Antarctic Floods

Six BILLION tonnes of water have possibly been drained into the ocean due to a huge amount of flooding under Antarctica. The cause: a crater lake, covering about 260 square kilometres, almost 70m deep, of area that used to be layered  in a sheet of ice 2.7 km thick. The ice slumped as the water from the lake exited, in an area located towards the east of the continent, thus rendering the effect visible to satellites in orbit. Scientists estimate that at its peak, the flow of the water would’ve equalled twice that of the River Thames and the amount of water was more than is contained in the famous Lock Ness.

At the moment, Antarctica is losing mass at a rate of nearly 50-100 billion tonnes a year. This lake alone represents 5-10% of this figure. This is adding to the rise in sea levels, causing places such as the Maldives, to be evacuated due to their proximity to sea level. Holland is currently below sea level as well._68499321_68496473

 

UK STOP!

imgresThe United Kingdom is targeted to miss its carbon emission targets for the 2020′s. Advisors warned the government that according to reports last year, the carbon emissions rose by 3.5%. At the moment, 543 million tonnes of CO2 emissions are caused by manufacturing and consumption industries and 150 million for homes.

Although the UK claims to be the leading country in reducing carbon emissions, this is not actually true and its numbers have in fact been rising in the past year. They are actually importing goods from other countries, good which produce carbon emissions in order to be manufactured. It is actually the second largest country in the world to import ‘embodied’ emissions. Over the past two decades, the overall trend has been increasing by, on average, 10% because the CO2 cuts in the UK have been unbalanced by the imported ‘embodied’ emissions.

Green Deal was another scheme set up in the UK where people can set up greener technology in their homes with no up-front cost. They can install roof and wall insulation for example. However stats show that the scheme seems to have had the opposite effect. The amount of people installing insulation has dropped since Green Deal was created.

So how can the UK change its methods in order to reduce carbon emissions by 2020? That’s what we’re interested in finding out.

 

KL Haze

Over the past week in South East Asia, you will no doubt have noticed the heavy haze hanging over cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, the effects of which have been placing countless numbers of people in hospital and closing schools all over the place.

The cause of this haze can be traced back to companies in Sumatra using slash and burn techniques to burn the rain forests down, rain forests home to over 10,000 plant species, and more than 200 mammals (UNESCO world heritage site – a 2.5 million hectare reserve alone.). Slash and burn is used by farmers in small areas of the forest, but it is currently being used by bigger palm oil industries in order to create palm oil plantations. However, the fires have been spreading and the Sumatran fire department is having trouble keeping them under hand. The fires are releasing countless numbers of carbon emissions into the atmosphere as well.

The result of which means that the smoke and haze is being blown up by a south west wind, falling directly over Singapore and KL. The quality of air, at its worst was 746 on the API scale. Also, June and July are some of the driest months of the year, and the lack of rain means the haze lingered. The annual KL marathon has had to be pushed back to September due to the unsafe quality of air.

I will, however, admit, that many student (including myself) were very happy about the extra 3 day holiday we got due to the haze!

Twin towers and central KL in haze

Twin towers and central KL in haze

Fast Facts on Global Warming

The earth melting!!

Did you know that 11 of the past 12 years have been the hottest since 1850. This is because of  global warming. The Arctic is already rapidly melting and by 2040, scientists think that the Arctic will have it’s first nice-free summer. So lets all band together and save the arctic!!

The disadvantages of plastic bags

Suffocation

Infants and young children have died as a result of playing with plastic bags. Every year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission receives about 25 reports of plastic bags-infant death.Because of the thin,airtight material,infants can easily block their mouths and nostrils with the plastic bag and suffocate.

Effects
If not carefully disposed of,plastic bags can be devastating to animal life. “DEFRA”(Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)reported that 1,678,900 tons of plastic bags do not decay easily,they stay in environments longer,causing more build-up up on the nature stay landscape than a more degradable like paper would. The Marrickville Council reports that over 100’000 whales,turtles and birds die every year as a result of plastic in their environment.

Prevention/Solution
Abstaining from plastic bag use as much as possible will reduce the chances of accidental infant death, and it will reduce the amount of plastic waste in the environment.

A plastic bag is also reusable,though. it does not necessarily have to be thrown away after a single use. Try to use each plastic bag for as long as possible.
This will help reduce the number of plastic bags in circulation.

Alam Flora Recycling

Lo-LandfillToday, I visited a small recycling center in Wangsa Maju. Itis run by Alam Flora, Malaysia’s trash collectors. They recycle absolutely everything but only if all the garbage is properly separated. Otherwise, it just goes to landfills. Probably the most discusting, dirty, smelly, (fill in any gruesome word, landfills are sure to fit the description,)places on the planet. You might want to think about sorting your garbage into these catagories:

Newspaper, Black & White paper (A4), Magazines, Carton Boxes, Mix Papers/Books, Aluminium Cans,  Mixed Plastic, Steel Cans/Metal, Glass Bottles, Bevarage Cartons.

Alam Flora will buy sorted, recyclable products from you. We don’t want our planet to end up looking like a giant landfill, because right now, it’s shooting in that direction.

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O’BON Stationary and Deforestation

ico-mfnewspaperO’BON stationary is made out of recycled materials. The pencils are made of recycled newspapers with different themes to make them exiting and fun. The wildlife series is to help people understand that normal paper and pencils are made from wood which often causes deforestation leading onto homeless animals and extinction. On http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/, they say that at the current rate of deforestation, all the rainforests could dissapear in 100 years. To say that some of theese forests have been on the earth for longer then anything  else and we’re cutting them down makes me so angry that I wish that only O’BON statoinary was allowed.