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Showing posts with label Environment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Environment. Show all posts

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Evaluation of physico-chemical characteristics of groundwater of Sindhuvalli Village, Mysore District


EVALUATION OF PHYSICO-CHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF GROUNDWATER OF SINDHUVALLI VILLAGE - MYSORE DISTRICT


A dissertation report submitted to Dept. Environmental science, Yuvaraja’s college (autonomous)


MAEED M. ZAHIR - EMMANUEL .C - FIDAAD JALEEL
Class 2012 - VI Sem - Bachelor of Science (CEnEr)


DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
YUVARAJA’S COLLEGE

UNIVERSITY OF MYSORE

April 2012

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INTRODUCTION

Groundwater is a precious and the most widely distributed resource of the earth and unlike any other mineral resource, it gets annual replenishment from the meteoric precipitation. The worlds total water resources are estimated at 1.37 x 108 Million hectares (ha-m). Of these global water resources about 97.2% is salt water mainly in oceans, and only 2.8% is available as Fresh water. Out of the 2.8%, 2.2% is available as surface water and 0.6% as groundwater. Even out of this 2.2% of surface water, 2.15% is fresh water in glaciers and ice caps and only of the order of 0.01% (1.36x104 M ha-m) is available in lakes and reservoirs and 0.0001% in streams. Out of 0.6% of stored groundwater, only about 0.3% (41.1 x 104 M ha-m) can be economically extracted with the present drilling technology, the remaining is unavailable as it is below 800 m.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Who's holding us back? - GREENPEACE Publication

How carbon-intensive industry is preventing effective climate change legislation

The corporations most responsible for contributing to climate change emissions and profiting from those activities are campaigning to increase their access to international negotiations and, at the same time, working to defeat progressive legislation on climate change and energy around the world.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

I support ECOCARE Maldives Campaign 'Don't Cage Dolphins" !!!


I support ECOCARE Maldives Campaign 'Don't Cage Dolphins" !!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy


Re-think and Re-design our future.
A Circular Economy for a Greener Economy 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Moving Planet - September 24th, 2011: A day to move beyond Fossil Fuels


SEPTEMBER 24th, 2011
MOVING PLANET - A DAY TO MOVE BEYOND FOSSIL FUELS

Join the movement now, check out the site and spread the word

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I'm climbing an oil rig - Kumi Naidoo Greenpeace International Executive Director


GREENPEACE International


Kumi Naidoo - Greenpeace International Executive Director.
Please help me protect the Arctic.
After a freezing dash out from the coast of Greenland in a small boat to meet the Esperanza, I'm now preparing to leave again at first light to board the Cairn oil rig Leiv Eiriksson.

With one companion I'll follow in the footsteps of the twenty Greenpeace activists who've gone before me in the past two weeks. Together they prevented Cairn's reckless deep sea oil drilling here in the Arctic for a total of five days.

Most of them spent almost two weeks in jail and have been deported for their trouble. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Nature; at your service – WED 2011


On 5th June this year we mark the World Environment day or WED 2011. This year WED supports the United Nations International Year of Forests with the theme, “Nature; at your service”. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International year of forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

For long we have mistreated our forests; we have deforested, we have over exploited, we have hackneyed and made them trite, we have shown no mercy at all. What most us forget is the blunt fact that these forests are home to some 80% of the terrestrial biodiversity on this planet. They cover 31% of the total land area; while livelihoods of 1.6 billion people depend on the forests, forests provide a home to more than 300 million people worldwide. The forests also play a major role as security, homes and livelihood for 60 million indigenous people around the world.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Population explosion; a major environmental issue in Male’



Male' a concrete jungle. Flickr Photo: mnaseeh
Introduction
Male’ is the capital city of the Maldives. It is the largest city in terms of population, infrastructure and development in the country. Located 4°10′30″N – 73°30′32″E, Male’ is at the southern edge of North Male’ Atoll (also known as Kaafu Atoll). Though geographically located in Kaafu Atoll, Male’ is administratively not considered as part of it, but rather administered separately. Three more islands namely Villimale’Hulhumale’and Hulhule’ make up the Male’ city. Total area of the city is 5.798 km², which has a population of 103,693 (as per 2006 census). Male’ is the social, economical and recreational hub of Maldives provided with wide range of facilities and infrastructure. Also Male’ has a commercial harbor making it the centre of commercial activities in the country. Hulhule’ Island is basically an airport Island that hosts the Male’ International Airport and hence is the gateway to the Maldives. Male’ can be considered as one of the most densely populated capital of the world.
What is Population Explosion?
The basic textbook definition for the term Population Explosion is the increase in individuals occupying a particular specific area at a given time. In other words it is another name that can be used for the term “Overpopulation”. Overpopulation happens to be a common trend found in the developing countries around the world.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Threats and cure for a climate struck destination – An outline

Maeed M. Zahir
ECOCARE Maldives

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The Maldives contributes less than 0.01% of the global Green House Gas emissions; even so the country is one of those that will be affected the most due to the Global Climate Change.

Land loss and Beach erosion; Over 80% of the land area is less than 1 m above mean sea-level. 50% of all inhabited islands and 45% of tourist resorts face varying degrees of beach erosion. Note that even a rise of 1 m of average sea-level will submerge this country.

Infrastructural damage; all infrastructural activities, industries and settlements lie close to the shoreline. Sea-level rise poses a great threat to the existence of these structures. The Male’ International Airport for example which is located in the Hulhule’ Island, has a runway which is only 1.2 m above mean sea-level.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Rising seas, a hoax? [Understanding Climate Change]


Maeed M. Zahir 
(ECOCARE Maldives)


“A mean sea-level rise of two meters would suffice to virtually submerge the entire country of 1190 small islands, most of which barely rise over two meters above mean sea-level. That would be a death of a nation. With a mere one meter rise, a storm surge would be catastrophic, and possibly fatal, to the nation” President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom at the United Nations General Assembly on the issue of Environment and Development, New York, 19 October 1987.

For decades Maldivian leaders have been advocating for our very vulnerable environment and explaining the consequences of a global sea-level rise. All the way back in 1987 President Maumoon made efforts to bring this major issue to the attention of world leaders. Today President Nasheed continues to do so.

Many still are skeptical about the whole thing. Some regard this as a hoax while others just do not want to believe in a concept where “Maldives is sinking”. Well Maldives is “not” sinking!! It’s the seas that are rising to submerge the entire country.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Global warming a man-made reality! [Understanding Climate Change]


Maeed M. Zahir
[ECOCARE Maldives]

Global Warming and Cooling is something that planet Earth has undergone in its long history of 4.5 billion years. It is a phenomenon that has a natural cycle to it. The alarming reality today is the fact that humans have caused this natural process to accelerate rapidly. Our industrialization, our development, our recreation, our pleaser, our desire to material wealth and our unsustainable manners has led to what appears to be a deadly global environmental crisis. Global Warming is as real a fact that Obama is the first black American President. It is not a hoax and not a myth but it is a reality. We need to clearly understand this very bold fact.

What is Global Warming?

As name suggests Global Warming can be simply understood as the increase in global temperature. It happens when Green House gases such as Carbon dioxide, water vapor, Nitrous oxide, Methane etc… trap heat and light from the sun in the Earth’s atmosphere, which causes the rise in temperature.

Friday, January 7, 2011

An Introduction; Understanding Climate Change

Maeed M. Zahir
ECOCARE Maldives

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Whenever we talk about environment, Climate Change happens to be the most common and most familiar term we find in our conversations today. It has become one of the major global stories in world politics, a bold headline in everyday news paper. It is something that concerns thousands of politicians around the world and affects millions that inhabit planet earth today. It is something that has and will have either direct or indirect affect on all of us. YES! Climate Change is very complicated but it is happening. This is exactly why understanding Climate Change is important. 

To understand the reality of Climate Change it’s essential that we know that Climate Change is nothing new. It has been something that has always been happening and it’s something that will keep on happening. Since Earths existence some 4.5 billion years ago there have been constant changes in global climatic conditions. Earth has undergone major periods of climatic shifts in the past as well, including 4 ice ages.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Crizel, the Toxic Warrior >> I had tears in my eyes after watching this !!




Crizel, the Toxic Warrior In 1991, after the eruption of mount Pinatubo, the Philippines government rejected a proposal to extend the 90 year old U.S. bases agreement. The U.S. abandoned their military bases in the Philippines, leaving behind them a toxic legacy.   The volcanic disaster combined with typhoon Yunya made thousands of people homeless, and they found refuge in camps on the ex-military grounds. They didn't know that the water they were drinking and the ground they were walking on was contaminated.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Maldives is committed in the “War against Climate change” YES it is!!

Maldives is in the front-line on the “War against Climate Change”. Its leaders have been voicing out and speaking about Global warming and rising seas for decades. In Vancouver, October 1987, President Maumoon called the world not to wait and watch a “Death of Nation”, later President Nasheed rallying with 350.org in Copenhagen, December 2009, made it clear to the world leaders that “This is a matter of life and death”.

Maldives has been showing a great deal of activism in a global scale, from holding the very first underwater cabinet meeting and announcing its intentions to become the very first carbon-neutral country in the world. The country has been committed to the different international treaties which had been signed. Maldives perhaps has almost no involvement in the large scale global carbon emission that has created the international climate scenario, however Maldives definitely will be among those countries that would be worst hit by the affects of the global climate change.

On 25th November 2010 Ministry of Housing and Environment in its website stated that:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Feeding Frenzy: Manta Rays in the Maldives


Check out this AWESOME video on Hanifaru - Manta ray site in the Maldives

"Its important for of us to protect and keep conserving these hot-spots of marine biodiversity" 

*YouTube video by NationalGeographic

Friday, November 26, 2010

350 eARTh – Maldives Event by ECOCARE Maldives 2010


*taken from: www.ecocare.mv

Maldives in among those small Island states that are very vulnerable to Climate Change and rising sea levels. 26 Geographical Atolls with over 1190 Islands, Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean, at the heart of the Equator. These islands famous for its tourism are indeed in peril. Vulnerable to the huge waves, the low lying state is barely above mean sea level facing threatening consequences for its very existence. The average elevation of the country is just 1.5 meters above sea level, and no natural ground in the country exceeds 2.3 meters above sea level.

Friday, November 19, 2010

STOP THIS CRUEL MASSACRE !!! SAVE THE SHARK !!!


STOP THIS CRUEL MASSACRE - SAVE THE SHARK 

Join hands together with ECOCARE MALDIVES 

in its campaign to SAVE SHARK in Maldives


*YouTube video: Save Our Sharks 
*Also read more on Save Our Seas Foundation
*Also read more about ECOCARE MALDIVES

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

DEATH OF A NATION Presentation - 2008



This was a presentation I made in 2008. 
Also find related article:
DEATH OF A NATION ...
http://maeedsblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/death-of-nation.html

Check out the Microsoft PowerPoint Web App ... Awesome !!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Biodiversity: A basic understanding ...

Biodiversity is the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem, biome, or for the entire Earth. Biodiversity is often used as a measure of the health of biological systems. The biodiversity found on Earth today consists of many millions of distinct biological species, which is the product of nearly 3.5 billion years of evolution.

Biologists most often define "biological diversity" or "biodiversity" as the "totality of genes, species, and ecosystems of a region". An advantage of this definition is that it seems to describe most circumstances and present a unified view of the traditional three levels at which biological variety has been identified:

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