Books

Vikram Aditya Adventure Series

Posted by Susan Sharma on July 27, 2013

 
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All the eight books of Deepak Dalal (VikramAditya Adventure books) are now available at 

http://www.wildscapes.net/category-details.aspx?catId=6

Order them online.  The books are set in National Parks and Protected areas of India.  The author is an informed nature traveler who educates while telling the stories.  I enjoyed travelling with him to the distant places where the adventures of a group of teens whom you identify with as the boy or girl next door,  kept me enthralled.

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

National Parks

Melghat Tiger Reserve Patrolling program by Chaatak Nature Conservation Society, Varangaon dist.Jalgaon, Maharashtra.

Posted by anil mahajan on June 20, 2013

 
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Chaatak Nature Conservation Society, Varangaon dist.Jalgaon, Maharashtra.

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

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