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Pattnaik wins Sand Sculpture Championship for 5th time

A poem in sand on Eco sensitivity

Renowned Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won the first prize at the 8th International Sand Sculpture Championship in Berlin for his sculpture that showcased the effects of global warming.
Pattnaik's sculpture that had a crying tree trunk and three monkeys saying, "You don't listen, you don't talk, you don't see, don't put heads on sand, act now," won the maximum votes.

You all must have experienced traffic snarls that last hours but here is something beyond all that reported by the Economist:

ALL ROADS LEAD TO BEIJING

A 60-mile (100km) traffic jam outside BEIJING could last until mid-September, Chinese officials said. Road construction is the immediate cause for the gridlock, which stretches as far as Inner Mongolia. Enterprising locals have started selling drinks and noodles to stranded lorry drivers.

Public Bike Programs:

Paris, London, and Barcelona have already embraced bicycle sharing. In 2010, Boston will roll out its similar new program, offering readily available bikes at dozens of locations around the city. This will allow residents to run errands, bike to work, tour the city, and more. Programs like this are bound to pop-up all over the world as cities work to reduce emissions and numbers of cars on the road. Make your restaurant bicycle-friendly by installing bike racks and offering incentives to guests who arrive in this environmentally sustainable manor.

The centenarian Mangrove in Kollam

A century old mangrove is found surviving in healthy condition at a private property on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake at Kureepuzha in Kollam by a mangrove survey conducted by Kerala State Biodiversity Board. The tree is to be named Mother Mangrove and a regular incentive is to be provided to the property owner for the upkeep of the tree. The tree has a girth of 50 inches and its roots cover an area of more than 50 sq ft. Here is something to add to your itinerary when you are at Kollam next time!!

Energy from Waste: First Project in New Delhi

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit laid foundation stone for the first project in India to produce Energy from waste on a large scale commercial basis. The Thimarpur-Okhla Solid waste management on completion will process 2000 tonnes of waste to produce 16 megawatt of electricity for domestic and commercial use. This is just 30% of the waste generated per day in Delhi and will provide enough power to run six lakh households. The project with public and private participation is to be managed by Jindal Ecopolis at a cost of Rs 200 crores and is expected to be functional within one year.

Drop in rich countries' carbon emissions caused by recession in 2009 was nullified by steep increases from China and India.

Greenhouse gas emissions from rich countries fell a record 7 per cent in 2009 because of the recession, but the cut was entirely nullified by steep increases from fast-growing China and India, according to one of Europe's leading scientific research groups.

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