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Monday, December 31, 2012

Environmental Research - A Look Back - On Positive Note

A look back at my Environmental Research:
From my childhood, I was interested in Nature and Environment. We have planted numerous trees in schools. 
What we planted as small saplings have grown into beautiful trees: 

Science was my subject.
When I learned about Limnology and used Secchi disc during my undergraduate degree, I decided to become an Environmental Scientist. 
Beautiful Water Body from where I studied Limnology

I joined Master’s degree and focused towards Environmental Chemistry. My research was - Color removal from pulp and paper mill effluent.


Then got admitted to another Masters and focused towards Environmental Physiology. I got chance to work with plants, bioindicators, bioremediators, fishes and scary scorpions. 
Portulaca oleracea (Linn) AS BIOINDICATOR AND PHYTO (BIO) REMEDIATION TOOL OF HEAVY METAL POLLUTION IN AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT 
Stem affected by Copper

During these periods, got very good friends, enjoyed my studies and had a good passion for Environment. My research was using a plant as bio-indicator and that inclined towards metal remediation using plants. 

Finally got into PhD program - Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences. Environmental Sciences, Toxicology, Statistics, Microbiology and Biochemistry were my five majors. Passed my tough written, oral exams and I concentrated on my research - Toxicity of two Chesapeake Bay Tributaries. I loved the research. I liked to go into the field for collecting sediments in a small boat that was easily transported in a car. 


The tributaries were scenic beauties and after tough work, samples were collected and transported to lab. By that time, I had become an expert in sample analyses, toxicity identification evaluation, environmental instrumentation and Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. 

After the samples were analyzed for the data, I predicted one of the tributary ( Pocomoke River ) which had flow of nutrients and influent from Sewage water treatment is more toxic. This was before the massive fish kills that occurred in Pocomoke River, MD.  Several people participated in my dissertation defense and I was proud of it. Results were published in refereed  environmental scientific research journals. One of the best paper was :
 1996 Oct;35(1):81-5.

Impact of point and nonpoint source pollution on pore waters of two Chesapeake Bay tributaries.

Karuppiah M, Gupta G.

 I graduated as an Environmental Scientist with very keen interest in doing something for Environment.
I also ended up in Computer Sciences Master’s program, graduated from it and found a well-paid career in the new field. My passion was in Environmental Science. Even in MS computer science my thesis was related to Environmental Science and it was on Fuzzy Logic in an Universally Acceptable Pollution model. With help of my degrees in Environmental Sciences and Computer Sciences, we created a company called EnviroApps - Enviro - for Environment and Apps - for Information Technology Applications. My quest for Environmental Research and love for nature never stopped. I still grab every small opportunity to involve in Environmental activities, teaching and creating awareness.  With my interest in Environmental Sciences, we created our own environmental projects  at - EA FARMS

Cattle from EA FARMS - We produce organic feed to feed our cattle for good milk.


One of my passion is to teach Environmental Sciences - from kids to Graduate students. 

Recently with my great friend Dr. Hatha, I am  involved in some important Environmental Research such as:

Halophilic heavy metal tolerant bacteria from Vembanad Lake as possible means of bioremediation of lead and cadmium.

Antibiotic resistance of heterotrophic bacteria from natural and culture environments of freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii (de man, 1887).

So many ways are available for mankind to work and move positively. Let us move forward positively in year 2013. From my side, environmental projects will move ahead and move forward positively. Happy New Year to All.

Makesh Karuppiah, Ph.D
Environmental Scientist

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

EVIL HELL TEARS PRAYERS and FIND CAUSE


When evil takes over, it is hell that is displayed on the fragile EARTH and every HEART is broken.
When bright little flowers were destroyed by evil force, all we could do was to cry and pray.

Hearts are broken and when strong leaders are shedding tears, something is not right here.

If the problem is dug down deeply and logically thought, many truths come out.

Human body functions properly, by the way of proper food and other intakes such as water and air. As we all know every vital organ is formed from a single cell. When the pregnant mother consumes proper food the cells develop healthily and vital organs including brain of the fetus forms healthily and an angelically looking new healthy child is born.
Beautiful and simple wiring of Brain.
Why to short circuit with unwanted chemicals?


As a Toxicologist and Scientist, I can surely say that if a pregnant mother consumes unhealthy chemicals such as alcohol, disturbing chemical drugs and inhaling carcinogenic chemicals by smoking, it is going to affect the fetus. Organ growth including Brain abnormalities are sure to happen. The child without its knowledge or willingness becomes a victim of this chemical abuse. The child could develop strong brain disorders along with other problems. So it is very important for pregnant moms, not to drink alcohol, intake unwanted drugs and smoke.



Instead they should take proper foods such as folic acids and necessary good foods for the child to develop properly.

These fetuses that develop on the wombs of alcoholic mothers will have many disorders along with brain disorder. They may have mental disorders. Alcoholic consumption not only affects the child, it also affects the mother and puts the family into stress. Families are torn apart and people involved are stressed in the mind, even though they have all other resources including wealth. Important aspect of humans on EARTH - LOVE goes missing in this already stressed child. Father does not live with mother, siblings do not talk to each other, love goes missing - minds become confused and alienate GOOD altogether.

Disturbed minds are disturbed further as they grow.

To aid the evil in EARTH, several things are available very easily.

VIDEO GAMES - VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES

 Just do a Google search on them; you can find so many of these violent video games available. As a computer technologist, I see the growth of technology and it is so good there is no difference between virtual and reality. Games have guns and weapons that are as similar as the real ones. With these games you do not need to go to a real gun range to target practice, it is readily available in your computer desks and even in tablets.

VIOLENT MOVIES - is there any recent movie with full of love and fun that a family could sit and watch together. I don’t think so.

Foul language mouthed people with violent actions and shooting scenes are the major parts and scenes of the movies. Violent movie plots are going to unprecedented and non thinkable destructive scenes. When a disturbed mind human without any love from the family and with a solid experience in violent video games sees these violent movies – it becomes a very favorable condition for evil to take over his life.

When this disturbed individual gets hands on training and access to weapons –

HELL is experienced in the fragile EARTH.

Our Hearts are broken.

We have been taught many times to live in harmony and peace. Peaceful humans and leaders taught the world how to live peacefully. But even after centuries of their sacrifices humans kill humans. Alcohol, Violent Video games and Violent Movies change a person without love into a monster and create a havoc that turns the EARTH into HELL.

Greed takes us to cross our limits to sell anything, even to disturbed minds without any boundaries and it comes back to haunt us.

Everyone should eat good food, inhale proper air, and drink proper water to keep the  body, mind and soul – clean and good. SIX TASTES OF FOOD - eating should be done as one would do meditation. Food should be chewed and eaten which makes it easily digestable. When you eat properly it aides in healing. Stop when stomach says you to stop (by means of burbs). Simple steps of eating makes you feel good. Proper food and eating methods aid in healing body and mind.

There are so many positive ways to stop this violence. There are so many positive people in the EARTH and they are more than willing to help.

Everyone should work as a team to eradicate this evil from our beloved EARTH.

Prayers for young and wonderful victims with full of tears. Praying that they shine as bright stars in the sky as they did here on EARTH.

Devils in Delhi

Few devils joined in a Delhi bus for joyride, drank alcohol and created brutal havoc in a young lady's life.
I pray strongly for the lady to get well.

Alcohol sales are at record levels in India and I am really worried. Alcohol and drugs turn humans into monsters.
When I was a teenager I heard a story from a movie:
An evil came with a young lady, a very small child and an alcohol bottle to man and said you have to commit one crime.
You can choose any one of these:
rape this lady or kill this child or drink this alcohol.
The man thought alcohol was the better choice, because it would hurt only him and not others.
But as soon as he drank, he was out of his mind and raped the lady and killed the interfering crying child. He committed all the crimes because of alcohol. Small but powerful story that demostrated the evil of alcohol.

This is why, Great Gandhiji told not to drink. Good that states like Gujarat, where he was born, is still following that. Young resources are wasted by this evil. This evil - 'Alcohol' makes Destructive evils - 'Devils', as we witnessed in Delhi.

Praying for more positives.

Just read that the Victim passed away.   Feeling very sad and praying. Tears, Tears & Tears. She is with God now. The devils that did this should ROT in HELL.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Peanuts-Groundnuts-Giving Healthy Food

During this week, I received a wonderful email from my beloved brother:

We are harvesting the Peanuts (ground nuts) already at EAFARMS. The harvest is not bad this time.
I already went to Anamalai Gandhi Ashramam -  today and gave them 10 kilos of the produce (Peanuts).

This is what I dreamt of when we started EAFARMS.Thanks to my brother we have achieved this and we will move forward.

In Anamalai Gandhi Ashramam, at any given point in time, there are about 50 to 60 children between the age group of 4 to 13 years. These children either don’t have the support of their parents or they are orphans by birth. People at Anamalai Gandhi Ashramam are doing an excellent good deed.

We are happy that from EA FARMS, where we practice Natural Sustainable Agriculture, we could give Organically grown peanuts to these kids at the Ashram.


Peanuts(ground nuts) are rich in energy and contain many health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for good health.

Peanuts are filled with B-complex and niacin, which contributes to good blood flow to brain. Hence it is useful for learning kids.
Peanuts have been used to eradicate malnutrition from poor health countries (cost effectively) - Plumpy'nut.
They are also rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acids, which are good for heart and with good source of dietary protein (amino acids) they are good for healthy development.
Some of their ingredients are considered as anti-carcinogenic and play an important role against many diseases. Since fresh peanuts were given, it is very easy to boil them and boiling increases its health benefits.

So to provide 10 Kg of Organically grown healthy peanuts to these kids is a very good small but strong step we have taken towards achieving our dreams. Every day we should think - what can I give and  do it in action. That will provide the best satisfaction.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dr. Hatha Environmental Scientist - Marine Microbiologist's visit


As soon as my friend Dr. Hatha told me about his Full bright (MSU) trip to USA from CUSAT,
I was envisioning to spend quality time with him on all ends - professional, recreational and personal - during Thanksgiving week, 2012.
The day came and Hatha was with our family. I got the true feeling of friendship when I received him. That's when I actually experienced the following- 
Even though friends are apart from each other, when they meet, it will be the same as before.

Next day I drove Hatha and my family to Everglades, a sub tropical wetland - an important ecosystem.
As we both are Environmental Scientists and nature loving people, we had wonderful time at Everglades. During boat ride to Coot bay from Flamingo center, we were watching Mangroves, beautiful birds and alligators and walking in the Anhinga Trail was excellent. As usual, I stopped at "Robert is Here" and had a tasty mango shake.

Evening after visiting a family friend stayed at another friend's house at South Florida near the
 NOAA center Atlantic Oceanographic& Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) - National Oceanic & AtmosphericAdministration - NOAA) - , where Hatha had to give two presentations. Thanks to my other great Environmental Scientist friend - Dr. Yuncong Li.


  
Both were very well delivered and relevant people, who attended got what they wanted from the seminars. Hope and pray these teams will work together and co-ordinate in future for the betterment of various environments (esp. the Ocean Environments - they are concentrating on) and people. I will do my part on that also.

After the seminars, stayed at friend's house close to Lion Country Safari (LCS). Again with my family and Hatha, I visited LCS. So many varieties of animals are there - Lion, rhinos, several varieties of deer, birds, zebras, giraffes, monkeys and camels. Every animal roams freely, has vast areas to roam and we ride in our cars to see the animals and birds. Wonderful Safari.
Next day we were at SeaWorld. Another fun place for watching sea animals especially for scientists who work in Oceans. Killer whale (Shamu) show, Dolphin show, Manatees, Polar bears, Beluga whales, Otters, Sea lions, Humongous Walrus, birds, sharks and thousands of varieties of fishes and sea animals - all at one place. It was great to be at Sea World with a Marine Scientist.

Next day at Disney World - EPCOT center - Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow - at Siemens's Earth Space ship, we designed our future workplace and home. Of course it was completely green living and environmentally friendly. Visited the 'LAND' area and twice road the boat through Disney's  green house. We soared in SOARIN across the great state of CALIFORNIA.

Also, we experienced Mexico, China, Norway, Japan, France, Italy and Canada in the EPCOT country pavilion and finally finished the day seeing the EPCOT laser show with wonderful fireworks.

Final day of tour was at NASA - Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Those Imax movies take you to the out of world experiences. We spent quality time in the Rocket gardens, KSC Bus tours, Apollo Rocket experiences, Nature and Technology areas and space history pavilions. Driving back we saw the excellent views of Florida (Sunshine state) sunset.

On the day we all relaxed, Hatha was kind enough to give the Arctic Expedition and his scientific research experience presentation (That he gave in NOAA - AOML)  to our family. Again it was well taken and I envision that one day my daughter would be a scientific person.

Everything has to end at sometime. The send off day has come and had to send off Hatha after his visit with us. But the wonderful time we spend as now mature Environmental Scientists, has its own merits. We have planned to do more good work in the future to better the environments and its inhabitants. Every minute was well utilized by good friends.




Makesh Karuppiah, Ph.D
Environmental Scientist


Friday, November 16, 2012

Teach In - Kids - Environmental Sciences - Save the Earth, Environment and Nature

I had the opportunity to teach Environmental Sciences to small kids (bunch of 3rd graders) during this week. I have taught the subject to under and post graduate students. After few years of break, I had this opportunity. Since, lots of news about BP oil Pollution (They were going to pay billions of dollars as fine) was going on, I choose to create a model that explains how oil pollution happens and how it gets cleaned.


Marine Oil Pollution and Clean Up:
I bought some sand from Home Depot. I used a plastic box, shoe box and filled with the sand sliding from top to bottom. I created blue water using water and blue colored ink. It turned out as a good Ocean model. All the kids were watching with full curiosity. I made an 'Oil Barge' with simple small candle light stand on small ship shaped wooden plank which I got from 'Michaels' store. I used left over cooking oil (which I take to recycling center) and colored it with some black color. That cooking oil now looked like crude oil and I poured them in the candle stand tanks of my oil barge model. It was floating in my clean Ocean model.
All of sudden, I turned barge and oil fell into the Ocean and spread. I heard a big 'oooh' sound from the kids. I had made oil containers to contain oil spread using left over 'felt' and threw them around the oil polluted area. It contained the oil spread. I used cotton to absorb the oil and make my Ocean model once again a clean environment. I took some marine animal toys including a pelican toy and covered them with oil and taught them how to clean the oil soaked animals with dilute soap solution and dry them with towel. I told them to visualize the whole thing in real world and showed the pictures. All of them clearly understood how oil pollution occurs and how it can be cleaned.

Good Sample Identification:
Before going to teach in, I made three solutions - Solution A - Vinegar, Solution B - Baking soda solution and C - Filtered water. I bought pH paper from 'Amazon.com'. I told them there is a site where people are affected from a natural disaster and they don’t know which water they could drink. They send us three samples and asked us to find which sample can be used as drinking water. Kids used their school tap water (filtered using Brita water filter) as control and using pH paper they found that Solution A was an Acid, B - was a base and C was drinkable water. They were happy to find out the drinkable water and to know they have saved people from drinking the wrong water.
I felt this was a good small experiment to kids to identify the toxicity, which I fully used in my PhD research.

Water treatment:

I procured some Alum from 'Amazon.com'. I took some tap water and added some dirt solids and made a polluted water sample. Now added the alum and did some swirling (to give centrifugal force) and allowed that bottle content to settle. After few minutes the solids settled down and the above water as clean as we mixed the dirt before. I told them this is one of the steps how they treat water before it comes through the tap. Along with this primary (Physical) treatment, they also do secondary (biological) treatment and tertiary (Chemical) treatment.

Aquatic Biosphere:
I had collected some aquatic plants and water from our community pond. I used a clean glass bottle and added some filtered water. Then I added the pond water. That’s when I noticed some small water bugs were also in the pond water. The children were happy to see the bugs. I added some of aquatic plants in the water and closed the bottle and told them to keep it near a corner in the table and watch the bottle. The bugs were happily swimming in the water. After a week I will bring it back and let them in the community Pond again. I told them in future (several years) if we don’t reduce pollution, the future generations should have to live in contained self-sustainable biospheres and this bottle aquatic biosphere is one such example.

Safety:
I emphasized that in labs - safety is important. There may be several chemicals and biological organisms. So it is very important to follow safety procedures such as wearing lab coat, gloves, safety eye glasses and sometimes even mask. I used all these and showed them how the experiments are conducted in a real lab.

Renewable and Biodegradable:
I talked about Natural Renewable energies such as SOLARand WIND . Also I talked about Biodegradable materials. I showed models of them.

Finally, I told them how they can save the earth by using the paper they write fully instead of writing one line and throw. I told them about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - Three R's. Also, told them not to waste water. In US, we are privileged to have water coming to us, but in some parts of the world to get water they have to travel so much. They really understood and were happy to be part of people, who would save the Earth, Environment and its Nature. These wonderful gifted and knowledgeable kids send me individual hand made cards to thank me for teaching them Environmental Sciences. It was a fulfilling day for me.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Poor Animals and Idiotic Poachers

Idiots are still killing majestic animals for wrong reasons:


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Rhinos - Poached in a National park.                                             
A majestic rhino crossing  - view from my car:


Tiger - Poached in Zoo.
A Tiger relaxing at Disney Animal Kingdom:

For God sake, there are medicines available  now for your dysfunctions. Rhino's horn and tiger parts wont do it.

Animals are not even safe in National Parks and Zoos. How one can protect these animals from these greedy morons?.

These greedy mongers want to erase all the national wealth including majestic animals.

Great Dr. Kalam is saying to give whatever you can and these low lifes are doing exactly the apposite of what he says. Recently, on Gandhiji's birthday Dr. Kalam  told that children should follow what Gandhiji's mom told to Gandhiji when he was nine years old - HELP OTHERS.


Dr. Kalam - on Gandhiji Birthday Celebrations, 2012:


Great Mahatma Gandhiji has once told - "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members (including the animals).
Hope these poachers end in a place where they cant do these activities in the future. Soon India needs to tighten up it's laws for saving its natural resources including these innocent but majestic animals.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Important Occupational Safety

It is becoming norm and every year number of victims are increasing -
One fire accident in a fire cracker unit has killed several poor working people.
Why dont people learn from previous mistakes. What is the necessity of greed in making crores of ruppees playing with life of poor people.
Safety Measures in this type fire cracker industries is Zero.  (I think when bought in bulk, gloves, masks would have been cheap and the owners could easily afford that).
Pollution Control Board - Environmental Inspectors, Occupational Health Inspectors and other authorities should inspect these places frequently.
I think above mentioned personnel are well educated and should do their part instead of getting bribe and keeping quiet if these industries violate the rules.
Innocent poor workers are lost. It is sickening to see the families suffer because of some ignorant and greedy people.
India had great leaders who had great visions. Our Mahamata Gandhiji's vision was followed by many people such as great Martin Luther King, all over the world.
Even great scientist such as Albert Einstein has praised him for his contribution.
Not only politicians and scientists followed and praised him, even the great comedian Charlie Chaplin have met him because of who Gandhiji's was and his vision.
See the speech of Charlie Chaplin in 1940 (Please listen and what a vision he had):
I should like to help everyone.
We all want to help one another.
Human beings are like that.
We want to live by each other's happiness, not misery.
We don't want to hate one another.

The GOOD EARTH is RICH and can provide for everyone.
Greed has poisoned souls. We need humanity..
More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness..

Eradicate the greed. Rich Industry Owners - please provide occupational safety to your workers. Your profit may be less, but the life is more valuable than your profit.
Instead of losing people, your profit and causing havoc, please, please provide safety measures.
Also the regulatory authorities - Bribe money is not that important - Poor working People's life is more important than you getting bribe money and consuming alcohol.
It should start from the schools. I have seen in chemistry labs, we don't follow any safety measures. It should be taught from the school.
Schools should be well equipped.
Now a days, we have a severe shortage of great leaders.
People - you know to whom I am talking to - You have stole enough money for your several future generations to live like a king.
Stop the corruption and do something for the poor people - give them proper education which will eradicate the poverty.

Government and educated government officials - Device rules and regulations such as OSHA and follow them strictly.
So that this type of accidents do not happen in the future. Now all we can pray for innocent poor people who have lost lives in this ignorant accident.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

How to change negatives by being sustainable

தமிழன் என்று சொன்னால் தலை நிமிர்ந்து நில்லடா என்ற காலம் போய்
இப்படி செய்து கொண்டே போனால்:

மலையை, மண்ணை  சுரண்டி எடுத்தாலும் ... Mountain Mining
மரத்தை அறுத்து போட்டாலும்...Deforestation Cutting Trees
பல மணி நேரம் மின் வெட்டு செய்தாலும்...
தண்ணீரே கிடைக்காமல் போனாலும்...
இயற்கை வளத்தை அழித்தாலும்...Titanium Mining
விவசாய நிலத்தல் வீடு கட்டினாலும்...Industries Flocking
கழிவுகளை கொட்டினாலும்...Cancer Village, Dumping
அரசாங்கமே சாராயத்தை விற்று மக்களை குடி மகன்களாக்கினாலும்...Liquor
தமிழ் மீனவனை சுட்டாலும்...
இனத்தையே அழித்தாலும்...Innocent Deaths
கோடி கோடியாய் ஊழல் செய்தாலும்...Food Adulteration
அரசியல்வாதிகள் என்ன சொன்னாலும்... என்ன செய்தாலும்..Selling Expired Drugs
தமிழ் நாட்டு மக்கள் சகித்து  கொண்டே இருப்போம்...
தமிழன் என்று சொன்னால் தலை குனிந்து நின்று விடுவோம் போல்....

What we can do and are doing:
Grow trees, Grow agricultural products with out contamination, Treat people equally and give opportunities, make sustainable awareness, create environmental awareness, eradicate poverty, teach good things to the society whichever ways we can.
See the big canopy trees (below picture). It serves as home to lots of birds and also aids in hydrological cycle. It helps in lots of ways including providing cooler shades while resting during hard farm work.

We are also rearing cattle to provide good milk.
We are taking action to do good things, hoping and praying it will grow to an enormous level. As we know, hard work is paying off. Wild peahens are feeling safe and laying eggs in our farm.

Our farm is becoming Natural Integrated Sustainable Agricultural Farm. We will grow along this and create awareness  to the greedy people who are accumulating money by destroying natural national wealth, that it is not the only way to make money. It can be made by natural ways also with full of happiness without destroying anything.





Thursday, August 9, 2012

MOUNTAINS, ROCKS - SAVE THEM

Every day we hear about aggresive mining of Granite for making crores of rupees. Greedy irresponsible people who don't care about future of the country make huge mountain disappear. Mountains are there for a reason. They are very important resource for the country. They provide minerals to the ecosystem. By mining aggressively along with cutting numerous trees these people for sure, will turn the nation into a desert. In doing so, they affect the health of poor people who work there. Mining causes to release dust and radon gas that are inhaled by poor workers which affects their lungs that leads to lung cancer. Mining also can cause voids, affecting balances in rocks that leads to seismic waves which induces earth quakes. Environment and Health deteriorates because of such mining practices. With all that money, they and their future generations will be only enjoying the Desert Environment in the future. Rocks are very important for soil formation. Also it is equally worse to remove sand and soil from river beds. I see pictures of huge machines removing loads of very important soil resources from the river. This will not only affect the environment but also affect the country's economy. These people think they can make more money by mining to last soil particle, but what they ignore is the future of the country and its people. Hey illegal mining People -  STOP illegal mining and soil removal  immediately, at least for the sake of your own grand children, if not for the great country.

Good thing that these huge Granite mountains are out of your reach :-).
Yosemite - El Capitan - The granite monolith:

Yosemite - Half Dome - A Granite Dome:
You should read how these wondeful granite mountains have been saved and secured - National Parks.

All we see and hear is that granites are mined beyond limits, River soils and sands are removed at unprecedented levels, Trees and forest are destructed at alarming rates. Human resources are depleted by government supplies of liquor.  Corruption everywhere as that of 2G SCAMS.
OH MY GOD: Once again stop all the above negatives including - STOP AGGRESSIVE MINING for GRANITE and SAND REMOVAL FROM RIVER BEDS. If not it is going to affect you and your future generations also.

Wonderful Palani Hills:

Beautiful Western Ghats Mountains:


HELP to preserve the WORLD HERITAGE SITE - The great WESTERN GHATS.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

TREES - SAVE THEM

It is been a while I posted. I was on tour to South Western USA (California, Nevada and Arizona). I had the chance to see the
Mojave Desert,
Yosemite Valley
and the Grand Canyon.
Enjoyed every minute of the nature tour and the different Biomes. Each time you see these places, it looks different. I had a chance to take a snap with statue of John Muir,


one of pioneer Environmentalist. Because of him everyone could enjoy these Natural National Parks. Grand Sequoia Trees
are unimaginable and one feel the greatness of them when you are close to them. These giant trees grow from a small seed. Year by year they store their history as rings and grow into these grand giant trees. All over the parks there are different kinds of trees and when you are there, you breathe fresh air and you feel healthy. One thing I noticed during the national park tours is they strongly insist to never even take anything from these areas, which is good. These parks will be preserved forever and future generations can enjoy. Meanwhile I read, in a wildlife sanctuary and a place I love in India, several teak trees were felled. It saddened me. These teak trees are also oldest trees in India. Just some greedy mongrels for getting money cut those several year old trees. These fools don't even know what they have done. They should at least replace the trees they cut.  When trees are gone, rains are gone. It was worst monsoon this year. Saw the photos of Cauvery river without water for Adi 18th festival. It is getting worst and worst. People should take care of the trees. If not these areas will turn into a desert.  I have experienced the coolness of the tree's shadow during hot summer. Even now I feel proud to see the grown up trees at Viswadeepthi School and Bharathiar University which we planted as small saplings.
Take care of the trees.
At EAFarms we are following Green economy policies, local community is hired to perform farm activities whenever required. Also, since we practice natural farming, chemical substances in any form such as fertilizer, pesticides etc are not used and hence the worker's health is preserved. We have also planted several important trees and they are growing as we anticipated. Praying to  God to save the trees everywhere on the Earth.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bird Feeding, Squirrel baffles

By maintaining a bird feed you see all types of birds eating from it.
Watching this makes time go fast and enjoy every nature moment.
Children love when they see the birds feeding from the bird feeders.
Birds can also help by eating insects and act as a natural insect controller.
(Click the pictures for slide show)
Cardinals:

BlueJay:

Dove:

Mocking Bird:

Ducks:

Grey Crane:

Sandhill Cranes:

Hawk:

Birds can help in agriculture by controlling weed growth and aiding pollination.

They can be your natural outdoor pets and you can watch, photograph and enjoy every moment of Bird feeding.
Some times unwanted non-bird guests - squirrels can pose a huge threat. I am not against the squirrels, but they eat voraciously
and consume all food themselves. They would do any thing to get to the food source even biting the plastic that covers the food.

Squirrel:

Old Used CD as Squirrel Baffle along Fan light Dome:


I have tried several methods to make squirrels share food with birds and none worked.
Finally I used an old fan light dome above the bird feeder and a used CD above the bird feeder as a squirrel baffler.
It worked and now squirrels have no other choice but to share the food with the birds.

Some more Birds:

Ibis:

Macaws:

Cormorant:

Bird watching in natural environment is the best.