There is an Electro-Plating factory near my house which is dumping untreated effluents in a pit near my house. There is a lot of foul smell 24 hours a day. To whom should I complain? Is there any legal recourse to shift or close down this factory?
Ravindran Venkatesh Naidu
There are three steps which you can adopt for stopping this company from operating:
Why is that biogas cannot be filled inside a cylinder like LPG and CNG and distributed to homes? What is the technical difficulty in doing so?
Technology for storing biogas for later use is available but there are some difficulties. To be used as a domestic fuel in a cylinder, it needs to be compressed first. Today it’s a costly affair and gobar gas through pipelines work out much cheaper.
The methane – carbon dioxide ratio favours compression in case of LPG and CNG. The higher the methane percentage the better. Biogas contains about 50 to 55 per cent methane while the percentage is as high as 80 in case of CNG. LPG has higher percentages of propane and butane, the properties of which resemble that of methane.
I am doing a report on sharks and the measures countries are taking to reduce shark attacks. Can you send me any good sites that I could look into?
Some sites that you could check into are:
Are there any Indian standards for marine diesel emissions in naval ships?
Capt. R K Rana, Indian Navy
There are no Indian standards for diesel emissions from ships. The US has some regulations, check it out at US EPA website www.epa.gov
Let us all say no to plastic because it never finishes. If you put it in fire then also it will not finish. Sometimes if you put it in fire, it may cause cancer. If an animal eats it up, it will get stuck in its stomach and it can also die. Say no to plastic. I think you know that plastic is harmful so please don’t use plastic.
Mandavi Chaudhury (Class IV)
Here are some informations that I would like to share with you:
I thoroughly enjoyed the GT on ‘ecological lagaan’. A recent article of mine for the Resurgence magazine titled Loot, looks at the East India company’s actions in light of today’s concerns. What I found remarkable was the Company’s invisibility in its hometown of London; nothing marks its power or crimes. It is as if the city of London is embarrassed at one of its most powerful creations.
Albert Grove, London
Congratulations to this valuable neatly prepared environmental issue. I am a retired lecturer from Turkey. I have not searched all previous issues of Gobar Times. But here I wanted to mention about a new virus carried by mosquitoes.
This virus is called West Nile Virus and its source is Middle East, around the Israel Area. I read all this in a serious science journal. But I could not recall the name. It may be New Scientist or Nature.
Check out this address: http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/westnil2. html. I am sure you would be able to find millions of address in one search but I wanted to only help. I wish you all the best and good luck in your work in environment.
Dr H. Emel Dinseven
This is a good effort to make people understand the different aspects of environment. Reading Gobar Times is fun and easy. Keep the good work up. I would like to see Gobar Times with more information. Best wishes!
Andrews Ganj, New Delhi
Let us try to do these things:
Fairy Khan (Class IV)
Tiny Tots School, New Delhi
Gobar Times in Varanasi
I am writing to say I loved creating our own GT at the workshop a lot. I want to know how people got into GT. Well, various people must be going from GT to various places to conduct workshops, but I'm very glad you people came to us. You were such special people! I heard there would be a teachers’ workshop here.
I'm sure teachers’ workshops must be great. But do you just discuss, or do you really teach them like you taught us? I think it must be discussion, because teachers are grown ups as well, after all. It wasn't exactly part of the workshop, I know, but all that singing, chatting etc was just great!
Shruti, Rajghat School