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Current Issue - Volume 14 Issue 1 (April 2021)

Cover story

Restore Our Earth: Not a Luxury-But a Necessity

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In this article, Arpita Dasgupta points out that the COVID-19 pandemic is, in fact, a red flag pointing to an imbalance in our natural systems. It is a sign of a planet in disharmony. So, there is only one way forward—restoring what is lost to bring back a sense of equilibrium. This is the reason why the theme for Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore Our Earth’. She also stresses that environmental and climate literacy is the foundation for an equitable and sustainable society. It is for this reason that the Earth Day Network has pledged to educate 100 lakh youngsters on environmental issues by 2026 through diverse programmes.

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Sustainable Plastic Waste Technologies: To Derive Energy and Value-added Products

In this article, Anoop Balachandran provides an assessment of methods and technologies that aim to enhance the role of plastics in a circular economy by using plastic solid waste for energy generation.

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Maneka Speaks

Beehive Fences: Solving Man-Elephant Conflict

 In 2002, the biologists of ‘Save the Elephants’ discovered that elephants avoided trees with beehives. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi describes how NGOs and African governments are partnering a new way to avoid human-elephant conflict. In India, we would also do well to adopt it.

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TERI Analysis

Conserving Critical Tiger Habitats in India: Carbon Paving the Way

In this article, Yatish A Lele highlights that TERI took the challenge of developing an index to standardize the contribution of co-benefits of biodiversity conservation and livelihood enhancement and conducted a pilot in Dudhwa Tiger reserve in Uttar Pradesh. He feels that there is a dire need to have a mechanism which could help support additional finance in a timely manner to mitigate the pressing issue of human-wildlife conflict. In such case, obtaining finance through carbon-based projects could be an important solution and mechanisms such as Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance standards fit the bill.

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Special Report

Will Chennai Have Water Crisis in 2021?: Probably NO!

Chennai’s 2019 water crisis saw dry reservoirs, declining groundwater levels, and empty taps. The residents of Chennai city have similar fears for the summer season of 2021. Will the city go arid again? Will there be a water crisis? The answer is NO! In this article, Beulah Evelyn and Daniel Robinson show us why.

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Transforming Rural Areas: Solar DC Inverterless Solutions

Cygni Energy is the first company to be recognized under the Indian government’s Start-up India Scheme in 2015. Also, together with IIT-Madras, it has received several awards, including the ‘Greater Good Award for a Remote Microgrid’ for its rural electrification project in Manipur at the Microgrid 2019 conference, says Anita Khuller. Keep reading to know how pioneering solar DC inverterless solutions have transformed rural areas in India

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In Conversation

Spearheading an Environmental Movement

Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited (REEL) is setting a precedent and achieving milestones in waste management and addressing environmental challenges that confront us today. Masood Mallick, Joint Managing Director, REEL sheds light on how the organization is at the forefront in encouraging waste management practices. He is in conversation with Namrata Gulati Sapra for TerraGreen read more

Special Feature

Development and Disasters

In this article, Sneha Biswas says that it is crucial that we redefine the concept of ‘sustainable development’ altogether. There are ample examples of developmental projects turning into disasters in the past and hence we need a special action plan for situations when developmental projects turn into disasters.

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Green Challenges

Calamitous Earth Reheats: International Efforts to Curb Emissions are Needed

'The year 2020 has been an unprecedented year for people and planet. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives worldwide. At the same time, the heating of our planet and climate disruption has continued apace. Record heat, ice loss, wildfires, floods and droughts continue to worsen, affecting communities, nations, and economies around the world,' United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres, said recently. In this article, Dr Anil Pratap Singh discusses the urgent need to accelerate and deepen global actions with the political commitment and governments' willingness. It would forge new partnerships while maintaining the tempo for mitigation and ways of cooperation to support international efforts to curb emissions.

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© TERI 2020

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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