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Obama added five sites Declares Monuments to Preserve Pieces of U.S. Heritage

Obama added five sites Declares Monuments to Preserve Pieces of U.S. Heritage

The newcomers range from an ancient canyon in New Mexico to a 480-acre (194-hectare) property in Maryland where the courageous abolitionist Harriet Tubman helped to free runaway slaves. Places of “historic or scientific” interest—has grown by five.  President Obama added five sites to the 103 previously enshrined. National monuments do not have the same status […]

March 31, 2013 | By More
Advanced solar powered plane set to fly across the United States

Advanced solar powered plane set to fly across the United States

March 29, AP – Solar Impulse, considered the world’s most advanced solar-powered plane, is expected to be ready to leave from NASA Ames Research Center in California on May 1, although the actual departure will depend on the weather. A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is set to travel across the […]

March 29, 2013 | By More
The world at its limit population grows 83 million people each year

The world at its limit population grows 83 million people each year

March 28 AP – The world’s population grows by some 83 million people each year – more than the population of Germany. Even if population growth slows, it is expected that there will be nine billion people on the planet by the year 2050 and ten billion at some point this century. As the world’s […]

March 28, 2013 | By More
Buying local produce reduces the carbon footprint of our meals

Buying local produce reduces the carbon footprint of our meals

March 28 AP – The carbon footprint of a product is the total amount of carbon dioxide emitted as it is being produced and brought to the consumer. “The problem is that during the transportation a huge amount of carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas, is released into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases make temperatures […]

March 27, 2013 | By More
The multibillion-dollar trade in illegal wildlife Chimps, gorillas, other apes struggling to survive

The multibillion-dollar trade in illegal wildlife Chimps, gorillas, other apes struggling to survive

March 27, AP – Endangered chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas and bonobos are disappearing from the wild in frightening numbers, as private owners pay top dollar for exotic pets, while disreputable zoos, amusement parks and traveling circuses clamor for smuggled primates to entertain audiences. The multibillion-dollar trade in illegal wildlife — clandestine trafficking that has driven iconic […]

March 26, 2013 | By More
Obama has shown he doesn’t need Congress to take action against climate change.

Obama has shown he doesn’t need Congress to take action against climate change.

The effects of rising global temperatures are widespread and costly: more severe storms, rising seas, species extinctions, and changes in weather patterns that will alter food production and the spread of disease. Slowing the buildup of greenhouse gases responsible for warming the planet is one of the biggest challenges President Barack Obama faces. Politically, the […]

March 26, 2013 | By More
UN Women spotlights on world water day urgent need to ensure access to drinking water and sanitation

UN Women spotlights on world water day urgent need to ensure access to drinking water and sanitation

Lack of access to basic sanitation infrastructures disproportionately impacts women and girls and puts them at a greater risk of violence and assault when there are no facilities in their homes. Lack of safe, private toilets at schools is one of the reasons for high drop-out rates amongst young girls and is a major impediment […]

March 24, 2013 | By More
World Meteorological Day March 23rd

World Meteorological Day March 23rd

World Meteorological Day. This day is not celebrated as a world holiday, but is designated to focus attention on the importance that meteorology, weather, and climate forecasts play in our lives. The United Nations recognizes the importance of weather, climate and meteorological forecasting to the natural environment and human well-being. World Meteorological Day, observed on […]

March 24, 2013 | By More
UN Secretary General by 2030 half of the world’s population could be facing scarcity of water

UN Secretary General by 2030 half of the world’s population could be facing scarcity of water

One in three people already live in a country with moderate to high water stress, Ban told a U.N. event marking the opening of the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013. It also marked the 20th anniversary of the proclamation of World Water Day. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that by 2030, nearly half the […]

March 23, 2013 | By More
Every hour in my country is earth hour, 20:30 the hour for change

Every hour in my country is earth hour, 20:30 the hour for change

March 23 AP – For children growing up in cantonments across India, whenever the lights would go out — always at dinner time — the family (plus dog) would have to cease TV-watching/homework-doing activities, and gravitate towards either the balcony, or if the mosquitoes were singing, then to a ‘common room’, and be forced to […]

March 23, 2013 | By More