Could you ever imagine something as destructive as a bomb to be organic and natural? Well, now it just might be, with scientists in High Energy Materials Research Laboratary (HEMRL) patenting a grenade made from the hottest chilli-Bhut Jolokia, native to Assam. “These grenades do not cause toxicity or pollute the environment,” said Amarjit Singh, acting director of HEMRL. These bombs will replace Tear Gas grenades which are currently used to control mobs by causing smoke and tears in eyes. Chilli bombs, as light as 300 gms will instead cause unbearable irritation on skin and create smoke for 35 seconds in an area of 2,500 metre square. The extract of dry ripe red chili is known as Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) hence the chilli bombs are known and called as OC grenades also.
Like every other superhero, he also saves the planet Earth, but in a different way. He grows plants and flowers wherever he finds a patchy land. He turned up this time in Colchester, a suburb in Britain, where he had invited others to help through a popular social networking site. Shrub man is just one mentor of the Guirella Gardeners. They are a group of people who grow flowers and plants on every available piece of land, even if it is not their own. So they will dig up around roadside, footpath, wherever they find space, they make it green.
Alert- The last working day after every three months will be a observed as Earth hour by Delhi Government. Lights will be switched off from 8 to 9 p.m. The first quarterly Earth hour was organized on 30th July 2009, during which 168 MW was saved.
Guess who is not under pressure after being hit by recession? The landfills in America which are for once not feeling dumped. Apparently Americans now are consuming less and thus trashing lesser. Recession has literally cut their disposable incomes.
■ 25per cent of world’s trash comes from US though it inhabits only 5 per cent world’s population
■ Five million tonne less trash reached the landfills decreasing from 510 million tonnes in 2007 to now 505 million tonnes in 2008
■ North America’s largest land fill at Puente Hills recorded 30 per cent dip in trash within six months between June’08 to January’09.
■ Construction debris plunged by 80 per cent from 36,000 tons to 7,000 within two years from December ’07 to Jan’09 in Miramar Landfill, the only for the city of San Diego in California.
■ San Francisco is disposing less in landfills than it has in 30 years.
■ 12 per cent decline resulting in 5 thousand less tonnes of waste was noted in Rockbridge landfill of Virginia.
■ North Carolina is at its lowest waste per capita in five years with 1.24 tonnes after a 5.4 per cent drop in the year 07-08. But such a trend is not observed in any Indian cities. Niranjan, Delhi Waste Management said the waste in landfill is increasing, mainly due to collection from more areas. Does that indicate we were never very wasteful, or that recession hasn’t impacted us enough?
Satellite image of Alaskan port of Barrow which lost all its ice due to global warming was kept a secret by President George Bush to mislead public opinion on climate change. Obama declassified 1000 such images.