Google celebrates Earth Day 2013 with an animated doodle

Google Earth Day 2013 doodle

Google on Monday came out with an animated doodle to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Earth Day.

Earth Day is observed every year on April 22 to create awareness among the masses on environmental issues.

Events are held across the world to sensitize people about the need to protect our environment.

John McConnell in 1969 at the UNESCO Conference in San Fransisco first proposed the idea to observe Earth Day on March 21. But a month later, Gaylord Nelso, US Senator from Wisconsin, proposed April 22 as the date for observing Earth Day.

Nelson was also a conservationist and an environmental activist and he pushed for Earth Day celebration as a national teach-in on environmental issues after the frightful oil spill off the coast in 1969.

Every year millions of people across the globe come together to celebrate the Earth Day.

Non-profit organizations, governments, schools and communities hold several interactive programmes and activities to create awareness about the need to protect environment.
Google Earth Day 2013 doodle animated

The Earth Day 2013 doodle released by Google features a landscape and a static sun with a featured button inset inside.

When clicked on the doodle’s featured button, the sun starts moving and gradually sets in the west.

As the sun sets, the moon rises in the glittering sky. The moon can be seen in different phases as it moves across the sky.

The doodle also features the cycle of seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Earth Day 2013 is the best time to let people know about the need to conserve nature and create more awareness.

Earth Hour 2013: World To Dim The Lights On Saturday, March 23

A record 7,000 cities in 152 countries are expected to turn off the lights for an hour on Saturday night for Earth Hour 2013.

Some of the world’s most famous landmarks — including the Empire State Building, Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House and the Burj Khalifa — will go dark from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time during the seventh annual Earth Hour. The event started inSydney, Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million people turned off all non-essential lighting.

The initiative, led by the World Wildlife Fund, is meant to raise global awareness about climate change and extend beyond the hour-long event.

“The hour itself is symbolic,” Andy Ridley, executive director of Earth Hour, wrote in a blog entry on HuffPost. “It signifies their concern for the future of this planet, but it doesn’t mean an hour-long lights off is the one action they are committed to.”

One of the biggest changes to the program this year is an expansion of the ‘I Will If You Will’ challenge. Someone makes a promise to complete an action if enough people pledge to perform a green act, like plant a tree or walk to work (like this incredible video of a women pledging to get a tattoo of a happy panda if 10,000 people start recycling).

Critics of Earth Hour have downplayed its symbolic message and criticized its relatively minor impact on emissions. Yet, as HuffPost’s Tom Zeller Jr. notes, Earth Hour isn’t meant to “demonize electricity,” but rather “raise awareness about resource use, resource constraints and the looming consequences of doing precisely nothing to address climate change.”

New York prepares for Hurricane Sandy’s approach !

Weather forecasters warned on Sunday that Hurricane Sandy will affect a large area of the U.S. east coast, but said it was too early to pinpoint where the storm, which has the potential to be the biggest ever to hit the mainland, would make landfall.

Government officials in several states in Sandy’s path faced tough decisions on emergency plans, including mandatory evacuations in vulnerable coastal areas, and residents scrambled to buy supplies before the storm arrives on Monday night.

On its current projected track, Sandy is most likely to make U.S. landfall between Delaware and the New York/New Jersey area, forecasters said. However, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said it could not yet predict the precise point.

“It is still too soon to focus on the exact track … both because of forecast uncertainty and because the impacts are going to cover such a large area away from the center,” the NHC said in an advisory.

Sandy approaches the U.S. east coast

While Sandy’s winds were not overwhelming for a hurricane, its width was what made it exceptional. Hurricane force winds extended 105 miles (165 km) from its center while its lesser tropical storm-force winds reached across 700 miles (1,125 km).

Sandy could have a brutal impact on major cities in the target zone. In New York, city officials discussed whether to shut the subway system on Sunday in advance of the storm, which could bring the country’s financial nerve center to a standstill.

The storm could cause the worst flooding Connecticut has seen in more than 70 years, said the state’s governor, Dannel P. Malloy.

Sandy was located about 260 miles (420 km) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with top sustained winds of 75 miles (120 km) per hour early Sunday, the NHC said.

The storm was moving over the Atlantic parallel to the U.S. coast at 13 mph (20 km/h), but was forecast to make a tight westerly turn toward the U.S. coast on Sunday night.

Tropical storm conditions were spreading across the coast of North Carolina on Sunday morning and gale force winds are forecast to begin affecting the New York area and southern New England by Monday morning, the NHC added.

Record breaker

Sandy could be the largest storm to hit the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website.

“The size of this alone, affecting a heavily populated area, is going to be history making,” said Jeff Masters, a hurricane specialist who writes a blog posted on the Weather Underground (www.wunderground.com).

Sandy could hit Boston, New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, one of the most densely populated regions of the country and home to tens of millions of people.

Forecasters said Sandy was a rare, hybrid “super storm” created by an Arctic jet stream wrapping itself around a tropical storm, possibly causing up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain in some areas, as well as heavy snowfall inland.

Sandy killed at least 66 people as it made its way through the Caribbean islands, including 51 in Haiti, mostly from flash flooding and mudslides, according to authorities.

The approaching storm forced a change of plans for both presidential candidates ahead of the Nov. 6 election. The White House said President Obama canceled a campaign appearance in Virginia on Monday and another stop in Colorado on Tuesday, and will instead monitor the storm from Washington.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney rescheduled campaign events planned for Virginia on Sunday and was flying to Ohio instead.

All along the U.S. coast worried residents packed stores, buying generators, candles, food and other supplies in anticipation of power outages. Some local governments announced schools would be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

“They’re freaking out,” said Joe Dautel, a clerk at a hardware store in Glenside, Pennsylvania. “I’m selling people four, five, six packs of batteries – when I had them.”

Earthquake of 7.9 magnitude strikes off Philippines, Tsunami warning has been issued.

In Picture: Earthquake Fault.

MANILA: An earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck off thePhilippines on Friday and a tsunami warning has been issued for the region, the US Geological Survey and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The quake was centred off the east coast, 91 miles (146 km) off the town of Guiuan in Samar province at a depth of about 20 miles (32 km), USGS said.

The tsunami warning was issued for the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and other islands in the Pacific including the US state of Hawaii.

El Salvador 7.4 earthquake generated Tsunami !

A strong 7.4 earthquake that shook an area in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of El Salvador today has generated a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says.

“Sea level readings confirm that a tsunami was generated,” the center said in a bulletin.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake took place at a depth of 54km and issued a tsunami warning for all Central American nations and Mexico.

It warned that this tsunami may be “destructive along the coastlines of the region.

“Authorities in the region should take appropriate action in response to this possibility,” it said.