The recent talk in the west now is the enviroment and Global warming effect. This is attracting huge media attension.
The Earth's climate has changed many times during the planet's history, with events ranging from ice ages to long periods of warmth. Historically, natural factors such as volcanic eruptions, changes in the Earth's orbit, and the amount of energy released from the Sun have affected the Earth's climate. Beginning late in the 18th century, human activities associated with the Industrial Revolution have also changed the composition of the atmosphere and therefore likely are influencing the Earth's climate.
For over the past 200 years, the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, and deforestation have caused the concentrations of heat-trapping "greenhouse gases" to increase significantly in our atmosphere. These gases prevent heat from escaping to space, somewhat like the glass panels of a greenhouse.
Climate change affects people, plants, and animals. Scientists are working to better understand future climate change and how the effects will vary by region and over time.
Scientists have observed that some changes are already occurring. Observed effects include sea level rise, shrinking glaciers, changes in the range and distribution of plants and animals, trees blooming earlier, lengthening of growing seasons, ice on rivers and lakes freezing later and breaking up earlier, and thawing of permafrost. Another key issue being studied is how societies and the Earth's environment will adapt to or cope with climate change.
Scientists are working hard to try and improve gas emission. Recently there has been a lot of research and ideas into products claiming to have zero carbon emission. Some of these are: solar panel, electric cars or hybrid cars, air turbine and sea waves power generators.
This is not the case in Dair Atiah. this beautiful town is only 90km (60 miles) north of
One obvious environment friendly aspect of the town is the Air Wheel. This Machine uses wind to generate enough power to pump water from deep wells. No one knows for sure when those wheels were brought to town. For more then a hundred year, they have been a major source of power to pump water used in agricultures.
Unfortunately, in the recent boom in town population the value of those wheels soon forgotten. Their number is declining rapidly and now only less then 20 still in working order while many others are being dismantled. This is in my opinion a step backward. The air Wheel should be saved and improved to provide power and continue to pump water.
A campaign to save the remaining wheels should start soon and people should be encourage to use them instead of electric or diesel pumps. If this achieved then it is not just the environment which is saved but also one of our town beautiful and remarkable landmarks.
Join me in the campaign to save the Air-Wheel ( AL-Dolab). You can write your opion in this blog and we will raise this to the planning authority in the twon hall.