Sunday, February 21, 2010

5 Places to Visit Before They Vanish


Whether it’s raising sea level, desertification, and torrential monsoons, melting glaciers or oceans acidification. Climate change is rapidly altering the landscape of our planet.
We may be one of the last generations to witness Earth’s most cherished places. Here’s my list of 5 places to see before they completely vanish.

Lake SaifulMalook, Naran Valley, Pakistan

Deforestation has been a major problem all over Pakistan, Naran Valley and lake SaifulMalook have been experiencing rise in temperatures since 1980’s leading to shorter winters every year which is resulting is loss of habitat for the local flora & fauna. The only breather this picture perfect valley got in the last two decades was natural disaster of 8th October after which the road to the lake was destroyed, but as the deforestation continues it’s only a matter of time before the area turns into nature’s great demise.

Glacier National Park MT, USA

Just slightly more than a 100 years ago, there were as many as 150 ancient glaciers strewn through Glacier National Park in MT. By 2005 only 27 remained and those are expected to disappear completely by 2030 if not earlier. Many of the plants and animal species that call this park home depend on cold water for living, meaning the ecosystem of the park stands to change dramatically when the glaciers are gone.

Venice, Italy

Venice during a severe flood in Nov 09 was submerged into water when water level reached 131 cm. Venice has long been sinking, but raising sea levels have made the situation direr. The frequency of floods increase each year, leaving many to wonder how much longer Venice can stay above water.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

It is so large that it can bee seen from space, but the great barrier reef Is disappearing at an alarming rate due to climate change and acidification of the oceans. What took 8000 years of naturals work hours may disappear in our lifetime.!

Maldives

Maldives is the lowest-lying country in the world with a maximum natural ground level of 2.3 meters, and an average of only 1.5 meters above sea level. If sea levels rise too much, the country would earn an unwanted superlative: the first nation to engulfed by ocean of global warming.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

photo editing at picnik


Picnik team headquarters are down at Seatle. Picnik has developed an online photoshopic software which is futuristic , user friendly, very reliable and secure through which we can not only apply effects to our pics but also share them to other sites like facebook,photobucket,and myspace etc. I have seen many online editing sites but picnik stands out awesome effects collection great precision everything is great.It even has addons for firefox and extension for google chrome

Apple Vs Google

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

World's tallest lookout suddenly shut down


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The world's tallest skyscraper burj khalifah has unexpectedly closed to the public a month after its lavish opening, disappointing tourists headed for the observation deck and casting doubt over plans to welcome its first permanent occupants in the coming weeks.

Electrical problems are at least partly to blame for the closure of the Burj Khalifa's viewing platform — the only part of the half-mile high tower open yet. But a lack of information from the spire's owner left it unclear whether the rest of the largely empty building — including dozens of elevators meant to whisk visitors to the tower's more than 160 floors — was affected by the shutdown.

The Persian Gulf city-state had hoped the 2,717-foot (828-meter) Burj Khalifa would be a major tourist draw. Dubai has promoted itself by wowing visitors with over-the-top attractions such as the Burj, which juts like a silvery needle out of the desert and can be seen from miles around.

In recent weeks, thousands of tourists have lined up for the chance to buy tickets for viewing times often days in advance that cost more than $27 apiece. Now many of those would-be visitors, such as Wayne Boyes, a tourist from near Manchester, England, must get back in line for refunds.

The precise cause of the $1.5 billion Dubai skyscraper's temporary shutdown remained unclear.

In a brief statement responding to questions, building owner Emaar Properties blamed the closure on "unexpected high traffic," but then suggested that electrical problems were also at fault.

Condoms From Brazil


It is unlikely you ever will get a chance to use the “Green Johnny”, a male preservative based on eco-friendly extracted natural latex from the Amazônia rainforest. Maybe when you ever visit Brazil during the carnival or one of the holiday centres you might be offered one of the 120 million condoms courtesy of the federal government of Brazil. Brazil’s Public Health Ministry distributes the free condoms as part of its successful Health Programs to combat STD/Aids.
Up till now the approx. 120 million condoms are imported from China, South Korea and Thailand, made from cultivated rubber trees. That will change soon.

Natex, a Brazilian company founded by the Public Health Ministry and the government of the federal state of Acre, will manufacture male preservatives from pure natural latex extracted from the Amazon rainforest in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. The condoms will be solely sold to the federal government for its national program to combat STD/Aids.
The expected initial production of condoms will be 100 million pieces a year. The factory, the only one in the world to use natural latex as raw material, will have a future capacity of 270 million condoms a year. The construction of the factory is based upon sustainable, social and environmental development.
Natex will create 150 direct jobs and employ 700 native families of the Chico Mendes reservation for the supply of the raw material. It is estimated that in the Amazon rainforest of Acre some 70.000 native rubber tappers are active.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Turbine Light keeps your night drives safe with wind energy



Concept highway lighting powered by renewable energy.

Concerned about the safety of the ever increasing number of cars on the highways, designers over at TAK Studio have come up with a sustainable lighting system dubbed the Turbine Light. The design is an entry in this year’s Greener Gadgets competition, and it aims to illuminate highways using renewable energy.


The system features a built-in wind turbine that uses the moving air from cars on the highways to generate clean energy, which is then used to power the lights. However, the practicality of the system is debatable as without a working prototype it would never be easy to check if moving cars produce enough wind energy to illuminate the lights all night long.

Introduction to Eco-Artware.com


Eco-Artware.com is a web-based gallery commitment to selling eco friendly green products since 1999. This eco friendly web site has been showcasing earth friendly gifts made by artists who are committed to sustainability. Eco-Artware.com has been offering products of 25 eco friendly artists who consider the environment into their work. One can find a wide range of beautifully handcrafted items and products made in independent workshops, including handcrafted jewelry, home décor, recycled stationery and eco friendly office products.
Another specialty of Eco-Artware.com is custom designed green business promotions and awards made of recycled or reused materials. My favorite piece on Eco-Artware.com is Grow-A-Note Plantable Cards these unique eco friendly handmade cards are the ultimate in eco-friendly living. Made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled fiber printed with soy ink, the notes are embedded with a variety of wildflower seeds: Annual Gaillardia, Baby's Breath, Catchfly, Siberian Wallflower, Chinese Houses, Baby Blue-Eyes and California Bluebells! After the recipient reads and cherishes your note they can plant it and flowers will bloom! Easy planting instructions appear on the back of each card, along with the seed content. Each handmade tree free paper card will recycle naturally into the soil as the seedlings grow. The paper envelopes for these eco cool note cards contain 30 percent post consumer waste. .

Eco-Artware.com has been featured in Time, Good Housekeeping, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.

Visit Eco-artware.com

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Shoes That Tweet


You’ve MySpaced, Facebooked, Plurked, and Tumblred. Tweeting your life in 140 characters or less was only the next logical move. But if all this public posturing still rates as undersharing, take heart: You can now microblog with every step you take. Ricardo Nascimento, an artist and multimedia producer from Brazil, has created the Rambler, a pair of sensor-equipped sneakers that tracks movement and then blabs about it on Twitter


EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE
Depending on the pressure exerted on the soles of the shoes, each footfall is translated as a “tap” or “.” This information is then transmitted via the magic of Bluetooth to a cellphone, which, in turn, updates the Rambler’s Twitter page. “Following these postings, one can know if the wearer is walking or not and also predict his speed,” says Nascimento.

Depending on the pressure exerted, each step is translated as a “tap” or “.”


The Rambler isn’t in earnest, however—it’s more of a satirical statement on our navel-gazing Internet culture and the glut of completely pointless information circulating the Twitterverse. Now excuse us, it’s time for a java break—and, by God, 1,180 of our closest friends need to know about it

The Sprinkle Dress is a Plant-Filled Gown You Have to Water



We’ve encountered accessories made from living plants before, but an entire dress? That takes a special brand of…oh, dedication. Constructed by Italian designer Linda Schailon—who also makes anemone-like rings from recycled straws—the Sprinkle Dress features a full garden-wire skirt that supports a phalanx of thriving botanicals, all neatly potted in discarded yogurt containers.



PLANT-HER
Schailon tapped into her childhood princess fantasies, which she recalls with vivid detail, involving “hedges of hawthorn adorned with jewels” and “caressing the grass under the hot sun.” “It would be nice to bring nature to onself, not only in your heart,” Schailon says. “So you can close your eyes and imagine for a moment being in an enchanted place

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tea Bag composting



Tea is the social drink of the world & it’s dead fashionable to compost these days, so other then our regular organic waste why not compost Tea Bags as man kind consumed 5.2 million metric tons of tea in 2009 alone. Tea Bag composting should be a simple task but thanks to many manufacturers using syntactic Tea Bags instead of paper, one needs to be a bit conscious before chucking their Tea Bag into the compost bin, as you don’t wanna picks those tiny plastic bags once you intend to use your compost…
If your Tea Bag's made out of paper and has an organic thread with a paper based tag then all you need to do is to throw the used bag in your compost bin straight away and the Tea Bag should take about 4 days in humid conditions before releasing the tea inside while the paper and thread should take about a month before breaking down…
If the tea bag is made out of a synthetic material then you might wanna cut the bag and put its contents in the compost bin… other then Tea Bags one can also compost used tea leaves.
In countries like China, Pakistan, Morocco & India tea leaves are infuse in water to create mix tea which is then strained before serving, these strained tea leaves can also be washed under a tap in the strainer and then dumped with other organic waste to compost bins….
Tea leaved and tea bags are great for composting as they increase the mass of compost really quickly and also help in speeding up the composting processes as they posses’ acidic phosphates…which become great heating agents in a compost bin.
So next time think twice before wasting a used tea bag as its green gold you’re about to trash….

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