The Bibiliotheca Alexandrina’s (BA) Planetarium Science Centre (PSC) celebrated Environment Day 2009 yesterday by hosting the Environmental Creativity Celebration for students on the famous BA plaza. The plaza was decorated and divided into a number of spaces, all used for activities to promote the theme: “Your Planet Needs You”. The various environments in Egypt, such as the seas, deserts, river, and urban areas, were each allocated a space. Each space included on the average four activities that attempted to tackle, in an enthusiastic and interesting manner through hands-on and simple activities, those of our everyday habits that can be transformed and changed to save our planet.
This is the second year running for PSC to hold the creativity celebration.
Higher by 2100
To celebrate Egyptian Italian Year 2009 last month, the BA hosted a photographic exhibition entitled “The Arctic and Antarctica, Italian Research at the Poles”. The photographs were arranged as a series of 34 posters and scenic panels with labels in Italian, English and Arabic languages. There was also a spectacular large-screen projection on the exploration of the Polar Regions, as well as a comprehensive display of flora, fauna and marine life in the polar region. The event was organised by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Italian Embassy in Egypt.
An interesting presentation was given on global climate change and its causes, which include carbon dioxide and methane emissions. One of the studies presented and discussed was on the difference between the temperatures of the two poles in the ancient times and now. The study revealed that over the last 50 years the temperature changed greatly, and that by the year 2100 the temperature will be much higher and the rains heavier. Green areas all over the world will change, and some countries will face drought and food shortages.