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 ...

Recycled Newspaper for Fashion

October 14, 2008 / No Comments

This is weird. In China the girls are wearing recycled newspapers as part of their fashion. University students can be seen wearing the fashion creations in the southern city of Haikou in South China's Hainana Province. I suppose that's one way to get students to read a newspaper. "Hmm...I wonder what I am going to wear today?" "Why not try the sports page, ...

Drought Effects on the Environment and Some Solutions

October 14, 2008 / 6 Comments

When a region receives a constantly reduced - usually none - water supply be it from rain or other sort of technologies, it's been affected by drought. Usually lasting for years, severe droughts can cause real damage even if they last a couple of months. But the effects are way beyond the physical damage we see (like the reduced crop) and ...