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Daily baths harm environment

Good morning friends.  Many loves to bath,  specially kids.  They bath while they are playing. 

They like to see the water splashing.  But did you know that daily baths harm environment?  

It is very much essential to have daily baths and showers, but by doing so we are polluting water supplies, partly due to the increasing usage of toiletries.

It was believed that sewage is the source of chemical pollution.  Researchers found substances from prescription drugs, shampoos, gels and other skin products in water supplies.  Scientists have also found traces of the active ingredients of birth control pills, antidepressants, and scores of other drugs in waterways. Some end up in drinking water — at extremely low, trace levels.

A study done by co-author Ilene Ruhoy, said that scientists have long known that bathrooms are a portal for release of APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) into the environment. The scientist  said the active ingredients from medications enter the environment as a result of their excretion via urine and feces. However, for the first time, they have identified potential alternative routes for the entry into the environment by way of bathing, showering, and laundering”.

These routes may be important for certain APIs found in medications that are applied topically, which means to the skin. They include creams, lotions, ointments, gels, and skin patches, Ruhoy said.

Ruhoy and her team identified this potential new source of APIs through a review of hundreds of scientific studies on the metabolism and use of medications. They focused on APIs in medications that are applied to the skin or excreted from the body via sweat glands.

Some APIs enter the environment in a form that may have greater impact than those released in feces and urine, they said.

3-day meet on global warming from today

Good morning friends.  Today there will be a 3-day meet on global warning.

Environmentalists, scientists and academicians will be discussing new means and methods to strengthen and expand agriculture to mitigate the negative impact of global warming at a three-day international conference on global warming, ‘Agriculture, sustainable development and public leadership’, beginning at Gujarat Vidypith on Thursday.

Union minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh will inaugurate the conference. Global warming is becoming a hot topic because of increasing emission of several gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) having devastating impact on the earth.

Researchers, academicians, sociologists, teachers, technicians, government officials, entrepreneurs, activists, farmers and students will be participating in the conference, organised by International School for Public Leadership (ISPL), Indian Society for Community Education (ICSE) and Manthan Educational Programme Society (MEPS) in association with department of forest & environment, Gujarat, and Gujarat Vidyapith. –The Times of India

 

Going green for the final journey

Good morning friends.  First day of the week.  Start of the day’s work. I love nature very much as I appreciate this  journey they have.  They have this final journey for going green.  Some may didn’t have idea of this.  This is saving our green nature . . . the trees.  I hope everybody will give importance to our nature. 

The number of eco-conscious people is growing steadily. This is highlighted by the fact that more people are opting for electric and CNG cremation for dear ones. According to Birth & Death Control Department of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), there has been a jump in number of families which are voluntarily opting for environment friendly funerals. 

A senior AMC official said, “In last two years, there has been a jump of almost 30 per cent in environment-friendly cremations in the city. Families are willingly opting for cremation through electricity or CNG.”

Going green on their last journey also means saving hundreds of trees which are chopped down for final rites. AMC needs 10 lakh kg of wood annually for cremating dead bodies. A major chunk of this wood comes from the dense forest area of Dahod and Panchmahal. The woods used are mainly of Mango, Neem and Asopalav.

According to official figures, the total number of deaths reported annually at AMC is 25,000 which include all religions. Nearly 24,000 bodies are brought to AMC-run crematoriums out of which 20,000 are cremated as per the Hindu tradition.

The official said, “Nearly 25-30 per cent people who go for Hindu final rites for their kin opt for green cremation these days instead of funeral by woods. Even the rich and affluent class from western side of the city are going for green cremation,” added the official.

AMC runs 18 crematoriums in the city, out of which 10 have the facility of electricity and CNG cremation. In 2007, 24 per cent opted for green cremation, in 2008 the percentage jumped to 28.

Chairman of the health committee Praful Rawal said, “It is a voluntary decision of grieving families to either opt for funeral by woods or CNG. We have a nominal charge for wood while CNG and electricity are free of cost service. But, for Below Poverty line (BPL) families’ cremation through wood is highly subsidized.”

“AMC authorities have been improvising on the infrastructure of the existing crematoriums. Most of the crematoriums have been equipped with facilities for CNG and electric cremations and other are under construction in different areas,” adds Rawal.

AMC is spending around Rs 15 crore on modernization of existing crematoriums and construction of new ones fitted with CNG. – The Times of India

He devises online games to save nature

Good morning friends.  It feels good to know that there will be an online games to save nature.  Those kids, teens and even adult who were enjoying the online games this is the time for you to give importance to our nature.  You will enjoy the online game and at the same time you can help save our nature.

It all starts in the Stone Age. With the passage of time, the human gradually steps into modern times. This online internet game takes one through different stages of evolution and blends fun with information. It has been devised by Pawan Maulik, an alumnus of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.

The game makes the player aware that with growing consumption of water and electricity, natural resources will continue to deplete. It ends with the message that resources need to be urgently conserved and we have to save the environment for future generations.

Endless hours in front of the computer screen, clicking on the mouse and crossing different levels might seem a waste of time for many. But Maulik looked at this recreational activity as a teaching tool.

Maulik, a graduate of Toy and Game Design from the NID batch of 2008, is developing online games that give out a social message at the end. “In my research, I found that people did not like to read pamphlets or literature about social messages on environment. I was looking for some way to make these things interesting for the younger generation. It was then that I started exploring the medium of online games and spreading social messages through them,” said Maulik.

Soon after he graduated from the institute, Maulik started a design studio of his own. He was then accepted as an incubatee at National Design Business Incubatee (NDBI) at NID from where he is operating right now. “The games that are under development right now are on  global warming, tree plantation, power consumption, renewable energy and water conservation. The games would go into the public forum and be accessible in a couple of months. I am waiting for funding and as soon as it is through, these games will be available on already existing online gaming websites,” said Maulik.

When asked how does he think this will be help people playing them, Maulik said, “It’s a play way method which has great success. The player, once he reaches the end of the game, will read and know what made him die, which is the crux of the game.” – The Times of India

India to help Pacific Island states deal with climate change (1)

Good morning friends.  The government of India will assist the Pacific Island State to deal with the climate changes.  India will join together to create new synergies as Pacific Island countries are rich in natural resources and there is a huge potential for cooperation in diverse spheres.

India said it is ready to engage ‘constructively and productively’ with the global community to combat climate change and underlined that its greenhouse gas emissions are among the lowest in per capita terms.

‘We recognize our responsibility as a developing country and wish to engage constructively and productively with the international community and to add weight to global efforts to protect the environment,’ External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said at the post-forum dialogue of Pacific Island Forum here.

Krishna also underlined that the international community should make special efforts to help Small Island Developing States, which are most vulnerable to climate change, deal with global warming and the process of adaptation.

India’s greenhouse gas emissions are amongst the lowest in per capita terms, he stressed.

Adaptation remains the key for developing countries and it needs to be adequately resourced without detracting funds for development, which in any case, is the best form of adaptation, said Krishna, who is on a five-day visit to Australia.

Expect pre-monsoon activity in a week: Met dept

Good morning friends. Summer is still going on.  Very hot in all places.  It’s very uncomfortable to move.  Just a couple of steps, we feel the heat, we perspire.  With reference to The Times of India, we will be expecting a pre-monsoon activity in a week.

Scorching, sultry afternoons may soon give way to thundershowers and welcome drizzle as weather officials expect pre-monsoon activity to begin in a week’s time.

The city has been witnessing high humidity which was recorded at 70% on Monday morning. Weather officials said this is due to the south-westerly current which leads to more moisture in the environment.

Officials said that if the temperature continues to remain high, the state could expect pre-monsoon activity like thundershowers, winds and even light rains.

It would be a prelude to the monsoon which normally arrives by June 15. The weather department has predicted 90% rainfall.

Meanwhile, officials said that the temperature in most parts of the state are normal. “In most regions of the state, the temperatures are normal. In Ahmedabad, the temperature was recorded at 40.4 degree while the normal temperature at this time is 41 degrees Celsius,” said a weather official.

Officials said that if the temperatures remain consistently high, it will facilitate manifestation of pre-monsoon activity.

Meanwhile, doctors have warned that as the humidity levels have risen in the state, people should increase their water intake to make up for the water-loss through perspiration.

“Since people are not used to humid environs, they should take care to regularly consume fluids like lemon juice to ward off an electrolyte imbalance through excessive perspiration,” a doctor said.

Seven eco-friendly ways to get in shape!

Good morning friends.  Two day more.  Let’s welcome 2009. I wish everybody will have their prosperous New Year.  As Christmas Day ends, a lot of gathering we experience.  Everywhere.  There is a good news for being in good shape as many forget their diets. 

 

You can easily get in shape while simultaneously preventing the environment by making certain lifestyle changes in the new year, suggests a report.

 

According to the Environmental News Network, the report contains seven suggestions for achieving this end. One of them is quitting the gym and stopping driving to reach the health club. The reason cited for this is that a majority of people usually stop exercising after a month of two because they do not find it to be fun.


The recommends that people instead try getting outside on foot rather than driving to the gym, as that will help reduce the consumption of fuel and electricity.

 

Avoidance of buying home exercise equipment is the second suggestion, with the CDC report saying that 40 per cent of such equipment are not used. The report says that people should instead save their money for other things, and keep their carbon footprint low by exercising outside.

The third suggestion is that people better use their legs and get some cardio if their trip is less than a five-minute drive.

Planting trees is the fourth recommendation on the list, with the report suggesting that being outdoors would give people a good workout, and they will create more oxygen for Mother Earth. Fifthly, the report recommends joining the composting club, as activities like dirt-digging and garbage-clearing not only help the environment but build muscles also.

The use of electric bikes, also known as optibikes, finds a mention on the sixth place. Such bikes are fastest ways to get fit and lower the amount of pollution. Finally, the report recommends “starting a ride to work club”. All that this phrase means is that the members of a club should collectively decide whether they would like to ride their bikes to work, or go the old-fashioned route of carpooling.

Ref: thetimesofindia

Pollution could be turning you obese

Good morning friends.  Many of us knows that pollution has bee as any significant change in the physical, chemical or biological characteristics of the air, water and land that many negatively affect mankind, whether directly by being harmful to people or indirectly by causing natural resources to deteriorate. 

A pollutant might be triggering obesity by influencing gene activity, according to a new study.  

For example tributyltin, a chemical is used in antifouling paints for boats, as a wood and textile preservative, and as a pesticide on high-value food crops, among many other applications.

Tributyltin affects sensitive receptors in animal cells, from water fleas to humans, at very low concentrations – a thousand times lower than pollutants that are known to interfere with sexual development of wildlife species.

Tributyltin and its relatives are highly toxic to snails, causing female snails to develop male sexual characteristics, and it bioaccumulates in fish and shellfish.

The harmful effects of the chemical on the liver  and the nervous and immune systems in mammals are well known, but its powerful effects on the cellular components known as retinoid X receptors (RXRs) in a range of species are a recent discovery.

When activated, RXRs can migrate into the nuclei of cells and switch on genes that cause the growth of fat storage cells and regulate whole body metabolism — compounds that affect a related receptor often associated with RXRs are now used to treat diabetes.

RXRs are normally activated by signalling molecules found throughout the body.

Taisen Iguchi and Yoshinao Katsu of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Japan described how RXRs and related receptors are also strongly activated by tributyltin and similar chemicals.

Tributyltin impairs reproduction in water fleas through its effects on a receptor similar to the RXR. In addition, tributyltin causes the growth of excess fatty tissue in newborn mice exposed to it in the womb.

The effects of tributyltin on RXR-like nuclear receptors might therefore be widespread throughout the animal kingdom.

The rise in obesity in humans over the past 40 years parallels the increased use of industrial chemicals over the same period.

Iguchi and Katsu maintain that it is “plausible and provocative” to associate the obesity epidemic to chemical triggers present in the modern environment.

The study appeared in BioScience.

ref: thetimesofindia

 

 

Spare a Thought for the Environment

Good morning friends.  When talking about nature, I’m always willing to participate what ever topic will be.  I love nature very much.  We really have to take care of our nature environment.  We are all the one who will benefit on that.  Love our environment.

A serious concern for the conservation and improvement of our natural environment is tangible across the world. Many have joined hands to not only lend a voice to the cause but also make governments, industry and other institutions realise the importance of ecology so that they learn to treat nature with greater respect.

With similar concern, Thilo Rothkirch, a German cartoon filmmaker, has recently set up his foundation, ‘Save Our Nature,’ which has taken up the issue of climate change as its primary cause. He was recently in India to see, among other things, how he can collaborate with concerned actors and be innovative to get the youth more involved about issues like climate change. Also, the owner of the Berlin-based company called ‘Cartoon Film,’ Rothkirch is a veteran in his field providing entertainment to children and young people. He has even been hailed as the German Walt Disney.

Talking about his foundation, Rothkirch says: “I invest my knowledge in entertainment, digital media, and animation with regard to preservation of nature, species and family. Also, I am into creating intellectual properties, focusing on climate protection, preservation of nature and protection of species through family-friendly edutainment in different audiovisual and digital media.” A co-production between Germany, Bollywood and Hollywood, he hopes, will generate a positive response across the world.

Rothkirch emphasised that a major focus of his programme will be on e-learning. He says: “We aim to provide the biggest internet platform for environment, using innovative themes, to make it user-friendly. We will be targeting the youth and thus will have things like online games etc.”

Referring to the Indo-German collaborations, he said, “We will organise conferences on relevant issues so that experts can come together and voice their opinion. Also, we will be coming up with documentaries on environment with youth icons promoting the cause.”

He adds, “The foundation will reinvest the profit earned from its joint ventures with media into renewable energy, reforestation, biodiversity, and mega-solar project for the largest solar energy park in India.”

Ref:  the times of india

A programme that teaches teachers

Good morning friends.  I’m really thankful to our government  to have this programme for the teachers.  This will help them a lot and we know that our children will  benefit  on that.

Opportunities for learning exist everywhere. CEE Ahmedabad has been conducting Green Teacher Programme which offers teachers an opportunity to empower themselves with knowledge and skills for effective transaction of concepts in environmental development in the classroom. 

 Teachers undergoing this programme are from various schools of the city. “The training programmes have been designed in two contact sessions to enhance knowledge, understanding and skills with regard to environment education and sustainable development,” says Shivani Jain, cordinator of the programme.

The second contact session began on Friday, Children’s Day. CEE also organised quiz competitions for kids. The idea behind weaving the programme was to facilitate teachers to introduce these themes in a graded manner in school.

“The package is based on environmental issues and are best taught and learnt by experienced teachers and educators, through activities given to them during the course,” says a program officer.

The program is designed in such a manner that it can be taught easily in schools because children are the best ambassadors for a green future. Even small actions can make a huge difference towards improving and protecting the environment.