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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Fatal Light?

Nearly two thirds of Mankind from Bangkok to Reykjavik live under the luminous glow that girds cities and suburbs.With more and more countries industrialising and urbania exploding we cannot be oblivious to hazards that have encroached upon our horizons.In several cities it no longer gets dark.It's not quite possible to see the full resplendescence of the night sky as a result with as much as fifteen percent of the world's population having lost their night vision.This unnatural glow of billions of street lamps,office lights,signs,billboards,searchlights,security lights could be making us all sick:
* Common levels of fluorescent lighting in offices can elevate blood pressure.Lengthy daily exposure leads to a flagging off of sexual performance , increased stress , make us more prone to errors and a rising risk of cancer,especially breast due to a suppression of the nocturnal production of melatonin ( produced in the brain's pineal gland only when the eyes signal it is dark ), loss of night vision and sharp increases in anxiety.

* When a sports stadium lit up for night time games,frogs stopped courting.If you reduce the number of nights frogs,turtles and other life kinds breed year on year it'll lead to a severe decline in the population of the species and as a consequence with a domino effect on the eco system.Birds have used the moon and the stars for navigation during their annual migrations. But with the loss of night mayhem has broken upon the habitats , proliferation and behaviour of nocturnal creatures.

We may be waking up to huge personal costs!

Monday, March 3, 2008

A Lesson Not To Be Forgotten

by Veronica A.Shoffstall

after a while you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul and
you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't always mean security and
you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises and
you begin to accept your defeats with your head up
and your eyes ahead with the grace of a woman
not the grief of a child,
and you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrows ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down in midflight
after a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers
and you learn that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and you really do have worth
and you learn and you learn with every goodbye you learn

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