Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

June 9, 2012

Top Smartest & Most Intelligent Animals

Filed under: from the editor — mollyosc @ 3:31 am

15. Sheep

If threatened, they make large groups and run away together from predators. Can remember and identify animal faces (other sheep in the same group and predators they have met ) can remember and identify human face.

14. Pigeon

They have a great memory that can recognise themselves in the mirror, can remember hundreds of different images/photos and learn routes to their home from long distances.

13. Rat

Once they’ve experienced rat traps, they won’t get trap anymore. They have a strong social relationship, maybe stress even die after their partner died. Like dogs, can be trained to sniff out land mines and bombs.

12. Octopus

Octopus are the smartest among all invertebrates because they can change color in less than a second, mimicking seaweed, crab, coral, etc. They can use tool with their tentacles (e.g. open bottle).

11. Squirrel

They can remember their homes by identifying trees, bushes, flowers, etc. Every fall, they bury thousands of nuts in many places and they can remember where to find all the nuts during winter. To fool their rival, they even make some “fake nuts burial”.

10. Pig

In fact, they’re one of the cleanest and odorless animals, they have emotions, sensitivity, hurt feelings and are easily bored. Very sociable to humans and trainable. Some say they are more trainable than dogs.

9. Cat

Trainable, can recognize radio, television and can even check traffic before crossing the street. They’re smart enough to get attention (meow, rub near ankle, follow you, sit on your lap, etc.). Cats can hear and recognise their owner’s footstep or stranger’s footstep.

8. Dog

Man’s best friend, very trainable, sociable to humans, can understand commands and obedience. Can identify and remember animal or human faces they’ve met, they can recognise radio, television, etc.  Dogs can be sensitive, jealous and they won’t forget someone hurting them in their entire life.

7. Parrot

Parrot can mimic human words, understand the meanings, can remember many words and make sentences. Well-trained, can count up to 6 and can identify many objects. They can answer simple questions and can use tools with their beak (e.g.painting).

6. Crow

They’re the smartest among all birds, can count up to 3. Very creative because they can make and use tools without training (e.g. use branch to gather food). Sometimes they put nuts on the street and wait until car or pedestrian crack the nuts, then eat the nuts.

5. Elephant

Elephant can recognise themselves in the mirror, very altruistic. Among other animals, elephants have their own “death ritual”. They use their trunks to take a bath, drink, get food, play, even use tool (e.g. painting).  They can mimic sounds, a few human words and can understand the meaning if they’re well-trained.

4. Monkey

Monkeys can imitate human behaviour without training and if well-trained, they can behave like humans (e.g) drink from bottle and ride  bicycle). Like human, they have egoism, vain, pride and strong relationships. If two monkeys are fighting, the relatives of one monkey will threaten the relatives of the other monkey.

3. Whale

They can find their relatives separated miles away in the sea for unknown reason but they have their own language to communicate, can call each other and have  strong friendships in a group. Whales can “sing” with their sound and can make many different “songs” in a good tone.

2. Dolphin

Dolphins are the smartest aquatic animals, they can recognise themselves in the mirror. Very trainable and can hold and use tool with their teeth for painting. They use whistling sound to communicate with the best communication system among animals.

1. Great Apes

98% genes of the great apes are same as human, the smartest species is chimpanzee. They can also recognise themselves in the mirror, they can make tool (e.g. stone to cut food), use tool (e.g. painting). Like human, they can kiss, snuggle, tickle, laugh, can count very trainable and have their own language.

June 5, 2012

Today 5 June 2012 is World Environment Day

Filed under: from the editor — mollyosc @ 3:55 am

http://www.unep.org/wed/

Green Economy: Does it include YOU?

The 2012 theme for World Environment Day is Green Economy: Does it include you? Evidently, there are two parts to this theme and the first tackles the subject of the Green Economy. This is where some people shut off their minds because they find the concept of the Green Economy a little too complex to understand.

On the contrary, the Green Economy is really something that is applicable all around you and it is easy to imagine how you fit in it.

The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbonresource efficient and socially inclusive.

Practically speaking, a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes.

But what does all this mean for you? Well, this essentially what the second part of the theme is all about. If the Green Economy is about social equity and inclusiveness then technically it is all about you! The question therefore asks you to find out more about the Green Economy and assess whether, in your country, you are being included in it.

10 Sectors for a Greener Planet

Buildings

Construction has consequences – let’s construct a better world!

  • Construction and buildings take a large toll on global resources and climate.
  • A home or business energy audit can reduce your building’s climate footprint and lead to significant savings in energy costs.
  • Shopping around for home improvements or landscaping? Reduce your impact by seeking out low-impact construction and landscaping firms.
  • You can support a resource-efficient Green Economy by taking charge of the buildings in your life. GreenUp!

Fisheries

Seafood is delicious and healthy – but depleting our fish stocks isn’t!

  • Overfishing in many parts of the world threatens to deplete future fish stocks. We can avoid this by working now to promote sustainable fishing practices.
  • Research ecolabels in your area and buy seafood products that have been harvested sustainably.
  • By choosing sustainably harvested seafood, you send a message to producers that you support a Green Economy for fisheries. GreenUp

Forestry

Forests support livelihoods, societies and cultures, our climate, and a plethora of wildlife and ecosystems.

  • Deforestation accounts for close to 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Sustainably managed forests can continue to support communities and ecosystems without damaging environment and climate.
  • Use electronic files to reduce your demand for paper products, and seek out timber and paper products that come from certified sustainable forests.
  • When you support certified sustainable forest products, you support a healthy environment and sustainable livelihoods. GreenUp!

Transport

Congestion, pollution, traffic accidents . . . there’s a better way!

  • Riding alone in your car isn’t just environmentally and economically inefficient, it’s lonely!
  • Carpooling or taking public transport reduces environmental impacts and economic costs while strengthening community.
  • Walking or riding a bike for short trips is good for your health – and the environment’s, too!
  • When you choose alternative transportation methods, you support a Green Economy in the transport sector. GreenUp!

Water

Use water wisely!

  • Billions of people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water or improved sanitation services – and population growth will worsen the problem.
  • Taking small steps towards wise water use can help conserve this precious resource.
  • Turn off the tap when you’re not using it, wait until you have a full load to run your laundry or dishwasher, limit shower time, and don’t water your lawn right after a rain.
  • Resource efficiency is key to a Green Economy and water is one of our most important resources. GreenUp!

Agriculture

Use your consumer power to support local, organic and sustainable agriculture!

  • The population is growing! It’s time to support sustainable agriculture to ensure our ability to feed EVERYONE.
  • Grow your own veggies, eat in-season, and shop local farmers’ markets.
  • When you buy local, organic, and sustainable food products, you send a message to producers that you support a Green Economy for agriculture. GreenUp!

Energy Supply

Our lifestyles demand energy, but is the demand too great on our resources?

  • The current mainstream energy sources – oil, coal, gas, etc. – are not only harmful to health and environment, they’re not sustainable in a world of growing energy needs.
  • You can support the development of clean, renewable energy by choosing businesses and products that invest in them – or by investing in them yourself!
  • While we work towards a transition to renewable energy, consider ways to improve your personal energy efficiency. Turn off lights and unplug appliances when you aren’t using them. Don’t heat your house when no one’s home.
  • You can help build a Green Economy by supporting clean, sustainable energy sources and becoming a model of energy efficiency. GreenUp

Tourism

Tread lightly on your travel destinations.

  • Tourism can be great for local economies, but not if it results in negative environmental and social impacts.
  • The same principles apply to supporting a Green Economy both at home and afar: buy local, travel with others, limit water and energy use, etc.
  • Know before you go: What hotels and travel agencies support ecotourism? How can I limit my impact on sensitive habitats?
  • When you support ecotourism, you help the communities in your travel destinations achieve economic growth without sacrificing environmental and social well-being. GreenUp!

Waste

If everything you buy becomes waste, where will we put it all?

  • Throwing something away means losing the chance to reuse materials and can contribute to methane (the most potent greenhouse gas) emissions from landfills.
  • Electronics in particular are only recycled at a rate of 15% globally.
  • Recycling appropriate materials and composting food waste reduces the impact of landfills as well as the demand on our natural resources to produce more materials.
  • Learn about recycling opportunities in your community and support a more resource-efficient Green Economy. GreenUp!

Manufacturing and Industry

It’s no big secret that industry and manufacturing have been rough on the environment – but things can change, and you can help!

  • Industry and manufacturing drive employment and economic growth in many countries, but is it worth it to employ someone to pollute?
  • Be a wise consumer – support businesses that have sustainability plans, use ecolabels, and invest in renewable energy.
  • Greenwashing is everywhere! But many companies are sincerely committed to achieving sustainability. Do your homework and ask questions.
  • When you choose a sustainable business over a ‘business-as-usual,’ you send the message that it’s time for industry and manufacturing to transition to a Green Economy. GreenUp!

So how ‘green’ is Penang ?

Go to these links and find out :

Cleaner, Greener, Penang

Penang’s Environment threatened

For a list of Environmental NGOs and their work in Malaysia, please click link below :

Environmental NGOs in Malaysia

June 4, 2012

Too busy for your family because of work?

Filed under: from the editor — mollyosc @ 3:17 am

Treasure time with your family.

A family is a group that we identify ourselves with, spend time with and care about. They come in all shapes and sizes. No matter how big, small, weird, boring, or crazy you think your family is, it is important to spend time with your family. No matter what happens, or what we do in our lives, our families are a built in support system. A family sticks with us even after all put other friends have disappeared. In our families, we learn the difference between right and wrong. We learn how to interact with people. Our families teach us about sacrifice and giving selflessly. The lessons we learn with our families are the lessons that really matter. “Simple” sounding words like obedience, respect, responsibility, accountability are, or should be, taught to us in our family units.

The most essential relationships we have in our lives are with our families. Sadly, many times these days, people forget why it is important to spend time with family. They decide to let these lessons come from friends, teachers, counselors, school staff, coaches, etc. so that they can spend more time on their work and business.

There’s no place like home to be with the ones you love and those who really care for you.

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