Biofuels, Alternate energy

Preparation of Biomass Briquettes for Gasification

Posted by Jishu Kinkar Medhi on July 22, 2013

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Steps for briquette formation

·        Collectionof biomass in required quantity

·        Eliminationof any unwanted stuffs from the biomass and subsequently making it free fromany dirt and soil

·        Grindingthe biomass into fine particles

·        Passingthe biomass through sieve to eliminate large chunks of biomass that might bepresent in it

·        Preparationof slurry by mixing the biomass with binder and water

·        Mouldingof briquettes in small size from the prepared slurry

·        Dryingof briquettes


Procedure

The first step for briquetteformation is the preparation of slurry. Slurry is the mixture of biomass withbinder and water. For making the slurry, a fixed quantity of binder is firstmixed with water and made into a sticky paste. The amount of water added shouldjust be enough to make it a paste. After that, the biomass particles must beadded to it in required quantity following which the ingredients are thoroughlymixed to make the slurry.

The slurry thus formed must now bemoulded into briquettes while it is still soft. Moulding of briquettes may bedone in two ways – either by hand or by machine. In our case, briquettes weremoulded by hand only.

The briquettes thus prepared are verysoft and wet at the beginning and capable of deformation due to the highmoisture content. Therefore they are required to be kept in the open or underthe sun to dry. Generally they are kept for about 2 weeks in the sun to dry offand become hard and solid. While drying, it is important to take care that thebriquettes are not subjected to any kind of interference or otherwise be tamperedwith which might spoil the briquettes.

Wildlife Poaching

Request for actionable info

Posted by Ravi Damodaran on July 19, 2013

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I have just joined this club and as a volunteer to the Wild Life Crime Control Bureau, I am empowered to collect intelligence and pass on to the respective Dy Directors (North, South, East or West). I would appreciate members who have some cogent information to pass it on to me, without revealing your name or location ( for your own safety).

Thank you.

Ravi Damodaran

Professional Writer, Columnist & Editor and Amateur Wild Life
photographer. 9962007960 (chennai) Add 0 for STD calls

Nature Heals

Kedar Valley

Posted by Susan Sharma on July 12, 2013

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Take a peep into the Beautiful Kedar Valley.   It got devastated by the recent floods of June 2013.  It needs Healing.   Here is a call to join an Effort to Rebuid

http://www.slideshare.net/susansharma/kedarnath-wild-life-sanctuary

Climate change and Global Warming

Can Environmentalists think?

Posted by Susan Sharma on July 12, 2013

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"Nature is far more imaginative than we are," Stamatios Krimigis, the eminent Johns Hopkins physicist, said  when readings from the Voyager spacecraft failed to match expectations for what it would find at the far edge of the solar system. That kind of humility in the face of data is tough for today's environmentalists, who have staked so much on their own models, predictions and certitudes.

It's a pity. The world needs a credible environmental movement. Conservation matters. So does the quality of water and air. In China and Russia today environmentalists have mounted the most effective (and often the most courageous) critique of the toxic combination of coercive states and corrupt businesses. In the developed world, urban life has been massively improved thanks to a keener environmental awareness.

Read more at
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323368704578593562819939112.html

Corporates and Environment

How you Can Help our Planet Earth Remain Green

Posted by Deepak HM on July 10, 2013

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There’s a lot you may have heard about ‘going green’, or contributing for a pollution-free environment in general. However, getting active for it is a completely different ball game. If you want to do something effective, you might find the option of Champions Group triggering you off for Go Green Run the best available.

Share if you care

Since many may not find it possible to complete the 10km race, we help you accomplish the same through team relays. It goes without saying that relays promote team spirit.

Go Green essentially is…

Planting as many saplings as possible, which will hopefully add to the greenery of the city. Besides that, as a digital marketing company, we want to ensure that our effort makes for the biggest leap one has seen towards a pollution-free world.

Social Responsibility

Your support for the event is your support for society and its well-being. How else can you contribute for a better environment? This Run could be the best effort from your end.

These are some of the societal values that set an example for the people around you. You’ll also realize many corporate values that add multiple feathers to your corporate cap. 

Fulfill a corporate responsibility

By participating in the race, you don’t just help the environment, but help your organization achieve its corporate goals or “Team Strength”. Stronger teams make stronger organizations. Team relays are the mantra for a stronger team.

Above all, this serves as one of your treasured opportunities.

Join us at Go Green Run on July 20 and add a great deal more meaning to your concern for the environment.

Reuse and Recycle

Jaipur famous for its GEMs-------------Now Has a Unique GEM - 'Purushottam'

Posted by Shashi Kant Sharma on July 08, 2013

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Yes the name of this Gem is 'Purushottam' i.e., purush+Uttam (the Man who excells among all Men) and he is the Priest of the Shiva Temple in Jaipur. He excelled all Men/Priests (?) too by taking his devotion/reverence to the Lord beyond the ordinary. He noticed that hundreds of gallons of Water and Milk poured for the 'abhisheka' of the ShivLing was flowing into the passage used by the devotees, ending up under their feet and into the drains...........Out of the Box thinking by this Gem led him to persuading all concerned to harvest this holy water/milk...........Having done that 4+ years ago for his temple, not only has he had the satisfaction of seeing the locality handpump starting to pump water, but also helped him convince managements of other temples and get them to adopt the best practice  he devised.......That is truly socially responsible living and devotion with mindfulness- a story that may become a part of talks on CSR and this truly is a good example of TSR (Temple social responsibility). Great power to his 'aarti-holding hand' and devotion
Must thank Times of India who discovered Purushottam, his Shiva Temple and published the story. 
Read it on the following link
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-28/news/39580718_1_water-harvesting-system-temple-priest-shiva-temple

Eco-tour

Flash Flood in Kakragad....need HELP!

Posted by Santanil Ganguly on June 20, 2013

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From the phone call I received from Mr. Tashpal Singh Negi of
Uttarakhand today in the morning, I came to know that his Mandakini
Magpie Bird Watcher's Camp has been washed away by the Mandakini flash
flood. The destruction of this wonderful bird camp is a heart breaking
news to all the bird lovers. By helping Mr. Negi form this camp once
again, we shall be helping us all. One can contact him at and send
help to:
Yashpal Singh Negi
Kakragad
PO Bhiri
Dist. Rudraprayag
Uttarakhand 246419
India
Mobile No. 09412909399
Bank Acctt. Detail
SBI - Bhiri, Code - 9834, Acctt. No. 11442534733

Snakes

Common Snakes of Bangladesh

Posted by Shihan rahman on May 30, 2013

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Snakes are dangerous-beautifulanimal. Most of the people kill snakes recklessly. When they see it, but thetruth is not real as in case of Bangladesh, because more or less 115 species ofsnakes are found only in one order Serpentes including 7 Families, where numberof venomous species are 15 and rest of the species are non venomous, on theother hand most of the venomous snakes are sea snake, they seem does not aswell equipped to biting a man.

The main snake inhabit area aresituated in the Chittagong Hill tracts region, Sylhet region and Sundarbanregion. Some species also found all over the Bangladesh.

 The common snakes of Bangladesh are as follow

1. Jerdon’s  Blind Snake (Typhlops jerdoni), 2. Striped Keelback (Amphiesma stolatum), 3. Dog-faced Water Snake (Cerberus rynchops), 4. Common Bronzeback Tree Snake (Dendrelophistristis), 5. Indian Rat Snake (Ptyasmucosus), 6. Spectacled / Binocellate Cobra (Naja naja) 7. Banded Sea Snake (Hydrophisfasciatus)

Most of the cases people death bybiting of Binocellate cobra (Naja naja), Common Krait (Bungarus caeruleus ),Russell’s viper (Daboia russelii )this country. Though snake kills people but people kill snakes more than theykill and the present status of snakes in Bangladesh are very much endangered,as a life being they have same right to live in nature. 

The habitat of snakes loss due toincreasing population, sharing habitat, deforestation, urbanization, extendingcrop land and over use of forest.

 

Shihan Rahman

Email: shihanrahman87@gmail.com

Bio-Diversity

Ginkgo biloba plants in India

Posted by Sheikh Gulzaar on May 17, 2013

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Ginkgo House
We arrange  environmentalists with healthy, hand-grown ginkgo seedlings for soil, water and air remediation or as fire barriers, Ginkgos help indigenous species to flourish in the world without over-taking them. Since one tree can survive for 1000 years, we recommend planting wisely!

The ginkgo tree is a true survivor or " living fossil" from the Jurassic period. It saw the dinosaurs come and go and is the onlyliving tree to survive the atomic blast at Hiroshima. It can thrive for 1000 years on polluted land while reducing taxins. Besides being a highly researched medicinal wonder, they provide disease-free ornamental shade tree or tenacious forests. They are the tree that blends our ecological history with hope for the future.

Ginkgo biloba planting material is available for distribution/purchase for Research institutions, universities, associations and NGOs and educational institutions.

For more details:The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre-JKMPIC 
"Ginkgo House",Aziz Abad,Wuyan-Meej Road, Pampore PPR Jammu and Kashmir 192121
POB 667 GPO Srinagar,Residence, Srinagar SGR JK 190001
Mob:09858986794
Ph: 01933-223705
e-mail:jkmpic@gmail.com
home: http://jkmpic.blogspot.in

Bio-Diversity

The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre

Posted by Sheikh Gulzaar on May 14, 2013

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The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centrewas established in 1991 by Botanist Sheikh Gulzaar , head , who is from an journalism background.  The institution is based in Aziz Abad village, Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir. The head of the said institution is Sheikh Gulzaar, who has done serve research in the line of medicinal plants for which he travelled from Kashmir Himalayan mountain tops as well as has crossedglaciers also and has struggled to such an extent that he has created ahistory. The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre  is continuously researching since  18 years and is in research of medicinalplants and is interested to meet the expectations and needs of the nation. Not only the said The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre is working in the country but throughout the world its research is going on. Mr.Sheikh Gulzaar has spent most of his life on Himalayan mountains, footsteps and river banks while he was travelling for the project.

The Head of the the Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre Sheikh Gulzaar is continuously in research of medicinal ,fruit plants and wild flowers  and havealso cultivated some products in his own plant introduction center as such hasdone a great job which was not even in our mind ever. Some  medicinal/fruit  plants  are Ginkgo biloba ,  Lycium barbarum ,Lavetra cashmerina , Geranium wallichiana , Cichorium intybus , Crocus sativus ,Hyoscyamusniger , Hippophae rhamnoides Inula racemosa, Iris cashmerina , Dioscorea deltodia, Salvia hians , Salvia officinalis, Salvia  moorcroftiana, Salvia sclarea , Aquilegia pubiflora, Paeonia emodi,Berberis lyceum , Epimedium elatum,  Podophyllum hexandrum , Viola odorata ,Hypericum perforatum , Peganum harmala , Aesculus indica, Ajuja  bracteosa , Sambucus wightiana, Taxus baccata, Verbascum Thapsus, Valeriana officinalis, Atropa belladonna, Atropa  acuminate, Artemisia absinthium,Achillea millefolium, Allium victoralis, Colchicum luteum,Phytolacca acinosa,Saussurea  costus, Corylus avellanaetc.

The said medicinal plants  are having a good demand not only in the country but abroad also. Buy cultivating such plants the institution  has till date provided such plants to about 34 thousand research institutions,individuals  & progressive farmers   and in this way he has helped the researchers but have provided such plants to them time to time with the result the said institution  has earned a good fame in the country as well as have given training to so many unemployed and educated youth of the country hence in this way they are able to earn their livelihood.

The institution has received about  7880 applications since 1994 for giving fulldes criptions regarding such plants as well as identity ,birth, botanical information and family structure of such plants and its benefits as well as they have been given letter of originty, Phytosanitary information & letter of authenticity , with the result such fellows have been absolutely helped in carrying  over their research forward.The real thing is to know the full description and identity of such plants which has been provided by the said. Sheikh Gulzaar , otherwise  the researchers would have not been in know of all the benefits of such plants.

As the Kashmir valey is one of the cold region of Himalaya and the season of valley is not trustworthy here remains, cold temperature, snowfall fast winds etc., with the result the public are suffering and every year huge losses  are being faced by us as well as research jobis also being  affected, because due to non-availability of high-tech green houses, so many valuable plants dies due to extensive heat or cold and we requested so many times to Government  to provideus  proper place near high altitude sothat we may be  able to cultivate other countries medicinal , wild flowers and fruit plants here also . I have also secured hundreds of seeds from Europe, Middle East and Africa and have planted them in different areas and has obtained seeds from them as well as medicines,but it is difficult as the said seeds are only being sowing in such areas where the atmosphere will be neat and clean, by this way we are not only getting help in research job but we are making it possible to cultivate such plants which has not been actually given any attention. In this research I am facing such difficulties  but also I am bearing 3-5 thousands expenses per plant/tree. E.g. I am planting a tree  near the mountains of  South Kashmir then after 2-6 months I have to take the same tree seedling. to high altitude and have to  plant in such plants a place where there will be no rush of general public or animals just keep it as a secret. When such plants become ready  then we are obtaining seeds from them and the selling them India &abroad.

Till date government of Jammu and Kashmir as has not helped us in any way, we have got on lab or other high-tech facilities  so that our job will become easy and we are not using any chemicals, fertilizer etc. for such medicinal plants nor other technology but we are dependent upon organics fertilizers  i.e. biomass, peat, manure plant leaves, tree barks but to obtain such items we have to work hard as such the public is not hesitating to purchase our seeds and our target remains always upon such medicinal plants which is having demand in the market for ever.

The basic education I have obtained fromKashmir and for higher education I went to Mumbai, Nagpur, Bangalore and have done M.Sc (Botany) and Diploma in cinema (Maharashtra), Computer Sciience and Environment Technology (Srinagar) and Mass communication/Journalism from(Delhi).

My main target is practical and Research & Development and I am feeling too much due to adverse conditions of the Himalayan state of Kashmir as I havenot  been given any help by the Govermnetof Jammu and Kashmir. As my whole job is land or  agriculture that even the same needs at high altitude. To invest for upliftment of J&K I have  to make my focus on Kashmir Himalaya for cultivating such plants to obtain medicines which can be used for Cancer disease also and second main focus will be Food Technology as our country is presently facing heavy danger of Cancer and shortage of food and I will do my struggle till last breath.

At present my main project is`` High Altitude Medicinal “ where I am working and have to collect the data and if at this time the Government will cooperate and help me than I will meet the ends of success. We must note itthat in future we will have clothes, homes but the food and medicine s will beshort as such shortage has to fulfill. We are living under the open sky that is right but living without food and medicine is IMPOSSIABLE.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Sheikh Gulzaar
The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre
“Ginkgo House” Aziz Abad, Nambalbal, (Via Wuyan-Meej Road), Pampore PPR J&K 192121
(Site locations: Gulmarag, Kishtwar, Ramban, Phalgham, Sonamarag & Gauran)
Or
POB: 667 GPO Srinagar SGR J&K 190001
Ph: 01933-223705
Mob: 09858986794
e-mail: jkmpic@gmail.com
home: http://jkmpic.blogspot.com





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