Friday, April 30, 2010
Buffer Zones for Eco sensitive areas and wild life sanctuaries, Supreme Court of India has given directions to the state
Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park (Borivili park) is the largest Urban Park in the world. Generates Oxygen
Barak Obama's administration has approved construction of the first offshore US wind farm, Germany opens its offshore wind farm in North Sea
Global Head Quarter of wind turbine maker Suzlon Energy Limited in Pune , gets certified as an eco-friendly building by the US Green Building Council ( Platinum certification from LEED)
The newly built global headquarter of wind turbine maker Suzlon Energy Limited in Pune was on Friday certified as an eco-friendly building by the US Green Building Council. The headquarter named One Earth received the Platinum certification of Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED), a green environment rating system that complies with the standards of the US Green Building Council. LEED standards specify stringent norms to be met for the greenest, most energy-efficient and high performance buildings. The Indian Ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar, presented the certification to Tulsi Tanti, chairman of the Suzlon Group, at a function here. The event was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry in association with the US India Business Council.
“Sustainable Futures” an exhibition in London’s Design Museum is showcasing how the future will look like with Green and Sustainable projects
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Mr Watson advocates direct action and has faced charges in Canada and Norway.
Japan hunts hundreds of whales each year for what it calls research, but environmentalists say the real purpose is to sell whale meat.
Sea Shepherd's campaign saw its vessels manoeuvring so close to Japan's whaling ships this January that one of its boats was sliced in two.
The US navy has been deployed to help avert a looming environmental disaster.
The US Coast Guard reported late on Thursday that long, thin traces of crude oil were washing up on the Louisiana shoreline.
Thicker concentrations were a few miles offshore.
The report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association is based on 2006-2008 figures. It says progress has been made in reducing particle pollution such as soot and dust, thanks to cleaner diesel engines and controls on coal-fired power plants.
The Los Angeles area continued to have the nation's worst ozone pollution while Bakersfield had the worst short-term particle pollution.
The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area of Arizona had the worst year-round particle pollution.
The cleanest cities in the nation were Fargo, N.D.; Wahpeton, N.D., and Lincoln, Neb.
Australia bans logos and other graphic designs on Cigarette packs, anti smoking drive. India is also becoming strict about smoking laws.
"Now the big tobacco companies are going to go out there and whinge, whine, complain, consider every form of legal action known to man," Rudd told reporters. "That's par for course. We, the government, will not be intimidated by any big tobacco company trying to get in the road of doing the right thing."
The cigarette companies are not very happy with the move as they say that customers cannot identify brands in plain packs. Earlier this year India had asked all cigarette companies to display large graphic pictures about the harmful effect of smoking cigarettes on the pack.
US and Russia are trying to sign fresh adoption agreement. Russian orphans are suffering because of the problems in international adoption.
Although the industry offers several packaging alternatives, glass containers are preferred as they are healthy, hygienic and eco friendly. Other packaging materials score over glass owing to its fragility and bulkiness, but this character of class sometimes overrides the broader and long term concerns like health and environment. moreover to compete with alternative packaging materials, glass manufacturers are investing in technology for improving the weight and strength of glass container. Glass bottles and jars have many advantages over alternative packaging materials for foods and beverages. Made from non-toxic raw materials, glass is the only packaging material certified by the US food & Drug administration (US-FDA) as 'generally regarded as safe'(GRAS).
He repeatedly referred to African children as "carbon breathers", at least, he implied, in the eyes of those concerned about climate change.
"If we blame the child as a carbon breather for climate issues I think we are going down the wrong path," Smith said.
Radiation Exposure related death in Delhi (India) , old equipment ( Gamma Irradiator ) from Delhi University sold as scrap is the cause
The crows, which use tools in the wild, have also shown other problem-solving behaviour, but this find suggests they are more innovative than was thought.
The discovery that they whittle branches into hooks and tear leaves into barbed probes to extract food from hard-to-reach nooks astounded scientists, who had previously thought that ability to fashion tools was unique to primates.
The birds were presented with some out-of reach food; a long tool, which could be used to extract the food, but which was also out of reach, tucked behind the bars of a box; and a short tool, which could be used to extract the long tool, but which was attached to the end of a dangling piece of string tied to the crow's perch.
As there are only a few areas in the world where this occurs, a slowing of the process would mean less oxygen supplied into the deep currents that feed the oceans.
"There may be regions of the world's oceans that lose oxygen, and then of course most of the life there will die," said Mario Hoppema, chemical oceanographer at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
In early stages of the disease, the health of a tree's canopy does not appear to be affected, but it may become thinner as the tree succumbs to Acute Oak Decline AOD.
China removes Ban on HIV or AIDS infected visitors, just before the Shanghai World Expo. WHO commends the action. US has also removed the ban.
Scientists have long since detected hydrated, or water-containing, minerals on the surfaces of asteroids - but this is a first in terms of an observation of exposed water-ice.
Around 1,000 barrels are leaking every day after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank last week.
Eleven of the rig's workers are still missing and presumed dead in the disaster off the Louisiana coast.
The resulting oil slick now has a circumference of about 600 miles (970km) and covers about 28,600 sq miles (74,100 sq km).
The slick is now about 20 miles (32km) off the coast of Louisiana, but wind projections indicate it will not reach land before Saturday.
US officials are considering a controlled burn to contain the oil spill form the oil rig accident site in Gulf of Mexico
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Christie's auction house, green charity auction, artists Damien Hirst and Subodh Gupta . Act of charity to save the earth.
A 75 year old man presented to the opd with the chief complaint of shortness of breath since last 2-3 months which worsened during last 3-4 days.There was no fever,cough,chest pain,swelling of body,bowel or bladder problems.On examination his bp was 160/80,pulse84/min,regular,respiratory rate was 24/min,no cyanosis, clubbing,pedal oedema.his chest was clear and heart sounds normal,abdominal examination did not reveal any abnormality.he was a non smoker,non alcoholic,ex tailor. His spo2 was 84% in room air.He was hospitalized for investigation and management.His chest xray and resting ECG was normal.The only abnormality in his blood reports was raised urea(200)and creatinine(13.6) values.He was suggested urgent haemodialysis to which he denied,left hospital and was lost to follow up.
CLINICAL PEARLS :
This was a case of acute renal failure ,probably in the background of chronic renal failure which was not detected earlier.So beware,shortness of breath may be the sole presenting feature of renal failure,in the absensce of any other signs or symptoms.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Children are often the most vulnerable to waterborne diseases associated with sewage contamination. According to UN statistics, a child dies from waterborne diseases, primarily diarrhea, every 20 seconds.
While modern treatment facilities are generally able to remove pathogens from human waste, there is a whole new suite of chemicals to consider. Traces of antidepressants, birth control, illegal drugs, sunscreen, and insect repellent are just some of the compounds often impervious to treatment.