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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Vanishing Freshness- A Guest Post by Divian Baheti

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil we live on, and the noises we hear every day are the factors which affect our health. Nature is being interfered by us and we are thus creating problems for own selves. Indirectly, it is like a hitting a nail on your own foot by contaminating and polluting the environment. Pollution is one the biggest threats to the human society in the current time. Pollution consists of air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution and last but not the least noise pollution. Deforestation, on an unprecedented scale, high consumption of fossil fuels and disposal of toxic & usage of non-environmental friendly substances leads to pollution and global warming.
 Global warming is causing a detremental effect on the health of plants, animals and humans.  The number of diseases, which are caused by pollution, are increasing day by day. More & more people are being afflicted with respiratory, skin and cancer like problems. The statistics show that the number of deaths which are caused due to breathing problems have increased by a huge margin in the last ten years. Number of deaf people have also increased, not only during the last years of their lives but even by birth.

The second factor which is being seriously affected is the environment. In the year 2011, 82 gallons of oil has been spilled in the oceans. This pollutes the whole ocean adversely affecting the marine life. Fish consume the spilled, harmful oils and die affecting the ecological balance.
Global warming has resulted in the rise of sea levels because of speedy melting of ice glaciers.  Many islands have begun to submerge in the rising seas & oceans. This leads to deaths, breaking the food chain and loss of habitat. Even climatic patterns & conditions are being affected which are causing more frequent disasters e.g. Tornadoes, tsunamis, droughts, floods etc. These disasters affect the crop production all around the world leading to malnutrition and hunger. According to scientists, problems resulting due to global warming are going to worsen in the near future.

As individuals, we can do many things to reduce global warming. We must save fuels by reducing the usage of vehicles. We should use environment friendly bags and avoid using products made of non- biodegradable materials. We should actively particpate in the events hosted by NGOs. We should help spread awreness making the young & the elders aware of the situation and asking them to do the same. You might think that such efforts wouldn’t help but any small effort is signifcant.
Years have passed since human beings have been rather callous regarding the benevolent Nature, but it is never too late. It’s been a high time that we took sensible steps to rectify our thoughtless acts if we are to serve our mother Earth and save our future generations. We have to understand that increasing consumerism has caused pollution which is a menace to the environment. No one except us, can do anything about it. We humans have started it and we must curb it. We should not let the future generations suffer because for our irresponsible behaviour. As Mahatma Gandhi stated “There is enough for everybody’s needs, but not enough for anybody’s greed.

An Article by Divian Baheti
Divian Baheti is a grade 9 student, studying IGCSE curriculum.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Google's Anti-Islam Video Censorship

Forbes called this a "A Well-Meaning Mistake".
Its hard to build a line between responsibility and censorship.
The decision to block access on YouTube to an inflammatory movie trailer in countries where it has already incited deadly riots was obviously made with the best of intentions. It’s hard to fault anyone for prioritizing actual human lives above abstract principles, even principles as important as freedom of speech and the free flow of information.

A scene from "Innocence of Muslims."
Under other circumstances,
the badness of this green-screen technology would be pretty funny
First of all Google,Twitter,Facebook,YouTube and other social medias don't come with a proper terms and regulations.
Its easy to change the rules according to time,but its hard to maintain consistency across.
I would blame the social media for the death of the US brand ambassador in Libya and then the violence across all other parts of the this world.

Religious sentiments have to be taken care. We still live in the world where Ram,Jesus ,Allah lives in our heart. 
I would suggest Social medias to have a strict t&c/censorship for all the religious posts/Videos/Pictures. Its hard but that doesn't mean its not achievable.
Do check how many anti-Hindu organization pages still exists in Facebook.
Is Social media not blamed for the Assam riots that occurred recently.

I’m pretty sure they didn't do the right thing. The problem is that for Social media's calculation to work, its actions need to be effective in dampening the violence. So far that hasn't happened, and no wonder. More often than not, banning a piece of political speech is the surest way to amplify its power, especially when it’s speech that lacks much intrinsic power of its own.

I think the reason this is a potential source for concern is that Google, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms are subject to pressure from would-be censors all the time in the forms of governments and corporations. Having clear principles they consistently abide by is the best defense against that sort of pressure

~~Prakhyath Rai N