Millions All Over The World Expected To Join Earth Hour In Response To Climate Change

According to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, hundreds of millions of people all over the world are expected to join the Earth Hour and switching off their lights this coming Saturday night as a way of demanding a solid global agreement concerning the climate.

At 8:30 pm (GMT), Saturday, you can expect many of the world’s finest and brightest structures will experience an hour of darkness as Earth Hour peaks in on its 9th year. The secretary general said via video, this year’s Earth Hour will hold considerable significant because in about 9 months, there will be a pivotal UN meeting regarding the changing climate of the world which will be held in Paris.

He said that climate change is a problem of the people because the people are the ones who have caused it and they are the ones affected by it. It is because of this, it is only the people who can put a solution to this growing climate crisis. For this very reason, the United Nations will be bringing all of the nations together in Paris so that there would be a new universal climate agreement full of purpose and meaning. He said that the meeting will culminate a year of sustainable development action.

The organizers of the meeting said that this will be their biggest demonstration yet. The Earth Hour chair, Sudhanshu Sarronwala, said that the Climate Change is the issue of the generation and that an hour without lights will affect and inspire millions of people around the world and spread awareness.

About 7,000 cities in 172 different countries are expected to join the demonstration. Most of the world’s most famous landmarks will also be turning their lights off. Among these landmarks are the UN building in New York, the Houses of Parliament in London, Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Ed Davey, energy and climate change secretary of Britain said that it is time for everyone to recognize how climate change can affect everything that we know and do.



Refurbish Your Backyard

Summer season is the best time of the year to cool off in the patio or in the deck. If you are planning on having either then it is never too late to start now. This is to make sure that come summer time, you will have somewhere you can hold a get together or barbecue party with friends. Here are some tips and tricks you could follow if you are planning a do over in your deck or patio.

– Choose a beautiful wood for the deck. To give your deck a new look, it is recommended that you get a new wood deck. It will also provide an additional space for entertainment for the whole family. If you want options for wood that are rot and bug resistant then here are some recommendations: Western Red Cedar, Redwood, Mahogany and Ipe. If you prefer then there are synthetic material that can be used as an alternative. Make sure you let your builder know if you want the support to be hidden from plain sight. For cleaner and simpler look, hidden fasteners may also be used. For the screw, it is best to use coated or stainless steel because it has resistance to corrosion and will last longer.

– If you have the budget and you prefer adding another level then it is best to include in your plans as well. It will add more space for entertaining and improves the overall look of the house.

– Depending on the codes in your area, make sure to ask regarding railing options. It may or may not be required. You will have a better and clearer view without the railings. If your deck is higher, you might want to consider adding railings. Make sure you choose the appropriate material that will provide function and improve the overall look.

– A wood deck can add to the aesthetics of the property but there are also other options available depending on your preference. If you like then your patio can be also made of brick or concrete. The good thing about concrete patio is that is requires less maintenance and the construction is very durable.


The HCG Diet: A Healthy Step Towards Weight Management

The HCG diet is not really a new concept, it may look as if it is, however, HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) has been a dietary solution during the 1950s. It was when Dr Albert T.W. Simeons, an obesity researcher from the Salvatore Mundi International Hospital in Rome, published his research entitled “Pounds and Inches,” which described HCG as a weight loss supplement, that the HCG diet become known.

It did not gain too much traction, and it fell out of popularity by the 1960s. It became known again, back in the mainstream, by 2007. An infomercial marketer declared its advantages in a book. Now, there are radio ads, TV commercials and billboards that promise that slimmer waistline after a few days and with the HCG diet.

HCG use and its effects on the body

HCG is very controversial for weight loss, as most weight loss methods are. Its controversy lies from the great calorie-restriction it requires and the possible side effects from it. The hype, alongside America’s obsession with multiple weight loss regimens, fueled the controversy more and shadowed HCG as a tool towards a healthy and successful weight management.

According to Simeons, HCG’s effectiveness is its role of resetting the hypothalamus, as well as modifying how fat is burned in the body. In his research, he indicated that there are 3 types of body fat: structural, reserve and abnormal. Structural fat fills the gap in order to create a protection for organs and bones. Reserve fat is used for nutrition, a fuel for muscles and as a temperature regulator. Abnormal fat should have been used as a nutritional reserve, but is trapped.

Simeons speculated that HCG unlocks the ability to burn the trapped fat in the body. The dieters can supplement HCG using a 500-calorie diet and do not feel hunger, since their body is living off from calories of trapped fat. It is advisable to partake in the diet between 21 – 40 days.

Success from the HCG diet

Patients who are doing the HCG diet not only take advantage from its weight loss, but also from minimizing the number of markers from diseases. These include elevated blood pressure, metabolic syndrome markers, high glucose levels, total cholesterol levels and high C-reactive protein. Several patients may no longer need several of their medications.

For Dr Jennifer Landa, a Chief Medical Officer from BodyLogicMD, HCG is an effective step towards weight management. However, it should be carefully distributed as a lot of people buy HCG drops online from unreliable retailers. Likewise, its use should be monitored.


No More Free Soda Refills In France

The French, on the average, are not as overweight as Americans and Europeans but the government is relentless in its drive against obesity. In 2004, France has banned vending machines in schools. In 2011, France required that French fries could only be served once a week in school cafeterias. Last Friday, restaurants were prohibited from offering free refills of soda and other sugary drinks.

Fast food restaurants particularly the foreign chains will feel the pressure of the new law that takes effect immediately to reduce the risks of obesity and diabetes especially among the young. The law is in line with the recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) that has urged countries to impose a soda tax on sugary drinks to reduce obesity.

France has always been at the forefront when tackling issues regarding obesity. Japan is also serious about reducing obesity by requiring companies and local government to measure the waistlines of their employees who are between the ages of 40 and 74. The national law also encourages people to exercise regularly.

In Mexico, sugary drinks were imposed with a 10% surcharge in 2014 to reduce diabetes rates. After a year, the sales of sugary beverages fell by at least 12% while sales of bottled water increased 4%. Similar efforts are underway in Philadelphia, the first major city in the United States to introduce a tax on soda and sugary drinks; however, the tax provoked public outrage.

In 2012, New York planned to ban the sale of large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues but the courts turned down the proposal in 2013.  In France, the new law has divided the people although they actually consume fewer soft drinks per capita than residents from other countries.

The overall rate of obesity in France is relatively low but it is only right for the government to discourage the consumption of too much sugary drinks. If you want to lose weight fast and easy, your best option is HCG weight loss drops which when combined with a healthy low calorie diet will allow you to lose an average of at least 1 pound a day.