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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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  • Mark Piazzalunga

    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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  • 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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    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.

    Happy Gardening!

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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.

    Your checkout point is now better placed to take on a whole new set of tasks and challenges thanks to the improved appreciation of the retail environment’s dynamics.

    What Can A Point Of Sale System For Retail Do For You?

    • Accelerate transactions giving customers a fast service
    • Run your promotions, offer discounts, create vouchers etc.
    • Link you to your business via mobile phone
    • Keep track of your inventory levels for you
    • Produce financial reports to help you manage the business.
    • Give you video monitoring of your business
    • Give pertinent information on demand such as sales per employee, inventory levels in any branch, employee attendance records etc.
    • Give you jaded features such as fingerprint identification for customers.
    • Give you the flexibility to pursue other interests away from your business

    New and improved points of sale software are constantly being churned out with Nova 4.5 being among the latest. You can get a better appreciation of the full benefits of such software by looking at the Nova Point of Sale software features.

  1. Humanity’s effect on the environment is pretty high up on our list of things to worry about. Rarely a week goes by without some new information about the increased rate at which Polar ice caps are melting or waste is piling up or natural disasters are occurring. So what can we do to help prevent irreversible damage to our planet?

    Making your life more sustainable is easier than you think. Just by taking your own bags to the grocery store, cycling rather than driving the odd journey and thinking more carefully about the energy you use, you could greatly reduce your own impact on the natural world.

    These seven great iPhone apps are designed to give you a helping hand when starting a more sustainable life:

    SolarChecker
    Solar panels can reduce your energy costs and provide a cleaner form of power. This app can help you to decide whether solar panels at home is a good idea. The app can measure solar radiation in different areas around your home and tell you whether investing in solar energy is right for you.

    JouleBug
    JouleBug offers a social way to go green. You win points and badges for the various sustainable activities you engage in throughout the day. That could be cycling to work or using a reusable coffee mug. You can take green inspiration from friends and compete with them to be the most environmentally friendly. This app also allows you to see how much you are saving in energy bills by being more careful with how you use your gas and electricity.

    Carma Carpooling
    If you have no other option but to drive to work, make your journey less damaging to the environment by carpooling. This app helps you to find neighbours looking to share a ride and reduce carbon emissions, traffic jams and your own costs in the process.

    HowGood
    Shop more consciously with HowGood. The app allows you to input a grocery item and discover details about its manufacturing process, the way it sources ingredients, its treatment of workers and the waste it produces. Each item is given a HowGood score that acts as an indicator of the item’s social and environmental impact, helping you to make informed shopping decisions on the go.

    Your Garden At Home
    This is a great app for those wanting to grow their own food at home and reduce the carbon impact of growing and transporting produce across the world. The app offers information on different plant varieties, advises you on when to grow and harvest them and how to take care of them.

    PaperKarma
    If your heart sinks at all the junk mail you get coming through your letterbox, PaperKarma could be the answer. The app allows you to take a photograph of any junk mail you receive. Once submitted to PaperKarma, the app will contact the various mailing companies and take your name off their mailing lists.

    Recyclemore
    This app helps you to find the nearest recycling centres for your recyclable waste products. Whether you’re looking to get rid of batteries, clothes, appliances or garden waste, this app can help you to find the right place to take it.

    Going green is made that bit easier with these great iPhone apps. And if you really want to live more sustainably, you should ask yourself if you really need that latest iPhone upgrade. Discarded electronics are piling up in landfills around the world and tons of emissions are produced by manufacturing new ones. Buying second hand and unlocking the handset is a great way to reduce your carbon impact.

     

     

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  2. 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.

    Independent

    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

    Diversity

    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.

    New language

    You will now have the chance of learning a new language. This will be a new experience for you. You will automatically understand the people’s mindset and their culture and know affordable paper writing services. You might also experience a new way of thinking. This will improve and help you get more friends and learn new skills. Check http://www.researchpapersforsale.org/ on how to do so.

    Explore the country

    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.

  3. There are numerous renewable solutions for water conservation that are easily implemented by businesses and in residential areas. Five renewable solutions for water conservation include:

    ·         Rainwater Harvesting

    ·         Dedicated residential water containers

    ·         Energy efficient water-saving sprinkler systems

    ·         Water conservation monitoring systems

    ·         Green landscaping initiatives
     

    Rainwater Harvesting

    Harvesting rainwater is not a new idea. It has been around for centuries in rural and urban areas where water supplies tended to be less abundant. The Mayans built their entire agricultural economy on this concept. Rainwater harvesting, as the name implies, is simply rain water collected and reused for farm crops and landscape purposes. Today's rainwater harvesting systems are adapted for commercial, industrial and residential use. 

    Many new structures include a rainwater harvesting system to reduce the cost of municipal water supplied to homes and buildings. Water is collected into rainwater harvesting systems from moisture in humid indoor air and roof and gutters. This water is transferred through a filtration system to an underground storage tank equipped with a pump and an outlet for reuse of collected water. New York City has over 140 of these rainwater harvesting systems.

     

    Dedicated Residential Water Containers
    In many residential areas, homeowners purchase water containers to collect rainwater. This is similar to large municipal water tanks seen in most every town. The difference is the size. Dedicated residential water containers are generally conical or horizontal tank shapes. They hold from 500 to 2400 gallons of collected water and are made from polypropylene or plastic. Some are attached to exterior residential structures or are built indoors in a basement, depending on the sources from which water is collected.
     

    Energy Efficient Water-saving Sprinkler Systems

    An energy efficient sprinkler system is cost-effective and the biggest benefit is a renewable solution to conserve water. Recent developments in technology have improved the efficiency of sprinkler systems in both energy consumption and water usage.  For example, Smart Rain’s Smart Controller can detect weather patterns and turn off sprinklers when precipitation makes watering redundant. The Smart Controller also detects broken sprinkler heads or irrigation lines. This prevents unnecessary waste of water, and can result in 15%-30% savings and possibly tax benefits. For larger water sprinkler needs in farming and large landscaping, drip systems can save 30,000 gallons of water per year or more.
     

    Water Conservation Monitoring Systems
    In many municipalities, water conservation monitoring systems are used to gauge overall water volume conserved through local water saving initiatives. Some of these are "remote" monitoring systems for greater vigilance. 
     

    Green Landscaping Initiatives
    With the growth of the professional landscaping industry, green landscaping initiatives include training in water conservation from one landscaping project to the next to ensure cost-effective, timely residential and commercial landscaping.

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    The innovative approach to achieving project goals, allows its clients to get the results they are looking for achieve their sustainable business goals and also minimize compliance, and ongoing monitoring costs.

    Today’s ever changing economic landscape continually forces companies to start looking at new ways to do business to achieve their goals, while keeping their costs to a minimum. This is today’s reality in operating within a global economy, and surviving among tough competitors.

    Also the recent developments in expanding technology, and making it accessible, and approachable, have allowed companies to further explore new ways of doing business. Ways that were not possible just a few years ago.

    “Our model track record in serving public and private clients and providing responsible services and our knowledge of regulatory environmental regulations help our clients meet their particular challenges, whether in capital works delivery, or in environmental compliance and monitoring.” Project Specialist, Julia Scott said in an interview. “We also specialize in providing project management services to client to achieve their results on their capital works projects.”

    “We provide a no obligation consultative session to each of our perspective clients to assess their needs, and in order to find out all the specific details and about their project. Once we all are clear on their specific project criteria, we will put together an approach to achieve their deliverables. We also provide free support to our client on their facility and production until they actually achieve their results and receive their approval.” Scott said.

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    Predicted that if things do not change, there might be soon extinct of energy sources. Our coming generations may not be able to use any of the energy sources we have used. With our combined efforts, we can stop the wrong practices and save energy. By saving energy we don’t only save resources, but can stop major environmental hazards like Ozone layer depletion and global warming.

    Here are a few tips that will help you save energy:

    • Turn your computers off when not in use. You might think keeping in power save mode will help, but it will also take lots of energy.
    • Change your incandescent light bulbs with the fluorescent bulbs. Changing even one bulb also reduces your energy use to a greater extent. So get a new CFL bulb with the advice of an expert electrician.
    • As we all know how hazardous plastic usage is, so better take your own bags for grocery stores.
    • When you leave your home, precheck that all the light bulbs , AC’s and fans are closed.
    • Use public transport instead of cars or scooters while going to college or work . Walking is better option when the distance is less and if the weather permits.
    • Use natural method of drying by hanging them instead of using a clothes dryer.
    • Fix immediately any leakage you see in wash basins and toilets, a small leakage can also waste a lot of water.
    • Reduce the usage of packaged foods instead make a habit of eating home cooked foods with natural ingredients.
    • Save paper by paying all your bills through online and also do not ask for a receipt every time you withdraw money from ATM’s.
    • Stop drinking bottled water , instead get a water filter fixed at home , since bottles are not recycled properly.
    • Never throw your old toys or clothes, donate them to people who need. This would recycle your products.
    • Use both sides of the paper for printing purpose to save paper.
    • Unplug all your electronic devices like phones and laptops , when they are not in use. Also do not leave your charger button on after the phone is unplugged, this will also consume energy from socket.
    • Buy energy efficient home appliances like fridge , washing machine and microwave oven, which are now available with star ratings .
    • Regularly take your vehicles for pollution check , this will help reducing the emissions.
    • Switch to eco-friendly products that are available in the markets now, they might be a little expensive, but will help you in a long run.
    • Planting trees in your house will add shade and will produce natural air . The use of AC is reduced.

    These re few tips to save energy and as well us the environment. If you are planning to get your home an energy efficient electricity connection, then contacts Emergency Electrician Sydney 24/7.

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    People who own a home or any other commercial building should have an asbestos inspection to protect the building and people residing in it. There are several reasons why people need to inspect their home to check out the condition of asbestos. Asbestos was a typically employed item throughout previous generations that are implemented for its great level of resistant against chemical changes and temperature coupled with versatile users and minimal expense. In the recent years, people are suffering from health problems because of asbestos. The most common issue is respiratory issue. If you own a home or building in Sydney, you need to have an asbestos inspections Sydney to make sure the components of the asbestos deteriorate and spread into the atmosphere. Based on the condition of the asbestos and the number of years it have been used the inspection service providers will suggest to replace or remove the asbestos sheets.

    The health problems that is associated with the stem of asbestos from the fact the fibers cannot get processed and passed through the bodies. Thus, the fibers secure directly into respiratory system. As there is no cure or treatment for this issue, the prevention of fiber exposure is very important. People can find the best asbestos removal company through searches online.

    Important tips regarding asbestos removal

    The toxic upshots of asbestos to the health of people are permanent and massive. This is why removal of asbestos is being done widely in homes of Sydney since 70s. The asbestos removal Sydney is completed by the best asbestos removal Sydney who were accredited and schooled by specific state for offering best service. Home owners have their own rights to undergo the removal process without the help of certified assistance. Even though they can remove the asbestos there still some fibers flow into the air. So, skilled management is needed to prevent people from health issues caused by asbestos fibers. If you like to remove the fibers from your home effectively, you can start searching online to know the best service providers in your area. Then you can choose one that has good ratings and reviews among people of Sydney.

    Asbestos is really a dangerous substance that has dust particles affecting the respiratory system of people. This is one of the reasons why it is very important to obtain the services of the best and trained professionals to remove the asbestos completely. For people who are worried of asbestos removal job there are many companies and contractors who can offer professional service for low prices.

    Where you can find the asbestos fibers?

    If your house or building reaches above 25 years, your home will contain asbestos fibers. People can find the asbestos cement sheeting or fiber in their external walls, roof and eaves. They can also find laundry walls and bathroom walls lined with asbestos fibers. Some other areas where they can find the dust particles of asbestos are sheds, vinyl floor and fences. If you are not aware of the condition of asbestos in your home, you can find licensed asbestos removal eastern suburbs that can outline all the areas having the asbestos. People do not have a second thought of taking risk on their own in removing the asbestos since it may end up with some diseases while they involved in work.

    For more information click here: http://www.beasbestosremoval.com.au

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    There are strict rules about how you can get rid of your old appliances on this planet, and it would certainly be frowned upon if you just opened your door and tossed out your old fridge freezer. The same cannot be said in space, however.

    On the record, NASA says that it likes to minimise the amount of junk it deposits into space, but the reality is that sometimes the only thing to do with equipment is to toss it away. In recent years, for example, ABC News reported how astronauts based on the International Space Station took out their rubbish by throwing it out into space. Clay Anderson used his very first spacewalk to toss away a camera mount weighing 212 pounds and an ammonia tank which weighed no less than 1,300 pounds.

    At NASA's Disposal

    He perched himself at the end of the International Space Station's robotic arm and then simply threw away the unwanted equipment as he was orbiting the Earth 220 miles over the south Atlantic. At the time, he promised Mission Control that he would be mailing them a bill for his ‘space trash disposal’ services.

    NASA does try to keep down the amount of trash it gets rid of into space, but sometimes there are few other options, especially when huge items are involved. There are questions that need to be answered before something can be tossed overboard, however, including whether it would be safe for the astronauts and the space station, whether it would pose a risk for other orbiting vehicles and whether it would pose any potential danger for the Earth and the people on it.

    The practicalities also have to be considered. In the case of Anderson and his Russian comrade Fyodor Yurchikhin, it certainly took a bit of planning and agility to get rid of the equipment that wasn’t needed anymore. It is believed that the tank tumbled away from the International Space Station at a rate of around three feet a second. 

    The Biggest Trash Can in the Universe

    There is a long history of space junk being thrown out into the abyss, and many of the items would make even a huge commercial refrigeration unit look like a speck of dust. In 2006, an unwanted spacesuit was packed with rubbish from the space station and cast off, along with its own transmitter. You can read about SuitSat at http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2006/26jan_suitsat/, and it is believed that a newer version is now being developed. This item joined an estimated 13,000 items of junk, each one measuring in excess of 30 feet long, currently orbiting in space.

    It is thought that there are another 100,000 smaller pieces of trash, measuring from one to ten centimetres, along with millions of other even smaller pieces orbiting right now. This may not seem that much considering the vastness of space, but it would take just one small object travelling at thousands of miles per hour to cause catastrophic damage to a shuttle or the space station.

  6. Health is wealth - that's not a simple phrase. When you are healthy, everything else becomes easy. When I say healthy, I mean a stress free, disease free and happy person. The main thing that affects a person's health is their daily routine which greatly determines if you will be sick or not.

    When it comes to our routine, we mostly don't take time to think about it since we got used to it that it became a habit. Habits are hard to change, but if your health is at stake, you will surely change. The most common problems affecting many US adults are heart related diseases, either generic or those that come from our daily routine from the food we eat to the exercise we do.

    Most adults working in the office today have a tendency of reduced exercise; this is due to their daily activities like driving to work, using the lift and sitting most of the day. For a better healthy life these habits should be changed or added with something new to make working worthwhile and healthy since being in a hospital bed and unable to work just because you couldn't do some simple things is not cool at all.

    Some simple exercise that one can add to their daily routine for a healthy heart include:

    Jogging

    Jogging is one of the best aerobic exercises. For a healthy heart, take around 30 minutes of your morning sleep and jog around your neighborhood. Jogging is better than doing treadmill since you let you lungs expand easily to the environment and that breathing freely ensures that the heart retains its normal beat rate and easily burns out any deposits of fat in the arteries. Jog at a comfortable pace and ensure it is continuous, also that you will rest after 30 minutes, this helps create a higher metabolism rate in your body ensuring that your body stays alert for the rest of the day.

    Stretching

    Stretching is a very good cardiovascular exercise it reduces tension in the muscles ensuring a regular and normal blood circulation. Stretch before going for a jog and after ensure you stretch all parts of the body. Start with your arms and ensure the joints at the shoulders are completely free then stretch your back tilt to the furthest position by leaning backward then lean forward to the furthest position then sideways after this stretch your legs from the upper side to the lower and even the feet.

    Pushups

    Pushups strengthen your hands, arms and chest while also increasing your coordination. This exercise helps in opening up blocked arteries of the upper body including your heart, hence it is a very good exercise in burning out cholesterol.

    Walking

    Walking is very essential, especially for those who spend most of their day seated as this eases the muscles and blood veins to the legs ensuring good circulation of blood, which reduces pressure build up to the heart.

    Taking the stairs

    Taking the stairs instead of the lift is far much beneficial to your heart than the fast lift. Ensure you walk up the stairs at least four times in a week this strengthens your muscles and keeps your heart healthier.

    Keep your heart healthy for a healthy life! For other good exercises click here and you shall experience a new better you.

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    As consumers learn more about the importance of sustainable living, more homeowners are turning their attention to eco-friendly projects for their homes. As demand increases so does supply and there are many in the construction industry seeking for eco-friendly solutions to help consumers live sustainably. One of these solutions which has been growing in popularity is metal roofing.

    The rise of metal roofing

    When you look at all the benefits of metal roofing, its easy to see why it's become so much more commonplace in America. Metal roofs are some of the most durable roofs you can find. They can withstand the most fierce weather including heavy rain, snow, hail, and strong winds. In addition to holding up against the weather, they're impervious to other things that threaten most roofs such as fire and pests. Because they are so durable and easy to maintain, they benefit the environment in a number of ways.

    Energy efficiency

    One of the major ways that metal roofs can help the environment is by saving energy. Metal roofs are considered cool roofs because they reflect the suns rays back up into the atmosphere rather than absorbing them like dark roofs (such as asphalt shingle roofs) do. According to a study on different roofing materials at the Oak Ridge National Labratory, cool metal roofing was the most effective at reflecting sunlight. The research also suggests that cool metal roofs could even lower the ambient temperature in urban areas by reducing the urban heat island effect. In warmer climates, metal roofing can be a huge advantage because not only do they lower cooling costs, but they are conserving that energy to be used elsewhere.

    Longevity

    When a roof is replaced, most homeowners don't give a thought to what happens to their old roof. Usually, the old roof ends up in a landfill. The more often a roof needs to be replaced, the more waste that's going into landfills. Another major advantage to metal roofing is that it can last 2-3 times longer than an asphalt shingle roof. That means 2-3 times less waste. Combine that with the fact that metal roofs require very little in the way of maintenance and you begin to see why so many homeowners are beginning to switch to metal roofing.

    Recyclability

    Of course no roof lasts forever and even a metal roof will need to be replaced eventually. Unlike other roofing materials that usually end up in a landfill, metal roofs are highly recyclable. Most metal roofs already consist of up to 40% recyclable materials to begin with. But 100% of the metal roof can be recycled once the roof is replaced. That means that old roof can be turned into a new roof for someone else or into something else. Where it won't end up is in a landfill.

    Home improvement news brought to you by bartonroof.com

    Source: triplepundit.com/2014/08/metal-roofing-unlikely-way-reduce-waste-save-energy/

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    As more and more people begin to care about the planet we live on, the word “eco-friendly” is being used more often and louder every year. We know about recycled products, renewable energy sources, but what do we know about green web-hosting?

    Everything on the planet requires energy and web servers are not an exception, as you can see. A single web server works on a continuous basis every day and it requires a lot of electricity to operate the processes. Now imagine a center with a huge number of web servers (as is commonly the case) and the scale of operations. It was evaluated that the quantity of energy the US datacenters need is equivalent to that 5 million houses, which are put together, consume. Many companies, just like HostingServicesLab, offer web hosting services on the attractive terms, so it is possible to host a website just like you want.

    And now think: every year the amount of consumed energy will be growing; it will be coming from traditional, non-renewable sources such as coals, gas, etc. It is as much harmful for our ecosystem as coal factories or polyethylene bags. If you care about the planet and want to save the environment and you wonder, how to host your website or application without causing more harm, think about green web hosting.

    What Is Eco-Friendly Web Hosts?

    Nonpolluting web hosting is the company-provider which has a program to conserve as much power as possible and even to produce it from renewable sources. A great part of power, which data centers use to run the sites, is usually generated by carbon emitting mechanisms (which give out too much of carbon and other pollutants). As a rule, green web host providers want to lessen the amount of energy utilized by their servers: some employ equipment that takes less power and reduce energy by utilizing wherever possible; some use sun, wind and other renewable resources.

    Green web hosting also implies unloading broken down and old computer equipment in a proper way so it won’t affect the environment. Just like some products, eco-friendly web hosts recycle certain electronic components.

    What Host Is Green?

    Actually, it is difficult to find a green host provider and a green emblem on the website, does not mean that it is truly green. It may be easy for the providers to say that they are ‘eco-friendly’ as one can’t go and check it. However, there are real green web hosting providers, which produce their own power from renewable sources, like use solar panels, wind generators and other harmless mechanisms.

    Here are the things you must look at if you want to pick a real green hosting:

    • The certificates: Many companies present approvals that they are eco-friendly, make sure to examine the authenticity of the documents.
    • Read the policy carefully: Green sign does not prove that the company cares about the environment - have a minute to read the policy page and find out what it actually does to be a Nonpolluting one.
    • Energy star servers: The green host must use power star rated servers to lessen energy consumption.

    Why It Is Important?

    There are actually a lot of benefits. The energy conservation issue is becoming more and more essential matter of concern and companies are encouraged to work on power saving. Web hosting branch is one of the biggest power consumers in the tech world and if it can go green, what should be done? If you choose a nonpolluting web host, you make a choice to save the nature and preserve it for future generations and not to make any negative impact on the environment.

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    Building and construction waste removal has become a very expensive part of the building industry, due to targets and taxes set by governments and agencies with regards the reduction of waste making its way to landfill sites across the country. Waste material can be generated during renovations, new construction and demolition of buildings, roads and other structural items. They include bricks, concrete, soil, masonry, rock, wood, paving material, glass, plastic, aluminium, tree stumps and much, much more. Some of these materials can be re-used or recycled while others are considered hazardous and need to be disposed of responsibly.

    There are two ways a construction company can reduce their builders waste removal costs and that is by re-using and reprocessing materials on site or by purchasing recycled materials or products as opposed to using more expensive new items. There are also a few simple questions that need to be addressed. How will waste materials that cannot be re-used be stored until disposal or is there an outside agency that can make use of them? Is there adequate time for sourcing the appropriate materials and will there be enough available? Can any demolition or excavation materials be re-used on site?

    Let's look at a few of the ways money can be saved by re-using and recycling building materials:

    • Re-using excavation materials on site - Delivery of bulky materials, often from a great distance can be very expensive, especially when compared with the cost of re-using what is already available on site. Some of the ways this could be done are improving the soil quality by adding compost, stabilising soils with hydraulic binders or by ensuring the cut and fill balance is accurate.
    • Processing material left after demolition on site - Equipment can be hired that will crush material into usable aggregates that can be applied for filling, capping, sub-base layers or hardscaping needs during the construction process.
    • Purchasing recycled aggregates - it may be cost effective to purchase materials that have been recycled if there are not the facilities available on site to recycle.
    • Remediating contaminated soil - it is often preferential and cost-saving to correct excavated soil rather than importing new and disposal of the old.
    • Some of the most typical items that can be re-used are: plumbing fixtures, doors, cupboards, windows, air conditioning equipment, fireplaces and other stonework. Once cleaned up and retreated they can be given a new lease of life.
    • Materials that can be recycled, either on site or off include metal, wood, asphalt, paving slabs, concrete, roofing materials, corrugated cardboard and plasterboard.

    Recycling and reusing building materials not only provides a cost saving on building waste removal, for the construction company. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants by reducing the need for the extraction of raw materials and there is no need for shipping costs. It conserves the space in landfill sites. Because fewer raw materials are required energy is saved and environmental impacts reduced. New employment opportunities are created in recycling industries and money is saved by construction companies. All in all recycling and re-using building materials is win win all round.

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    I'm a volunteer for TEXAS EDEN PROJECT, an agriculture program that not only grows organic pesticide free fruits and vegetables but also provides what is grown to the public for free. You can learn more about the project on it's website which is TexasEdenProject.org

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  8. When it comes to dirty jobs, there aren't many as challenging and dangerous as roofing. There are a lot of hazards when it comes to repairing and installing roofs. Despite the dangers however, many roofers continue to do the work day in and day out because it's what they love. Here's a look at some of the hazards roofers face every day.

    Heights

    The obvious first danger any roofer faces is the risk of falling. When your primary work environment is one to two stories off the ground, that's always a concern. If you have a fear of heights, roofing is not the job for you. And if it isn't already bad enough, most residential roofs have at least some slope to it. The combination of sloped roofs, and working two stories in the air can be a deadly combination. Every year hundreds of roofers end up falling. Roofers learn pretty quick to be constantly aware of their surroundings and to know where they are in relation to the edge of the roof at all times.

    Weather

    Another hazard roofers face every day is the weather. It isn't always 70 degrees with a calm breeze. In summer months temperatures can easily reach triple digits. With the hot sun beating down on them and reflecting off the asphalt shingles, roofers may feel as though they are working in an oven. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration is a major concern for roofers in the summer. To deal with extreme heat roofers will work early in the morning and later in the evening when the temperatures are lowest.

    Summer isn't the only season when roofers have to worry. Cold winter weather can lead to slippery conditions while working on a roof. Combine that with strong winds and you have a recipe for disaster.

    Burns

    What many not familiar with the roofing industry don't know is that roofers are frequently working with hot materials such as tar. Contact with hot sticky tar can lead to very serious burns for roofers who must be constantly vigilant especially when working with these materials.

    Insects

    Finally there's the insects like wasps and bees. Roofers who've been in the industry long enough will eventually encounter a beehive or wasp's nest. Up on a roof with no where to hide, roofers sometimes have to make a split second decision to endure the stings and bites or take the plunge to the ground below.

    Call the professionals

    While a do-it-yourself attitude is admirable, roofing work is very technical and involves many hazards. It's always best to leave roofing work to the professionals who have the proper training and equipment needed to do the job safely and effectively.

    Home improvement news brought to you by bartonroof.com

    Source: nanaimodailynews.com/opinion/dirty-jobs-roofing-can-be-dangerous-and-uncomfortable-1.866281

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    Try to think about this possibility. Your home, you are waiting for someone to come over, perhaps toward leaving three people. You know that, it is tradition for you to offer them something to drink and something to eat. Wine is most likely one of your first choices. Of course, you could simply take the time to serve the wine directly from the bottle. However, wouldn’t it be much more elegant if you actually to use a decanter?

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    When people come over

    Don’t you think that your friends or in general the people you’re waiting for would actually find you much more prepared for situations like this? Or at least they realise that you are quite the elegant person. We know that many people out there do not exactly understand why you’re supposed to get a different type of container from the wine instead of simply pouring it out of the bottle. Well actually the answer is quite simple. Elegance.

    You must not give yourselves. The more elegant look at gatherings like this the more likely what we enjoy them and a red wine decanter cord very easily help you provide others with these idea. Of course, there are so many different types of decanters you might actually find it a bit difficult to choose. You will go for a classic one or you could simply try something new and exciting.

    How to be elegant

    Whatever you choose, finding it is not going to be difficult. Usually there is an entire behind the idea of wine decanters. There are so many different ideas for designs and companies have made sure that they create all of them. Finding one at a reasonable price is also quite possible.

    All you need to do would be to simply go online to one of those websites like eBay or Amazon and start checking out what they can offer you. We can guarantee that out of the blue you will find yourselves in front of many different choices. Now, the difficulty here will be to choose your favourite design and signal purchase them all.

    Of course, you will know exactly what it is that you need. Find that one design that is going to be matching and becoming one with the scenery of your home bar. Get ready to welcome all your friends and perhaps colleagues. Because now, you will be able to bring the perfect elegance to them.

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    It is expected from an HR to come out with strategic and routine reports. These reports play a significant role in making more effective use of available human resources in small businesses and in large companies alike. HR reports are potent tools of communication that affects the decision-making at the highest levels of a corporate institution.

    •You have to be absolutely certain about the information that is to be conveyed, the purpose behind the communication as well as who you are communicating with as this will dictate the format, depth, content and details of the report.

    • Next you have collect all the information. Some organizations opt for database systems about their employees and statistics can be gathered through in-built or personalized queries. In absence of such databases you may have to rummage through traditional documents or a simple database or excel spreadsheet. Routine HR reports include statistics about HR activities in a specific time frame like new hires, salary info, resignations and promotions. There may also be a need for detailed reports about the local market of the workforce, budgets for salaries and requirements related to skills depending on the nature and utility of the report.

    • Try to find a pattern in the garbled up data of statistics thrown up at you. Absence on particular days, higher turnover of staff may all have special meaning. Try to analyze the meaning behind any pattern. Take for example high rates of absence or resignations in a particular department could indicate management problem which require further analysis or possible action that may be taken. Personal problems are also a possibility in case of some patterns.  

    • Make a draft of the report in the style favored by your company or make use of templates of typical hr reports and customize. As an alternative especially if you are a HR student writing an assignment you can hire a specific person or ask for online hr homework help.  If the report requires you to be more formal, then start off with a summary and remember to include a cover page in your report.

    • Prepare explanations about targets, were they achieved or if not met how the shortfalls are expected to be accounted for. Set targets for the commencing period such as retention as well as recruitment and how you plan to reduce absences. Make the HR activities in accordance with the goals of the organization.


    • Single out external factors that may have effect on your business and as a matter of consequence HR operations in the near future. A political, environmental, social and technical analysis may point out possible issues and ways to address those.

    • Maintain clarity of language and avoid HR technicalities especially if colleagues from other departments or stakeholders are among the intended audience.

    • Try to stick to a system for numbered paragraphs and sub paragraphs. This will enhance readability while maintain clarity. The title should be inclusive of the date, purpose as well as the audience of the report.

    • Try to keep the report brief and focus on the primary issues by use of bullet points, graphs and charts as and when necessary. Readers will be keen on simply reading the facts.

    These steps will help you in writing an effective HR report that does its job well.

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