Stories about Environment from October, 2009
Bangladesh: Daylight Savings Time Confusion
Last June Bangladesh implemented Daylight Savings Time for the first time in the country. Expat blogger Meandering Memos writes about the confusion created among the citizens as the government has decided not to revert to the old timing.
Maldives: The Price Of Environmental Activism
Maldives hosted the first underwater cabinet meeting to make people realize the threat of global warming and its effect on the country. Applauding the intention and activism behind this initiative Mohamed Nasheed opines that this will also hurt the tourism industry in Maldives as insurance premiums on investments have been...
India: Climate Policy
“India’s climate policy must be founded on the development needs of the majority of its population and the needs of India’s future development,” opines Prabir Purkayastha at Roger reports.
South Korea: Jeju Olle routes
Jean Min from Ohmynews! told the story of the restoration of “Olle”, a walking path, in Jeju island.
China's Dark Satanic Mills
On Oct. 14th, Chinese photographer Lu Guang won this year's $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his photos on China’s environment. The Fund’s website posts the following paragraph describing Lu Guang’s project: Lu Guang has been documenting the ecological disasters in China resulting from the rapid growth...
Disaster Management and the role of ICTs
In a first post of the series, we explore the role of ICTs in Disaster Management and the paradigm shift in Disaster Management strategies that came about post the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004.
Haiti, D.R.: Escalating Tensions
Repeating Islands reports on the murder of four Haitians in the Dominican Republic.
Cambodia: Flooding woes
Sophonrith posts pictures of flooding scenes in Khan Russey Keo district, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Russia: Medvedev's critical questions
CrisisCrunch comments on some critical issues about Russia raised by the country's president, Dmitry Medvedev, in a recent article.
Trinidad & Tobago: Long Live The Queen!
Tongue very much in cheek, This Beach Called Life is pleased that the Queen of England is coming to Trinidad, since the Minister of Works, “fearing his ass would be highlighted in the international press…announced how, after years of looking, his Ministry suddenly found out what was blocking the drains...
Kazakhstan: Atomic Lake
Michael Forster Rothbart offers a photo-essay about the Semipalatinsk Polygon in Kazakhstan, where the Soviet Union was testing its nuclear bombs.
Timor Sea Oil Spill Disaster
More than two months since the environmental catastrophe happened in the Timor Sea still no successful solution was found in order to plug the hole and stop the huge oil spill. Skytruth has been intensively blogging and proving the extent of the spill with satellite photos and netizens have started...
Puerto Rico: Massive Oil Refinery Explosion
At around 12:30 am on Friday, October 23, the Gulf Oil Refinery (Caribbean Petroleum Company-CAPECO) in Bayamón (in the metropolitan area), Puerto Rico, exploded massively. Bloggers react to the disaster.
Trinidad & Tobago: 350 Action
“Trinidad and Tobago is a wealthy small island developing nation rich in oil and natural gas. But we are also seeing the damaging effects of aggressive industrialisation on our islands. This is an opportunity for women’s voices to be heard”: Attillah Springer is getting involved in 350's climate action tomorrow.
Online Tools to Monitor Climate Change
Leading up to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) in December 2009, here is a sample of online tools to monitor climate change.
Trinidad & Tobago: No Hope?
As a legendary Trinidadian artist's sculpture is given a coat of paint to “spruce it up”, Nicholas Laughlin says: “This…is a telling symptom. It tells me how unaware we are, as citizens, of the civic spaces we live and work in, and how irresponsibly we behave towards them. It tells...
Egypt: Meet the Carpoolers
Blogging from Egypt, Maryanne Stroud Gabbani reports: “A young friend of my daughter's recently sent me a link to a webpage started by one of her friends to encourage carpooling in Egypt. Cairo reputedly has 20 million inhabitants and I'm willing to bet about 10 million cars.”
Guyana: Here Comes The Rain Again
Guyana-Gyal‘s garden writes a love letter to the rain.
Vietnam: Flooding pictures
The Fish Egg Tree uploads pictures of the recent flooding in Kon Tum, Vietnam. The flooding was caused by Typhoon Ketsana.
Ghana: Blog Action Day ’09
On Blog Action Day, Ghanaians interrogated world leaders, took issue with World Bank papers, introduced new web sites and wondered why there was so little discussion about climate change in the country—while acknowledging that there are certain things countries like Ghana are doing right.
Maldives: Photos Of Underwater Cabinet Meeting
The president of Maldives Mohammed Nasheed and his fellow ministers were 5 meters underwater for a cabinet meeting to make people realize the threat of global warming and Ali Adam posts some pictures of the event. Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg posts some pictures taken minutes before the meet.