Pictures of Shangri-La

October 16, 2008 / No Comments

There really is a Shangri-La. It is located at the center of the "Three Parallel Rivers" and is home to the Potatso National Park and Shudu Lake, Niru Area and Bitahai Nature Reserve. Monks, (not monkeys) squirrels, fir trees and a Tibetan Buddhist Temple can be found there as well. Ah, Shangri-La. It's not just a hotel chain. It's a real place. [gallery] When ...

Noise Pollution in San Francisco, Harms People’s Health

October 16, 2008 / No Comments

Everyone is aware that noise pollution is a source of irritability in most people. A recent study in San Francisco reveals that 1 out of 6 people living in San Francisco face risks of heart diseases, blood pressure and high stress. Any readers from SF that can comment on that noise pollution issue? Check out the video below. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" ...

How to put an Army to really good use

October 16, 2008 / No Comments

Armies can do other things besides fight wars. A military might might be used for other things that causing harm. How about we use them to clean up the environment? Seriously. That's what's going on in China. [caption id="attachment_1823" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Chinese Soldiers "Cleaning Up""][/caption] Chinese frontier soldiers are picking up garbage on the Red Sea Beach. The frontier soldiers pick up ...

Texas Teen Builds Electric Car With a $10,000 Budget

October 16, 2008 / No Comments

As car manufacturers are venturing into making electric cars to beat the high costs of fuel, a 17 year old, Lucas Laborde, has already built an electric car with a difference. It took him 150 hours to convert a normal gas powered car into one that runs on electricity. Luke, as he is known to his friends and relatives, hopes to ...

Financial Crisis to Play Big Role in “Green Growth”

October 15, 2008 / No Comments

According to Yvo De Boer - Head of the UN based Climate Change Secretariat - the global financial crisis is going to speed up the efforts being made by many countries to cut down on global warming, a process that is slowly leading us to destruction. He elaborated that, instead of side lining the issue of global warming because of the ...

WHO – One in Eight Suffer from Mental Disorder

October 15, 2008 / No Comments

Maybe there is something in the air, or in the water. Who knows? But, WHO knows that nearly one in every eight people in the world are suffering from some sort of mental illness. World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th every year. (WHO knew that, but who knew that besides WHO?) "We need to reinforce partnerships, accelerate ...

Tallest Tree, Flowering Plant in the World Found in Tasmania

October 15, 2008 / 2 Comments

The world's tallest hardwood was found in Australia's southern island state Tasmania. The trees are known as the swamp gum (eucalyptus regnans), dubbed Centurion. They grow upwards of 100-101 meters tall. One tree that was over 100 meters tall was discovered in a forest near the Tahune Airwalk tourist attraction. Who'd a thought that a tree of this stature would ...

$700 Billion Bailout Plan and Its Green Benefits

October 15, 2008 / 1 Comment

Everyone is aware of the fact that the government is still debating about the $700 billion that will go in to bailing out financial institutions from their present credit crisis. But what one does not know is about the special benefits that are a part of the bill, and we're talking about "green benefits". [caption id="attachment_1858" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Amsterdam Bike Commuter"][/caption] The ...

Dubai’s Jumeirah Gardens Master Plan – Highest Environmental Standards

October 15, 2008 / 3 Comments

While the world is witnessing a terrible financial crunch, Dubai remains calm and unaffected by this crisis. Their vivid taste for exotic high rise constructions fuels their desire for more of the kind. Meeras Construction is one such company which has visions of making Dubai a very Hi-Tech city. It has recently roped in two architects, Adrian Smith and Gordon ...

Tibetan Wild Asses Frolicking About

October 15, 2008 / No Comments

Somehow, deep inside, we knew those Tibetans were wild, didn't we? I mean, what's with sitting up in the mountains all day waiting for someone to come to you, ask you a question and such? Well, a few Tibetan wild asses got loose, or took to the fields, whatever, to hang out with the Qinghai-Tibet railway in Northwest China's Qinghai province. [gallery] The ...