Big Picture: Earth Hour 2009

Posted in General, Photography on March 30th, 2009 by Demitri Baroutsos

As most of you know, many people in over 1000 cities around the  globe celebrated Earth Hour between 20h30 and 21h30 local time.  Photo-journalists from around the world took pictures of various attractions before and during Earth Hour 2009. Note, you can click on the various pictures on the Big Picture post to view the cities and landmarks with and without lights. Quite simply – amazing!

Started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour quickly grew into a global observance. More than 1,000 cities in over 80 countries observed Earth Hour 2009 on Saturday March 29th, as homes, office towers and landmarks turned off their lights for an hour starting at 8.30 pm local time to raise awareness about climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions. Collected here are a series of before-and-after photographs – which (starting with the second one below) will fade between “on” and “off” when clicked. Let me state that again, since I know not everyone reads the whole intro here – starting with image #2 below, click on the image to see an animated fade between “on” and “off”. This effect requires javascript to be enabled. (17 photos total) - source Boston.com

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The Eiffel Tower before and during Earth Hour in Paris, France on March 28, 2009. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)


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VOTD: Undersea Volcano erupting

Posted in General, Photography on March 30th, 2009 by Demitri Baroutsos

You may have seen the recent pictures over at Boston.com’s The Big Picture – if not head on over quickly to see some spectacular shots (like the one below).

Today, on Damn Cool Pics I spotted a post of the volcano eruption which you can see in the embedded video below as well.

[source Boston.com and DCP]

Scientists sailed out to have a closer look at the eruptions of an undersea volcano off the coast of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean today. Tonga’s head geologist, Kelepi Mafi, said there was no apparent danger to residents of Nuku’alofa and others living on the main island of Tongatapu. Officials also said it may be related to a quake with a magnitude of 4.4 which struck last March 13 around 35 kilometers from the capital at a depth of nearly 150 kilometres. (I know this is an off-day posting, but really, thought the images were worth it - 12 photos total)

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An undersea volcano erupts off the coast of Tonga, sending plumes of steam, ash and smoke up to 100 meters into the air, on March 18, 2009, off the coast of Nuku'Alofa, Tonga. (Dana Stephenson/Getty Images)


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