Saturday, March 28, 2009

60 Earth Hour

28th March 2009

switch off ALL LIGHTS from 830-930pm.

A small action can make a BIG difference

The 60 Earth Hour is held on the last Saturday of March each year. It was initiated by WWF (World Wildlife Fund), asking the public to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour, raising awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.

Personally I'm not too sure how much energy can we save by doing this.
But I think this is a very good attempt to raise awareness among earthlings to learn to switch off their lights when they are not in use.
Kudos to the WWF.

Talk about going black
few years back, some fellow come out with the idea of having a black Google.
And they name it Blackle.
According to their website, they claim that

Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen."
Roberson et al, 2002

Not entirely true said another source and Google.

To the contrary, on flat-panel monitors (already estimated to be 75% of the market), displaying black may actually increase energy usage.

oh well... 公说公有理,婆说婆有理
To me, whoever is correct doesn't really matter
It is their effort and ability in influencing the others to go green that I look up upon.

On the one hand, BLACK is the new GREEN
On the other hand, GREEN is the new BLACK

What irony...

1 comment:

frank said...

I use Black Google Mobile at to get a better battery life on my smartphone and to reduce my data usage. I use it on my desktop browser too! On the newer OLED based screens you can use over 4x less power having a black background instead of white! The old Google blog post is out of date and does not account for all the OLED based devices that are growing fast in popularity and now in use. There is more information on this at Blackle is not mobile friendly and does not work correctly on my phone as it has white search results.