Yes, I know considering after all we all hear about extinction of species due to climate change and stuff this is a very pleasant surprise for most of us. But it is true. 10 new creatures have been detected in 2008. Nature just never fails to amaze us! Just when we think we know it all and have the power to destroy, Nature makes us aware of our limited vision.
Being the snake lover I am, I am sure to put the first picture of a snake! 🙂 I hope people at least dont find this tiny creature repulsive!
Now, isn’t that cute??? 🙂
Leptotyphlops carlae was found in a patch of forest on the eastern side of Barbados. Thin as a spaghetti noodle and small enough to curl up on a quarter, it’s believed to embody the evolutionary limits of snake smallness.
Only three specimens of Martialis heureka have been found, all outside the Amazon jungle city of Manaus — but that’s all scientists needed to trace a direct evolutionary lineage to the last known ancestor of all living ants, a subterranean creature that lived 120 million years ago.
Yet another beauty!
Stiphrornis pyrrholaeumus, also known as the olive-backed forest robin, was found during a biodiversity expedition in Gabon. Scientists know little more about S. pyrrholaeumus other than it exists.
This is definitely good news for all nature lovers. Lets hope we have more surprises like these in store for us!
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Every company right from the power production,mobile phone to construction knows that GREEN is the way to be! Going GREEN would definitely be an advantage keeping in mind the long term benefits and goodwill of the company as need to be proactive with respect to climate change is on priority now! Here I have a few examples that can help us in moving closer to being greener and one step closer to sustainability.
First let us talk about LG Mobile phones which are solar powered. I know it is not anything revolutionary or jaw-dropping but it is small things like these that will make a difference. Many times the problems to the most complex problems are simple just that they need to be implemented on a large scale. With large companies like LG taking the initiative and setting examples it is a ray of hope for all those environmentalists who are going crazy thinking and calculating how far we are from “The tipping point”. A ray of hope everyone would be clinging on to!
Coming back to the solar powered phone. Here’s a picture of it:
After Samsung decided to go green in style with its new Blue Earth solar-powered phone; it’s now turn for LG. LG,promises to use green packaging with the user manual in a soy ink on recycled paper.
Samsung Blue Earth phone not only has the solar panel at the back but is also made from recycled plastic wastes. The themes also reflect on how fragile our environment is. For more information Click here.
Below is a picture of the phone:
Coming to the power industry. We have always heard the developed countries blaming the developing countries for not adopting green techniques and being the major producers of CO2. Now, China has proved this wrong! While the USA is just planning on setting up green power production industries, these are being set up in China at the rate of one per month! The only drawback of these power plants is that their efficiency is much lower than those that will be set up in the US. In China the efficiency is about 27-30% while in western countries it is being estimated to be around 40%. Neverthless, it is a move by China that needs to be appreciated!
A lot of research works are being funded for the production of biofuels from algae, using bugs, etc. These are the same projects which governments had rejected for funding as then there were large fossil fuel reserves and investing in this was not of importance. Its good to see perspectives change now! To read more click here.
Coming to the next level of attaining sustainability, our houses! I saw these really interesting designs of a house which would look weird to most of us but actually are very cool. Check these out!
These look absolutely COOL! The best thing is they have so many opening for sunlight that as you can see we can grow the veggies we need and reach an all together different level of sustainability. Here, organic farming (NOT gardening) would be an ideal thing to do!!! Also building houses like these would emit far lesser amount of CO2 when compared with building sky scrapers…
Well… This is all I have for now! Lets hope more companies and people go green!!!
This is my first blog so just bear with me! And yes comments are welcome!
OK! Getting back to what I wanted to write about ‘Green Mantra’. Everywhere these days there is such a hype to go green! Every television channel, every political party campaign, every MNC is talking about it but even then why is it that no one is doing anything about it??? This is one thing that never stops amazing me!
I totally believe that this pseudo-concern these people and organisations show is a complete eyewash! Making people like us believe that something is really being done about this but the grim truth is no one really cares!
But I dont know why people fail to realise that the time to play around with words! It really is time to get serious and start making an attempt towards saving Nature cause if dont, Nature will confront us with more Tsunami’s and Katrina’s killing large number of people!
It’s not about the polar bears or the Antarctic penguins anymore! It is about the human race! Dont get me wrong, I am not saying that the Polar bears are not equally important but all I am trying to do is show the magnitude of the problem!
Some people that I have seen who are completely dedicated and genuinely towards this is the IYCN(India Youth Climate Network), these guys are doing a great job of educating people and providing a platform for all the people who really want to make a change! I think anyone who is interested should consider going through their site to know more about whats happening. (I am not getting paid for talking about them!)
I even heard that in one international UN conference everyone was talking about the ‘tipping point’. Everyone believes that we have gone too far in exploiting Nature and we are going to have to pay back! In other words a point of no return!
I do agree that we have gone too far but I definitely think we can bounce back with solutions! Who thought we could get away with small pox which took the lives of 300-500 million people in the 20th century??? But we did! We did it by working together! We have to do the same even now. We need to stand as one against this problem of climate change!We have a large youth movement targeting this which is indeed a very good sign.
I believe we have all the solutions, we just need enthusiastic and determined people implementing them in every strata of society! Thats all!
I just want everyone to believe it is doable! Because, impossible is nothing!!!!
PS: Just reminding you that comments are welcome!