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Volcano erupts in central Indonesia

Posted by Admin on July 25, 2011

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An Indonesian volcano spit lava and smoke thousands of feet into the air early Friday, sending panicked residents fleeing down its slopes.

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Mount Lokon spews hot lava and volcanic ash during an eruption in Tomohon in Indonesia‘s North Sulawesi province July 14, 2011. Indonesia’s Mount Lokon erupted to spew hot lava and volcanic ash as high as 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) in the north of Sulawesi island, prompting panicked residents to flee the agricultural area, a government official said on Friday. REUTERS/Stringer

Map locates Mount Lokon in Indonesia, which erupted early Friday, forcing evacuations

  1. Map locates Mount Lokon in Indonesia, which erupted early Friday, forcing evacuation

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The Lokon volcano erupts near Tomohon on July 15, 2011. The Indonesian volcano erupted late July 14, spewing rocks, lava and ash hundreds of metres into the air, an official said, three days after its alert status was raised to the highest level. There has been a significant rise in volcanic activity at Mount Lokon on Sulawesi Island since June 9, prompting hundreds of people to evacuate the area. AFP PHOTO / TENGKU

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This picture taken on July 13, 2011 shows the Lokon volcano spewing smokes in Tomohon, North Sulawesi. Indonesia on July 11 said it would evacuate hundreds of people living near Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island after raising the volcano’s alert status to the highest level. AFP PHOTO / GLEN RARUNG

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Mount Lokon spews volcanic smoke in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Officials raised the alert for the Indonesian volcano with history of violent explosions to its highest level Monday, following a series of eruptions over the weekend. (AP Photo/Grace Wakary)

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The glow of lava from Mount Lokon’s eruption is seen against the night sky as seen from Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, early Friday, July 15, 2011. The volcano spit lava and smoke thousands of feet into the air early Friday, sending panicked residents fleeing down its slopes. There were no immediate reports of casualties. (AP Photo)

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Mount Lokon spews volcanic smoke in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Officials raised the alert for the Indonesian volcano with history of violent explosions to its highest level Monday, following a series of eruptions over the weekend. (AP Photo/Grace Wakary)

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Earth could be ‘unrecognizable’ by 2050, experts say

Posted by Admin on February 22, 2011

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World Population Growth Curve

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Yahoo! India News – Tue, Feb 22, 2011 4:15 PM IST

The earth could become “unrecognizable” by 2050, if a growing affluent global population keeps consuming more resources, researchers warned at a major US science conference.

“By 2050 we will not have a planet left that is recognizable” if the global population continues to increase, said Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050, “with almost all of the growth occurring in poor countries, particularly Africa and South Asia,” said John Bongaarts of the non-profit Population Council.

Meanwhile, as income is expected to rise over the next 40 years — tripling globally and quintupling in developing nations, people tend to consume more meat, eggs or dairy products, which would cost more grains to produce, adding more strain to global food supplies.

“We want to minimize population growth, and the only viable way to do that is through more effective family planning,” said John Casterline, director of the Initiative in Population Research at Ohio State University.

It takes around seven pounds (3.4 kilograms) of grain to produce a pound of meat, and around three to four pounds of grain to produce a pound of cheese or eggs, AFP reported.

“More people, more money, more consumption, but the same planet,” Jason Clay told AFP, urging scientists and governments to start making changes now to how food is produced.

Population experts called for more funding for family planning programs to help control the growth in the number of humans, especially in developing nations.

[Agencies]

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