What’s a Leathernist?

November 10, 2008 / No Comments

I might have heard of a jeanist. But it's definitely my first time to hear of a leathernist. Apparently, in Japan, they pick the female and male stars/models who are the most unfriendly to our leathered friends. Not only that, they award them with trophies to say thank you for the cows and horses that sacrificed their lives so they ...

It’s Raining Rose Petals

November 10, 2008 / No Comments

To be sure, if it's raining rose petals, there's got to be a party going on, people getting married or falling love. But, no matter, the flowers aren't going to be happy. There's a hotel in Dalian, China that is doing its part to be as unfriendly to the prettier side of our environment by allowing its hotel to be ...

Coal Efficiency to Get Boost in China

November 6, 2008 / No Comments

China does a pretty lousy job of getting the most from its coal. The country uses about 3.3 tons of raw material to produce one ton of coal while at the same time the U.S. uses about 1.25 tons to get the same result. Other countries that get about an 80% return are Australia, Germany and Canada. The "Red Panda" is ...

Trees Release Terpenes, a Cloud-thickening Chemical

November 6, 2008 / No Comments

If you delve deeper into the world of tress and shrubs around us, then you will find more reasons as to why we need to protect the existent forest cover in the world and why we need more trees to make the planet a better place. Till recently scientists believed that trees countered the phenomenon of global warming by just absorbing ...

Sydney Beaches to be Eroded by Rising Sea Levels

November 6, 2008 / 2 Comments

If the rising sea levels continue to be at the present rate or higher, then by 2050 the much loved coastline of Sydney could all be but gone. Scientists say that with the rate of global warming and the rise in sea level associated with it, the sea levels in Sydney are expected to rise with a minimum of 40 ...

Powerful antioxidant in green tea may prevent or delay the onset of type 1 diabetes

November 6, 2008 / No Comments

Going green isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for people too! Researchers were testing the health benefits and effects of EGCG, the predominant antioxidant found in green tea, on laboratory mice that had type 1 diabetes, as well as Sjogren’s syndrome, which depletes moisture-producing glands. The main focus of this study was on the effects that EGCG had on Sjogren’s ...

Singapore Wants Eco-Park on Landfill Island

November 5, 2008 / No Comments

Singapore's National Environment Agency (NEA) is currently studying the feasibility of puttin an eco-park on the Semakau landfill. Let's see, create an artificial land mass, then make it look eco-friendly. Hmm... The Semakau Landfill is on an island 8 kilometers (5 mi) south of Singapore and is used for ash disposal from Singapore's incinerators. The proposed eco-park will become a test ...

Japanese Government Takes 1st Step Toward Implementing Carbon Credit Trading

November 5, 2008 / No Comments

The Japanese government has taken the 1st step toward implementing carbon credit trading. The system will allow large companies to gain carbon credits by assisting small and midsize companies in reducing their emissions. "Firms that come in below their designated emission levels can sell the unused portions as carbon credits to businesses that exceed their caps." Tokyo is taking applications from ...

Water Monster, Axoloti, of Mexico City Nears Extinction

November 5, 2008 / 1 Comment

Mexico City's water monster, an Axoloti salamander (Ambystoma mexicanum), is about one foot long (30cm). According to scientists at the Chapultepec Zoo, the monster is about to go extinct because its lake habitat is draining, the water quality is deteriorating and non-native fish species started eating its eggs and larva, and competing for its food. The Muppet-looking critter is also known as ...

Tuatara, the Last Living Relative of the Dinosaurs, Nesting in New Zealand

November 4, 2008 / No Comments

There is one lesson in history that really man should look closely at and that is the story of the dinosaurs and their extinction. The fact that we as a race are as dominant today as the mighty creatures were once on the planet and they were indeed wiped out in a flash is something to keep in mind. The ...