Tuesday, January 02, 2007

world's tallest man saves dolphins

a bbc article, via things magazine:

The world's tallest man has saved two dolphins by using his long arms to reach into their stomachs and pull out dangerous plastic shards.
Mongolian herdsman Bao Xishun was called in after the dolphins swallowed plastic used around their pool at an aquarium in Fushun, north-east China.
Guinness World Records list Mr Bao, 54, as the world's tallest living man at 2.36m (7ft 8.95in).
The mammals had lost their appetite and were suffering depression, aquarium officials said.

norway offsetting green house gasses

via the bbc:

Norway has announced plans to offset the greenhouse gases produced by public employees when they fly abroad by buying emissions credits.
The estimated cost of the scheme would be around 2.5 million kroner ($400,000, £200,000) per year [ed: that's it?], according to the Norwegian news agency NTB
Although the announcement was received favourably by some businesses and environmental groups, at least one organisation reacted with scepticism.

Norway's Nature and Youth environmental group said: "The government should first reduce its ambitions for the oil and gas sector in Norway, which accounts for a third of emissions of greenhouse gases."

Norway is the world's third largest oil exporter and a major exporter of natural gas.