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 Great SmogGreat Smog by The Ovi Team
December 4th, 1952; deadly smog created by the smoke soot and sulphur dioxide from the factories, cars and coal fires in local homes begins to hover over London, England, which continues for four days, leading to the deaths of at least 12,000 p
 Bhopal Chemical AccidentBhopal Chemical Accident by The Ovi Team
December 3rd, 1984; Thousands of people die from the effects of toxic gases which leaked from Bhopal Union Carbide Factory near the central Indian city of Bhopal. The leak also caused injuries to nearly 250,000 more with over 10,000 have since
 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictInternational Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict by The Ovi Team
On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 Novembe
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 International Day for the Eradication of PovertyInternational Day for the Eradication of Poverty by The Ovi Team
The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to
 Car Free DayCar Free Day by The Ovi Team
Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the str
 The Cod WarThe Cod War by The Ovi Team
21st Sept. 1958; Britain and Iceland have called a temporary halt to the COD WAR because a British Marine was taken sick with acute appendicitis, and the British skipper of the Frigate Diana asked the Icelandic coast guard ship Aeger for permis
 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone LayerInternational Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer by The Ovi Team
A number of commonly used chemicals have been found to be extremely damaging to the ozone layer. Halocarbons are chemicals in which one or more carbon atoms are linked to one or more halogen atoms (fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine). Haloca
 Zebra CrossingsZebra Crossings by The Ovi Team
14th June 1961; following increasing numbers of accidents at uncontrolled zebra crossings a new type of road crossing with push button controls which will allow pedestrians to stop traffic with flashing lights is to be introduced next year.
 World Ocean DayWorld Ocean Day by The Ovi Team
On World Oceans Day people around the planet celebrate and honour the body of
 World Environment DayWorld Environment Day by The Ovi Team
World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the bigges
 Chernobyl Nuclear DisasterChernobyl Nuclear Disaster by The Ovi Team
26th April 1986; an explosion and fire at the No. 4 reactor of Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine resulted in a nuclear meltdown sending radioactivity into the atmosphere. The Radiation fallout spread throughout Europe the Chernobyl disas
 Mother Earth DayMother Earth Day by The Ovi Team
Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth\'s environment. It was founded by U.S. S
 Ebola VirusEbola Virus by The Ovi Team
27th June 1976; the world’s first recorded Ebola virus epidemic begins making its way through the area. By the time the epidemic is over, 284 cases are reported, with about half of the victims dying from the disease.
 The Antarctic Treaty SystemThe Antarctic Treaty System by The Ovi Team
23rd June 1961; The Antarctic Treaty System comes into force to regulate international relations with respect to Antarctica, \"all land and ice shelves south of 60°S latitude parallel\". Antarctica is the Earth\'s only continent without a
 Earth DayEarth Day by The Ovi Team
Each year, Earth Day - April 22 - marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death
 Human errorHuman error by Thanos Kalamidas
It is everywhere on the news the last couple of days and I suppose a lot of people have read my now that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an avoidable disaster caused in part by a series of cost-cutting decisions made by BP and its partners
 Global Justice and Inequity: Lessons Learned from Bhopal and BP Horizon DeepwaterGlobal Justice and Inequity: Lessons Learned from Bhopal and BP Horizon Deepwater by Newropeans-Magazine
Bhopal and BP Horizon Deepwater Background Almost 26 years ago, on the night of 3rd December 1984, Bhopal (India) was enveloped in a poisonous miasmic cloud of methyl isocyanate gas, which gushe
 Cloning food, greed and miseryCloning food, greed and misery by Thanos Kalamidas
The dilemma is pretty …tempting. From the one side you have millions starving and anything that could help them and save lives it’s worth to try from the other side you have the commercialize science in the name of greed with the starv
 Another brick in the wallAnother brick in the wall by Aakanksha Tyagi
Indian economy and industrialization is growing rapidly. Growth numbers are increasing steadily like a wall rising with every added brick. Fast paced economic growth is leading to increase in urbanization. Towns are experiencing facelift with the
 BP's loans from our childrenBP's loans from our children by Thanos Kalamidas
How much you charge an environmental destruction that will take years, probably decades to recover? The amount of life that is going to suffer for the next decades due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is unaccountable doesn’t matter wh
 Drowning in Oceans of Oil!Drowning in Oceans of Oil! by Leah Sellers
Oil !  Glug, glug !  Chug, chug !  But those noises aren’t coming from oil hungry machines.  No, they’re coming from dying Pelicans, dying Sea Birds, dying Manatee, dying Otters, dying Oysters, dying Shrimp, dyin
 An Environmental Implication: Fumes of AircraftAn Environmental Implication: Fumes of Aircraft by Pallavi Saxena
There have been remarkable chapters in the history of science & technology which lead to splendid success in the production and manufacturing market. One of them is the aviation technology, it helps the people a lot to make travel as well a
 TsunamiTsunami by The Ovi Team
After the sad result of the UN summit for the environment is good to remember what happened 5 years ago on the December 26th , 2004, when earth continuing warning us that there is something wrong with a tsunami caused by an earthquake under the
 Perhaps I'm ...environmentaly wrongPerhaps I'm ...environmentaly wrong by Thanos Kalamidas
It took them fifteen days and I have no idea how many hundreds or thousands participants, advisors, kings, presidents, prime ministers, ministers and I’m not sure what else to realize that in the year 2009 everything about the environment
 Copenhagen report XIICopenhagen report XII by Euro Reporter
Copenhagen refuses to formally approve Obama accord After President Obama announced a break-through accord on Friday, all-night talks were held at the climate conference in Copenhagen about recognizing a political compromise t
 Copenhagen report XICopenhagen report XI by Euro Reporter
Draft of Copenhagen deal has broad targets, sparse details World leaders and negotiators were closing in on a political accord that would lead to a new treaty on global warming, though the elusive deal remained out of grasp an
 Copenhagen report XCopenhagen report X by Euro Reporter
Can Hillary Clinton Stave Off Collapse at Copenhagen?With the clock winding down and the hosts of the Copenhagen climate conference reportedly abandoning hope of a deal, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced
 Copenhagen report IXCopenhagen report IX by Euro Reporter
Angry protestsHundreds of demonstrators were arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Copenhagen climate conference, while protesting against "exclusionary tactics” which kept most of the NGO members outside the confe
 The Horn of Africa is Dying. Who Cares?The Horn of Africa is Dying. Who Cares? by Doug McGill
For all its vivid detail, the picture painted by one after another speaker was almost too abstract and too distant – not to mention too evil -- to fully take in.
 Copenhagen report VIIICopenhagen report VIII by Euro Reporter
Rich countries responsible for slow Copenhagen talksChina said Tuesday that the rich countries should be responsible for the sluggish progress of the Copenhagen climate talks as they "move backward" on such issues
 Copenhagen report VIICopenhagen report VII by Euro Reporter
Final talks begin in Copenhagen Climate conferenceMore than 90 ministers had met informally on December 13, on their day off from official negotiations between 190 nations, to try to break an impasse between rich and poor over
 Copenhagen report VICopenhagen report VI by Euro Reporter
40,000 activists march on Copenhagen for climate justiceWith only one week to go for the UN climate conference, thousands of demonstrators showed their concern for the environment yesterday (Saturday, December 12th) in the Dan
 Copenhagen report VCopenhagen report V by Euro Reporter
Massive protestsTens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Copenhagen on Saturday to demand a strong global-climate pact, even as world leaders reiterated that the coming week’s talks will not lead to a bindi
 Copenhagen report IVCopenhagen report IV by Euro Reporter
EU leaders make climate change funding pledgesBritain and France have announced that they will each contribute at least £1.5 billion to the climate change fund for 2010 to 2012 to help developing nations finance environme
 Copenhagen report IIICopenhagen report III by Euro Reporter
Sarah Palin, Dem greens' grinchIf every great cause requires an even greater villain, Democratic greens have found one in Sarah Palin. House Democrats spent Thursday targeting former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for using decad
 Copenhagen report IICopenhagen report II by Euro Reporter
Nations' fury over leaked climate textA leaked document known as the "Danish text" has driven an even deeper wedge between rich and poor countries embroiled in U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen. The document, subt
 Copenhagen reportCopenhagen report by Euro Reporter
Last, best chance: UN climate conference opensThe largest and most important U.N. climate change conference in history opened Monday, with organizers warning diplomats from 192 nations that this could be the best, last chance
 The last or the lost opportunityThe last or the lost opportunity by Thanos Kalamidas
Lars Loekke Rasmussen, the Danish Prime Minister in his opening speech for the UN climate summit in Copenhagen as an opportunity the world cannot afford to miss. The bad news is that the world has missed the opportunity already in Kyoto; the worst
 Babri MasjidBabri Masjid by Tahir Khan
The demolition of Babri Masjid is one of the incident which showed the level of corruption in Indian politics and judiciary.  It’s also shows politicians willpower and personal interest is above the law.
 Ride Planet Earth - A Green Road To CopenhagenRide Planet Earth - A Green Road To Copenhagen by Johnny Milner
The “Ride Planet Earth” Project follows one man’s intrepi
 The Kyoto road to CopenhagenThe Kyoto road to Copenhagen by Thanos Kalamidas
 For Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in WarFor Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War by Thanos Kalamidas
Usually as a lot of you have guessed and some know here in Ovi magazine we check the calendar for
 The Finnish green league of miseryThe Finnish green league of misery by Thanos Kalamidas
It is only weeks since in another article I mentioned how difficult it is and how it hurts to say … I told you! And here we come to say it again and this time I feel like writing it in bold capital letters since I said it again and again
 A Lesson From the BlowfishA Lesson From the Blowfish by Jack Wellman
Blowfish (family of Tetraodontidae) are closely related to the porcupine fish and Puffer fish, are analytical to the idea of Biblical knowledge without love. These fish are the second most poisonous vertebrate in the known world. They are highl
 Enemies of the environmentEnemies of the environment by Thanos Kalamidas
The first time I found myself in Nordkapp, the northern cape in Norway looking at the North Sea and the ice of the arctic I was in awe and I consider the moment as a valuable landmark for my life. Looking at the ice that had become a floor on t
 Left-handiness issuesLeft-handiness issues by Thanos Kalamidas
Left handed my self and victim of bulling even from teachers when I was young – 60s was not always sex and drugs and rock & roll. As a result even though I do everything with my left hand I write with my right thanks to “progres
 From Farakka to Tipaimukh & the Dams that KillFrom Farakka to Tipaimukh & the Dams that Kill by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
In recent days, Bangladesh seems to have wakened up to the danger posed by construction of the Tipaimukh Dam in the neighboring Manipur state of India. There are some in Bangladesh who have a habit of translating national issues of this kind into
 Photovoltaic Ink-Jet Cells and Printable ElectronicsPhotovoltaic Ink-Jet Cells and Printable Electronics by Alexandra Pereira
 Finland national church strong on environmentFinland national church strong on environment by Rajan Zed
Hindus have praised The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland for coming out with a “climate program” focused on “gratitude, respect and moderation”.Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement
 Bocephus, the Hound Dog's, Environmental TheoryBocephus, the Hound Dog's, Environmental Theory by Leah Sellers
“Excuse me, Sir, but how can you compare Human Beings to Ticks and Fleas on the back of your ‘Ole Hound dog, Bocephus? How can you do that, Uncle E.L.?”“Well, Child, Truth Be Told, there are many simila
 Environmental thoughtsEnvironmental thoughts by Thanos Kalamidas
I suppose living in a cool apartment, doesn’t matter where from New York to Paris or Helsinki; all furnished with environmental friendly designs and carefully recycling all the rubbish in different bags for organics, paper and tins. It is no
 The world's largest photovoltaic power station [PICS]The world's largest photovoltaic power station [PICS] by Luis Alves
In Amareleja, a Portuguese parish of the municipality of Moura, the rural landscape was modified by hundreds of thin metallic structures anchored on the ground by concrete foundations. These s
 The Finnish atomic constable!The Finnish atomic constable! by Thanos Kalamidas
The International Atomic Energy Agency and her General Director Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei just have some unexpected help and a solution with their investigations in Iran and North Korea, they will call the Finnish police to sort out the problems, rese
 Hindus laud Orthodox Christians for strong stand on environmentHindus laud Orthodox Christians for strong stand on environment by Rajan Zed
Hindus have praised Orthodox Christian Church, second largest Christian denomination of the world, for taking a strong stand on environment.Acclaimed Hindu leader Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded powe
 Finland's... I told you!!!Finland's... I told you!!! by Thanos Kalamidas
There is one phrase I hate and try to avoid, the phrase is: I told you. Any time anybody is using it means bad news… well, most of the time very bad news. There is another factor that makes this phrase even worse, usually you use it to love ones, ot
 Moura Renewable Energies ProjectMoura Renewable Energies Project by Luis Alves
 Moura (Amareleja) Photovoltaic Power StationMoura (Amareleja) Photovoltaic Power Station by Luis Alves
 What a wasteWhat a waste by Asa Butcher
Earlier this week I was in generous mood so my daughter received a Kinder Egg. I'm sure you all know that a Kinder Egg has a chocolate shell and inside is a toy, but for such a little item there is a lot of packaging. A foil wrapper, a plastic
 Don't support drilling ANWR!Don't support drilling ANWR! by Linda Lane
 Photovoltaic Solar in PortugalPhotovoltaic Solar in Portugal by Luis Alves
Portugal is one of the European countries with the highest levels of solar radiation (particularly the Alentejo region), enjoying excellent conditions for
 Hazardous WasteHazardous Waste by Jack Wellman
The nation, indeed the whole world, is experiencing an energy crisis. But it is also suffering from a major pollution problem.   What to do with mounting piles of hazardous waste, rejected by both the trash service and the recycling cent
 Nokia: Let HP inspire youNokia: Let HP inspire you by Asa Butcher
Earlier this week Nokia released a report that revealed only a small percentage of mobile phones are recycled, even though they include valuable and potentially toxic materials. According to the survey that polled 6,500 people in a dozen countries
 Whaling Politics - The IWC in ChileWhaling Politics - The IWC in Chile by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The International Whaling Commission has had its 60th meeting, this time in Santiago, Chile. Proceedings have followed their traditional pattern; hostilities have been reasserted between pro-whaling parties and those reluctant to give any ground o
 Nice Beavers!Nice Beavers! by Clint Wayne
A few years ago while walking in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales my wife and I thought ourselves extremely fortunate to happen upon a wild otter swimming nonchalantly upstream. It was one of those special wildlife moments that only ever seemed to ha
 Japan's environmental worriesJapan's environmental worries by Thanos Kalamidas
Whatever logic I use I cannot understand it when countries like Japan seriously announce that they are going to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 to 80% but all that by the year 2050! This is two generations from now and I presume my grandkids
 Environmental hypocrisyEnvironmental hypocrisy by Thanos Kalamidas
I know, you were all expecting a full World Environment Day for Ovi magazine yesterday, but instead you got …Hugo Chavez and my usual cynicism. It’s not that we didn’t want to talk about it - we did and, of course, at least both
 Green World, Many DreamsGreen World, Many Dreams by Vieno Vehko
A little Chinese history: on September 12, 1979, Zhang Changlin was working in a local chemical factory in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. He accidentally forgot to shut off a flow valve before leaving work; consequently, 150 tons of wastewater, 30 perc
 Don't poo-poo washable nappiesDon't poo-poo washable nappies by Asa Butcher
While taking a break from this on-going Ovi saga currently unfolding in the Finnish press, I stumbled across an article that highlights a recent guide that encourages parents to switch from disposable nappies (diapers to our American readers) to r
 Reforestate, if you dare (in Greek)Reforestate, if you dare (in Greek) by Dimitra Karantzeni
Αυτή θα μπορούσε κάλλιστα να είναι η εντο
 Some thoughts on the Greek fires (In Greek)Some thoughts on the Greek fires (In Greek) by Dimitra Karantzeni
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 1969: Earth's Epic Year1969: Earth's Epic Year by Thanos Kalamidas
You could say that 1969 was an epic year for modern human history. By July humanity had conquered space with man landing on the Moon and the Soviet Union sent a space probe to Venus; back on Earth John Lennon, with Yoko Ono, sang “Give peace
 Environmental conscienceEnvironmental conscience by Asa Butcher
Today is Earth Day. I doubt you have anything special planned. There'll be no joyous parades through our towns, there'll be no flags flying and the kids will still have to go to school, so what's the big deal? Earth Day is supposed to
 Water is life! Water is capital!Water is life! Water is capital! by Leila Dregger
On 21st February, the ecologist team of the Tamera Peace Research Center, near Colos, invited ecologists and specialists from the region, as well as from the universities in Lisbon and Evora, to show them the state of
 The Tamera Peace Research Centre IIThe Tamera Peace Research Centre II by Alexandra Pereira
Tamera is no religious sect, Tamera is no science-fiction, Tamera is a Peace Village of the Future, and it is really happening… in the South of Portugal.
 Nuclear energy in Finland - A heated debateNuclear energy in Finland - A heated debate by Ovi Magazine Guest
Nuclear energy in Finland - A heated debateBy Cynthia D\'Cruz In a world faced with clima
 Plastic Bags and GunsPlastic Bags and Guns by Jan Sand
Back in my kidtime before I was ten years old the A&P on Sixty-Ninth Street in Bay Ridge in Brooklyn was the source of our groceries. There were some boxed goods and loose dry goods like red kidney beans and rice and coffee beans in burlap bag
 A diluted greed and eco-terrorismA diluted greed and eco-terrorism by Thanos Kalamidas
In a link to the media, the Federation of Finnish Technologies Industries expressed their ‘uncertainty created by the energy and climate change package published by the European Commission that threatens to freeze investment in Finland
 When they were blindWhen they were blind by Thanos Kalamidas
Perhaps it is just me, but every time I read a new report about the former General Secretary of the United Nations Kofi Annan I get really angry. In a latest visit to Kenya, the former General Secretary witnessed “gross and systematic abuses
 Sweden reportSweden report by Euro Reporter
Real working men wear kilts in Sweden A growing fashion trend in Sweden involves a new type of kilt designed to combine style and function for ha
 The New Wars of Climate ChangeThe New Wars of Climate Change by Luis Alves
Conflict syndrome
 Ice stormIce storm by Judy Eichstedt
On Monday morning December 10th, I woke early and turned the heater up just a bit. It was very cold and had been raining ice. My thoughts were focused on Christmas and I was a bit sad that one of my sons, who lives in South Dakota, and my only
 ThundersnowThundersnow by Jack Wellman
Old Man Winter comes again to our small plains town. Predictions of another bout with winter are posted with the weather service’s Heavy Snow Warning. It is a prophecy being fulfilled before my eyes. This storm cares not that thousands are s
 Gaia on the MoveGaia on the Move by Jan Sand
The forty year old theory of Gaia seems to be exhibiting some visible repercussions. The slow but steady rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is something humanity is guiltily accepting as its responsibility desp
 Greens don't recommend divorce!Greens don't recommend divorce! by William Edo
Divorces cause emotional and financial damage. It also has consequences for children and… the environment.In Sweden, Finland and Belarus, more than 50% marriages end up in divorce, the highest rates in the world. An A
 Recycling hypocrisyRecycling hypocrisy by Thanos Kalamidas
When you first come to Finland one of the things you learn is how sensitive Finnish people are to environmental issues. There is careful recycling in every single house and awareness of how to treat the forest, which is quite impressive for every
 A Bold ConfessionA Bold Confession by Clint Wayne
My family have always suspected it, but since my childhood I have to admit that I have been living a lie. I know I look the same dressed in my customary shorts and T-shirt and I know I sound the same prattling on about my beloved ‘Toon
 Finn reporterFinn reporter by Euro Reporter
Greenpeace Activists taken into CustodyOver 30 Greenpeace activists were taken into police custody Sunday for trying to block a ship transporting palm oil to a Finnish Oil distributor refinery near Porvoo. The activ
 Finland:  Living GreenFinland: Living Green by Jack Wellman
I would like to congratulate the nation of Finland. This nation leads the world in living green. That is, they lead the way toward people and earth-friendly environmental practices. This is no small accomplishment. This highly democratic nation ra
 Puddles at the Pole: A Global Warming AdPuddles at the Pole: A Global Warming Ad by Artie Knapp
“Hello, Bernie here. I am a polar bear living at the North Pole, and this is my friend, Sally. Say hi to them, Sally.” “Hi!”
 Farewell Anita RoddickFarewell Anita Roddick by Asa Butcher
Last night I was checking the BBC site when I saw that Jane Wyman, one of Hollywood's biggest stars of the 1940s and '50s and the first wife of former US President Ronald Reagan, had died aged 93 and I was going to write about her, but the
 Proposal for reducing air pollutionProposal for reducing air pollution by William Edo
Air pollution is a threat to human health and to the ecosystem. It results in global warming, the greenhouse effect, ocean acidification and respiratory diseases that can sometimes can lead to human death. There are a few steps men can do to re
 Putin on the RitzPutin on the Ritz by Jack Wellman
Russian President Vladimir Putin could soon be shaking the world’s balance of power. He has claimed a vast chunk of the Arctic which he claims is rightfully Russia’s. His scientists have said that the enormous
 Negotiating survivalNegotiating survival by Thanos Kalamidas
It is a strange feeling leaving the solution of a major problem to the ones who are mainly responsible for the problem and, furthermore, who stubbornly refuse to recognize it. Angela Merkel is seeking for the improvement of the Kyoto Protocol in c
 The Economic Value of PrayerThe Economic Value of Prayer by Jan Sand
Amongst people of faith, and that goes across all religions, there is no question that there must be prayer. I have never had any religious indoctrination and never had the slightest inclination to pray since I would not know whom to pray to so th
 Bee GoneBee Gone by Jan Sand
T.S.Eliot in his poem "The Hollow Men" predicted that the world would end, not with a bang, but with a whimper. But humanity is partial to
 Sex AgainSex Again by Jan Sand
There was a recent news report of an organism, a rotifer (which is a microscopic multi-celled animal), which has been
 The Janitorial OutlookThe Janitorial Outlook by Jan Sand
The concept of democracy, in one form or another, has been around for a very long time and in its early manifestation in Ancient Greece it has been denigrated for being based on slavery.
 Watch this SpaceWatch this Space by Clint Wayne
In this age of computers, iPods and all matter of digital wizardry any mention of space travel or a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral would be lucky to make the third or fourth slot on the evening news, let alone mak
 Problems of UnderestimationProblems of Underestimation by Jan Sand
When I was a kid, which was quite a few years ago, I visited a dentist quite often. In those days children were considered not quite up to basic adult standards. The dental drill, commensurate with today's high-s
 Subtle Changes to the ClimateSubtle Changes to the Climate by Colin
How much is ‘Global Warming’ really making a difference in our lives and can we detect any effects on the world around us? How many of you have experienced, albeit small, a change in your local climatic conditions?
 Artificial thrillsArtificial thrills by Asa Butcher
In December 1999, on the eve of the millennium, I found myself in a helicopter heading towards the rim of one of the greatest holes on earth, the Grand Canyon. Moments after Wagner’s ‘
 The Other Side Of DisasterThe Other Side Of Disaster by Jan Sand
There are current reports as to the state of the abandoned territory surrounding the Chernobyl disaster indicating, contrary to expectations, wild animal life has prospered to the extent that people in the villages beyond the forbidden territory c
 Hook, Line and Sinker!Hook, Line and Sinker! by Clint Wayne
When the working week is over and Friday night is here, the weekend eagerly waits like the first daffodil of spring. There is nothing better for me than to stroll down to my Local Hostelry with my favourite lady for a well-earned beer or two, but
 An Oscar to the court's jester!An Oscar to the court's jester! by Thanos Kalamidas
How do you really feel when you see a former American vice-president and candidate for the US presidency standing in front of hundreds of Hollywood stars, saying thank you to millions of television viewers while hold
 Vanhanen's environmental memoryVanhanen's environmental memory by Thanos Kalamidas
Before becoming Prime Minister, Matti Vanhanen was MP for the Uusimaa area and had strongly voiced his opposition to the creation of a fifth nuclear plant often talking about the environment’s destruction and proposing alternative ways for e
 UnmentionablesUnmentionables by Jan Sand
In opposition to the inherent human motivation to gossip, spread the good word, disseminate knowledge throughout the world, there is another opposite drive to keep secrets and hold information away from general knowledge. Primitive societies frequ
 Of, By, and ForOf, By, and For by Jan Sand
Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the phrase that democracy must be government of, by and for the people. Winston Churchill noted that democracy is the worst form of government except for those others that have been tried from time to time.
 Citizens of the EarthCitizens of the Earth by Rene Wadlow
In a mixture of the titles of the “Citizens of the World” and the “Friends of the Earth” – the representatives of 40 governments speaking as the “Citizens of the Earth” called, on 2 February 2007, for a
 Very likelyVery likely by Satya Prakash
I am sure almost all would have found the advertisement of Vattenfall, mostly aired on the BBC, to be hilarious, just because it states something so obvious. It shows a conference of intellectuals and scientists, where one person is forcefully del
 The great switch offThe great switch off by Asa Butcher
How many lightbulbs does it take to save the world? No joke here – it is a serious question that the Alliance for the Planet is asking its fellow citizens of the world. Today, February 1st, at 1855 GMT, French environmentalists are urging ev
 Desert, Athens!Desert, Athens! by Thanos Kalamidas
People often ask me if I miss Greece and how could I ever leave a country with sunshine throughout the year and temperatures well above 15 degrees, to come and live in a country that is dark, with snow, short summers and dark winters. Usually I es
 When global warming reached AspenWhen global warming reached Aspen by Thanos Kalamidas
Media and organizations from all around the world are talking about global warming and the greenhouse phenomenon more and more lately. As amazing as it may sound, some of those voices belong to chief executives from some of the largest companies i
 A few ladies and lots of tigersA few ladies and lots of tigers by Jan Sand
If you take a full bucket of water and poke a very small hole somewhere in the bottom, nobody will be surprised to see water leaking out of the hole. Nobody would assume that there is a marvelous intellect residing in water that is required to ass
 FAIRTRADE - is it fair?FAIRTRADE - is it fair? by Asa Butcher
Everywhere I looked recently there were billboards promoting the FAIRTRADE Mark, which reminded me of England's own Fairtrade promotion about seven years ago. At the beginning of 2000, the UK had huge marketing campaign that encouraged consume
 The melting of our HopesThe melting of our Hopes by Mirage
One of the remaining six ice shelves in Arctic, which is over 4.000 years old, separated from the land during the summer of 2005. NASA and the scientific community knew it since then, but made their announcement only 16 months later because the
 My spaghetti global warmingMy spaghetti global warming by Thanos Kalamidas
It is January and I’m writing from Helsinki, Finland. I live just a few thousand kilometers from the North Pole and less than a thousand from the Arctic Circle; it is only weeks since Santa Claus supposedly made his trip on his sleigh and
 An aboriginal victoryAn aboriginal victory by Thanos Kalamidas
It always makes me happy reading on the news something like the following: An aboriginal tribe in Australia has won joint control of world heritage-listed rainforests in a major land rights claim. The deal covers 6,000 square kilometers in New Sou
 Lands of milk and honeyLands of milk and honey by Jan Sand
The ancient Greeks and the Northern peoples envisioned, respectively, the Elysian Fields and Valhalla, as the final delightful resting places of their honorable dead. The Christians followed suit with a Heaven whose inhabitants occupied themselves
 KillingKilling by Jan Sand
One of the fundamental capabilities of a living organism is the power to kill. Each living thing is a neat package of tasty edibles. Life either takes its energy directly from solar radiation and its substance from the soil and the air or appropri
 300,000,000300,000,000 by Jan Sand
This all began at the inception of life itself wherein the first membrane was formed to assure that everything within that primary enclosure was a functioning part of the mechanism of maintaining the living processes
 Tsunami killed the dinosTsunami killed the dinos by Louie Parsons
At the southern end of Madagascar, lay four enormous wedge-shaped sediment deposits, called chevrons, which are composed of material from the ocean floor. Each covers twice the area of Manhattan with sediment as deep
 20482048 by Jan Sand
For a small fishing village the crowd was astoundingly large. Due, I suppose, to the internet that had buzzed about the event for over a week. It was now impossible to get close to the dock. The crowd had started to
 Show me the…fish!Show me the…fish! by Thanos Kalamidas
It is only days since I was writing an article about a futuristic reality for the generations to come. A future in which animals, like cows, will be something seen only in photos and 3D documentaries just like the dino
 Panic! Wolves in the villagePanic! Wolves in the village by Rinso
Since the first snow a couple of weeks ago, there are wolf trails to be seen in the village. A few days ago, this made the newspapers and even the TV-news. Scared parents don't want their children to walk through
 Toxic waste ship dragged to courtToxic waste ship dragged to court by Amin George Forji
The Dutch charter company, Trafigura Beheer BV, which sparked international condemnation in September, after disposing of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast that left ten people dead and thousands of others ill, is soon
 Leasing the futureLeasing the future by Thanos Kalamidas
"Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine year lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert...the magic of PROPERTY turns sand to gold.
 Counting fallen sparrowsCounting fallen sparrows by Jan Sand
A human being is one of the most intricate machines ever devised, if devised is the appropriate term. The latest model is the current variation from a tree-climbing mammal where it acquired the very useful capability
 Whales on the runWhales on the run by Thanos Kalamidas
Sometimes when I write an article I feel that suddenly all my thoughts on different things come together. However, it's just that I cannot put in the same article George W. Bush, Angela Merkel and the fin whales. I have often expressed in arti
 Ownership and other troublesome fictionsOwnership and other troublesome fictions by Jan Sand
Mackerel, monkeys, mallards and mosquitoes enjoy privileges in human society accorded to no humans. They do not have to record their ancestry, their nationality, their adult status nor their professional qualificatio
 This is my life: Wangari MaathaiThis is my life: Wangari Maathai by Amin George Forji
Celebrated environmentalist, Wangari Maathai of Kenya became the first African woman to win the prestigious Noble Peace Prize, in recognition of her work to rehabilitate the environment. Using a community-based metho
 Angela Merkel au secours de Sarkozy?Angela Merkel au secours de Sarkozy? by Europe & Us
Angela Merkel serait-elle prête ou non à accepter le «traité sur le fonctionnement de l’Union» ou «mini traité» proposé par Nicolas Sarkozy ?
 Bruxelles sans voitureBruxelles sans voiture by Krot
Bruxelles est une ville à découvrir. La première visite assure n’importe quel visiteur, qu’il s’agit d’une ville grise, moche comme tout, toujours ennuagée, avec de bâ
 City folksCity folks by Jan Sand
I think it was in one of Kurt Vonnegut’s pieces that an alien landed on Earth and noted that the dominant life form had six legs. I doubt it landed in Finland.
 Power and PurposePower and Purpose by Jan Sand
There is no one more dangerous, more vicious, more unrelenting and more ignorant about the uses and consequences of unchecked power than a sheep in wolf’s clothing. A wolf is well acquainted with its strength a
 Transmogrification of junkTransmogrification of junk by Jan Sand
What we throw away is oftentimes more significant than what we keep. It has been noted that the skills in perception and storage, which defines humanity’s dominance over all other species are not attributed to
 Littering environment and brainsLittering environment and brains by Thanos Kalamidas
Six months ago we had the conversation for a printed Ovi magazine. We actually went so far to create a test layout and collect prices that we found surprising low, despite all the negative advice we heard from former
 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone LayerInternational Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer by Asa Butcher
When I was a kid back in the '80s, we were introduced to the word 'ozone'. Initially, we all thought that it was a cool name for a new kid's television show or a brand of mountain bike, but we all soo
 
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