Monday, July 28, 2014

Smokeless Stoves: A good initiative!

Source: Deccan Herald, 29th July 2014

101 Degree F Shock to Japan! 11 Dead, Thousands hospitalized!!

Global warming is taking its toll everywhere.  This Saturday Japan was shocked by the country's hottest day this year.  News reports have it that at least 11 people have died and near to 2000 people have been hospitalized due to a major heatwave.  Almost fourteen cities broke the heat records in Japan, with the city of Higashiomi reaching a record-breaking 38.8° C (101.8° F) and more than a quarter of observation points across the nation recorded temperatures of 95° or higher...
More @  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/28/3464638/11-die-japan-heatwave/

Banned in 1972, DDT kills Songbirds in USA in 2014!

We call ourselves the most educated and advanced race.  However, our activities prove that we have exposed ourselves and most importantly our environment to irreparable damages by developing and using products that we hardly have any control over.  We are half educated in most of our so called 'development inventions and discoveries.'  As a result we let loose killers into the environment and then don't have any control over them.  The DDT is one such example. 

A latest news report from Michigan talks about this alarming fact of DDT killing Songbirds.  Tests have found out that these songbirds are being poisoned by this pesticide that was banned in the Unites States more than 40 years ago, in 1972.  Lethal concentrations were found in the birds' brains, as well as in the worms they eat; said this report.  

(Detailed report @http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2014/jul/dead-robins)

Plight of Mahanadi River well reported in Pragativadi!



Issues and concerns related to rivers of Odisha, especially Mahanadi; and actions that we have been initiating as part our citizen's drives have been given a lot of space in a special feature published in the Sunday supplement of leading Odia daily 'Pragativadi' in it's 27th July 2014 edition.

We really need this awareness and citizen's drives to continue. Thanks for all your support to our campaigns. Our next city focus for Mahanadi campaign is Sonepur and we hope to receive the same support from all of you.

Thanks and regards,

Ranjan Panda
Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha
Mahanadi River Waterkeeper (Member, Waterkeeper Alliance)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A China River turns blood red within no time and no body knows how!

Nobody knows the cause as yet about what made this China river turn blood red in no time. One thing is however sure that humans are always capable of polluting rivers so easily and most the times they really don't have an idea about this deadly act of theirs...

(More @ http://www.ecouterre.com/breaking-river-in-china-mysteriously-turns-blood-red-overnight/)

Friday, July 25, 2014

8 MW of SUN for Delhi: Do it NDMC!

It is a welcome news.  The New Delhi Municipal Council(NDMC) plans to tap 8 MW of solar power from roof tops of all it's major buildings to power those buildings.  I hope more cities would follow suit...
(More @ http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/ndmc-to-tap-solar-energy-for-buildings-114020800486_1.html)

Fukushima nuclear disaster’s latest fallout. Monkeys are found with abnormal blood!

This new study by researchers at Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University in Tokyo finds out that Japanese monkeys' abnormal blood is linked to Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.  The Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata), that were studied, had low white and red blood cell levels and low haemoglobin, and are more prone to infectious diseases.  In fact this study could help in finding similar impacts of the radioactive elements on human health.

Japanese macaque perched on a tree. Photograph: Renee Lynn/Corbis (published in www.theguardian.com)

As reported by the Guardian, the scientists compared 61 monkeys living 70km (44 miles) from the the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant with 31 monkeys from the Shimokita Penisula, over 400km (249 miles) from Fukushima. The Fukushima monkeys had low blood counts and radioactive caesium in their bodies, related to caesium levels in the soils where they lived. No caesium was detected in the Shimokita troop.  Professor Shin-ichi Hayama, at the Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University in Tokyo, told the Guardian that during Japan’s snowy winters the monkeys feed on tree buds and bark, where caesium has been shown to accumulate at high concentrations.

“This first data from non-human primates — the closest taxonomic relatives of humans — should make a notable contribution to future research on the health effects of radiation exposure in humans,” he said. The work, which ruled out disease or malnutrition as a cause of the low blood counts, is published in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports.