18 Oct 2012

Save OUR Earth

Without the Earth we have no where to live, along with many other organisms. If we don't save the Earth now maybe our children or grandchildren might not be able to see it for long. Our atmosphere is weakening and we have to do something about it fast. 

We could plant more trees to create more oxygen to keep the bad air away from the atmosphere, or we could just stop cutting down the rainforest. We are living and we need the space but we aren't the only species on this earth. Saving the rainforest is not only good for us and the atmosphere but also good for the many different species that it homes.

We could try to get as many people as possible to switch to hybrids and other energy saving things to use less fossil fuel for energy and relying more on solar and wind energy. Fossil fuels are destroying our earth and we need to limit the use of it.

Recycling is a great and easy way to help our precious planet. Everyone can help, all they have to do is follow three simple rules; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! 

The world is precious and we need to keep it that way.
8 Oct 2012


You CAN Save the Tiger!
By Darshita Pathak
7th CE

If you think you are just one person and there isn't much you can do to save the tiger, you are wrong. There are plenty of ways you can help. For a start, you could join Kids for Tigers or one of the many tiger conservation organisations working on the issue. Here are some more ideas.
Start your Own Rally
One of the best things you could do to save the tiger is to spread the message. You could do this by taking part in, or starting your own rally. All you have to do is get a few of your friends who love tigers to get a few of their friends who love tigers and gather together at a public place. With posters and pamphlets in support of the tiger, you'd be amazed at how much interest you will generate.
Start a Signature Campaign
If you know that there are tigers in a forest near your hometown, start a petition to declare the area a tiger reserve. Create awareness about the area and gather as many signatures as you can. Make sure your local government hears you loud and clear. Taking your signature scroll to a tiger conservation organisation will add to their efforts.
Start your Own 'NGO' or Nature Club
Get your tiger-loving friends together. Educate your families and neighbours, your teachers and school friends. Organise 'zero-cost' activities like nature walks and birdwatching trips with your friends and family. 'Notice Nature' and your understanding and respect for the natural world will deepen. If you really understand the issues, access images from a tiger conservation group and organise an audio-visual in your school.
Write Letters to the Prime Minister and to Newspapers
Make a written appeal to the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister of your state asking them to make tigers a priority. Tell them that you want your country's natural wealth protected. It is, after all, their job. If you see an environmental offence taking place near where you live, report it to your local newspaper.
Raise Money for Tiger Conservation
Think up creative ways to raise money for tiger conservation. You could sell Diwali cards. If you are a great chef, bake cakes and cookies or make lemonade for sale during a fair or a sports day. Organise a "Tiger Run" and get people to sponsor every participant that finishes a race. Once you have collected a sum, send it to your favourite tiger conservation organisation.
Be a Good Earthling
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse. Turn off the tap while you brush, turn out the light when you leave a room, use less paper. Don't use plastic bags unnecessarily. Use glass over styrofoam and don't buy stuff you don't really need. These seem like small things but they aren't. When you save the earth's resources, you are saving tigers.

How is Wildlife Affected by Global Warming?

Most researchers agree that even small changes in temperature are enough to send hundreds if not thousands of already struggling species into extinction unless we can stem the tide of global warming. And time may be of the essence: A 2003 study published in the journal Nature concluded that 80 percent of some 1,500 wildlife species sampled are already showing signs of stress from climate change.

How Global Warming Affects Wildlife

The key impact of global warming on wildlife is habitat displacement, whereby ecosystems that animals have spent millions of years adapting to shift quickly. Ice giving way to water in polar bear habitat is just one example of this.
Another, according to The Washington Post, is the possibility that warmer spring temperatures could dry up critical breeding habitat for waterfowl in the prairie pothole region, a stretch of land between northern Iowa and central Alberta.
Affected wildlife populations can sometimes move into new spaces and continue to thrive. But concurrent human population growth means that many land areas that might be suitable for such “refugee wildlife” are already taken and cluttered with residential and industrial development.
Shifting Life Cycles and Global Warming

Beyond habitat displacement, many scientists agree that global warming is causing a shift in the timing of various natural cyclical events in the lives of animals. Many birds have altered the timing of long-held migratory and reproductive routines to better sync up with a warming climate. And some hibernating animals are ending their slumbers earlier each year, perhaps due to warmer spring temperatures.
To make matters worse, recent research contradicts the long-held hypothesis that different species coexisting in a particular ecosystem respond to global warming as a single entity. Instead, different species sharing like habitat are responding in dissimilar ways, tearing apart ecological communities millennia in the making.

Global Warming Effects on Animals Affect People Too
 As wildlife species go their separate ways, humans can also feel the impact. A World Wildlife Fund study found that a northern exodus from the United States to Canada by some types of warblers led to a spread of mountain pine beetles that destroy economically productive balsam fir trees. Similarly, a northward migration of caterpillars in the Netherlands has eroded some forests there.
Which Animals Are Hardest Hit by Global Warming?
According to Defenders of Wildlife, some of the wildlife species hardest hit so far by global warming include caribou (reindeer), arctic foxes, toads, polar bears, penguins, gray wolves, tree swallows, painted turtles and salmon. The group fears that unless we take decisive steps to reverse global warming, more and more species will join the list of wildlife populations pushed to the brink of extinction by a changing climate.

7th semester (I.T.)

Endangered Stripes

In Chinese mythology, the white tiger was appointed the guardian of the country’s west. Legend had it that if a tiger ever survived to its 500th birthday, its tail would turn white. Consequently, white tigers would only appear to emperors who ruled virtuously: they were the symbols of a peaceful reign.
But while tigers might be revered creatures in Chinese lore, the king of beasts now faces a tipping point in its existence. According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the Year of the Tiger. Scientists and wildlife advocates are hoping the year’s iconic importance will help in saving the world’s last remaining wild tigers.
The great cats have historically inspired everyone from poets to warriors. They now also symbolize vanishing environments that support both animals and humans. In India, there’s a saying that when the tiger disappears, the forests will fall.
According to the Save the Tiger Fund, wild tiger numbers have slid from 100,000 as recently as a century ago to as low as 3200 last year. The threat of extinction looms for the Siberian tiger, the world’s largest cat. A 2009 report by the Siberian Tiger Monitoring Programme, co-ordinate by the Wildlife Conservation Society in association with Russian government organizations among others, revealed that recent Siberian tiger numbers have plummeted by 41% from their 12-year average.
“That came as a big shock,” says Judy Mills, the co-coordinator for the International Tiger Coalition. She describes 2010 as “the most important year in the history of tigers”, and believes it will be absolutely critical for the tiger’s future.
“Tyger Tyger, burning bright”
National and international leaders agree with Mills. Late last year, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin unveiled a last ditch effort to save the Siberian tiger. He plans to host an international summit with the World Bank in Vladivostok this September, and has set the goal of doubling wild tiger numbers worldwide to 6500 by the year 2022.
Conservation organizations have planned a series of workshops leading up to Putin’s tiger summit in Vladivostok. But China’s decisions carry special weight that could either save or doom tigers.
Wildlife experts point back to 1993, which was when the Chinese government banned the trade in tiger parts used for traditional Chinese medicine. The move helped to curb consumer demand, which has consistently driven poachers to hunt down wild tigers.

7th Semester(I.T.)