Shivers Down Your Spine: Melting Ice Caps Welcome Tourists to Antarctica

December 15, 2008 / No Comments

The very fact that 46,000 cruise ship passengers have been able to make their way to Antarctica - places which would have been inaccessible 20 years ago, are good examples of the effects of global warming at the South Pole. While the world still argues about how real or unreal the threat of global warming is, the effects though are giving ...

10 Stunning Images and Legends of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

December 14, 2008 / 9 Comments

Alex came across some beautiful images of Aurora Borealis (northern lights). They are called aurora australis In the southern hemisphere. I thought it might be interesting to throw in some of the appearances of the aurora in mythology that I found at wikipedia. In Bulfinch's Mythology, Thomas Bulfinch claimed in 1855 that in Norse mythology: The Valkyrior are warlike virgins, mounted upon ...

Steve Chu to Lead Obama’s Energy Team: Hope For US Environmental Policies

December 14, 2008 / No Comments

Whether you are a political or an environmental analyst, the word you'll likely use to describe Barrack Obama's new environment team at the White House is green. From a political point of view, the team led by Steve Chu - director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and a Nobel laureate in Physics, doesn't seem to have any experience ...

Colony of Rare Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkeys Uncovered in Vietnam

December 13, 2008 / 2 Comments

Every time we talk about why each threatened species got so close to disappearing forever, the inevitable answer seems to be human activity (be it habitat destruction or excessive hunting). The Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys are one of the rarest primates on Earth. Though only 200 of them exist, new hope emerged as another group of angry-looking monkeys has been found in ...

Penguins in Santa Claus Outfits

December 12, 2008 / No Comments

Here at GP we love all of God's creatures, except for maybe spiders and snakes and such (still want them safe though). We especially love animals that are cute. What we don't like it when people make fools out of animals. I mean, c'mon. We make fools out of ourselves easy enough. Why do we need to make fools out ...

Grus Nigricollis Protected in Tibet

December 12, 2008 / No Comments

Black-necked cranes (Grus Nigricollis) can be seen flying over the Lhasa river valley near Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. There are around 7,000 Grus Nigricollis perched in the natural reserve this year. Image by Jayanth Sharma Though the bird is endangered its number has been rising by 3.9 percentage annually over the past few years due to a series of protection ...

Miljøbil Grenland and Tata Motors

December 11, 2008 / No Comments

I was doing some research on Tata Motors and learned some 20 things that I listed up. One of the things I learned was Tata Motors has a 50.3% holding in electric vehicle technology firm Miljø Grenland/Innovasjon of Norway. So, off to Norway I went to learn something about this technology. The company bills itself as a "Driving for a Cleaner Environment." ...

Greenpeace Protests Whale Hunting in Mexico City

December 10, 2008 / 2 Comments

I am not very smart. I freely admit that and sometimes readers remind me of it. But, I do believe there are not many whales in Mexico City. I think Mexico City is landlocked. This causes me to wonder, "What in the world are Greenpeace protestors doing chaining themselves to the Japanese embassy in Mexico City to protest whale hunting?" I ...

Naked Argentinian Playboy Model, Vanessa Carbone, Protests Whale Hunting outside Japanese Embassy in Chile

December 10, 2008 / No Comments

A naked Argentinian Playboy model, Vanessa Carbone, has got my attention. She was found in the buff, in her birthday suit protesting outside the Japanese Embassy in Chile about whale hunting by the Japanese. Her placard says - "let them live." I'd like to say something, too, about what I'd like her to let do with ... never mind. Vanessa also ...

Some of the Most Dangerous Mountains in the World

December 10, 2008 / 9 Comments

For some of us, mountains are the best places for a vacation, but for others is a way of living. I'm talking about climbers that take their chances to make it "on top of the world", conquering some of the highest mountains out there. But some are not only after heights, they're after the most dangerous mountains. They need adrenaline, ...