Google Earth/Sky

Yet another wonderful innovation from Google. I downloaded latest Google Earth 2 days back and it id full of surprising new innovations.

First of all there is a whole new thing which is Google Sky. Now you can view the sky view from a particular place in Earth. For example I can see the night sky as visible from Lahore. Then there is lot of detail like constellations planets and Hubble telescope imagery which is really wonderful.

Other additions are picture viewing and lots of new marker placement.You can see the picture of your favorite location by cliking on the marker and a the picture opens in anew window.

The great Arctic Circle oil rush

When I heard on the news that Russia is laying claim to artic land and main reason for this was to lay claim to oil reserves I was really shocked and surprised. More so because it is the use of oil and fossil fuels that had made approach to artic possible due to melting of ice caps due to global warming and now to exploit the same resource that has been the cause of global warming is shocking and outrageous. Instead of doing efforts to protect the remaining ice sheet and to stop the melting we are planning to extract oil which can potentially destroy all the natural habitat of artic region and to greater extent harm the planet as a whole due to effects of increased global warming. 

“it’s an irony that even Al Gore might appreciate. As global warming causes the polar icecaps to recede, potentially oil-rich seabeds are being uncovered beneath the Arctic Circle in the suddenly navigable — and drillable — territory.

The area has long been thought to hold substantial reserves: Some say up to 25% of the world’s undiscovered oil and natural gas may lie below the thawing ice.

But as the countries bordering the Arctic hammer out who can lay claim to what parts of the ocean, one major player is missing: the U.S. Why? Because of an unlikely spat between Big Oil and a group of Republicans over the UN treaty that governs who can claim rights to those waters.”

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Around the globe, 2007 is on track to be a year of extreme weather

Just read this article on and as I myself live in south Asia region (Pakistan) I must say that south Asia has clearly seen the effect of unusual weather patterns this year.2 cyclones in Arabian Sea when normally a one is rarity. Few rains and extreme heat in north of country (Pakistan) and floods in south. This article describes many other scenarios occurring throughout the world due to change in global temperatures world wide.

“Extreme weather has plagued the globe this year, a U.N. agency says, causing some of the highest temperatures on record.

The World Meteorological Organization said “global land surface temperatures for January and April will likely be ranked as the warmest since records began in 1880,” according to the United Nations.

WMO said temperatures were 1.89 degrees Celsius (3.4 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than average for January and 1.37 degrees C (2.45 degrees F) higher than average for April.”

Full Article at