Get ready for more bumpy rides due to Climate Change
Climate change will lead to bumpier flights caused by increased mid-air turbulence, according to an analysis by scientists of the impact of global warming on weather systems over the next four decades.
The Solar Impulse plane has landed at New York's JFK airport
The Solar Impulse plane has landed at New York's JFK airport, completing the final leg of a journey across the US on solar power alone. We reported at this very place that the Solar Impulse plane, began a bid to cross the US, taking off from San Francisco on 3rd May 2013. The flight was completed on 6th July 2013. The first time in history solar powered plane crossed USA San Francisco.
Interview with Paul Newman, Senior Scientist, NASA, USA
14th Sept. 2013, Chincoteague, Virginia :On hurricane aircraft field mission at the Wallops Island Flight Facility.
Rajendra Shende, Chairman TERRE and former Director UNEP, on the occasion of International Ozone Day -2013 had chat with Paul Newman of NASA
Exploration should not lead to Exploitation
August 2013 : History is replete with the examples wherein what began as valuable explorations into unknowns have ended with destructive exploitation. Exploration of the ocean beds is poised to add to that list as an extremely disastrous unless environmentally responsible global actions are urgently initiated. This is the main message of the policy developed by a researcher at the Sorbonne University of Paris and TERRE Policy Centre on the occassion of the meeting on similar subject in UN head quarter in New York
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Solar charging station, in Kanyashala (girl’s school) in tiny town of Rahimatpur
Satara, August 2013 : TERRE Policy Centre and Barefoot Power India commissioned a solar charging station, in Kanyashala (girl’s school) in tiny town of Rahimatpur. That provided girl students a big reason to come into school in the morning and get light to carry back with them in the evening everyday!
India preparing first floating solar power station
India is the world's fourth-largest energy consumer. Currently it has 211 gigawatts of installed electricity capacity, most is generated by coal-powered plants. Kolkata, city of joy, may soon get India's first floating solar power station by the end of next year. The solar panels will be floating on the water. Such floating solar stations would generate more energy as research has shown that if the panels stay cooler. Current cumulative solar installations in India stand at 1,761 megawatts. In 2012 India installed 980 megawatts of solar power installations, with about 557 megawatts installed thus far in 2013.
China Refuses to pay Carbon Tax imposed by European Union :
China Air Transport Association representing Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, has informed that Chinese airlines will not pay a new European Union tax aimed at cutting carbon emissions. On 1 January, the EU brought airlines under its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which levies a charge on flights based on their carbon emissions. However, the EU said it would not back down on the issue. Airlines which do not comply with the new EU tax can be fined and even prohibited from flying into the region.
The scheme of taxoing is part of EU's measures to reduce carbon emissions and reduce global warming. The EU estimates the costs of air fares will rise by between 2 and 12 euros per passenger to pay for the tax. The scheme is being implemented on a gradual basis, with 85% of carbon allowances handed out to airlines for free this year. China has warned that it may implement retaliatory measures against the levy, if EU takes action. Interestingly the tax has been criticised by China, India, the US and Canada."
Earth closest to the Sun today: The only "source of all sources" of energy that our mother is relinat on-" The Sun"-was closest to our planet , today on 5th January 2012. 5:53 am today, (Perihelion Day), the Earth was at its nearest point from the Sun. The distance at that time is 147 million km.Every January, the Earth is at perihelion, the closest from the Sun for the year and in July it is at aphelion, the farthest to the Sun for the year. The word perihelion comes from the Greek words "peri" (meaning "near") and "helios" (meaning "sun").
All planets, comets and asteroids in our solar system have elliptical orbits. Thus, they all have a closest and a farthest point from the Sun - a perihelion and an aphelion, he said.
The questions comes to the mind, why the temperature does not rise on Perihelion Day even when the sunlight is more, The reason lies in the tilt of the Earth's axis. Our seasons are determined by the tilt of the Earth and not by how close the Earth is to the Sun.
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