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Jump to prevent global warming
6亿人同时跳 能阻止全球变暖?
[ 2006-07-21 08:43 ]

By getting 600,000,000 people around the world to jump at the same time, a German artist hopes to nudge Earth into a different orbit.

Hans Peter Niesward, from the Department of Gravitationsphysik at the ISA in Munich, says we can stop global warming in one big jump.

The slightly disheveled professor states his case on WorldJumpDay.org, an Internet site created to recruit 600,000,000 volunteers to jump simultaneously on July 20 at 11:39:13 GMT in an effort to shift Earth's position.

Niesward claims that on this day "Earth occupies one of the most fragile positions in its orbits for the last 100 years." According to the site, the shift in orbit will make the Earth a little further way from the sun and "stop global warming, extend daytime hours and create a more homogeneous climate."

However, Niesward doesn't really exist. He is a character created by Torsten Lauschmann, a German-born artist living in Scotland. Niesward is Lauschmann himself or an actor.

Lauschmann's multimedia approach has allowed him to explore a wide variety of subjects, including butterflies, paparazzi photos and, now, a flash-mob experiment.

In 2005, Lauschmann encouraged scientists and bloggers from around the world to discuss World Jump Day.

"He thought it would just circulate among friends, but it quickly seemed to morph. Within weeks it was global - people in Australia were talking about it on the radio," said Neil Mulholland, a reader in contemporary art theory at Edinburgh College of Art. "The more it was discussed, the more people joined the site, and it crashed several times."

But will people jump out of environmental activism or a commitment to the bizarre?

Members of the online environmental site treehugger.com have been debating not only the physical possibility of the jump's promise but the morality of its outcome.

Some believe it's risky to alter Earth's orbit, while others fear the jump will make the Gregorian calendar obsolete because of the length of Earth's new orbit. Others doubt the ability of the world's population to synchronize an event like this.

The folks at madphysics.com have constructed an anti-World Jump Day equations drawn up to dispute the validity of Niesward's - or Lauschmann's - theories.

One word of caution: The site tells those of us living in the eastern part of the United States to jump at 6:39:13 because we are five hours behind GMT, but that is not true in July. Because of daylight savings time , Lauschmann has a part of the United States jumping an hour early. 
















disheveled:being in loose disarray; unkempt, as hair or clothing(头发凌乱的;衣冠不整的)

flash mob :闪客(通过互联网召集很多互不相识的人,在指定时间到指定地点完成某一任务后,又在短时间内迅速消失)


daylight savings time:夏令时(把时钟按照标准时间调到提前一小时或更多,这样人们在春末、夏季和早秋工作日结束时就能享受到更多的日光)











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