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What’s happening on World Environment Day 2009?

Posted by atreyee on June 3, 2009

In Stockholm Conference, 1972, the question of pollution and environmental issues was first put vividly. Since then, UN globally designated 5th June as World Environment Day (WED) globally by UN. This is the day when the environment experts meet at a center and help plan for natural problems. This sketches out World Environment Day history.

Relevant topics over the years

Deforestation, Ozone hole, Haley’s comet, and Nuke pollution are some of the topics keenly discussed over the years. Of late, the matter of global warming has gained grounds. World Environment Day 2009 is all about debating on how to handle environment concerns with compassion. There will also be talk on ‘unity of community’. One and all will have to take positive environmental measures. The emphasis will be on fostering partnerships.  

Environment theme

The World Environment day theme 2009 is – “Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change”. Notice the play with the word ‘UNite’, clearly demarcating that UN is serious about making the planet a beautiful place.

There will be widespread World Environment Day activities around the world.  Egypt’s slogan is simple and compact – ‘Green is good’. In Australia and UK, places where pollution is on the rise, trees will be planted alongside many houses. Students all over have been encouraged to actively participate in making the planet green.


Eminent environmentalists will be awarded for their continual brilliant work. There will be discussions on making global warming common knowledge. But it remains to be seen whether World Environment Day celebrations will hold out positive news for future.


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Forbes list 2009

Posted by atreyee on March 12, 2009

Global recession has taken a deep toll on the billionaire’s club. Liquidity crunch has seen the evaporation of nearly half the asset value of world’s richest people. Despite this, Forbes 2009 has neatly counted on the services of 793 billionaires and posted its Forbes 500. Forbes list has thrown in quite some surprises. 5 Taiwanese have been incorporated into the Forbes list 2009. Taiwanese business tycoon and the head of the Fubon group, Tsai-Wan-Tsai ranks at 183rd position while Tsai-Eng-Meng is put up on 246th position.

Bill Gates again tops the Forbes list online, just as he has done so many times in the past. His net worth is estimated at 40 billion US dollars. There are 332 lesser number of billionaires this year and we all know the reason. Here is hoping in this regard that recession doesn’t further stunt the performance of the richie-rich’s on the Forbes rich list.


In the fitness of things, Forbes titled its Forbes rich list as “Billionaire Bust” In fact, despite topping the Forbes 2009 list; Gates has himself lost to the tune of 18 billion dollars. His misery has been shadowed by the loss of Warren Buffet, who has lost some 25 billion dollars last year, according to Forbes.


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