Archive for March, 2010

An hour in Darkness……

Posted by on Mar-27-2010

Today is Earth Day, a day to spread awareness on the climate change. Earth hour is organized by World Wildlife Fund which is held on the last Saturday of March. It was started in 2007 in Sydney when over 2.2 million homes and business houses turned off their lights off for one hour in order to spread awareness on climate change issues. World Wildlife Fund’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.

Earth Hour has done a lot to raise awareness of climate change issues. But there’s more to it than switching off lights for one hour a year. It’s all about giving people a voice on the future of our planet and working together to create a sustainable low carbon future for our planet.

Last year over hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Cities in over 88 countries officially switched off the lights to support the Earth Hour and to make Earth Hour the world’s largest global climate change initiative. Each individual can contribute to support Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. The buildings from Europe to Asia to the America will stand in darkness and the people across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in the celebration and contemplation of our planet. I and Raziya are going to be part of the Earth Hour to celebrate Earth Hour by switching off all power points from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Let’s stay 60 minutes in darkness to express solidarity with the causes of climate change and energy conservation.

Global Warming

Posted by on Mar-20-2010

One of the major issue hunting us today is the changing climate. Global warming is a serious issue and need to be considered. The major cause of global warming is the emission of green house gases like carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. The major source of carbon dioxide is the power plants. These power plants emit large amounts of carbon dioxide produced from burning of fossil fuels for the purpose of electricity generation. About twenty percent of carbon dioxide emitted in the atmosphere comes from burning of gasoline in the engines of the vehicles. This is true for most of the developed countries. Buildings, both commercial and residential represent a larger source of global warming pollution than cars and trucks.
Building of these structures requires a lot of fuel to be burnt which emits a large amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Methane is more than 20 times as effectual as carbon dioxide at entrapping heat in the atmosphere. Methane is obtained from resources such as rice paddies, bovine flatulence, bacteria in bogs and fossil fuel manufacture. When fields are flooded, anaerobic situation build up and the organic matter in the soil decays, releasing methane to the atmosphere. The main sources of nitrous oxide include nylon and nitric acid production, cars with catalytic converters, the use of fertilizers in agriculture and the burning of organic matter. Another cause of global warming is deforestation that is caused by cutting and burning of forests for the purpose of residence and industrialization.
The effect of global warming is increasing the average temperature of the earth. A rise in earth’s temperatures can in turn root to other alterations in the ecology, including an increasing sea level and modifying the quantity and pattern of rainfall. These modifications may boost the occurrence and concentration of severe climate events, such as floods, famines, heat waves, tornados, and twisters. Other consequences may comprise of higher or lower agricultural outputs, glacier melting, lesser summer stream flows, genus extinctions and rise in the ranges of disease vectors. As an effect of global warming species like golden toad, harlequin frog of Costa Rica has already become extinct. There are number of species that have a threat of disappearing soon as an effect of global warming.
Many efforts are being made by various nations to cut down the rate of global warming. There is no one magic solution to the problem of global warming. Global warming can be curtailed by reducing the emission of carbon and green house gas in the atmosphere. We should look out for renewable sources of energy which can be substitute for non renewable sources of energy.

The Paris of India

Posted by on Mar-13-2010

“Je na dekhyo Jaipario, to kaal mein aakar kya kariyo?”,

Jaipur, popularly known as the “Pink City” and “Paris of India” is the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur is a well planned city which was build according to the Indian Vaastu Shastra. The architecture of is Jaipur is been influenced by Mughals and Rajput. It took almost four years to construct this glorious city which now is one of the most preferred tourist places in India. Hawa Mahal is one of the most visited places in Jaipur.

‘Hawa Mahal’, it sounds really strange. ‘Hawa Mahal’, popularly known as the ‘Palace of winds’ in Jaipur was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799.
This magnificent building was designed by Lal Chand Usta. It is the most stunning sight in Jaipur. This huge palace overlooks one os Jaipur’s main streets and was originally constructed to offer women of court a vantage point behind the stone carved screens, from which they could see the activities taking place in the bazaar and the surrounding streets.

The Hawa Mahal is named so because it has 953 windows and the wind keep flowing through the windows keeping the palace cool. Hawa Mahal is made up of small casements, each with tiny windows and arched roofs with hanging cornices, exquisitely modeled and carved. Its façade makes Hawa Mahal look more like a screen than a palace. Its top three stories are just a single room thick but at the base are two courtyards. It is a fifty-foot high thin shield, less than a foot in thickness, but has over 900 niches and a mass of semi-octagonal bays, carved sandstone grills, finials and domes, which give this palace its unique fascia.
Rajasthani Proverb it says “Je na dekhyo Jaipario, to kaal mein aakar kya kariyo?”, which means “What have I accomplished in my life, if I have not seen Jaipur?”.

The Oak Island

Posted by on Mar-6-2010

Oak Island is tree covered island on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. Money Pit is one of the most exciting and noted location in the Oak Island. The money pit in the Oak Island which made it world famous was found by Daniel McGinnis. One can only wonder what would have happened if young Daniel McGinnis had chosen to go exploring somewhere else on that fateful day in the summer of 1795. If he had, perhaps nobody else would have walked the woods on the eastern end of Oak Island for the next ten years. In that time, the clearing McGinnis found might have been reclaimed completely by the woods. In a forest, the thirteen foot-wide depression in the ground might never have been noticed. Thick, leafy branches might have obscured the old tackle block hanging from a branch directly over the pit. Without these markers, there would have been nothing to indicate that this was the work of man. And there might have never been the two-hundred year long treasure hunt that cost several fortunes and many lives.
Numerous evacuations have been made to recover the treasure believed by many to be buried there. The island is privately owned and the visitation requires permission. Several treasure hunts have been made to recover treasure from the money pit, but those attempts ended in the collapse of the evacuation and flooding. The treasure has many stories behind it, some believe it has been buried by pirates, some believe that it is naval treasure. Some argue that the pit is natural and there is no treasure hidden in it. Over the years no one is able to find the mystery behind the money pit is still unveiled.