Environment

Singapore’s Marina Barrage Controls Flood, Collects Rains Water

July 19, 2012 / No Comments

Marina Barrage is Singapore’s 15th reservoir and the first of its kind in the urban premises. For a country like Singapore, which receives 100 inches of rain each year, flood management, water supply as well as storage are big issues. Built across the Marina channel, the reservoir is a low-level dam in itself and provides a one-stop solution to all these ...

Methane Abounds in Arctic Seas; Might Intensify Global Warming

April 23, 2012 / 1 Comment

The Arctic Oceanhides more than what you thought it really does. A study by researches at the California Institute of  Tech (Caltech) has found that the ocean has higher levels of methane deposits. Antarctica and the surrounding Southern Ocean themselves release large amounts of methane, a green house gas. As the Earth is warming up each day, the green house gas ...

Be the Change by Supporting the Antarctic Ocean Alliance

March 1, 2012 / No Comments

The Antarctic Ocean Alliance, which includes 16 environmental and conservation organizations like Greenpeace, WWF, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the American oceanographer Sylvia Earle, is proposing that 19 areas be set aside as marine protected areas or no-take zones where fishing and mineral exploration are prohibited. Many fisheries scientists argue that such reserves offer the best hope for ...

Great Barrier Reef to Get Much-Needed Protection

November 29, 2011 / No Comments

The most sought after biodiverse spot in the universe is now getting a helping hand in its bid to survive. With the Australian government expressing keenness to protect it, the Great Barrier Reef is on the road to become the world’s largest marine reserve. The initiatives planned will make it a Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve, and will be protected ...

Tsunamis of Floating Debris from Japan Head for Hawaiian Coast

October 25, 2011 / 1 Comment

Tsunamis of worry are still sweeping those countries hit by destructive waves in the recent past. Tsunami wrought havoc in Japan earlier during the current year. However, it seems like it will not be the only country affected by the disaster. In July, debris from the coastline was seen swept into the ocean and was being carried by ocean currents towards ...

Air Purifier Plant Andrea is a Charmer [Video]

October 24, 2011 / 1 Comment

However much man tries to toxify the earth, Mother Earth is too loving and kind to reverse that process. Her mute agents like plants are all too ready to help us lead a healthy and perfect life. This wonderful symbiosis between man and nature can create wonders. Take a look at this air purifier. The Andrea Air Purifier is a brilliant ...

Rehabilitating Marine Life in Coastal Areas, the SeArc Way

October 20, 2011 / No Comments

The city does not end at the shore, it is said. While only 15% of the Earth's land surface is in coastal zones, 60% of human population lives and interacts with seas and oceans. Infrastructure put in place to support coastal urban areas modifies shorelines and facilitates the introduction of invasive species, causing marine habitat and biodiversity loss throughout the world's ...

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior III Launched [Video]

October 19, 2011 / No Comments

To confront environmental criminals across the world, to investigate and expose destructive activities, and perhaps, most of all, to provide a beacon of hope and an inspiration to action wherever she goes, Rainbow Warrior III has girded up her loins. Greenpeace launched their third Rainbow Warrior vessel at a ceremony in Berne-Motzen, Germany, last week. The new high-tech $33M vessel is ...

Solar RoofPod Made by Students Could Help Snip NYC Carbon Foot Print

September 19, 2011 / No Comments

Seriously aware of the looming power and energy crisis, New York but has come up with a practical solution to reduce the city’s carbon foot print. The result is a rooftop home that utilizes solar and wind energy, and sustain power for each construction in New York City, which is blessed with open flat roofs. This intriguing new ...

Sunscreen Pills from Coral Reefs [Video]

September 12, 2011 / No Comments

A new discovery has brought to the fore that a natural compound found in coral reefs can act as a protector against sun’s ultraviolet rays. Scientists at King’s College in London have made a discovery and are now very close to synthesizing it in a lab. Once that is done, we can expect oral sunscreen pills, hopefully in five years. It ...