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28 March, 2009

Earth Hour tonight

Earth Hour: 8:30PM local time, wherever you live on planet earth. Saturday 28 March 2009.

Earth Hour

Well, this event started in Sydney in 2007 (sorry, not from Boston). In 2008, a few countries followed. What do you have to do during the Earth Hour if you want to participate this (in my opinion: stupid) idea: simply switch off all non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour.

Why do I think this is stupid? Instead of switching off the lights, the industry should design energy efficient products, and generating zero-pollution electricity.

For the first time, the lights will be off on Eiffel Tower in Paris, Beijing's Bird's Nest, the Pyramid, and the Vatican. (related blog: Vatican recently received $1.5 million worth of solar panels from a German company)

Anyway, you can participate the event by simply switching off your main lights at 8.30pm tonight for one hour. For more information, please visit Earth Hour website.

Better yet, you can get powerful, stylish and enviro-conscious designed products from Apple Inc.

green AppleApple is once again leading the industry by reducing the environmental impacts including removing toxic chemicals, highly recyclable materials, making safer batteries, reducing packaging waste, and designing highly energy efficient devices. The new Mac desktops and laptops use PVC-free internal cables and components and contains no brominated flame retardants. The new Mac desktops achieve EPEAT Gold status. For more detail about Apple's commitment to the environment, please visit Apple and Environment page.

Yes, I remember some extremists said that everyday should be "Earth Hour" in 2007.

related blog entries:
very green new Apple desktops (4 March, 2009)
let there be solar power (30 September, 2008)

Posted by Antony on 28 March 2009 5:55 PM |

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Let's hope the idiots who run the tall office buildings in the city turn theirs off every night when the workers leave. Leaving lighting on just because it make the city look "pretty", is just not on anymore!
Sad to say, it will make no difference to the amount of power produced by the power stations or the amount of coal they burn, as they just shed the load when demand drops suddenly. Power generators are just not sophisticated enough,to be able to tailor them to demand at any given time.
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 28 March 2009 7:49 PM.
I hope that you switched off your big TV and your lights during the Earth Hour, Rev. Dr. I did not.
Well, for the first time, I have to agree with you (the second part). We need more nuclear power generators. They are efficient and zero pollution while producing electricity.
Posted by Antony Shen on 28 March 2009 10:38 PM.
"We need more nuclear power generators. They are efficient and zero pollution while producing electricity. "
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And they are bright and shiny and cost lots of money and are probably name-brand!
Unfortunately, they will blight the planet for ever more.
All countries with them are just another Chernoble in waiting! IMO.
Posted by on 29 March 2009 10:37 AM.
Obviously, you did not study Quantum Physics well.
Nuclear power generators may cost quite a bit initially, but they are highly efficient and cheap in terms of running cost and low impact to the earth while producing.
Posted by Antony Shen on 29 March 2009 1:07 PM.
Ask Don if beautiful Boston has Nuclear Power Stations, and what the populace think above having a possible A-Bomb in their backyard.
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 29 March 2009 10:30 PM.
They would have one in black populated areas, not rich and high class white populated beautiful Boston.
Posted by Antony Shen on 29 March 2009 11:17 PM.
Actually, if I'm not mistaken, the only nuclear reactor within Boston is the one at the MIT nuclear research lab. As we like to say, we're trusting some undergraduate students to not cause a meltdown and wipe out the city. That reactor is only for research purposes and doesn't actually produce electricity for the city.
There are two nuclear stations within the immediate area of Boston. The first is the Pilgrim station about 60km southeast, and the second is the Seabrook station about 65km north and located in a different state. The last I checked, the Pilgrim reactor's operating license expires in 2012, and its renewal is still taking forever due to politics.
Also, I would like to inform Antony that the MIT reactor is located in a very rich portion of Cambridge where lots of academic higher-ups live, not in a "black populated area." The same goes for the Pilgrim reactor; property values in Plymouth (the city the reactor is located in) are very, very high. I'm not sure about the Seabrook plant because that isn't even in Massachusetts.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 29 March 2009 11:51 PM.
Sydney has the only Nuclear reactor in the country, located in Lucas Heights, a south western suburb.
Like MIT it is a research reactor and used mainly to produce Radio Isotopes for the medical industry.
It is very old now, and against popular opinion it is being replaced by a new unit on the same site.
Our former benighted Prime minister, wanted to litter the whole country with them...."the new way forward is atomic power stations".He's gone now fortunately,along with Geo.W who couldn't even pronounce "Nuclear"!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 30 March 2009 10:24 AM.
Rev. Dr. Wu Yi,
You forgot that we don't have the world's smartest kids like those in Boston, MIT in particular.
Posted by Antony Shen on 30 March 2009 5:27 PM.
Are you belittling DON?
Sure sounds like it to me, I would be very pissed off if I was him.
Choose you words a little more carefully please.
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 30 March 2009 7:25 PM.
Antony, you should know that according to standardized tests taken around the world, "the world's smartest kids" are actually in Hong Kong and Scandinavia.
Rev. Dr., Antony's arguments about the power system are relatively new, but after some of the things that were said in the "I am black" speeches (ask him about special pets someday), I actually prefer these. I've accepted the fact that in four years we've never seen eye to eye, and probably never will.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 30 March 2009 9:38 PM.
Don,
You are not judging the smart by some sorts of academic performances.
If the US Government issues the black Antony a visa and if the poor Antony can afford going to Boston, visiting you will be second in the list.
Posted by Antony Shen on 31 March 2009 1:18 AM.
I've told you over ten times now that you, as the holder of an Australian passport, don't need a visa unless you plan on staying more than 90 days.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 31 March 2009 1:53 AM.
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