. It might also examine the Yamuna River's significance to nearby communities, ecosystems, and cultural heritage, emphasizing the pressing need for and importance of revitalization endeavours.

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In Conversation

Sowing Sustainability: How Urban Farming is Transforming City Spaces into Climate-Resilient Havens

Manindar Singh Nayyar is the Founder & CEO of the CEF Group, a pioneering entity in waste management, renewable energy, biofuels, agriculture, and more, alongside his philanthropic efforts. In recent years, Mr Singh has demonstrated exceptional leadership in managing the company's operations. His initiatives have positioned the company as a trailblazer, introducing innovative technologies tailored to India's social and commercial landscape. In this interaction, he discusses how urban farming is reshaping city environments into resilient hubs amidst climate challenges. read more

Special Feature

Upstream or Downstream, Let's Live a Dream: River Walk along the Pahrali River

In this thoughtful article, Dr Elsa Lycias Joel says for once, all of us need to escape the hyper-connected modern life, from its rattle and hum, in favour of rare moments of beauty for restorative benefits. Eco-sensitive zones such as rivers ought to be observed and studied to eliminate stressors, if any, to ensure its uninterrupted flow and to help ourselves engage with ecosystems with varying degrees of responsiveness. Our direct experience with river ecosystems plays a crucial role in shaping the knowledge we acquire and pass on. Also, the corresponding meanings and values that we imbue nature with will take better shapes after a tramp along a river.

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Wildlife

Kaziranga Hit by Poachers Again: Lost Two Rhinos on a Single Day

In this article, Nava Thakuria informs us that the poaching of one-horned rhinoceros has resurfaced in the world-famous Kaziranga Forest Reserve in Assam, northeast India, in the first month of 2024, with two rhinos being killed simultaneously in its Agaratoli forest range. However, there is a silver lining as 2024 brought good news to wildlife enthusiasts: two rhinos were sighted in Laokhowa and Burhachapori Wildlife Sanctuary after many decades. The author presents various rhino statistics in this regard.

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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
http://www.csptoday.com/india/awards-index.php or by e-mail to awards@csptoday.com

Contact:
Matt Carr
+44 (0) 20 7375 7248
matt@csptoday.com