Two Indians among Time Magazine's 43 Environmental Heores

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New Delhi, Oct 19 (UNI) Along with Al Gore, Prince Charles and Angela Merkel, two Indians find their names in the Time magazine's list of this year's international heroes who have worked with evengelical zeal to make a difference to the environment of this planet.

One of them is D P Dobhal, a geologist-turned-glaciologist who is studying Himalayam glaciers to track the global warming, and is working in the Wadia institute of Himalayan Geology.

The other is Tulsi Tanti, the head of Suzlon, the fourth largest wind turbine maker in the world. Tanti found the answer of his energy needs in wind, making a significant contribution to emission of carbon, a greenhouse gas responsible for carbon emissions.

Also joining them in the list are former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Actor Robert Redford, CEO Virgin Richard Branson and broadcaster David Attenborough.

Focussing on environment, the Time has chosen 43 heroes in four categories: Leaders and Visionaries, Moguls and Entrepreneurs, Scientists and Innovators, and Activists.

Time calls them speakers for this palnet. ''By their words and their actions and even by their checkbooks, Time's environmental heroes have stepped into the silence, and in doing so have given the earth a voice,'' it said.

Time says Dhobal's work is very important. He is studying what is happening to the high-altitude Hiamlayan glaciers, which are receding fast, and what that mean for hundred of millions of people downstream who rely on snow-fed rivers for their livelihood.

''Dhobal uses simple bamboo stakes to measure the rise and fall of glacial mass. It's a risky work, carried out at altitudes of up to 13, 120 ft (4000 m), but Dobhal goes about it in a quietly dutiful way, unfazed by danger.'' ''Because I am a government servant, whatever I do I'm doing for my country. I've been assigned to study certain problems and so I work on them, That's it,'' he says.

Tanti's contribution to the improvement of the plant lies in switching in a major way to wind energy, to which he was led after he as a young engineer and owner of a textile factory, found the cost of power derived from fossil fuels prohibiting.

Moreover, he read a report on global warming predicting that without radical decrease in the world's carbon emissions, some of his favourite tourist destinations, including the Maldives, would be under water by 2050.

When he found that wind energy could meet his needs, he thought why it could not do so for other industrialists. ''By 2001 Suzlon had sold off its textile manufacturing and plunged into the relatively new field of wind-turbine generators.

''Yes, green business is good business. But it's not just about making money. It's about being responsible,'' says Tanti.

UNI

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