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Monday, November 23, 2009

Erode Mahesh - Postive Thinking

Couple of weeks back I had the privilege of driving Erode Mahesh from Orlando to Tampa. While driving we had good conversation and found that he is not just a Tamil Standup comedian.He had great views over the future with excellent positive thinking.

I thank God that I got this opportunity and talked about EnviroApps Projects.
He said he will spread out Environmental awareness in his talks.
It goes deep into the minds of people when such people deliver the message to all kind of audiences.


I wish him great success.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dr. Abdul Kalam - What can I give?

In one of my ealrlier blogs I wrote:

Praying to God to bring more people into the World such as Mahatma Gandhiji, Mother Terasa, Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Abdul Kalam.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Adbul Kalam in person at Casselberry Hindu temple auditorium near Orlando, FL.



He gave an excellent speech and I thank God for letting me to see such a person. He wanted each and every person to always think ...what can I give. He said even if you cannot help monetarily, you can help by teaching or doing any voluntary work, wherever you live.

Our EnviroApps Sustainable Land Development Project will be done following his words.

Again praying to God - One day there should be a peaceful world as Dr. Kalam envisioned. People living in harmony, creating a sustainable future without any selfishness must be the future, I Pray.

Please give and do Good....

Monday, October 19, 2009

Toxic Dry Walls, Lead Toys, Contaminated Tooth Paste, Defective tires... Long list

Drywalls - smells like sulfur(rotten eggs) and it tarnishes metals and ruins appliances and electronics by corroding pipes and wires - newly added to the long lists of
Contaminated toothpaste, lead-tainted toys and defective tires.
Children are growing in these toxic environments rather than healthy environment.

People (Manufacturers) - Please atleast try to do Good things...so future generations can live in a proper environment.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Speaking for all...

Good Speech:



Hopefully after watching this video, each and every one of us should atleast do something good for the future.

Makesh

Thursday, July 30, 2009

EASMSAE - Palindrome for Pachyderms

As an environmental scientist, I am always fascinated by the forest resources near my house in India (Pollachi) and asian elephants living there.
My previous article on Elephants.
I got an opportunity to write a proposal to save these great animals and submitted it to a funding agency:

EASMSAE PROJECT SUMMARY:
A. EnviroApps Sustainable Model for Saving Asian Elephants
Proposal Summary:
EnviroApps Inc, an environmental application entity, is proposing a model project directed to save the Asian Elephants with a committed team. Our previous experience includes providing GPS consulting to government authorities to capture dangerous illegal poachers who had destroyed several threatened fauna and killed invaluable Asian Elephants for their tusks. Also we have created awareness through our blogspot and other partners about Environmental Awareness and Eco-Justice.

Proposed areas of the project -:
Area (Figure 1):
TamilNadu – India – Western Ghats – Anamalai

Figure 1: Map of Proposed Trans-Boundary Project Area


Table Information:
Location Area Forest Area Elephant
Population Threat
TamilNadu
Anamalai 130,058 km² (50,216 sq mi). 22,643 km² (8,742.5 sq mi). > 4000 Reduction in forest area elephant population and their habitat

Threatened Elephant Population:

The proposed area consists of various threatened environment including elephant reserves. Even though the elephant population in the State is reasonably stable, their habitat is shrinking and they move towards the urban land, which is an immediate threat to the pachyderm population. Another major threat such as poaching had come down in this region, and this could be one of the reasons for the reduction of the elephant population. Current male-female ratio of the elephants in the wild in Anamalai is 1:10. This area needs to be mapped as “protected area” and elephants need to be identified, radio-collared and data should be stored and available to everyone in need. If immediate action is not taken, Eco-justice will not be served to the remaining few wild pachyderms in this area.

However after few days got a reply as follows:

This is to inform you that your proposal (ASE-0428) titled “Enviroapps sustainable model for saving Asian elephants (EASMSAE),” was reviewed recently by the proposal review committee. The review committee decided not to fund this project.

We receive a lot more excellent proposals than we are able to fund, and this proposal did not rank high in priority.

We appreciated the opportunity to review your proposal.

Good Thing: There are lot more scientists who are putting their efforts in saving these Great Animals.

My Sincere Thanks to KinnathuKadavu MLA Mr. S. Damodharan and K.Selvaraj, Forester for giving their support letters in a short notice. It is good to know that several people are interested in saving our forest, environment and animals including pachyderms.

We will be working with - EnviroApps Sustainable Model for Saving Asian Elephants - EASMSAE - Palindrome for Pachyderms in whatever ways we can.

One thing which I felt very much satisfied after submiting the proposal was that I got an email from someone whom I don't know with the following photos:
Guruvayoor Elephant:

Guruvayoor Elephants:

Elephant's mouth - it is like saying thank you:

Offering Bananas


It was like God sent a thankyou note for the true work to protect the elephants.

Makesh Karuppiah, Ph.D
Environmental Scientist

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Proud of my Friend Dr. A.A.Mohamed Hatha, Environmental Scientist

My Friend and Great Environmental Scientist, Dr.Hatha will be leading the 2nd Indian Arctic Expedition (2009) to Indian Arctic Research Station Himadri on the northern outskirts of Norway.

Himadri ('Mountain top of snow')


View Larger Map

Seven of them(Scientists) from different parts of India are there in the team.

I am praying for their mission to be most successful one.

I am also proud to have him as one of my very close friend and important contributor to our Project.


Article from www.expressbuzz.com - Express Buzz Expedition to study climate change - Sudha Nambudiri
First Published : 08 Jun 2009 10:59:00 PM IST
Last Updated : 08 Jun 2009 08:48:35 AM IST

KOCHI: India’s second Arctic expedition to study climate change and bacterial life, coordinated by the Goabased National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), has a Kochi connection. Leading the team is A A Mohammed Hatha, Reader, Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat).

Hatha will lead a team of biologists from different parts of the country to study the impact of climate change on microbial communities of the Arctic region. The team leaves from Mumbai for Oslo, Norway, on June 18. From Oslo they will fly to Ny- Alesund, an island in the Svalbard archipelago of Norway where India’s station Himadri is situated. Other members of the team include Sabu Thomas and Wilson Abraham from the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, Savita Kerkar of the Goa University, and researchers Om Prakash, Rakesh Mishra and Santanu Ray.

“Savita and I will be working on the recycling of biogases and the levels of sulphur and phosphorus in the regions,’’ said Hatha.

The other scientists will study icebinding proteins in algae and ecological imbalances caused by glacial meltdown. The team will be in Himadri for one month. “We are a team of biologists. The next team will include geologists,’’ he said. Himadri can accommodate only 10 people at a time. Arctic sea ice is a treasure house of information relating to the earth’s climate during the ice ages, and scientists study it to predict future trends in the earth’s climate.

India has access to Svalbard because of a treaty with Norway which has sovereign rights over the area. Currently, Norway, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea and China have research stations in the area.

India’s research station Himadri, which is the northern-most permanent human settlement, was set up last year and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Scientists’ interest in the Arctic Circle centres around the fact that it is a huge reservoir of hydrocarbon and mineral reserves. -- kochi@epmltd.com

I pray for the success of this Arctic Expedition.

Photos From Hatha:






Makesh Karuppiah, Ph.D
Environmental Scientist

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS - Stockholm Convention

Hazardous pesticides and industrial chemicals that can
kill people, damage the nervous and immune systems,
cause cancer and reproductive disorders
and interfere with normal infant and child development.

The nine new chemicals now listed under the Stockholm Convention are:

Alpha hexachlorocyclohexane to Annex A;
Beta hexachlorocyclohexane to Annex A;


Although the intentional use of alpha- and beta-HCH as an insecticide was phased out years ago,
these chemicals are still produced as an unintentional by-product of lindane.
Approximately 6-10 tons of other isomers including alpha- and beta-HCH result from each ton of lindane produced.

Hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether to Annex A;
Tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether to Annex A;


Bromodiphenyl ether congeners are a group of brominated organic substances that inhibit or suppress combustion
in organic material, which are used as additive flame retardants.
Brominated diphenyl ethers are mainly manufactured as commercial mixtures where several isomers, congeners and small amounts of other substances occur.

Chlordecone to Annex A;
Chlordecone is a synthetic chlorinated organic compound, which was mainly used as an agricultural pesticide.
It was first produced in 1951 and introduced commercially in 1958.
Current use or production of the chemical is not reported.

Hexabromobiphenyl to Annex A;
Hexabromobiphenyl (HBB) is an industrial chemical that was used as a flame retardant, mainly in the 1970s.
Based on existing data, HBB is no longer produced and is not used in new or existing products.

Lindane to Annex A;
Lindane was used as a broad-spectrum insecticide for seed and soil treatment,
foliar applications, tree and wood treatment and against ectoparasites in both veterinary and human treatments.
Lindane production has decreased rapidly in recent years and only a few countries still produce it.

Pentachlorobenzene to Annex A and C;
Pentachlorobenzene (PeCB) was used in PCB products, dyestuff carriers, as a fungicide,
a flame retardant and a chemical intermediate such as the production of quintozene
and it may still be used for this purpose.
PeCB is also produced unintentionally during combustion in thermal and industrial processes.
It appears as an impurity in products such as solvents or pesticides.

Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride to Annex B;
PFOS is both intentionally produced and an unintended degradation product of related anthropogenic chemicals.
The current intentional use of PFOS is widespread and found in products such as in electric and electronic parts,
fire fighting foam, photo imaging, hydraulic fluids and textiles. PFOS are still produced in several countries today.

The 12 initial POPs covered by the Convention include
nine pesticides (
aldrin,
chlordane,
DDT,
dieldrin,
endrin,
heptachlor,
hexachlorobenzene,
mirex
and toxaphene);


two industrial chemicals (
PCBs as well as hexachlorobenzene, also used as a pesticide);
and the unintentional by-products, most importantly dioxins and furans.

Further information is available at www.pops.int

People and government should ban these chemicals and move to Sustainable Natural Agricultural Practices.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

EARTH DAY, PICK FIVE FOR ENVIRONMENT

Ten ways to save the environment:
1. Use less water.
2. Commute without polluting.
3. Save electricity.
4. Reduce, reuse and recycle.
5. Test your home for radon.
6. Check your local air quality.
7. Use chemicals safely.
8. Reuse and recycle electronics.
9. Enjoy the outdoors safely.
10. Spread the word to family and friends.

At least picking five would contribute to saving the environment.


Start on the Pick 5 for the Environment Web site
You can share your thoughts:
On Facebook
On Flickr
On YouTube
More you can do on Earth Day

Mail I received from EPA and I did more than my pick 5 today.

MakeSH

Monday, April 20, 2009

Most Polluted in United States Air, Water and Land

Air: Los Angeles
particle pollution and ozone pollution

Air: Bakersfield, California
particle pollution and for ozone

Air: Pittsburgh
particle pollution

Water: Streams and Headwaters in Appalachia
mountaintop removal mining
Head Water Destruction

Water: Gulf of Mexico
excess nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates
HYPOXIA

Water: Chesapeake Bay
urban and agricultural resources," she says. "There's runoff from large factory farms, including large poultry farms, and raw sewage from Washington D.C.

My Ph.D Research: Toxicity Studies on Chespeake Bay Tributaries.
My research was one of the pioneer research on sediments of Chesapeake Bay Tributaries and it indicated that one of the river - Pocomoke River (Later to my study Massive fish kills occured in this river) was highly contaminated with runoff including large poultry farms.



Land: The Nelson Tunnel, Creede, Colorado
Superfund Site Heavy metals
arsenic, cadmium, lead and zinc

Land: Iron King Mine Humboldt Smelter, Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona
arsenic and lead poisoning
Land: Escambia Wood, Pensacola, Florida

Wood Treatment:
The soil and ground water around the site is polluted with creosote, naphthalene, pentachlorophenol, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and dioxin.

Makesh Karuppiah, Ph.D

Friday, April 17, 2009

SPAM POLLUTION

SPAM AFFECTING THE ENVIRONMENT - ARTICLE FROM McAFEE

Spam mails sent (only in 2008) - 62 trillion spam e-mails.

Energy required for processing and filtering - 33 billion kilowatt-hours (comparable to electricity used in 2.4 million homes).

Emission level compares to 3.1 million passenger cars using 2 billion gallons of gasoline.

Countries with higher emissions per e-mail users: United States of America and India.

Article

Spam Expert Mr. Richi Jennings

ICF International

STOP THE SPAM POLLUTION.

MakeSH

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pharmaceuticals Cause Serious Environmental Harm In India

ScienceDaily (Feb. 7, 2009) — Many of the substances in the most common medicines are manufactured in India and China. Some of these factories release large quantities of antibiotics and other pharmaceutical substances into the environment. There is an obvious risk of these releases leading to resistant bacteria.

Cetirizine, ciprofloxacin, citalopram, levofloxacin, losartan, metoprolol, norfloxacin, ofloxacin and ranitidine were used in this study.

University of Gothenburg (2009, February 7). Pharmaceuticals Sold In Sweden Cause Serious Environmental Harm In India, Research Shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 12, 2009, from Link

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bailouts, Tragedy, Prayer and Green Jobs

So many bailouts (trillion dollars) going on and a news that
a 93-year-old man in central Michigan, who owed some unpaid
electric bills froze to death inside his home because the electric
company cut the power, made me to think something is not right.
However most of the world is not running smoothly now:
Economic Problems, Joblessness and Wars:

Problems in MiddleEast
Problems in Africa
Problems in Asia...
Problems Everwhere!

When people begin to do good things even to their enemies, then everything will be alright.

Praying to God to bring that mind to each and every person in the world.
Also praying to God to bring more people like the following great people to earth:












Good News: So many Green Jobs are going to come. At least we are going towards a good path.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Beautiful Environment & Worst Destruction

After hardwork and setbacks in the end of the year (2008), took a break to get more positive energy. I drove to Keywest, Florida and Everyglades.
As a marine estuarine environmental scientist I enjoyed my every moment at Keywest, Florida.
Lots and lots of beautiful marine environment.
Fauna & Flora at Everglades.
Driving through long bridges surrounded by water never get erased from your mind.
Hopefully we can preserve these type of environments all over the world.

This trip gave me more required positive energy.

However seeing some gruesome pictures of children bleeding from war made me to pray to all Gods (irrespective of religion) to give human beings more peace.