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    DESERTEC project, Sahara Sun could power Europe by 2050

    By Mark Piazzalunga

    Sahara desert climate is hot and arid, everybody knows it. So how can this simple and well-known fact become the idea to power a continent like Europe? Let’s start from the principle: renewable energy is the future of energy; we assume that this sentence is true since all facts gets to this point. Second principle: European territory is restricted and allows the construction of a few plants that could use renewable energy. Paradoxically, countries like Africa have renewable sources, particularly solar, in abundance but scarce funds to make the best of these resources. Now find the connection. Is it possible to produce huge amounts of solar energy in Africa and transport them to Europe through energy infrastructures? Apparently yes, according to DESERTEC project developers and supporters. And what is DESERTEC? It’s an initiative of the Club of Rome (a global think tank that has its headquarters in Switzerland) started in 2009. Directly from the official website of the project (Desertec.org): "The DESERTEC concept was developed by a network of politicians, scientists and economists from around the Mediterranean, from which was born the DESERTEC Foundation. Demonstrates a way to provide climate protection, energy security and the development of sustainable energy generation from sites where renewable energy sources are at their most plentiful." In practical terms? Connect renewable energy power plants in Africa to Europe through a network of HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) systems. The Foundation target is to build several renewable power plants of various types (mainly wind, photovoltaic and solar concentration) throughout North Africa. To support the project financially, the Foundation and other 12 companies (including Deutsche Bank, E.ON, RWE and ABB) created an industrial initiative: Dii GmbH. The construction project would continue until 2050 and for that date, the cost is estimated at € 400 billion, which means $ 546,720,000,000, approximately seven times Bill Gates’ fortune. It’s little bit expensive (life on Mars seems cheaper) but the entire network could provide Europe with the 15-20% of electricity that it needs. We must also consider the drastic decrease of pollution, direct effect of the project. This project isn’t just an idea but it seems an accurate and long-term plan. This could be an opportunity to connect two continents and to give them economic opportunities and jobs. There could be some problems like the wars and the instability of some of North Africa countries or how to get all 40 nations to agree to an arrangement for subsidizing the green electricity. There’s also the possibility to build the plants in Europe, just $ 54 billion more, and doing some math it brings to a shocking number: €2 per citizen per year to keep tens of thousands of jobs in Europe -- and to prevent Europe from becoming dependent on foreign countries for its electricity. Well, the project just started and it has the funds to go forward. We can't wait to see the results. Photo from Desertec.org
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  • Joseph Ramondeli

    Black Friday Promotes Over-Consumption and Waste

    By Joseph Ramondeli

    Black Friday Promotes Over-Consumption and Waste               Every year Thanksgiving weekend is overshadowed by Black Friday and in recent years Cyber Monday as well. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time when families can get together, even if it’s just for a day or dinner, to talk and reconnect. However every year more American’s are focused on shopping. Stores are now open by 8:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day resulting in people sitting at the dinner table with their families while browsing on their phones for the best deals that they hope to buy in a few hours.  This is just another example of how our modern, technologically advanced society is constantly becoming more materialistic. Aside from Black Friday overshadowing an American holiday and tradition, it is an annual example of how Americans over-consume and by doing so are very wasteful.  A huge fraction of purchased goods during Black Friday and Cyber Monday are things that people don’t need, they are things they think they need. Advertisements and social trends play a big role in the impact of this event (I refuse to call it a holiday) and in our consumption behavior in general.             Companies are tricking and forcing us to buy un-needed goods through the use of planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence.  Planned obsolescence is disappointing because it refers to how companies purposely make products to only last a few years and by doing so force consumers to by new products from them every couple of years. The most common example of this is electronic devices. Apple creates a new IPhone every year so that once yours break “accidentally” there’s a brand new, more expensive one to purchase as a replacement. Not to mention that such companies stop making old models, forcing you to buy the newest model. On the other hand, perceived obsolescence is promoted by companies but ultimately results from our own social actions. Companies, through advertisements, constantly throw the promotion of new goods in our face. It’s almost impossible to go anywhere or do anything without seeing an advertisement of some sort. These advertisements tend to increase around the holiday season, hence the origin of Black Friday. The main reason such advertisements work is due to the social pressure we put on each other and ourselves. Everyone wants the next new model or brand and once a friend or family member purchases something then we are pressured and attracted to buying it as well. The biggest example of this is the fashion industry, where new trends come and go each season resulting in constant purchasing of new, unnecessary clothing. These companies are clearly getting the better of us based on the success of such events as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.             So why is over-consumption such a bad thing, why should we care if people waste there money on unnecessary goods? It’s simple: overconsumption leads to waste! One of the downfalls to the technological advancements of today’s world is that we create materials that cannot be found in our natural world. This means that when we throw something out in the garbage it will never decompose. Purchasing many of today’s consumer goods is bad enough because most cannot be recycled and will sit in landfills, but over-consumption takes this once step further in that we buy more than we need! We buy new clothes or new phones before our old ones are worn our or broken. By doing so we are creating more waste because we constantly thrown away products that are still functional and contribute the ever-growing amount of waste humanity has created on this planet. In order to help reduce the waste we create of course we should recycle and reuse as much as possible. However, I believe that the creation of waste should be stopped at its source, and that’s our consumer purchasing. Buying less and using goods to there fullest is a sure way to decrease waste. Resisting social pressure and advertisements is key to getting this accomplished. So next year put the phones away and turn the TV off at the dinner table during Thanksgiving, you don’t need them. Joseph Ramondelli  
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  • Megan Bonetti

    Conferencing Climate Change: Teamwork or Tug-of-war?

    By Megan Bonetti

    India. Culture, cows and rubbish. As an Aussie living for a short time in India it is such an intriguing country. Indians love their diverse nation yet they use the streets like rubbish dumps. Even my friends here tell me it’s ok to throw my paddle-pop wrapper out the car window. I can’t… so I just hold it tight and wait till I get home. Growing up in Australia, those ‘emu hunts’ in primary school have willed my littering days away. Yet I suspect that even my household trash bin will just be dumped across the road for the cows to eat or worse still, burnt on the street…for the cows to eat. This is India. Love it or hate it. (#tii) As an Australian social worker volunteering with an NGO in Southern India I witness the large divide between the rich and poor of this incredibly colourful nation. I work with many children whose whole families have had to migrate from various parts of India due to the rapid effects of drought on their land and the significant urbanisation of major cities in the last 10 years. It turns out India has seen a boom in it’s industrial and technological trades a little later than it’s western neighbours and they are loving it. But India’s urban boom is threatened with westerners telling them they have to stop producing and polluting. The earth doesn’t like it. Sorry India…We made our big capitalist bucks, but you don’t get that chance. Just when things are getting good and you’re developing astronomically, your main source of energy is being taken away. It turns out fossil fuels are the cheapest form of energy for the developing world, especially as they try in earnest to develop the same standard of living as we have. So as one the most formidable countries in the developing world, India not only has the pressures of navigating a massive population but also has to figure out how to go green on the cheap. It’s interesting that the Turnbull government has reluctantly agreed on a 5% reduction in carbon emissions in the next five years. “Phew! Glad we got through that one boys.” They wipe their sweaty brows while developing countries are drowning, burning and trying to survive on scant resources. These countries are just trying to make a crust, while Eurocentric nations are slowly turning a baguette into organic multigrain sourdough (and throwing the crusts to their hobby cows). If the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is truly the last attempt for international cooperation, leaders cannot just show and tell their contribution and sit back with folded arms. But how can mere human individuals promote serious teamwork? This brings me back to the children I work with here in India. Every day their parent’s lives are tied to corrupt building associations. They are bonded labourers—gypsies moving from construction to construction. These families have no hope of returning to their now desolate homeland and are not provided social security measures that protect their livelihood. Then there is India’s neighbour, low-lying Bangladesh, experiencing saltwater intrusion that poisons whole water supplies for entire villages. In our own backyard we see Australian farmers shooting all their cattle only to turn the gun on themselves under the shadow of unprecedented drought. This is human impact. Global warming is not just about penguins and polar bears. Climate change is a social justice issue. We live in a globalised world. The industrial revolution brought us here; and climate change is the consequence. No longer do we just neighbour cities, we neighbour nations. The leaders of Australia must be held accountable to all their neighbours including the ones just trying to keep their head above water. It simply won’t do for wealthy nations, such as Australia, to show the world their own country’s carbon reductions and sit back down. This summit can’t work as a set menu; it has to be a potluck dinner, a time for sharing, understanding and safeguarding. For the sake of our beautiful earth and the many diverse cultures of the human race, this time I hope and pray that the leaders of the world provide a resounding voice for the marginalised. This summit and our government must not stop at figures, but uphold the basic democratic and human rights principles that cradle modern society. The United Nations was created so that man-made and worldwide calamities could no longer grasp our world with such authority. Well, it turns out a world war with Mother Nature is knocking on our doorstep. Will we listen and respond? I hope so.   For more information please visit the below links. They offer great insights into climate change realities and are positive and accessible resources for engaging the conversation. The reality of climate change | David Puttnam | TEDxDublin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBjtO-0tbKU India: Climate Change Impacts http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2013/06/19/india-climate-change-impacts Climate Change and the End of Australia http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/climate-change-and-the-end-of-australia-20111003 The Critical Decade: Climate Change and Health (Australia) http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/uploads/1bb6887d6f8cacd5d844fc30b0857931.pdf GoPro: Climate Change and the Optimistic Future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT6jtTtsG_M Paris Climate Conference: COP21 Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-qd8YCaoQ4 Why is the Paris UN climate summit important? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnztR5JllA4 Adam asks new PM Malcolm Turnbull on climate change in Question Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqXtKt-Is54 Morgan Freeman's Powerful Climate Change Short Film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YQIaOldDU8  
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    Whether you like it or not, water heater is essential in your home. There are many types of water heaters so make sure that you get the one that’s best for you. You can visit http://www.waterheaterhq.com/ and avail of their free quote whether it be on your water heater installation or water heater repair. With these quotes, you also have the chance to compare water heater prices so you don’t go beyond your allotted budget. So check this site for more details. Indeed they serve as an example of integrity since they always do what they claimed. That is why many avail of their great service.

    Water heaters consume a lot of energy. Hence, you need to be particular when choosing for one in your home. The water storage tank for example will need to be fueled with energy for 24 hours to keep hot water inside and make it available anytime it is needed. Once the water inside starts to cool down, the machine’s burner will start heating it up to make it hot again. All these cycles will take up a lot of electricity.

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    It was believed that maybe, we humans have just managed to preserve some parts of our world from global warming. Covered in ice and inaccessible for most part of the year, some believed that Antarctica was one part of the globe which was untouched by human proliferation and that it would, at least, stay cold and steady for a few more years. How wrong we were. Like all other places, Antarctica too has been affected owing to the harsh consequences of climate change. According to a new research, a group of glaciers which were once stable, have started melting rapidly since 2009.

    The glaciers along the Southern Antarctic Peninsula were believed to be stable between 2003 and 2009. However, new satellite observations reveal that the area suffered a sudden destabilization in 2009 and the change in conditions is now responsible for the melting of glaciers. It is believed that these glaciers are now shedding around 56 billion metric tons of ice annually which is enough to raise sea water levels by roughly 0.16 millimeters.

    The research points out that the warm ocean water is melting the underside of the ice which is undermining the region’s stability and causing the sudden decline. And the conditions are supposed to be so bad that even if the warm ocean water goes away, the ice will continue to melt until a new equilibrium is reached.

    The report says that, “The melting and weakening of ice shelves reduce their buttressing effect, allowing the glaciers to flow more quickly to the sea.” This is quite scary considering the rate at which it will contribute to the rise in sea levels. 

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    Backyard barbecues can pollute the environment and cause the climate to change. However, you can choose to grill greener to help protect the earth and the air that you breathe. Gas grills produce fewer air pollutants than the charcoal grills do. Because charcoal grills release higher levels of carbon monoxide and other components into the air, the environment will experience more smog, which can harm your health and the environment.

    Scientists conducted a study to discover which type of grill was the most eco-friendly. It was discovered that a charcoal grill could emit up to 2,200 pounds of carbon dioxide during its lifetime. This is three times the amount that a natural gas grill emits. Therefore, propane and natural gas grills are the most eco-friendly grills. The reason for the large difference in the carbon emissions was because the gas proved to be a more efficient way to cook. In addition, it takes more energy to produce the charcoal than it does the gas.

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    Chemically treated charcoal is discarded in the trash, which can add to the environments pollution problem. However, with propane and natural gas, you do not have waste to discard. The empty tanks can be refilled to use again. However, some people do not want to stop using their charcoal and lighter fluid because they enjoy that smoky flavor that the charcoal grills produce. However, if we want to protect the planet, we should try changing the way we grill by using a greener method.

    Charcoal briquettes come from waste wood, but they are treated with harmful chemicals. Lump charcoal are created from trees, which means some forests may be depleted for this type of charcoal. If you desire to use charcoal, you should use lump charcoal that is made from environmentally and certified harvested wood. These forests will be managed properly to prevent depleting the forest of the trees. In addition, to grill green, you can buy wood chips that are a certified sustainable product to flavor your food when you use a gas grill. The chips will allow you to get that smoky flavor with less harm to the environment.

    Even though gas grills are better for the environment than the charcoal grills are, they are not perfect. The process used to get the natural gas from the shale deposit and the production of the natural gas will take a toll on the environment over the years. For less environmental impact, we should go green with our grilling to produce less air pollutants, chemicals and deforestation. To go green, an ideal way is to use a solar oven.

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    The solar oven will convert the natural rays of the sun into heat energy. It allows you to bake, steam or boil a meal. You can use your solar oven to cook anything. It works like a conventional gas or electric oven. Cooking time can be similar to a regular oven. In addition, it can be used similar to a crock-pot for slower cooking. You can buy a solar oven or make one yourself from ordinary items such as foil, cardboard, thermometer, black spray paint and glass.

    Besides the method used for grilling, you should consider the items that you are grilling. For instance, beef has a larger carbon footprint than vegetables and poultry do. Therefore, grilling beef will impact the environment more than grilling other foods. The planet's future depends on preserving the air we breathe and the environment.

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    It's funny how ideas go in and out of fashion – whether it's saving or borrowing, home cooking or fast food, recycling drives or personal convenience. As it happens, the trend in recycling has swung back towards an old saying which many of us in the United Kingdom will have been brought up with: 'waste not, want not'. This little adage has taken on a whole new identity since the time of ration books and shortages, but the fact that it is coming back into use on the fronts of glossy council leaflets suggests that it still has something to teach us.

    These days, though, it's less about winning a world war against an evil empire and more about going green by reusing your old and broken things in clever and original ways. A flurry of websites have appeared in the last half decade or so, proving that the ideas of re-using things that you might otherwise throw away has been around for a while. A lot of the ideas on these sites are a little frivolous, though, and not much use for the average family. How to make dream catchers out of old jewellery or plant pots out of milk bottles might be entertaining for young couples with time on their hands, but busy urban families will struggle to see the point of such innovations, imaginative as they are.

    Far more generally applicable ideas, in fact, can be found in the wartime interpretation of the phrase. Fabrics are especially re-usable. Broken shoes, with a little bit of snipping, can become flips flops for around the home. Ragged old trousers can become shorts without a great deal of expertise. Dresses can become t-shirts and any offcuts will make perfect jay cloths for around the house – that's one less thing to buy. And if you think about it, there's something quite special about having a completely unique piece of clothing. You might just find yourself being asked where you shop, and having to explain that no, you're actually an amateur eco-friendly fashion designer.

    Of course, there are simpler things yet that you can do. After Christmas, do you simply throw away all the used wrapping paper, or do you save the unripped pieces for next year? This little tip can save a bit of cash over the years, as well as giving the kids something to do while you are washing up after you Christmas dinner. If you break a mirror that you were fond of, you don't have to bin it – by carefully gluing the pieces to a new backing, grouting in between so that there are no sharp edges and sweeping away the smaller pieces carefully, you will end up with a mirror that not only serves its purpose just as it used to, but doubles up as a cool piece of home art, too.

    Then there are some handy modern tips. If you find your bins overflowing, you might be able to lighten them with some clever waste reuse. Old milk bottles, if you slice them at forty-five degrees, make great little dustpans for clearing your kitchen surfaces of crumbs, vegetable peel and so on – and after a few uses, you can simply throw them in the recycling and cut yourself a new one. Old shampoo bottles can be snipped in half and, with a little niftiness, can serve as great bedside mobile phone holders. Broken ironing boards, desks or ladders can make wonderful shelves with a minimal amount of DIY. How many people have shelves with drawers?

    Of course, there are inevitably going to be broken items or used packages that are useless to you as well. There's little point in accruing a vast pile of dilapidated and useless objects – and that is where waste disposal comes in. But when you break something you liked, don't want to let go of a favourite piece of clothing or find yourself throwing out the same things every week, it is certainly worth asking yourself what you could do to give them new leases of life. If only to give your imagination some exercise.

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    TMJ is really a disorder of the joint that connects the jaw to the skull on each side of the mind. It's a common condition more widespread in women than males that's experienced by roughly 65% of People in America sooner or later in their lifetime.

    TMJ disorder might have several causes, many of which can be easily identified and treated with a TMJ dental professional. It's highly recommended that anybody struggling with TMJ visit their dental professional as quickly as possible, as TMJ left without treatment can worsen drastically in dependent on hrs. and can result in a number of serious health issues. Treatment options like the TMP pill is a great TMJ treatment, available from http://www.amazon.com/Recommended-TMJ-Relief-Treatment-Supplement/dp/B00NGC6THC.

    TMJ is frequently connected with or triggered by bruxism, or teeth grinding. When TMJ signs and symptoms include teeth grinding, the deterioration on the sufferer's teeth can alter the form of the sufferer's teeth. Frequently the discomfort of those conditions can result in restless nights & may even become insomnia. In rare cases, the insomnia triggered by TMJ can result in depression and also have an adverse effect on the sufferer's job performance, associations, and mental stability.

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    Teeth grinding triggered by or resulting in TMJ can be easily remedied with a custom fitted evening guard. This type of evening guard can be crafted with a dental professional from the mold of the patient's teeth. Custom evening pads safeguard the teeth while reducing pressure on the jaw, reducing headaches and permitting for a peaceful night's sleep.

    Without treatment TMJ might have other effects on the person's dental health too. It may cause a sufferer to favor one for reds of the mouth to this kind of extent that the teeth put on unevenly, the bite changes, and muscles overdevelop on one for reds, departing the sufferer with an uneven appearance that's very hard to reverse. Without treatment TMJ may also lead many people to seating disorder for you because they will turn to a liquid diet or avoid food altogether to reduce their jaw discomfort.

    Because the TMJ is really near the ear, significant ear problems can be cultivated consequently of TMJ. Anything varying from slight discomfort in the ears to premature lack of hearing might result from TMJ. Some people with TMJ experience harm to their body, which could create problems with balance or lightheadedness. Likewise, vision problems can be cultivated as a result of TMJ.

    Many sufferers attempt to simply mask their discomfort rather than addressing it directly with a vacation to a TMJ dental professional. Self-medication with discomfort pills can temporarily alleviate the discomfort triggered by TMJ, but in rare cases, the reliance upon pills may become so severe that discomfort medication destructive addictions develop. In fact, you will find several reported installments of TMJ sufferers falling victim to alcoholism and/or substance abuse.

    TMJ left without treatment may become irritated by speaking, eating, and yawning, resulting in nearly constant discomfort that may become serious health disorders. But the reasons for TMJ are often easily and non-surgically remedied in one visit to a dentist's office. There's virtually no need to live with the discomfort. The perils of departing TMJ without treatment simply aren't worthwhile.

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    air-19417_1920.jpgFor millions and billions of years, our beautiful green planet has been able to fend for itself. Everything it was intertwined with was completely natural and the environment was capable of dealing with it on its own. However, then came the man and learned to synthesize things that could not be so easily decomposed in nature, like plastics, for example. Unlike plastics, there are some worse things out there, things that not only stay within the natural cycle forever, but also pollute it to its very core. Most people, by now probably think of pesticides, but they are not all that causes these problems. What most people don’t know is that pharmaceuticals are also ruining the environment.

    Lake Michigan Survey

    Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee did a recent survey to see if the concentration of pharmaceutical products in Lake Michigan can be considered as significant. Even though their primary hypothesis was that the amount of these chemicals won’t be that high, because the dilatation in such vast quantities of water would be quick, this was not the case. Out of 54 chemicals they looked for, 27 were found. To make things even more curious, according to Rebecca Klaper, the most surprising turn of events was that the most common drug they found was metformin, which is a diabetes drug. Funny thing is that it was something they weren’t even looking for.

    Danger to Wildlife and Humans Alike

    A 2014 global review of pharmaceuticals in the environment, claims that the pollution of the environment can also be caused by both human and veterinary pharmaceuticals. The research also found that 631 out of 713 pharmaceuticals tested were found well above their detection limits, which is the alarming statistic at very least. Unfortunately, while things like car and industry caused pollution, get every single TV and newspaper spotlight, pharmaceutical hazards to ecosystem are something that is rarely talked about. Furthermore, monitoring and controlling their presence in the environment is at the moment completely inadequate.

    How Does It Get Out There?

    There are three mayor ways for pharmaceuticals to get into the environment. The first one is through human or animal excrement. The second one is through improper disposal and the third and the last one is through industrial negligence. Namely, some manufacturing facilities were accused in the past of releasing active ingredients into the nearby waterways. The worst thing is this kind of conduct can sometimes have unforeseen consequences .

    Why Now?

    Well, even though these legal drugs are on the height of their popularity for several decades now, there has never been so many people on the planet before. According to the 2013 survey, there were 7.125 billion people in the world and this number is rapidly rising. When compared to 3.687 billion in 1970, you can see just how quickly the world population increases. By some estimates, today on earth there is 9% of all people who ever lived and this means that there is more (much more) people on medication then there ever was before. As the number rises, it is only the matter of time, when all of this will reach its critical mass.

    Being Part of the Solution

    Even though some afflictions are particularly hard, there are situations where natural remedy would be just as effective. This is the truth all major pharmaceutical companies are trying to hide and which is why people like Rick Simpson are unjustly considered to be, in his own words, a medical terrorist. His idea that cannabis THC can be used as a cure for cancer , has raised a lot of controversy, for mostly financial reasons. Both government and major corporations hide behind ethical and moral rhetorics for why cannabis should remain illegal, while they allow the consumption of some far more dangerous substances.

    Conclusion:

    In this era of free and public knowledge, there are more lies, conspiracies and hypocrisy then there ever was before. This is why you need to rely on your own wit and resourcefulness when looking for the truth. Always look for facts, and don’t settle for excuses. Finally, remember to always try and find a natural solution to your problem, since this is always a safe bet. Even if it doesn’t help (although it probably will), at least it won’t make things worse for you or the environment. When looked upon from this perspective, this is definitely not a small thing. Everyone should carry their own weight!

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    How much do you know about Mt.Davidson? Besides being the highest point in California and one of the original Seven Hills there is so much more to this interesting feature that will definitely intrigue you. It is also one of the 44 hills in San Francisco. This is just the basic stuff. Do you know anything about the origins, how it got its name? Well, this one is for you.

    The mountain was given an honorary name after George Davidson, then Chief of the US Coast & General Survey’s Pacific Operations. He was also a scientist, and one of his notable projects was commissioning an astronomical observatory on the West Coast. Click here for more facts

    Hiking

    The mountain is at 125 Dalewood Way. The 0.44 mile distance marks an interesting hiking experience for hikers, the distance to the top of the hill. The trailers are usually graded properly though from time to time you might find them slightly overgrown with vegetation. It is an incredibly easy hike all the same.

    In terms of the exposure, the trail is characteristic of lots of shade and a little sun here and there, moderate traffic and dirt trails. It should take you roughly one hour to make the hike. One of the best things about hiking on Mt.Davidson is that you can basically plan your hiking at any time, any season, though it is open between 6 in the morning and 10 in the evening. On the brighter side for pet lovers, you are allowed to bring your dogs with you.

    Tourist attraction

    The lush greens turn into a major tourist attraction in February just as the season turns. This brings forth wildflowers like the mule’s ears and the California poppy, the hog fennel and the checker bloom among a host of other incredible plantation that blooms right around that time. The privately owned summit does attract a lot of visitors, and the park at the top of the hill is also another incredible feature that will definitely appeal to visitors. There is public transportation all the way to the Park, 36 Teresita Muni line.

    The Cross

    Besides the naturel attraction that it is, Mt.Davidson has since become famous especially for those who are religious, for the cross, a gigantic one that was first erected at the site in 1923. Later on in 1924 another cross was erected, but it was burned down a year later. In 1931 arsonists torched a third cross that was also erected atop the mountain. The cross is significant to those of Christian faith especially Catholics, and this cross is often illuminated during Easter every other year. In 1933 after the third arsonist attack, the burned down cross was replaced with a steel and concrete cross.

    If you are a serious movie fan, this was the iconic cross in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 set, Dirty Harry. Every year during Easter there are walking tours held through the trail. Apart from that there is a clean-up session every month that is aimed at keeping the mountain area clean and free of debris.

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    In the past few years, more and more people started talking about the HGH therapy and its benefits. Have you heard of this therapy, but you have no idea what it is, how it works and how it can help your body? Would you like to find out more about it, as a lot of your friends are mad about it and desperate to find a place in their area where they can have the therapy done? If you are interested in the subject, then all you have to do is to click here for some helpful information on this field. The first thing that you will find out about this therapy is that its biggest benefit on the human body is that it can slow down the aging process. Don’t you think that this is absolutely extraordinary?

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    HGH stands for human growth hormone and this is the hormone that basically keeps the aging symptoms away. This hormone is the reason why we enjoy a prime physical condition, boosted energy levels, boosted motivation, focus and optimism during our youthful years, years during which the body consumes high levels of HGH. As the need of HGH is huge during our youthful years, as we reach the age of 30, the resources start going down. In other words, as we reach the age of 30, the decrease in HGH level is constant. This is the reason why we age and why we start dealing with aging symptoms such as joint pain, muscular pain, high blood pressure, fatigue, lack of energy, lack of sexual appetite, blood clots, depression, anxiety, autoimmune disease and the list can go on and on. Luckily, all these can stop or their speed can significantly slow down if we direct our attention towards this life changing therapy: the HGH therapy.

    A lot of people have already tested the therapy and they all say the same: they are pleased with its results. All those who have tested the therapy say that they feel much better, both physically and emotionally speaking, that they enjoy more energy, that the joint and muscle pain has disappeared and that their overall state is good. If you are also planning to try this therapy, then you should consider accessing thehormonedoctors.com, as this is the official website of the experts at Elite Medical Group, an excellent team of doctors who are already applying the therapy to patients and who have obtained fantastic results. Check out the official website of this team of doctors and learn more about what the therapy can do for your body, how the therapy can change your life for the better and what the therapy actually involves. Also, don’t forget to ask for a price quote, as it is very important for you to have a clear picture about how much this is going to cost. However, one thing is sure: all those who have tested the therapy say that its results are worth every single penny and that they don’t regret spending their money like this.

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    Did you know that there is more salt water on Earth than fresh. Only 3% of the Earth's water supplies is fresh water and only 1% is drinkable because the other 2% is ice. We use 70% of the drinkable water for farming, 22% for industry and 8% for drinking, washing, cleaning, watering and other home uses.

    The amount of water nowadays is exactly the same as before millions of years it just recycles and changes it's place which is also called water cycle. Which explains the growth of deserts today and the drastic change of the climate. The water you use today could be used from another person, animal or even dinosaur thousands of years ago. There's even a theory that there are little particles of the big bang in every living being on Earth nowadays. But it's just a theory you decide whether to believe it or not.

    If you are interested of the life of one drop of water you could study it's life through the years and what you would find is that: It's been 98 years in the ocean. Ice has been its home for around 20 months. It spent approximately two weeks in rivers or lakes and no more than a week as water vapour in the atmosphere.

    Water could be found not only as water. It has four forms: liquid, solid (ice), gas (water vapour) and plasma. Water supplies which are drinkable, we receive from lakes, rivers and dams. Even the bottled water is bore water which is mostly just packed in nice bottles.

    400 litres of water are being used from Australian households. This could be compared to the poor countries where people use no more than 20 litres of drinkable water each day.

    We consume water with our meal too. The food we eat contains embodied water. The amounts are more than you've ever imagined. For example: to produce dinner for four in Australia for just a single day it's being used around 25,000 litres of fresh water. There are products that require a huge amount of drinkable water for its production.

    Did you know that it's being used 2,400 litres of water in the production of a bar of chocolate. To grow an apple you need 70 litres of water. There are many other shocking examples but I think these were enough to imagine the importance of water in the production of food.

    When being just born, the baby's body is 80% water. When we grow up and get older the levels of water reduce in our organism but they are still up to 65% water. Even the human bones contain water. They are about 25% water. The most interesting fact is that our brain is 80% water.

    There is a huge amount of people who have no access to clean water, which is extremely sad because the statistics show that every minute child dies from drinking dirty water.

    The bad reality is that 90% of sewage drains into streams and rivers from which we get water supplies for drinking, washing, cleaning and other home needs.

    There is always an option to do something good for our planet. We just need to develop some habits like stopping the water after watering out teeth brush or while shaving. We could take shorter showers. We can reduce chemicals we leave in the water by using (or hiring  home cleaners that use) more eco-friendly cleaning products instead of these commercial dangerous detergents. All these habits must appear in our early childhood year and that would be a great opportunity for a better future.

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    Surface Quality: pearls are a trademark thing and, as handblown china, minimal regular flaws are exceptionally palatable – notwithstanding appealing. Prohibited defects consolidate breaks or crevices in the surface and thin or chipping nacre. 

    Wedding pearl jewelry 

    Grade AAA no under 95% clean 

    Grade AA no under 75% clean 

    Grade An under 75% clean 

    Pearls which are absolutely flawless – with no scratches, pits, thumps or wrinkles observable to the stripped eye – may be relegated ‘spotless’. 

    Organizing: takes a gander at all the pearls on the adornments with each other to see how they arrange. They don’t should be vague – that can seem, by all accounts, to be produced and bona fide pearls will change a bit. A considerable number individuals can judge when something looks wrong, for example, an embellishment of 7-8mm pearls where the greater pearls are accumulated to the next side or a little pearl is sandwiched between two more prominent ones. 

    Pearl putting in order to organize Assess an adornments it on a light material establishment in fragile ordinary daylight. Not indoor lighting, UV demonstrates or direct sunshine. Is the sparkle incredible or are the pearls pale, yellow or dull? Regularly toned adornments can have assortments in tone anyway they shouldn’t be glaring. 

    Turn the adornments in your grip and explore it from various edges. Use the assessing variables above to make a judgment yet don’t misrepresent the examination. If it looks okay it apparently is!

    Take in The Assessing Structure 

    Most valuable stone setters utilize the AAA-A framework for reviewing pearls, regardless others incline toward the A-D structure, which is by and large called the Tahitian structure. In case you're totally genuine about getting a superior than normal arrangement of pearls, you'll have to see how traders are sorting them and what constitutes having the products. 

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  2. We know that home improvement projects are important decisions that need thorough planning. Good thing http://www.sortfix.com/ is already here to help you find the best contractor that can do the job for you. They know that home projects can be risky if you entrust the work to just anyone that comes along. That is why it pays to check on this website and explore the help that you can get at this link. Surely, SortFix will always have something for you.

    Renovation contractors need to be experienced and licensed to do the job for you. But you must bear in mind that there are fraud contractors, having false claims on their credibility. That is why it pays to check their credentials to know if they are truly qualified for the job. When it comes to condominium remodeling, the job will require a more specific guideline. For one, the remodeling plan must not compromise the building’s structure or integrity. Most of all, changes in your unit must be reported to the building manager.

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    On the other hand, there can be a very thin line between renovating homes through a DIY project and employing experts to do it. Renovating will favor you in both financially and personally. When selling the property, this will increase its market value and personally, it offers comfort during your stay. However, we can’t deny the fact that some renovations can be very costly while some only creates a very small profit. That is why a building inspector is important before you start doing your work. This is important since it divulges surprises and help you adjust well in your renovation project. You have.

    You have to check the property’s meter box. This way, you can evaluate if it comes up with reasonable utility bills. Also check the property’s foundation. Check the state footings and piers. Look if they are in good condition, original or decayed. Check the roofline and the walls for their load bearing and other important information about your home.

    If you want potential buyers to notice your property then work out your landscaping. This will not only get the attention of passer by’s but it also jelps you enjoy a cooler weather during summer season. You may also add rooms to increase the value of your property. After all, large familes would opt for more rooms to accommodate each memebr of their households. Sometimes, they even wanted to convert one of these rooms as their home office. This is true when they wanted to do some office works even in their homes.If your roofing needs some fixing then do so. Better yet, perform roof replacement if this will increase the value of your home. These days, roofs come in various colors. Hence, this will give your home a new look as well. Additions of garage may also be necessary. Besides, everyone wants to have a safe place to keep their automobiles. There are other necessities that you need to look into as well such as your home’s septic system and many others. And failing to look into this part may affect the value of your home.

  3. Who doesn’t dream of owning a luxurious car? Just about everyone has daydreamed about owning their dream car, but most people are scared off by the outrageous price tag. For those not scared away by the price, they may want to consider the cost to keep it on the road each month: the cost of insuring it. The following ten cars are the most expensive to insure out of all cars currently sold in the US according to insure.com which compares the insurance rates from 6 of the largest car insurance companies. For the purposes of this list, the insured is a 40 year old male with a squeaky clean driving record, a 12 mile daily commute, a 100,000 dollar injury liability for one person, 300,000 dollar injury liability for all injuries, 50,000 dollars for property damage, and a 500 dollar deductible for collision and comprehensive coverage. In other words, these insurance costs could be much higher.

    10. Mercedes GL63 AMG. This seven passenger SUV costs $2,609 to insure for one year.

    9. Jaguar XKR Supercharged. This luxury sports car boasts 510 horse power. But it will cost $2,854 to insure for 12 months.

    8. Audi A8L W12. Big, expensive, and European, it meets all the criteria for an expensive-to-insure car. One year of insurance will set you back $2,869.

    7. Mercedes G63 AMG. Almost exactly like number 10 but more specialized and more expensive to insure. Insurance for this one costs $2,887 for 12 months

    6. Audi R8 5.2 Spyder Quattro. This car can reach a top speed of 200 mph. Perhaps insurers assume drivers will be tempted to push the limits. This supercar costs $2,917 to insure.

    5. Porsche Panamera Turbo S. At $2,970 to insure, this Porsche is the most expensive of all porches to insure, probably because of the extra doors and seats in the back.

    4. Mercedes SLS AMG. While not the most expensive Mercedes money can buy, it does cost $2,986 just to insure it.

    3. Mercedes-Benz CL550 4Matic. The first on the list to top $3,000 to insure, this is the most expensive-to-insure Mercedes at $3,019 for one year.

    2. BMW M6. At 560 horse power and an MSRP topping 100,000, this is the only BMW to make this list. Insuring this car for 12 months will lighten your wallet to the tune of $3,065.

    1. Nissan GT-R Track Edition. Known by the endearing name, “Godzilla,” this supercar is the most expensive car to insure currently sold in the US at $3,169 for just 12 months.

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    Pinterest is a fairly new global sensation that has become a marketing tool used by several companies. Millions of pins promote companies around the world, and many of them are successful at bringing in business. Until now, it has been difficult for companies to determine whether or not their pin advertisements actually bring them business, but according to TechCrunch, Pinterest is preparing to launch a new marketing program that can track business that comes straight from pins on Pinterest. This new program will let companies know which pins are the most appealing to their customers, which products are the most popular, and which pins drive the most sales. So how do companies become part of this new program?

    So far only a few third-party marketing companies have been selected to try out the new program. While Pinterest intends on having its own free analytical marketing program for all companies, third-party marketing companies currently help keep track of consumer data, and therefore Pinterest has decided to first team up with them to see if the new program will actually be successful. The marketing technology companies involved with the new program are Salesforce (Exact Target Marketing Cloud), Hootsuite, Spredfast, Percolate, Piqora, Curalate and Tailwind. If businesses currently use these third-party marketing companies, they are able to test out the new Pinterest marketing program. If the new program proves successful, Pinterest will then open up the program to all companies, and each company will be able to customize the way they market using Pinterest.

    One of Pinterest’s major goals is to promote business for companies. In order to achieve their goal, it is not only important for companies to see how much revenue is generated through their Pinterest advertisements, but for Pinterest to see those results as well. Through this data, Pinterest will be able to see which terms are searched for most frequently, helping companies know how to phrase their ads. Pinterest wants to be able to help companies see which marketing tactics are most successful. The more companies who use Pinterest to market will also bring in more Pinterest activity from consumers, making Pinterest a successful site.

    Benefits of marketing through Pinterest

    Companies like Target and Wal-Mart have put Pinterest to use in their stores. Special items are tagged as “most popular on Pinterest,” ultimately drawing in consumers who are frequent Pinterest users. The familiar Pinterest logo is enough to attract any Pinterest user roaming through the store. This also shows companies that there is a way, though it might be difficult, to currently track how successful Pinterest advertisements actually are. It is no secret that Pinterest is a successful marketing tool. Even though receiving actual marketing data might be a challenge at this time, companies should start taking advantage of the free marketing through Pinterest. Eventually it will be possible to see exact consumer data from Pinterest, but even until then companies have access to this free and popular marketing tool.

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    Now more than ever is the right time to go green at home. You probably heard the news: 2014 was the hottest year on record. If each one of us does not make some sort of effort to reduce our carbon footprint the results for our children and grandchildren will be disastrous. Huge tidal waves. Droughts. An increasingly un-livable planet. I mean, let’s face it; the Mars One mission to colonize Mars is not feasible. What we need is short-term, simple steps to help us continue doing what we love on Planet Earth. Here are some steps we can take right now:

    1. Buy Energy-Efficient Light-bulbs

    The production of incandescent, inefficient bulbs has been phased out, so really at this point you don’t have a choice. Instead of waiting for your old light-bulbs to die or break, seize the moment to replace every incandescent bulb in your home with an energy-efficient alternative. There are several options available. The primary debate revolves around which is a better choice, LED or CFL. LED bulbs cost more at the outset, but they don’t contain mercury like CFL’s do, and they last longer. On average, a 15 watt CFL will cost $1.20 a year to power and will last 10,000 hours, while a 12 watt LED costs $1.00/year and will last 25,000 hours. Don’t want to leave the house because you’re too busy optimizing it for energy-efficiency? You can order either kind of bulb here.

    2. Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

    The temptation is to simply buy the standard, inexpensive supplies that “get the job done.” But the factories that make these supplies are part of the problem—they consume lots of fossil fuels and they don’t pay their employees enough for them to go green. Also, disposing containers generates more waste. Instead, take advantage of common, inexpensive goods. Lemon has acidic and antibacterial traits. You can mix lemon juice with salt to make a great sink-cleaner, or just soak the faucet in lemon juice and let it sit to loosen mineral deposits; to get rid of stains on garments, rub fresh-cut lemons on the stain and leave the clothing to soak in warm water for a couple of hours, then wash. Try using baking soda on counter-tops and in toilets; mix with vinegar for an especially strong cleaner. Try putting together some home-made laundry detergent: use one bar of shaved, organic bar-soap, a cup of borax, and a cup of washing soda. Stir for 5 minutes or so and put it to work!

    3. Greenify and Optimize Wash Cycles

    A good green practice is to wash whole loads, whether they’re loads of laundry or dishes. And use cold water when you can. About 90% of energy consumption from washing is a result of how much electricity it takes to heat the water. Air-dry your dishes and, if you have the space, hang your laundry out to dry on a clothes-line. If you’re going to ignore the earlier advice and buy laundry detergent (we only have so much time!), buy it in bulk and find the brand(s) with minimal packaging. Same goes for dishwasher detergent. If you’re buying detergents, make an effort to purchase products manufactured locally or find the ones manufactured closest to your home.

    4. Head Towards the Light

    Yes it makes sense to buy energy-efficient light-bulbs, but you should take advantage of natural light whenever possible. Use light-colored wall-paints to reflect natural light better in any room with windows. Avoid turning on lights in your home whenever you can and turn them off whenever you leave the room. Put your favorite reading-recliner and your office-desk beneath windows.

    5. Minimize Appliance Power-usage

    Plug appliances into a power strip, and when you’re not using them, turn the power strip off. Or, just unplug appliances when you’re not using them. When you’re buying appliances, consider buying from companies that partner with Energy Star to offer rebates, a list of which you can find here. Take advantage of your computer’s power-saving mode, and, if you’d like a free way to analyze your computer’s power usage, download Miscrosoft’s Joulemeter.

    These are just some of the ways you can easily go green at home. Do you have any other suggestions, tips or tricks for greening the home-space?

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    Almost everyone in our modern world is using shampoo almost once every day. It has become one of the things that we have accepted as a necessity without even questioning if we really need it or not. Not using it would make one seem like an outcast, not to mention that they would feel deeply self-conscious about themselves because they would then begin to imagine things that other people might have already been saying about them pertaining their hair. The truth is that people are usually better off just thoroughly washing their hair than use most of the brands in the market today. Check out different blogs about this marketing strategy that plays with human insecurity for lots of good info.

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    In fact, the very first little iteration of shampoo formulations was still not great for the hair. The wonders of marketing and convincing people that they have problems that need addressing was and is apparently very effective. Conveniently for them, they have found the opportunity to create a new product that would address the problems caused by shampoo. This secondary item is what we refer to as conditioner. Conditioners make the hair soft, shiny and beautiful, something that shampoos have claimed to do some decades ago. In truth, we are simply duped by this shampoo and conditioner use. The sulfate in shampoo may eliminate gunk, something that can be done with water, but it also eliminates the natural oils in the hair. This oil comes from the scalp and provides the hair with the shine, softness and beauty that conditioners promise. It's essentially a carrot-on-a-stick method that most people don't bother to refute.

    Even though there are now a handful of shampoo and sulfate free conditioner, almost all big manufacturing companies stick to their sulfate-laden formula because a sulfate-free shampoo will not sell their conditioners. Consumers have to be a little bit wiser, especially since information these days are readily available courtesy of the internet. This information is reinforced by numerous studies so it's highly recommended to check this one out.

    Amidst all this underhanded marketing by large companies, it's undeniable that people who have been using shampoo and conditioner have developed some sort of dependence on it. Their scalp has adapted to the harsh treatment from the sulfate in shampoo, thus making it produce less or more oil than it should. Fortunately, the habit of using shampoo and conditioner doesn't have to be stopped altogether. As previously mentioned, there are shampoos and conditioners made by companies that are creating products with the consumer's best interest in mind. These products are usually made with natural ingredients, or active ingredients that are mainly from natural sources. On top of that, these shampoos are enriched with herbal essences, thus guaranteeing that it has no adverse effects of traditional sulfate shampoos, but can effectively make hair stronger and softer. It's basically what shampoo should ideally be. Check this site here for lots of detailed information on natural shampoo.

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    A chance to cure all your mental stress, emotional problems; in today’s world people tend to get worried emotionally for simple problems and they may choose bad conclusions for that problems. All people thinks that suicide is only rectification for our problems but it is not like that we have many different solutions available in the earth which can help us to lead a normal life. Today for healing those conditions many scientists and technologists had invented different solutions that help a common man to forget his problems. One way of curing those problems is counseling it is a process of talking of talking to affected victim and allowing him to speak about the problem and later the counselor gives solutions to the problems by thinking him as the victim. This process will help the person to solve his problems and he learns to lead a normal life. Hypnotherapy is the process mesmerizing a person and makes him to reach his subconscious stage and collecting the information, this may helps the person to forget all his worries and pains and become fresh again. Naturopathy is the herbal treatment which can cure patient’s disorder with the help of natural techniques like acupuncture and other herbal techniques. And the last technique which of invented by Japanese is reiki which is palm healing where the victim hand is kept on the counselor hand and can give hands-on healing.

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    Many people who suffer from anxiety, mental disorder and other problems should choose counselling as their cure because it provides variety of solutions to the people and they learn how to resolve those problems easily in their own way. Hypnotherapy is used to alter their thoughts, character, altitude towards living and this can help them to rectify the problems easily and make them to lead a happy and normal life. Naturopathy is used to heal many diseases like chronic disorder, colour change, cancer treatment and body pain etc this will give a person a new birth to life. Reiki is a practice used to induce self healing in our body and it also provides energy to our muscles and strength to our bones and makes our body enhance its power. Thus all those practices will help people to cure their disorders easily without any side effects. Follow us on Google+

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    there are many people who are practicing those natural methods and only few are known to give good results to the people Counselling Sydney is best known for its counselling treatment and the techniques they use has saved many lives. Hypnotherapy Sydney is a best in town that can reduce our anxiety and makes us completely new. Naturopathy Sydney is a very useful to the people and it had cured many dangerous diseases in people. Reiki Sydney an oldest form of medicine is now saving many lives of the common people. These methods are boon to humans and they can cure any type of diseases with those healing methods.

  5. You might not realise it but some of your electrical appliances can drain a lot of energy and cost you money, even when you are not using them. Here is a guide for you to learn what these appliances are and how you can stop them cranking up the kilowatts:

    • Standby: 34% of the people admit that they leave up to 15 gadgets and appliances turned on at once. Lots of modern devices and appliances have a standby option. TVs, DVD players, microwaves, chargers and even cookers consume a surprising amount of energy when they are on standby or left plugged in. There is lots of other energy draining appliances out there, look out for any lights or digital displays that are still showing even after you have turned your device off. When you go to bed, check the room for any standby lights in the dark. They are the devices still using energy. In order to make sure that your appliance isn’t draining energy and costing you money, switch it off at the wall or unplug it when you have finished using it.

    • Overcharging: About 49% of the people overcharge their gadgets. Even when a gadget is fully charged, if it’s still plugged in, it could still be draining energy. Make sure you don’t overcharge your gadgets and do unplug them once they are fully charged. With some devices overcharging can also lower battery performance and ability to hold a full charge over time. Using a timer is a great way to prevent overcharging while you sleep or manage appliances when you are out.

    • Older appliances and energy efficiency: Unfortunately as appliances get older, they tend to use more energy. If you leave on an older appliance on, it will use a lot more energy as compared to a newer, more energy efficient model. For instance, if you have an older fridge or freezer, this may be draining more energy than you think. As the appliance gets older, sometimes the seal starts to become less effective. A simple way to check this is to place a piece of paper against the seal when you close your fridge or freezer. If it is difficult to remove, then the seal is still working properly. In case it is easy to remove or it falls out then there is a good chance that your appliance is draining more energy than it should. When you are looking to buy a new appliance, keep your eyes peeled for the EU energy efficient label. These range from A+++ to G, with A+++ being the most energy efficient. These labels are now a legal requirement on many large home appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, electric ovens and air conditioners and are a great way to see, at a glance, how energy efficient your new purchase is. Also be on the lookout for offers as some retailers offer cash for old white goods when you replace them with new ones.

    • Detecting energy draining devices: Getting a smart meter or using energy-saving tools can help you see which appliances are still switched on and draining energy.

    For more information, you can call on Eon Contact Number and get in touch with its dedicated team.

     

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    Public Parks as a Necessity

    Moving into the other city happens for many reasons. Some people are in search for the better job and career opportunity, others look for the numerous leisure and culture experiences. And still others, who are keeping a high profile lately, want to find not just a standard place to live but also a place to admire. That means it has to be beautiful and ecologically safe. In order to achieve such effect, a big amount of public parks is essential. Why is it so important? Well, not everybody has enough money to afford oneself the desired backyard. Actually, the cost of living in major US cities  may take its toll on the personal budget.

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    At the same time, people tend to gravitate to spending time outdoors, playing games, riding a bicycle and simply trying to find a harmony with nature. Therefore, an acute needs for the free public parks appear. Moreover, such need is scientifically proved. Researchers from the BMC Public Health found evidence that physical activity outdoors is more advantageable by comparison with the synthetic environment like a gym. More specifically, it was showed to reduce stress, anger and burnout. Such objects as benches, fountains and gardens are already accessible in the most of the USA cities.  Surely with the help of green tips that save you money, it is possible to live a greener life despite your location. However, let's find out which cities are the "greenest" anyway!

    Represented in our top cities were chosen on the basis of the 2015 City Park Facts Report and 2014 American Community Survey. These are 3 American municipalities with the most public park acres per 1,000 households. By "parks" all kinds of parkland within city area are meant.

    Top 3

    1. Fremont, California

    City Area: 49,516 acres

    Parkland: 25,109 acres

    Parkland per 1,000 households: 343.9 acres

    Stationing itself 40 miles southeast of City and County of San Francisco, Fremont's green half of land is pretty impressive. It was nominated "Tree City U.S.A." since 1996 by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

    Because of the physical proximity to the Silicon Valley, the cost expenses may seem to be exaggerated but 0.34 acres or about 15,000 square feet of public parkland on the each household definitely pay its own way. Moreover, there is often a possibility to spare, advice can be found on the financial advisor blog.

    P.S. For the record, usual college basketball court is near 5,000 square feet.

    2. New Orleans, Louisiana

    City Area: 107,655 acres

    Parkland: 27,208 acres

    Parkland per 1,000 households: 178.1 acres

    New Orleans is widely famous as culture and historic center. Its museums, cuisine, architecture and music delight connoisseur of art. But public parks are very popular as well. It is completely understandable, cause these pieces of nature are absolutely worth looking at. Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge is a sixth largest park in the USA and City Park is the nation's sixth oldest one. This park even offers space for the throwing birthday parties and holding weddings. Besides, there are located Botanical Garden, Sydney and WaldaBesthoff Sculpture Garden and  New Orleans Museum of Art.

    3. El Paso, Texas

    City Area: 159,763 acres

    Parkland: 29,767 acres

    Parkland per 1,000 households: 136.5 acres

    This city can be called as the most available hiking site in the USA. All that it takes - to enter the Franklin Mountains State Park, nation’s largest metropolitan park and to have some fun. The plan of creation a park out of the Franklin Mountains appeared in 1970 and was brought to life in 1987. Now it became a wide center with a complete range of things to do, from rock climbing and camping to the annual history musical, Chamizal National Memorial, Wilderness Park Museum and many other attractions.

  6. As geoengineer promoters enter Trump organization, arranges progress to shower sun-reflecting chemicals into environment 

    A ring around the sun, is seen over Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, May 17, 2002. The corona is an uncommon impact on the sun brought on by a layer of ice precious stones in the environment refracting light from the sun. Photo: Lou Toman/AP 

    Harvard engineers who launched the world's greatest sun oriented geoengineering research program may get a hazardous lift from Donald Trump, ecological associations are cautioning. 

    Under the Trump organization, excitement has all the earmarks of being developing for the dubious innovation of solar geo-designing, which expects to splash sulfate particles into the air to mirror the sun's radiation back to space and diminishing the temperature of Earth. 

    At some point in 2018, Harvard engineers David Keith and Frank Keutsch plan to test showering from a high-height expand over Arizona, keeping in mind the end goal to survey the dangers and advantages of arrangement on a bigger scale. 

    Keith crossed out a similar planned experiment in New Mexico in 2012, however reported he was prepared for field testing at a geoengineering discussion in Washington on Friday. 

    "The setting for talking about sunlight based geoengineering research has changed considerably since we arranged and subsidized this gathering almost one year back," a discussion instructions paper noted. 

    While geoengineering got little support under Obama, abnormal state authorities inside the Trump administration have been long-term advocates for planetary-scale control of Earth frameworks. 

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    David Schnare, a modeler of Trump's Environmental Protection Agency move, has campaigned the US government and vouched for Senate for elected support for geoengineering. 

    He has required a multi-stage plan to reserve research and lead certifiable testing inside year and a half, send gigantic stratospheric splashing three years after, and keep showering for a century, a term geoengineers accept would be important to dial back the planet's temperature. 

    Geoengineers contend that such strategies would be a cheap approach to diminish an unnatural weather change, yet researchers have warned it could have calamitous results for the Earth's climate frameworks. 

    Logical demonstrating has shown that stratospheric splashing could definitely shorten precipitation all through Asia, Africa and South America, bringing on serious dry spells and debilitating nourishment supply for billions of individuals. 

    "Obviously parts of the Trump organization are extremely eager to open the way to heedless plans as keith David, and may well have unobtrusively given the gesture to outside analyses," said Silvia Riberio, with innovation guard dog ETC Group. "Worryingly, geoengineering may develop as this present organization's favored way to deal with a worldwide temperature alteration. In their view, constructing a major lovely mass of sulfate in the sky could be an immaculate reason to permit uncontrolled fossil fuel extraction. We should be focussing on radical outflows cuts, not risky and vile technofixes." 

    A White House provide details regarding environmental change research submitted to Congress in January required the first run through ever for research into geoengineering. 

    Inside Republican positions, previous House speaker and Trump partner Newt Gingrich was one of the first to begin freely supporting for geoengineering. 

    "Geoengineering holds forward the guarantee of tending to an unnatural weather change attentiveness toward only a couple of billion dollars a year," he said in 2008, preceding propelling a geoengineering unit while he ran the conservative research organization American Economic Enterprise. "We would have a choice to address an Earth-wide temperature boost by remunerating logical advancement. Bring on American resourcefulness. Stop the green pig." 

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has additionally seemed to bolster geoengineering, portraying environmental change as a "building issue." ExxonMobil's subsidizing of the atmosphere refusal industry is under investigation by lawyer commanders in the United States, yet it's less outstanding that ExxonMobil researchers under Tillerson's rule as CEO were driving designers of geo-building innovations like carbon dioxide evacuation. 

    Gotten some information about answers for environmental change at an ExxonMobil shareholder meeting in 2015, Tillerson said that an "arrangement B has dependably been grounded in our convictions around the proceeded with development of innovation and built arrangements." 

    "We are not unalterably dedicated to doing the test," said David Keith on Friday. "We're going not far off of doing that, yet relying upon what a counseling panel says and what we realize in fact we're positively ready to stop. Our long haul objective is to construct a practical exertion in sun based geoengineering research that permits us to say more in regards to ways it may really give open advantage." 

    Faultfinders like Riberio call attention to that the individuals who don't trust in human-initiated environmental change may even now bolster geoengineering, which can be exhibited as a strategy to manage the results of a warming planet without halting the consuming of fossil powers. 

    The Harvard test may contradict a ban on geoengineering embraced in 2010 by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which was reaffirmed in December in Mexico. The United States is one of only a handful couple of nations to not approve the UN tradition, making a potential escape clause for tests. 

    The examination's site in Tucson, Arizona may likewise summon issues of jurisdictional debate with Mexico – stratospheric winds can explode to 200 miles for each hour, and the outskirt is just 75 miles away. 

    Other geoengineering tests like cloud whitening may proceed in the United States, and also tries bolstered by the administrations of China and Russia, however both are signatories to the UN ban. 

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  7. If you're someone who loves taking care of your face and body, then this is for you. There are a lot of things that you can do to look good and stay healthy. One of which is to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid unpleasant occurrences like having dark circles under your eyes. When you look around today, you'd see a lot of people with this problem and only a few are actually aware of the problem. There are a lot of factors that can cause these ugly dark eye circles and the best thing about it is that it is under your control. Eye gels are also famous products in getting rid of those circles, check them out at buyerreview.com. Apart from using eye gels that work wonders, you can also do other things.

     

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    Stay away from alcohol. Sure, it feels great to be in parties while sipping on your favorite booze. But it's not a pretty sight to see when you have deep and dark circles around your eyes because of too much partying. Alcohol consumption is okay every once in a while, but if taken excessively and frequently, it may cost you those lovely eyes.

     

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    Cut back on caffeinated drinks. Coffee is almost everyone's favorite. This, along with other caffeinated drinks can really have some unpleasant effects on your skin, especially to the area under your eyes. Cut back on these types of drinks and see the difference.

     

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    If you haven't heard of Brexit then you are probably living under a rock. Most of the financial world was rocked this Friday as British voters decided to leave the EU. The pound dropped to it's 30 year low, and American stocks tanked as a result.

    What it means for small businesses is that there is likely to be some ripples across the pond," said Richard Williams, director for regulatory studies at George Mason University. He also believes that some of the ripples, at least, could be good for American businesses.

    A deep dive into why the EU referendum ever happened was British frustration at Brussels. Brussels is where all EU regulation is written and decided. A lot of British small business owners were fed up with choking regulation that made it hard to smart and maintain a business. I'm sure small business owners in America can relate.

    The hope is that US Congress will see the signs and perhaps reconsider some business-killing regulations that they are either considering, or have already passed.

    There is also a definitive downside to Brexit for a lot of American businesses unfortunately. A lot of analysts are worried about what the affect will be on Europe's economy as a whole. With an already weak economy, it won't take a lot to stall growth and put most of Europe into an economic recession.

    JJ Kinahan, a strategist at TD Ameritrade, believes that the weak markets in Europe could easily transfer over to the US. When such a huge economy starts to stumble, the effect is usually felt worldwide. As Europe buys less, many US companies sell less, and the result is a worldwide recession.

    As a small business owner in America it would be a good idea to understand the driving forces behind the world markets. There are a few key points to watch on the US stock market, that if broken could signal a long economic downturn. Technical analysis teaches us that if the S&P 500 breaks below a certain number this year, markets will likely tank as sentiment turns bearish. That point is about 182. As long as markets can stay above that key figure, chances are that our economy will recover relatively quickly.

    As a small business owner there are a few ways to react to current conditions. One is to adjust your audience. If you are focusing on Europe and England in your sales efforts, it may be time to start looking elsewhere. The pound has lost a lot of value in the last 76 hours and buying just became a lot more expensive. Looking at the euro, there is a good chance of the same happening.

    The best thing you can do, however, is not focus on Brexit. As a small business there are millions of things to worry about and stress over. Chances are decent that Brexit will not affect you as much as you think, and there are definitly things to worry about more.

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    If you are into business, you must keep a lookout for new strategies, tactics, and tools that can have a positive impact on your business. This is necessary to ensure that you stay ready to face the challenges of doing business in your specific era. Holding fast to the tools and tactics of yesteryear will only accelerate your demise. For those who are into the sales type of business, it is wise to invest in a point of sale system for retail.

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    It’s springtime. You’re ready to get outdoors and start your gardening. It’s also when termites and other pests begin to be lively. Here are some tips for successful pest control and keeping an environmentally friendly back yard.

    Let’s start with termites! It’s relatively common, yet quite unnerving, for termites to live in one’s backyard, including the garden. Use Pyrethrum pesticide or other natural insecticides, such as a liquid soap and water mixture, for termite control in the garden. Then, turn your attention to the house.

    It sounds simple, but the most natural termite control is prevention. Take away the invitation for termites to come into your home, and you should effectively keep them out.

    First and foremost, keep stacked wood away from your house.

    Secondly, build wooden decks, steps that lead to your house and raised gardens out of wood that is naturally resistant to termites, such as redwood, cypress and cedar. Use pressure treated wood for even more years of termite control. You can also use a non-toxic anti-termite coating on your wood.

    The third thing you can do to ensure you are not inviting termites is to check regularly for excess moisture around and under your house. Leaky pipes or bad drainage can let water into crawl space, creating a haven for termites. Leaky downspouts can fail to take water far enough from the foundation of your house.

    If you already have termites, you need an exterminator. Ask for the organic solution of nematodes, or roundworms, which act as parasites to termites, killing them within a few days. If that solution isn’t enough, ask for a pesticide. Be assured that modern pesticides are less harmful to people than the pesticides of the past.

    Garden pest control is similar to home pest control, in that prevention is the best solution. Here are some prevention tips for garden pests in general:

    1. Keep your garden clear of decaying plant life, debris and weeds, all of which attract pests.

    2. Use healthy organic soil.

    3. Don’t plant all your seed of any kind in just one area of your garden. This will help protect your garden from plant-specific pests. They are less likely to find the whole crop of anything that is dispersed.

    Also, there are several non-toxic and homemade remedies for killing pests in the garden, such as those mentioned above.

    By being diligent in prevention and using natural remedies for extermination, you can have a healthy garden while maintaining a safe back yard and home.

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  9. Studying abroad is not about getting a degree; it provides a wide range of experience and will change your life, more than you think. You will have to adopt yourself to the new culture, food and people. Let us look at some of the things that will change your life.

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    You will become more independent than you were before. Now you will be on your own and you have to tackle the problems on your own. In the new country, you have to wash your clothes, do the cooking and budgeting. You will now understand on how you manage the time. It would be difficult initially, but you will used to it. You will even get to order research papers for sale from various sites online

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    As you study in a foreign country, you have options to mingle with variety of people of different nations. You get to know more about people and relationships. you also get to know about the culture. You will start now to respect diversity and it improve your career in future.

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    You will now experience to explore the country during the weekends. You can visit the tourist places and enjoy your time. You will spend more time walking and relaxing, which is good thing.

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    There are several appliances used at homes that demand electricity to work properly. Some of these appliances consume a great amount of power to work. As a result of this, your monthly power bills tend to climb up steadily. The best way to save your hard-earned money on power bills is to opt for solar power. It is true that installing a solar power system at home may be a rather costly affair. However, it is also true that it requires very little maintenance, which is one of the biggest advantages of the system. Since there are no moving parts, there is every chance of solar installations to degrade with time according to the website, https://territorysolarsolutions.com.au.

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    The general thumb rule is that the solar panels tend to lose 1% of their effectiveness with every passing year. However, this figure has decreased in recent times. This is mainly due to the fact that solar panels are nowadays made up of monocrystalline silicon that ensures 92% of their efficiency even after 20 years. However, here are some tips to help you take proper care of your solar panels.

    • Regular Inspection of Your Solar Panels Is Necessary:

      Most of the time you will see that solar panels are placed at higher locations where they cannot be damaged easily. Nonetheless, it is a good idea to check your solar panels from time to time to ensure that you do not lose any power due to tree material accumulation or pollen buildup on the panels. It is important for you to remember that the same type of dirt that you find on your windows can find its way to the solar panels on your roof. Thus, it is important to clean the panels on a regular basis.:
       
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      In order to maintain optimum effectiveness, it is necessary for your solar panels to be in the sun for as long as possible. During their installation, solar panels need to be placed in a location that gets maximum sun exposure. It is true that trees grow over the years and this can cause changes to the patterns of the sun and shade. There may also be new constructions that can affect the time your solar panels get the sunlight. Thus, it is always a good idea to check the position of the panels on a periodical basis to ensure that they get proper sunlight.:


     

    • Clean the Panels:

      It is needless to say that rain will effectively clean your panels. This is especially possible when the panels are installed at a steeper angle. Pollen and dust can get washed off easily with every rainfall. However, if the pollen and dust accumulation is heavier than normal, it will be a good thing to wash them off yourself with plain water. You can also use a hose to spray water on the panels and clean off the dust and pollen accumulation. You need to ensure that the panels do not get scratched, since this may reduce the sunlight that reaches the solar cells.

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