Category: Environment

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Arsenic in Rice

A new finding reveals that rice grown in the US contains arsenic at levels well exceeding EPA standards that are applied for drinking water. The EPA limits level of arsenic in drinking water to 10ppb. But tests show rice grown in the USA to contain on average 95ppb, and ranges from 24 to 214 ppb […]

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GMO Labelling

In California, the bill for GMO-labelling, Prop 37, was defeated in the last minute, by small margin of 53 to 47. The Pro-Labelling lobby (mostly consumers and small organic companies) raised $4 million, while in the last stretch pro-GMO companies (Monsanto, Dupont, Hershey, Coke, Pepsi, General Mills, etc) poured in $47 million worth of FUD-filled […]

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Declining Bee Population

On September 26, 2011, about 12 million bees dropped dead in a single day in Brevard County, Florida. Since then, in the past years, there have been similar reports around the world (Europe, Russia, India, etc). Today it has reached the main stream news. The upcoming Time magazine cover article says: “The Price We’ll Pay […]

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Shenbaga Devi

The Shenbaga Devi Falls trail in Tenkasi is one of few very pristine areas in Tamil Nadu. Thanks to the entry being restricted by (if I remember correctly) the Ecological Survey of India, the area is very rich in its biodiversity (plants, insects, birds, that you don’t get a chance to see outside, all within […]

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Velapar Murugan

Site: Velapar Murugan (வேலப்பர் முருகன்) Map: +9° 51′ 2.40″ N, +77° 35′ 54.00″ E, 500m. This is located en-route to Theni from Madurai city, past a township called Aandipatti. There is also a small road side rest-stop/temple – DharmaSastha (தர்மசாஸ்தா) located here along the way, at 339m. We got a generous helping of piping hot […]

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Catchment

I caught this procession of folks in the distance, on the way back from a visiting a remote rural temple. They are going to the local Kali temple. Usually this is done on every powarnami (full moon day). But this one is special, as it comes right after Navaratri celebrations. They’re carrying mulai-paari (முளை பாரி; […]

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Nature

The following were taken in 2009 (except for the latest taken in May 2015). All within our home (except for our small coconut grove which is about 8km from our home). The sights and sounds you hear are the result of years of gardening effort by dad. Our house had become grand central for all […]

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Local Birds

Thanks to the thick foliage in our house — the thickest foliage in the entire neighborhood, thanks to my dad’s years of gardening and tree planting… our compound has become grand central for birds of all kinds. Most of the photos are taken just within our house compound. There are definitely a dozen more exotic […]

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Monsoon Clouds

“This year we had a good monsoon season.” The sort of thing my parents (in India) would say when I call them. If you live in interior Tamil Nadu (or for that matter interior anywhere), you don’t have to be a farmer, to feel the anticipation, anxiety, and the prayers of the people for the […]

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