Under water turbines to generate Power?

May 30, 2008 at 9:53 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Control Buoy under construction

Control buoy under construction.

Picture from  http://coet.fau.edu/?p=pilot

Illustration of the underwater turbines

Picture taken from: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/12/10/underwater-power-generating-ocean-turbines/

 

Researchers at the Center of Excellence in Ocean Energy Technology have developed technology which will   allow them to use the Gulf Stream currents that could conceivably cover all of Florida’s energy needs. One of the greatest untapped energy resourses in the world is the motion of the otion, hence researchers in Florida have proposed installing turbines at the sea bed of the Gulf stream. The idea simply is to have turbines which is 20 kW open blade axial-flow horizontal turbine design, driven by a 3 m diameter 3-blade rotor. This complex mechanism will be connected to each other by synthetic ropes.

Taking into account, that installing massive turbines will need prior research on the effects on marine life and the ocean bed, the institute had launched a prototype in February. Despite my numerous attempts to speak to someone in the institute, no body was available.

Not a lot people are pleased with the  idea of placing giant turbines at the bottom of the ocean, Todd Barber, Chairman of Reef Ball Foundation suggested that according to a study done by the Army Corp of Engineers in the “50s and 60s and found that if you slow down the gulf stream, you not only disturb marine life but the entire climate! The gulf stream brings warmer weather all the way to Europe. ” Member of the Frank Loyd Wright foundation has noted several problems which include distruction and displacement of the delicate oceanic ecosystem and “slicing” and “dicing” of the sea creatures. How ever not everybody has a negative reaction to this project, a lot of people b`lieve it is a brillian idea.”i love the idea of using the oceans as an energy source…it’s a massive store of energy…….”

Even though using the oceans as an energy source seems like a good idea it does undeniably poses numerous threats to the marine life, climate and the eco system.

 

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Energy on the go!

May 29, 2008 at 12:11 pm (Uncategorized)

Solar powered bag will soon become the hottest accessory in town. Noon solar , a company in Chicago makes solarpowered bags which are capable to charge your i-pod and phone. this means you’ll never have a dead batter again in your lifetime. I spoke to Marianne fairbanks and jane palmer, the founders of the company. read more……

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Go Planet!

May 19, 2008 at 7:58 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Captain Planet, he`s a hero. gonna take pollution down to zero. He sure was my hero when I was growing up. With the help of his planeteers he helped make the earth greener and save the planet from pollution and devestation.

But what happened after 1996? Captain planet series got cancelled in 1996. After doing some research, I have found out that there is a captain planet foundation (cpf) which was formed by Ted Turner, the creator of Captain Planet. The foundation is dedicated to the betterment of the environment by encouraging innovative events for children and the youth.

I try to find out what happened and how can we help captain planet back on the television screens and have the younger generation acquainted to the Eco-friendly super hero

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A world without Apples and Pears!!!!!

May 7, 2008 at 10:38 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Image: Autan, http://flickr.com/photos/autanex/519742656/

A world without apples and pears!!!!!!!!!!

Bees are one of the most neglected creatures of the insect kingdom. According to recent studies the population of bees have decreased in millions. One of the main cause is pollution. Since not much is know about these creatures who communicate exclusively through dance, I have decided to research on what really happened.
Bees are one of the main organisms which help in pollination. With the rapid decline it wouldn’t be long before our children will be seeing pictures of strawberries, apples and pears only in books. Read more……..

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Save the turtle!!!!

April 21, 2008 at 12:22 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

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One of the predominant multinational companies in India Tata is building a port in Dhamra Deepwater Port [1] in Orissa and posing a threat to the largest nesting grounds for the Olive ridley Turtles.

Greenpeace India has started an online petition against the construction of the port. over 9000 people have already signed it in the hope that Ratan Tata the Chairman of the Tata group would re-locate the port.

After receiving a comment from Amlan Dutta, I have made an appointment speak to a greenpeace representative on their opinion on the stand the Tatas are taking.

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Festivals and pollutants

March 14, 2008 at 12:59 pm (Uncategorized)

Ganesh chaturth, a festival celebrated all across maharashtra india is a great cause of concern as it is causing a major havoc to the environment. A family going green for Ganpati………

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Fashion show celebrating nature

March 14, 2008 at 9:04 am (Uncategorized)

B.D.SOMANI fashion technological institute in mumbai is hosting silhouettes, a fashion event celebrating nature. read more……

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Festivals and pollutants.

March 3, 2008 at 3:11 am (Uncategorized)

India is a land of varied heritage and  concoction of cultures. Being the host to several communities and celebrations has finally started to take a toll on its environment. With numerous festivals and processions taking place across 26 states………… pollutants and festivals are the talk of every town.

Holi, Diwali.Ganesh chaturth and Durga-puja are celebrated with much pomp and enthusiasm through out the country but  each festival comes with its fair share of pollutants.

Holi marks the beginning of spring and The festival begins with burning the holi bonfire called Holika. The following day is spent visiting friends and families and throwing colour or water at each other.

This year Holi will be celebrated on the 22nd of March

 DIWALI

Also known as Deepawali, is a festival of lights. It marks the victory of good over evil. It has different religious significance in different parts of India, however it is celebrated with the same exhilarated fashion. Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama from 14 years in exile.  Diwali is associated with numerous customs and traditions like Rangoli, Diya, Firecrackers. In the recent past, this festival has been making news for all the wrong reasons.

With extreme commercialization of a sacred festival, comes immense pollution and an environmental horror. Noise pollution is at its peak throughout the country during the festival time. various measure have been taken by the govt. to keep noise pollution at an alltime low. Delhi has strict regulation surrounding the types of firecrackers bought and used. Chennai goverment has imposed bans on particular firecrackers to reduce noise pollution. Holika, the holy bonfire, picture courtesy:gurugo,FlickrAfter diwali pollutants like sulphur-di-oxide,Nitrogen-di-oxide and PM 10 are found in abundance lurking in the air. They not only pose a threat to humans but are greater danger to the air.

The question we need to ask ourselves is how long will we keep exploiting the land, we live in, the air we breath and the water we drink in the name of celebration?

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10 things

February 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm (Uncategorized)

As part of my research into environment and Non-UK communities, I have narrowed my search to the metropolitan cities in India. 

10 things one needs to know about Environmental problems  and solutions in India.

Being the most populated country in the world, India has a environmental problems in abundance.

The WWF has recognised deforestation,pollution and The thirst for Palm oil as the main treats to the environment in India.

One of the earliest environmental campaigns was the Chipko Movement.

Delhi :As the capital of India Delhi is one of the Most populated cities in India. With ever increasing number of vehicles being added to the roads everyday, pollution is the most important problem in here.

Mumbai: The financial capital and the largest city in India. the list of environmental problems range from Pollution, Depletion of mangroves and Population.

Raddiwalla: when translated it literally means Junk-yard man, is India`s most common and prevelant method of recycling.

Plastic ban:  Plastic is a mojor environmental threat in India.Most of the states in India have imposed a plastic ban.

Eco-Tourism: India has always attracted tourists from  across the globe and it focuses on sustaining and preserving the diversity of the natural environment.

Non Government Organisations (NGO): there are numerous organisations which work for the welfare of the environment. some of them are Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group, OASIS

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Hello world!

February 17, 2008 at 12:42 am (Uncategorized)

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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