Storm Leon



The cold wave which froze majority of Canada and the northern region of the U.S. has continued to move down south and has now turned in to a winter storm called Leon.

The storm did not create as much snowfall in comparison to the cold wave, however it bought about a great build up of ice which caused a lot more damage and traffic within large cities such as Atlanta, Georgia.


Click the link below to watch a video elaborating on the anatomy of Storm Leon


A live coverage replay of Storm Leon and furture upcoming snow storms


This is an informative video which mentions the impacts  occurring within every southern and Midwest state in the USA caused by Storm Leon.


Aid for the Philippines – Typhoon Haiyan



Nations, corporate businesses, organizations and individuals around the world have come together to aid the Philippines…
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Although the Philippine government did not anticipate the sheer magnitude of Typhoon Haiyan their response with aid occurred and went in to action immediately.
The government underwent its largest relief operation delivering aid to tens of thousands of people. The Philippines is a chain of 7100 islands with dispersed vast settlements stretching for hundreds of miles and so the task will remain difficult. They spread out over a 1000 armed forces to help with aid.


U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said, “we really need to scale up [the] operation.” She told reporters in Manila “It’s true, there are still areas that we have not been able to get to where people are in desperate need,”I do feel that we have let people down because we have not been able to get in more quickly.” She believes that although aid has been provided much more still needs to be done. Her office has offered $25 million in emergency relief funds. “The priority has got to be — let’s get the food in, let’s get the water in,” Amos said. “We are doing everything possible to rush assistance to those who need it. Now is the time for the international community to stand with the people of the Philippines” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


The USA had provided $20 million. They initiated a massive military-driven rescue operation which included a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, George Washington along with its strike group consisting of 5,000 crew men. They took action commencing with the deliverance of water, food and medical teams. They provided more than 80 aircrafts with aims of transporting supplies and carry the injured to the George Washington for medical care.  In Tacloban, Guiuan and the Samar province Charles Drew, a Navy cargo ship along with U.S. sailors transported over 1900 gallons of water and food.

Ikea, Swedish furniture chain, have done more than the world’s second-largest super power offering $2.7 million through its charitable foundation. That won’t help Beijing’s campaign to win over neighbors with its soft power.


Guam has carried out ‘Operation Guam Cares’ with hopes of raising funds to help with aid and relief in the Philippines. Other companies have generously donated money towards this campaign such as Calvo’s Enterprises [$25,000.00] and Guam Regional Medical City [$50,000.00]. The Family Finder Service has been launched by the American Red Cross-Guam Chapter. This is where families in the affected areas may request assistance in reconnecting with their loved ones.


Australia has offered $28 million.


Japan, has pledged $10 million and offered to send troops, ships and planes


The relief material of 15 tonnes sent by India includes medicines and hygiene chemicals, fresh water, water purification materials, tents, blankets, mattresses, tarpaulin and ground sheet for shelter, readymade meals, biscuits and milk powder.


$10 million for aid and relief


China, a wealthier nation and a newcomer to overseas disaster relief has not made much of an impression according to authorities. China has donated less than $2 million in cash and materials and is unwilling to provide more. The Chinese Red Cross has provided $100,000. Zheng Yongnian, a Chinese politics expert at the National University of Singapore, gave his opinion on how this has effected China as a leading super power saying, “They still lack strategic thinking…China has missed an excellent opportunity to show itself as a responsible power and to generate goodwill.” However, regardless of YongChina had demonstrated some goodwill in offering the Philippines $80 000 during the earthquake in Bohol.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which is tracking corporate donations, had tallied more than $10.8 million in aid from dozens of firms. JOHNSONS and JOHNSONS including Fed Ex had come through with aid and relief…

HSBC                                       $1 million

JP Morgan                              $1 million

Samsung                                 $1 million

Royal Caribbean Cruises      $1 million

Toyota                                    $480 000

BP                                           $200 000

Sony                                        $150 000

Nikon                                      $100 000

Air Asia and Zest Hotels offered free flights and accommodation to aid workers
Although the flow of aid coming through to the Philippines has been difficult due to debris causing the lack of access to roads, it has been much more difficult for those who have been mob ransacked.

It is inevitable that not everyone would receive aid just as fast as others due to the widespread of islands and remoteness of villages. People have stolen from government buildings storing packages of rice and convoys for example. Many believe that this is due to the country’s ongoing struggle with crime. To help prevent future more disruption Tacloban police have imposed evening curfews.

Individuals continue to do their utmost best by initiating garage sales and charity events all over the world to help those in need of aid in the Philippines.

‘BBC News – Philippines: Aid teams face huge logistical challenges’

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‘China Gives Less Aid To Philippines Than IKEA’

‘Guam organizations rally to raise relief funding for Philippines’

‘Guam mobilizes to help Philippines’

‘U.S. Marines dispatched to aid with Philippines recovery’

‘BBC News – Typhoon Haiyan: UN launches $301m Philippines aid’

‘World Food Programme provides aid to Philippines’

‘Germany vows to ‘ease the suffering’ in Philippines’

‘Israel offers typhoon aid to Philippines’







LOCAL HERO: Mary Crowley


A Local Hero is

“a person who makes a difference in their community through labour, leadership or the force of their will.” 


MARY CROWLEY has received the ‘Heart of Green’ Award for her determined actions to promote and clean up plastic marine pollution in the ocean.

In order to spread awareness she created ‘Project Kaisei’.

Project Kaisei’s Mission:

“Project Kaisei is a non-profit organization focused on increasing awareness of the scale of marine debris, its impact on our environment, and the solutions for both prevention and clean-up.” 

She commenced her journey in August 2009 where she uncovered dramatic images of  floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean, which showed how catastrophic the situation currently is.

She works alongside scientists to find ways to turn plastic into fuel.

Back home in San Francisco, Mary is a local hero inspiring other to take action and defend our oceans. She believes that ‘people will protect what they know.’




Plastic marine pollution has been accumulating since WWII, accounting to 80% of marine pollution around the world including Hawaii, South Africa and India. It leaches out toxic additives which in turn kills animals.

Plastic marine pollution has been accumulating since WWII, accounting to 80% of marine pollution around the world including Hawaii, South Africa and India. It leaches out toxic additives which in turn kills animals.

Mary Crowley speaks about plastic marine pollution.

Project Kaisei


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Airplane crashes are not as deadly as their exhaust fumes




Asiana Airline’s Boeing 777 formally known as Seoul Airlines suffered a fatal crash as it landed at San Francisco airport. It resulted in 2 deaths, both Chinese teenagers coming to America for a summer camp.

The Pilot flying the plane was a veteran with over 10,000 hours of flight experience, however it was his first time flying a Boeing 777. The main cause of the crash was the inaccuracy of speed when landing.  This caused the tail of the plane to land first eventually resulting in the bursting of flames.

This devastating crash has left all other 305 out of 307 passengers in shock and several injured. However it has now been found that the main causes of deaths in planes may not only be resulted to the crash itself. The exhaust fumes play a large role in the death toll of passengers.

A tenth in the death toll is caused by airplane pollution. Airplane exhaust is similar to car exhaust which too has harmful substances within its composition. These particulates are driven by prevailing winds as they are expelled from the aircraft. Humans breathe them in as they reach sea level which can result to cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer according to the UN’s World Health Organization. Planes that cruise at altitude within the troposphere lead to 8000 deaths a year and airplanes taking off and landing leads to 2000 deaths a year.

Steven Barrett, an aeronautical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, highly recommends regulators taking action immediately as air pollution alone already contributes to millions of deaths a year.

He believes that Sulfur in jet fuel, which is the main killer, can be reduced with additional costs.

These facts have now opened doors for scientists to find new ways to reduce the statistics in order to cut down the death toll now making airplane pollution an important focus for environmental regulations.


National Geographic Daily News


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For furthermore information on:

The dangers of plane exhaust…

San Francisco Asiana Airline’s airplane crash…,0,415166.story