Turn out the lights for climate change (and polar bears)?

March 26, 2010

polar bearLights will go out around the world on Saturday from Beijing’s Forbidden City to a village in the Arctic where they usually keep street lights blazing to ward off polar bears.

The “Earth Hour” — when everyone is asked to turn off lights for an hour from 8.30 p.m. local time — is meant as a show of support for tougher action to confront climate change.

Organisers say that hundreds of millions of people last year joined in the annual event that has flourished since it began in Australia in 2007 and has won support from more than 120 nations, with endorsements from companies, government leaders and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Landmarks going dim this year also include Rome’s Trevi Fountain, Big Ben in London, the Sphinx in Egypt, the Empire State Building in New York and the new Burj Khalifa tower — which opened in Dubai this year and is the world’s tallest building at 828 metres. Everyone around the world with electricity is urged to turn off the lights at home.

Last year the target was to involve at least a billion people of the world’s 6.8 billion — electricity consumption dips but there’s no good way of checking exactly how many people turned off the lights. Organisers have concluded that “hundreds of millions” took part.

Longyearbyen, a Norwegian village about 1,000 kms from the North Pole, has agreed to join in for the first time — the local authorities refused last year, saying that having street lights on is a way to ward off polar bears, said Kathrine Kjelland of organisers WWF.

No one wants to run into a polar bear in the dark, among the first victims of climate change if the Arctic melts.

(Photo: One year old polar bear Ikor plays at Sapporo zoo in Japan, Jan. 18, 2010. REUTERS/Issei Kato)

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What is going on with the National media?
The Vermont Yankee Nuclear power plant up until a few weeks ago was leaking radioactive Tritium into the Connecticut river and NOBODY SAYS A WORD. The ground around the plant is contaminated with radioactive CESIUM and still NOT A PEEP! Have the powers that be acquired so much clout that they can influence the National scene to this extent?

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plants are created to process carbon dioxide into oxygen and humans and animals consume the oxygen and turn to waste gases or co2 and process again.,.

but what happen now the oxygen consumer and also the waste gases producer is greater than the human population now like cars, factories and etc.,

it must be biological to biological process to be normal.,. but now it is biological to mechanical process which is not normal or equal.,.

the plant process the co2 very slow, but the cars consume and produce co2 very fast.,., which is not equal.,.
so it must be mechanical to mechanical process for the cars or for factories because their is lots of pending gases need to be process.,.

first we must create a machine that act like plants that process co2 and produce oxygen. that machine must be put beside the exhaust gases of a factory or cars.,. and we must create lots of gas filters for clean air.,.

tree planting is good., but it is not enough to process waste gases.,.,

that is the only solution we must create a machine that process co2 like plants.,.,

and nothing else.,.,

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