Category Archives: Nature & Environment

How finding beauty in ordinary life can make you happy

Nature and Beauty make you  feel happy and it creates a psychological impact on health and behaviour. Article By Sarah Hampson I have a friend who is next to impossible to go for walk with in the spring or summer. “Look,” … Continue reading

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NASA Earth Observatory: Dust over Southwestern Asia and the Arabian Sea

download large image (5 MB, JPEG)  | download  GeoTIFF file (50 MB, TIFF)  | download  Google Earth file (KMZ) Dust storms spread over southwestern Asia on June 1, 2011. As the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead, … Continue reading

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NASA Earth Observatory: Dust off Pakistan and India

download large image (2 MB, JPEG)                                Multiple dust plumes blew off the coasts of Pakistan and India on May 20, 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite took this picture the same day. A veil of … Continue reading

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South Pacific Eclipse

July 9, 2010:  It’s every vacationer’s dream: You stretch out on a white sandy beach for a luxurious nap under the South Pacific sun. The caw of distant gulls wafts across the warm sea breeze while palm fronds rustle gently … Continue reading

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Roving mobile processing plants to produce biofuels

Biofuels are seen as a more environmentally friendly fuel source than petroleum-based fuels, but transporting the bulky biomass used to produce them is expensive because of their volume. It’s much more economical to transport the liquid fuel after it has … Continue reading

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Hunza Lake Crisis Worsens

Further landslides are exacerbating the threat that a newly formed 16km-long lake on the River Hunza in northern Pakistan may burst its banks, with local NGOs saying up to 13,000 people have already been displaced. Federal Minister Manzoor Wattoo has … Continue reading

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Hunza Fear Overflowing lake will Wash them away

To the right, the once steep ridges on which Attabad village was perched now present a vast descent of loose rocks and rubble that fills up the gorge of the Hunza river, creating a huge embankment. For nearly five months, … Continue reading

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Landslide Lake in Northwest Pakistan: Detail Report By NASA

*Image Size 720 x 480. Click on the Image for Zoom In View On January 4, 2010, a landslide occurred in the Hunza Valley of northern Pakistan. The initial disaster buried the village of Attabad, destroying 26 homes and killing … Continue reading

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Earth Day: 40 Years Later, The Problems Are Less Tangible And Tougher To Tackle

WASHINGTON — Pollution before the first Earth Day was not only visible, it was in your face: Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River caught fire. An oil spill fouled 30 miles of Southern California beaches. And thick smog choked many cities’ skies. Not … Continue reading

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How Dangerous Are Air Pollutants Really?

Through this system, it will be possible for the first time ever to channel substances from the air, under precisely controlled conditions, through the lung cells or skin cells, and simultaneously observe the reactions of these cells under the microscope. … Continue reading

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Extreme Weather Impacts Migratory Birds

Every year, hurricanes and droughts wreak havoc on human lives and property around the world. And according to a pair of new NASA-funded studies, migratory birds also experience severe impacts to their habitats and populations from these events. While this … Continue reading

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Mason bees fly to the rescue of failing orchards

Many readers would already be familiar with Colony Collapse Disorder and the mysterious worldwide disappearance of honeybees. Everything from mites to viruses to electromagnetic radiation are suspected as its cause and it is potentially disastrous for crops that rely on … Continue reading

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Environment: Lofty aims

By S. Mujahid Ali Shah The Karakoram Range in Gilgit Baltistan in northern Pakistan are the highest mountain ranges in the world. The snowy mount cliffs, glacier valleys and difficult rocky terrains with altitude from two thousand to eight thousand … Continue reading

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Healing of ozone hole could accelerate global warming

You’d think the healing of the hole in the ozone layer would be good news, but it seems that although every cloud is said to have a silver lining, they also have a gray one as well. The Antarctic ozone … Continue reading

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2009: Second Warmest Year on Record; End of Warmest Decade

2009 was tied for the second warmest year in the modern record, a new NASA analysis of global surface temperature shows. The analysis, conducted by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, also shows that in … Continue reading

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Gravestones provide clues to climate history

By gathering volunteers’ measurements of marble gravestones of different ages around the world, scientists hope to produce a world map of the weathering rates of those gravestones and thereby better understand how the atmosphere has been changing. The study, called … Continue reading

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Mini ice age could hit in a matter of months, not years

Those who scoffed at the swiftness with which the world was plunged into an ice age in the film The Day After Tomorrow may need to rethink their disbelief with new research showing that such a scenario may not be … Continue reading

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