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7-12-2007: News That Caught My Attention Today

Following three pieces of news caught my attention today:

Female Bartender1. Supreme court allowed Women to work as bartenders: We got rid of one of the archaic laws today. Supreme Court observed that to not to allow women as bartenders was unconstitutional. Of course, it was gender-based bias. The court also emphasised that the hotel or restaurant needs to ensure safe working conditions for female bartenders. Now even a 21-year-old can be bartender. πŸ™‚

                          Image Source: Sarina Bains/Tufts Daily

2. Lead India Show Live on TV: The eight Lead India finalists I wrote about in a previous post will now fight it out on TV on Star One. The host of the show is Anupam Kher. Watch first episode tomorrow at 8.

3. Global Warming is destroying nature: Several species are dying out (extinct) gue to climate change. 3,000 flying foxes dropped dead. Giant squid migrated north to commercial fishing grounds off California. Butterflies have gone extinct in the Alps. Most plants and animals were affected in Bali. Habitats of polar nears and penguins are melting away. Coral reefs and microscopic plankton that blue whales and other marine mammals eat for food are also dying due to acidic ocean water.

Go Green-Activities

I hope the last post caught your attention about energy conservation and global warming.

We can start fighting both these causes by joining virtual march against global warming. There is much more that can be done. Here are two downloadable mini guide books to conserve energy at both home and work.

Play this interesting quiz-cum-game Flex Your Power to find out several astonishing facts about energy conservation. Though, most facts will be related to California, think for a second in the context of India, how much we can save.

I tag Amit, Ashish, Dinsan, Ish, Nishu, Pradeep, and Dev to play the Flex Your Power game. They need to present their game score and state three facts about global warming/energy conservation that intrigued them while playing the game. I will compile a list of best 10 facts from those posted by you here in my blog. πŸ™‚

And, you should tag at least two more people to play the game.

I realize some of you must be bored with tagging. But I wanted a way that could intrigue some more conscientious and sensible folks like you. This should help spread the word. πŸ™‚

In case, you choose to decline, I would not mind.. Sniff.. Sniff.. 😦

Update: My friend, Ramesh, played the quiz, got a poor 853. He didn’t register a single fact. 😦 Apparently, quiz-cum-game Flex Your Power failed to evoke his interest. So much for my optimism. 😦


Go Green!

Have you ever wondered why it never rained during rainy season? Have you ever wondered, why in some cities, number of seasons have reduced to just summer and winter? Where is the spring season? Well, welcome to global warming phenomenon. At least that’s what specialists say.

For starters, global warming is the phenomenon of increase in average temperature of earth’s atmosphere and oceans. It is caused by emission of greenhouse gases like carbon-di-oxide (CO2). Where do these emissions come from? I can see you had the answers ready in your mind! Pollution, traffic emissions, factories, residential wastage. Global warming can cause anything from drastic weather changes, tsunamis, extinct species to disappearance of glaciers and oceans. We need alternate fuel options, but first we need to conserve what we have.

Do not scoff yet, you can watch this photo feature from TIME to see what global warming is doing all around.

I realize that global warming or no warming, energy conservation is something that only benefits India. We need it desperately, our greener pastures are disappearing fast. We are already running short on basic resources such as electricity and water. Damn, there are millions who do not have easy access to basic amenities yet.

There is so much one can do at individual level to fight global warming. Changing all our bulbs to compact fluorescent light (cfl) bulbs alone can help you save 40% of your electric bill. People in rural India, rely a lot on these bulbs, wish they could read blogs. 😦

What I feel sad about is the concept of energy conservation has not yet caught up in our country. There is no a single voice of repute around. Former US Vice President Al Gore is an staunch advocate for the cause of global warming. He made a documentary called β€œAn Inconvenient Truth” on this subject. In our country, we should have such energy conservation campaigns in all walks of life. It should start at school, and at home with parents bringing awareness to their children. Watch a clipping of this documentary:

Documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore

P.S: Guys, this was just a build up. The next part of this post is soon to come up. It’s going to be very interesting, I promise. πŸ™‚

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