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World without oil unthinkable

IF you get tired of trying on clothes and seeing how all those items mix and match, there's a magic mirror at the Expo that can help.

The "We Are the World" will help you with the perfect match.

The mirror records body measurements and on a touch-screen also displays items of apparel that a visitor may wish to try on. The visitor needs only touch the item and then see how he or she looks when wearing it.

The pavilion has been jointly organized by the Expo Bureau, Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau and US Environmental Defense Fund.

Life will be more convenient when theories displayed at the World Expo become realities. But much will depend on whether the world has enough oil, or alternatives.

The Oil Pavilion in Zone D in the Puxi section explains that virtually everything today is made from or needs petroleum to operate - good, furniture, cars, plastic. The pavilion was jointly built by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).

Entering the pavilion, visitors see models in evening gowns, swimming suits and spacesuits, all made from chemical fibers derived from petroleum. Synthetics have a 60 percent market share worldwide.

Around 70 percent of the objects around us and 70 percent of our transport depend on oil.

During a lifetime, an "average" global person "consumes" 3,790 kilograms of oil in various forms, from building materials to auto fuel.

A 4D movie in the pavilion depicts life without oil: leaders at an international conference suddenly stand naked (their clothes were made of synthetics); food cannot be cooked; there are no dishes for food; an entire house is empty - no appliances, no furniture. Nothing but concrete foundation and wood framing.

If there were no oil, there would be no better city or better life - that's the message of the Oil Pavilion, themed "Oil Dream."

Because oil is so valuable, it says, everyone must help conserve it.


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