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China Earthquake Destroys 10,000 Homes

July 9, 2009 / No Comments

In China, more than 10,000 homes have been destroyed as a result of an earthquake that struck in southwest China. The quake left more than 300 people injured when it hit Yunnan province in southwest China Thursday evening. The quake was a 6.0-magnitude according to Xinhua. The U.S. Geological Survey gave a figure of 5.7.

Jose Manuel Barroso: G8 Agrees to Limit Global Warming to 2 degrees Celsius, Cut Emissions by 80%

July 9, 2009 / 2 Comments

The summit of the Group of Eight industrial nations – the G8 – being held in Italy has agreed to try limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) and also cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the member-nations by 80%. The goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius was adopted, for the first time, by the United States, Russia, ...

Will the United States Run Out of Oil? Sooner Than Expected, Report Says

July 8, 2009 / 2 Comments

Peak Oil has been a theory of immense discussion and though I don't get much of it, the comprehension that it has something to do with maximum oil production around the globe is ample for me and for the rest of you. I may not understand the basics of Peak Oil, but what I do know is that the global ...

Happiest Green Place on Earth – Costa Rica

July 6, 2009 / No Comments

Looking for the happiest place on Earth? Look no further. Costa Rica is officially happiest place on earth. It is also one of the most environmentally friendly, too says a new survey by a British non-governmental group.

NASA’s breakthrough terrain map depicts 99% of Earth’s surface

July 3, 2009 / 4 Comments

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has come out with an amazing new map that covers 99% of the Earth’s surface and highlights elevations of almost every place on the planet. NASA created the Global Digital Elevation Model using around 1.3 million images collected by a Japanese camera aboard its spacecraft - Terra.

Obama stands firmly by his fuel-efficiency plan

June 28, 2009 / No Comments

United States President Barak Obama says that the legislation on climate change, along with his plan for fuel efficiency of automobiles, will save as much oil as the US imports from the Persian Gulf countries. Thus, President Obama said in an interview that if the proposal becomes law, the United States would greatly reduce its dependence on foreign oil. [caption id="" ...

10 Best Places to Find World Wildlife Photography

June 3, 2009 / 9 Comments

Here at Greenpacks, the animals that share our planet are our friends. We not only have a responsibility to care for our planet for those we leave behind, our children and their children, but also for those who have no control over how we abuse it, how we infringe on their habitats, how we make life miserable for them. Besides, ...

Unexplored Oil and Gas Resources in the Arctic, Mostly Russian

May 29, 2009 / No Comments

They say the balance of power shifts with the control over natural gases and oil reserves. It might be the right notion with Russia, US, Canada and Denmark staking their claim over the region that falls north of the Arctic Circle. These countries would get back to staking their claims as scientists from the USGS in collaboration with international researchers have ...

Honduras Earthquake 7.1 Magnitude – When Mother Nature Gets Angry

May 28, 2009 / No Comments

There was an earthquake in the Honduras - 7.1 Magnitude. A sure fire indication of what can happen when Mother Nature gets angry. That is, if you want to personify nature. People were running around the city in their pajamas, reminding me of a Taiwanese friend who told me she would never sleep naked for fear an earthquake would wake her and ...

Roots of Climate Change Associated With Ice Clouds

May 19, 2009 / No Comments

Scientists haven’t had much success when it comes to interpreting climate change patterns. Well, maybe they could never establish a relationship between climate change science and the ice clouds. But now, a team led by Kerri Pratt, a Ph.D. student of atmospheric chemistry and Professor Kim Prather, got an opportunity to collect water droplets and ice crystals from an aircraft flying ...