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Feature Article ... global warming

 

Twenty-five years ago if you made a trip to the local library and perused the periodical section for articles on global warming, you'd probably have come up with only a few abstracts from hardcore science journals or maybe a blurb in some esoteric geopolitical magazine. As an Internet search on global warming now attests, the subject has become as rooted in our public consciousness as Madonna or microwave cooking.

 

 

 

Power plants, cattle, and cars are some of the major contributors
of
greenhouse gas es such as carbon dioxide and methane .

Power plants, cattle, and cars are some of the major contributors of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane.
Perhaps all this attention is deserved. With the possible exception of another world war, a giant asteroid, or an incurable plague, global warming may be the single largest threat to our planet. For decades human factories and cars have spewed billions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and the climate has begun to show some signs of warming. Many see this as a harbinger of what is to come. If we don't curb our greenhouse gas emissions, then low-lying nations could be awash in seawater, rain and drought patterns across the world could change, hurricanes could become more frequent, and El Niños could become more intense.
 


Global warming:
An increase in the near surface temperature of the Earth. Global warming has occurred in the distant past as the result of natural influences, but the term is most often used to refer to the warming predicted to occur as a result of increased emissions of greenhouse gases. Scientists generally agree that the Earth's surface has warmed by about 1 degree Fahrenheit in the past 140 years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently concluded that increased concentrations of greenhouse gases are causing an increase in the Earth's surface temperature and that increased concentrations of sulfate aerosols have led to relative cooling in some regions, generally over and downwind of heavily industrialized areas. Also see Climate Change and Enhanced Greenhouse Effect.


 


Some possible effects of global warming are the inundation
of low-lying islands due to rising sea level s, increased frequency
of severe storms, and the retreat of glaciers and icecaps.


Some possible effects of global warming are the inundation of low-lying islands due to rising sea levels, increased frequency of severe storms, and the retreat of glaciers and icecaps.
On the other hand, there are those, some of whom are scientists, who believe that global warming will result in little more than warmer winters and increased plant growth. They point to the flaws in scientists' measurements, the complexity of the climate, and the uncertainty in the climate models used to predict climate change. They claim that attempting to lower greenhouse emissions may do more damage to the world economy and human society than any amount of global warming.
In truth, the future probably fits somewhere between these two scenarios. But to gain an understanding of global warming, it is necessary to get to know the science behind the issue.

 
 
 

News

Around the Red Sea and surrounding areas
Qatar's Sheikh Hassan to step down from racing

Qatar's Sheikh Hassan Bin Jabor Al-Thani has taken the decision to resign his seat in Qatar 96 for the 2005 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship. He will be replaced in the Victory-built, Michael Peters-designed hull by fellow Qatari Abdullah Al-Sulaiti for the entire 2005 season.

Sheikh Hassan Bin Jabor Al-Thani
 
 


Dubai Shopping Festival


Year after year, the world awaits one event that is by far the ultimate blend of world-class entertainment and shopping bonanza-the Dubai Shopping Festival, also know as DSF.

The spectacular event is now in its 10th year. As such, there will be celebrations galore over the 32 fun-filled days of the festival, starting from January 12 till February 12, 2005.

 
 
 
 
 
 

What's on ... Abu Simbel Festival

22 February 2005 (Twice every year, in February and October)

Ramses II, in a fit of precision and despotic architectural egotism, carefully angled his temple at Abu Simbel so that the inner sanctum would light up twice a year: once on the anniversary of his rise to the throne, and once on his birthday. The combination of human endeavour and natural phenomena provides what must be one of the most spectacular sights in the world.

Crowds pack in to the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the stone. Eventually, statues of Ramses, Ra and Amun are illuminated in the inner sanctum (the statute of Ptah - the god of darkness - remains in the shadows). When they have recovered their breath, spectators can join celebrations outside, including a fair and music demonstrations. However, nothing can really impress you immediately after witnessing such a sight.

The Abu Simbel temple was built by Ramses II (1279-1213 BC) to demonstrate his political clout and divine backing to the ancient Nubians. On each side of the temple, which was carved into a sandstone cliff overlooking the Second Cataract of the Nile, sit a pair of colossal statues of him, more than 65 feet tall. Though the statues have been damaged in earthquakes since their construction, they remain an awe-inspiring, tremendous sight. The temple is aligned to face the east, and above the entrance sits a niche with a representation of Re-Horakhty, an aspect of the sun-god.

In the early 1960s the entire temple was moved to higher ground, a task requiring considerable international engineering resources, when the Aswan Dam caused the Nasser lake to rise and inundate the area. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned, though the event itself is no less stunning.
 
 
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Parents & Kids ... cooking with and for childrens

Spaghetti Pizza Lasagna

2 eggs, beaten
1 lb. hamburger
1 pkg. pepperoni, optional
1 cup milk
32 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce
1 sm. onion, chopped
1 can mushrooms, optional
3 cup shredded cheese of your choice
salt, pepper, oregano, garlic to taste
Combine cooked noodles, milk and eggs.

Place in greased 9 X 13 pan. Spread sauce over noodles. Brown hamburger and onion, drain and season to taste. Add mushrooms. Place hamburger mixture over sauce. Layer pepperoni next. Top with cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 for 1/2 hour.

 

 
 

Easy Pita Pizzas

Ingredients

4  large pita bread rounds
1/2  pound ground raw turkey or chicken
3/4  cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2/3  cup chopped green sweet pepper
2/3  cup chopped onion
2  cloves garlic, minced
3/4  cup chopped onion
2  cloves garlic, minced
1  tablespoon olive oil, margarine, or butter
1  14-1/2-ounce can tomatoes, cut up
1  8-ounce can tomato sauce
1   bay leaf 1  tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1  tablespoon snipped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1  teaspoon fennel seed, crushed (optional)
1/2  teaspoon sugar
1/4  teaspoon pepper
1/2  teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1  cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)

 

 

 


Directions

1.
For pizza sauce, cook the 3/4 cup onion and 2 cloves garlic in oil. Stir in tomatoes; tomato sauce; bay leaf; basil; fresh or 1 teaspoon dried oregano; fennel seed, if using; sugar; and pepper. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or to desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf.
2.
Meanwhile, place pita bread rounds on a baking sheet. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat about 1 minute on each side or until toasted. Set aside.
3. In a large skillet cook ground turkey or chicken, mushrooms, green pepper, the 2/3 cup onion, and 2 cloves garlic until turkey is brown and vegetables are tender. Drain fat, if necessary. Stir in 1 cup of the pizza sauce and the dried oregano. (Reserve remaining sauce for another use.) Cook and stir until bubbly.
4.
Divide turkey mixture evenly between the toasted pita bread rounds. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Return to broiler. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Makes 4 servings.
Make-ahead tip:
Prepare pizza sauce; cool. Transfer to freezer container. Seal, label, and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in rerigerator before using.

 
 
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