Wednesday, November 23, 2011

'This is George', fighting against climate change

The Poor Planet blog was created to help raise awareness around environmental issues across the globe. There is always so much people can do to help. But being aware of an issue is always the very first step.
It is for the exact same reason that a group of "amateur thinkers, producers, designers, animators and artists" from Australia have come together and produced 'This is George', a great little animation video to explain in simple words the issue and challenge climate change represents.

This is their submission to a competition entitled ‘Communicating Climate Change through Visuals’ opened by the Minor Foundation for Major Challenges. This competition is an attempt to make people understand and accept the statement: "Emissions from human use of fossil energy cause climate change".
This video definitely gets our vote.

"This is George" website / facebook page / twitter page

Thick smog covers North-Eastern China (Satellite pictures)

Some of you might remember the photo-documentary entitled "Pollution in China" which highlighted the consequences of pollution on the health of Chinese citizens (View the photos here). Well guess what, air pollution - just like marine pollution - knows no border.

Below are image satellite pictures taken by NASA over North-Eastern China in October 2011. The thick smog (smoke fog) is the direct consequence of heavy air pollution caused by countless factories, coal power plants and the exponentially increasing number of personal cars.

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

It is about time we realise this world is overpopulated

Below is a great little (artistic) video that explains in simple words how the world's human population came to reach 7 billion souls a few weeks ago.

It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population, especially in the West. As higher standards of living and better health care are reaching more parts of the world, the rates of fertility — and population growth — have started to slow down, though the population will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. U.N. forecasts suggest the world population could hit a peak of 10.1 billion by 2100 before beginning to decline. But exact numbers are hard to come by — just small variations in fertility rates could mean a population of 15 billion by the end of the century.

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