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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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  • 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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    In a culture that recycles over 150 million metric tons of metallic materials each year in the US alone, one cannot honestly say that there is no recycling effort taking place. Yet, many people are not aware of the many benefits that can be derived from a comprehensive effort to clean up the environment. Our article below covers several direct benefits produced today by scrap metal recycling operations across the US.

    Economic Reasons

    The US scrap metal recycling industry in 2008 resulted in the creation of more than 85,000 jobs and $86 billion being generated in revenue. That same year, the US exported roughly 44 million metric tons of scrap commodities that resulted in a more balanced US trade economy. Production of everyday items such as staples, paper clips, fasteners, jewelry, tools, city infrastructures and elements of buildings themselves all make up the scrap metal industry.

    Today, the industry is not only good for the environment, but it's good for business as well. Over 450,000 new jobs were created within the last three years at a time when the economy appeared to be in dire straits. Best of all, they were high quality, good-paying jobs that fed money back into a fragile and stagnant economy.

    Energy/Natural Resources

    Producing metals from virgin ore is an expensive process--both naturally and economically. However, the recycled scrap metal process not only reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, but it also helps preserve the earth’s precious natural resources.

    For instance, using recycled material saves up to 92 percent aluminum, 90 percent copper and more than 56 percent of steel stockpiles. Moreover, the recycling of just one ton of steel preserves more than 2,500 pounds of iron, 1,400 pounds of coal and more than 120 pounds of limestone. In addition, one ton of recycled aluminum helps conserve 8 tons of bauxite ore and 14 megawatt hours of electrical energy.

    Ecological/Environmental Benefits

    In a concentrated effort to preserve the ecological system, one cannot stress enough the importance of having a comprehensive program for recycling of scrap metals. Being that scrap metals are as usable, malleable and less expensive to produce then virgin material, it’s crucially important to have professional recyclers do the taxing work of removal and recycling according to General Recycling Industries Ltd., one of the many Edmonton scrap yards.

    All things considered, there are no valid reasons for not recycling scrap metals. The scrap metal industry consistently proves itself as being cost effective for those involved inside the industry and outside of it. But more importantly, as the obvious stewards of earth’s resources, scrap metal processing just may help avoid a possible future ecological disaster.

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    It's lunch time. You drive your car and go to grocery store for preparing something delicious. You pick chicken and a pre-made salad. Have you noticed that such actions affect environment? How could it be possible? Let me explain. When you go by car, it releases carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Air gets polluted. The store that you went into, require light which is powered by coal and as you know that coal mining destroy our ecosystem. What about that salad? Its ingredients grown on farm using harmful pesticides and then washed into local streams poisoning the fish and aquatic plants. Water gets polluted. Even chicken transported by trucks that emits poisonous gas. A smallest action of human creates an environmental change. Think of a bigger picture. Humans are completely dependent on mother nature for survival. But, what you give back? Harmful chemicals that pollutes water, carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide such undesirable gases causing air pollution. We really need to think on this and stop some where.

    Have you ever wonder which is one of the main reason in determining the nature? Industrial pollution is the main cause. Earlier industries were limited and so they were less harmful to en vironment. But, with growing population several industries evolved on a large scale with massive production. This has depleted certain natural resources damaging the environment permanently. Best example is deforestation which is clearing of forest for sake of production. “ Grow More Trees” is our motto. Do you think we took this seriously? Just to increase production level, what are we doing? Cutting down the trees and cripple the system. Greed can lead to catastrophic accidents and eventually society has to suffer. Mainly primary industries has caused a massive damage to earth especially mining of coal. This has become one of the biggest issue today.

    Coal, one of the fossil fuel, is mined with an aim of producing electricity. Imagine a day without electricity. I remember a day when the light goes off just for an hour and I was like yelling and calling at electricity office. We really could not live without it. Not even an hour. Now, you might have come to know how coal is important and so its mining as well. But Wait! All good things come with something not acceptable. Have you ever think of how much damage is caused to surface of earth while mining coal? Let me list down all the drastic consequences that comes along with mining of it.

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    1. Emission of harmful gases deteriorates ambient air quality

    With an aim to extract coal from underground mines, mining operation is done. Such operation includes drilling, hauling, collection and transportation and this results into emission of harmful gases like methane, sulfur-dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and carbon monoxide . Just like other fossil fuels, combustion of coal produces CO2 affecting the green house effect. This even increase in global warming. This even has major impact like global warming. Don't you think such release of gases will pollute the air? Off-course Yes. Much more air quality deterioration is caused due to opencast mining in which mining operation is carried without any tunnel or shafts. Imagine how much destructive it will be? Such emission leads to serious health hazards with a rapid increase of respiratory disease such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Really, we need to think on this otherwise the day is no far where we are left alone by nature. Within last few year production of coal is sky-rocketing. You can figure it out how the production of coal has been incresed in china in last few years.

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    2. Adverse impact to hydrological regime

    Process of mining, burning the coal and waste storage of coal pollutes the water. How? A flowing water comes into contact of coal mining activities that has exposed rocks. Such rocks contains pyrite, a sulphur bearing mineral. This mineral reacts with water forming sulphuric acid. Such runoff results into a metal rich water that is Acid mine drainage (AMD). How dreadful it would be to those aquatic plants and animals? And what about us? We too are affected as we drink that contaminated water. Other reasons that pollutes the water are erosion of mine benches , overloaded and reject dumps, failing dams and even during discharging of million litres of water itself. “Water is life” But, we have made it such that becomes dangerous to your life. How mean we are?

    3. Enormous Land Disturbance Caused due to mining operation

    Mining operation goes through large scale excavation, creation of negligent land, removal of top soil, dumping of solid waste and cutting of roads. Usually, mine collapse in underground mining and land above it start to sink result into an interruption. News about such catastrophe is frequently heard. But, opencast mining is more destructive than underground mining. It scraps away earth and rock to get coal buried near the surface. It destroy landscapes, forest, wildlife, contaminates ground water and result into air and noise pollution. Such environmental affects are so profound that recovery of it is next to impossible. So, why we become so careless and constantly dig though it affects our environment.

    4. Mining causes noise and vibration

    Do you like someone screaming? No Why? Because it is too unpleasant to our ears. Think of a blast or something weird sound at a high volume. How terrible it might be for our ears. Think of people living around the areas where mining activities takes place. Why? Because such mining operation produces lot of noise and vibration as well. Hundreds of tones of explosives blast in the mining area and this creates a massive noise pollution. Hearing loss of human ears is one of the major consequence of noise. Imagine how dreadful it might be? Beast in forest are more sensitive to such noise and so they are more affected than humans.

    Want to improve environmental sustainability in industries? There has been established many institutional bodies that offers diploma in Environmental Management. Many of them even offer excellent trainig and one of my friend has experienced best training of workplace environmental at Brisbane in Australia.

    Being a part of this wonderful nature, each and every individual is responsible for such destruction. Why we have become so greedy that we don't care of its frighting consequences. There is still time to save our nature otherwise it will be too late to sum up everything.

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    For a healthy and vibrant landscape, your plants require regular watering at set intervals. Mother Nature frequently does not cooperate with adequate rains. Heavy but quick downpours do not penetrate the soil deeply. Sprinkling rains do not provide adequate moisture for soil either. When plants are watered optimally, they develop extensive root systems that are able to store and draw water better than plants with shallow root systems. If you want to support your plants' good health, consider installing an irrigation system that complements your landscape's needs.

    Types of Irrigation Systems

    Two popular types of irrigations systems include pop-up sprinklers and drip irrigation. While many homeowners favor in-ground sprinklers for watering lawns, drip irrigation systems are ideal for flower beds as tubing can deliver water to specific plants. These systems can be used with automatic controllers so there is little for the homeowner to worry about. Your landscaping firm will be able to discuss the ins and outs of each system and how either or both can enhance your particular landscape. Both types of systems need specific mapping. Your irrigation system installer will be able to help you make a plan that suits your plants' needs.

    Benefits of an Irrigation System

    Installing a low flow irrigation system can allow you to reduce water waste by up to 70%. Today's irrigation systems are ideal for homeowners that care about sustainable practices. San Francisco based landscaper, Paul Tamate says "for homeowners that want to conserve as much as 70% of their water, drip irrigation systems are ideal." Sprinkler systems can be enhanced by the type of heads you choose. Again, your landscaping firm can suggest the ideal components for either system you choose.

    Once you install your irrigation system, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that your landscape's needs are being met even when you're away from home. You can also set timers so that your watering needs will be met at set intervals. If you crave a lush and healthy landscape, an irrigation system installed by professionals is your best solution. You'll waste less water and you'll no longer need to lug hoses and watering cans around your yard to provide thirsty plants with water each day.

  3. It is quite evident that living without electricity is not an option nowadays. With time, traditional sources of energy generation are getting depleted. The stock of fossil fuel is not unlimited and growth of population and resultant consumption has led to energy scarcity in various parts of the world. This has prompted governments, environment entities and a section of population to seek alternatives sources of energy generation. In recent times, alternative energy generation sources have become quite popular and using sun as the energy source is a viable option. As it is, solar power installation can prove to be beneficial for homeowners from several perspectives.

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    Nuances of solar energy generation and usage

    In solar energy generation, sunlight is used as source of power. Flat silicon panels are installed on rooftops and those are fitted with suitable accessories to trap solar energy. The energy is transmitted through wires fitted with panels and it gets stored in a battery and inverter unit. This in turn acts as the source of power supply in the household.

    The numerous benefits of Solar panels installation

    There are several benefits of installing solar panels at home for energy generation.

    The cost

    When you set up solar panels at home for energy generation, the initial expense may be high. However, in long run, you will be benefited. Consider the fact that after installing there will be no need to pay monthly bills to a power supply company which is the case with others. You will be able to save some amount on your monthly expenditure in long run. Thinking of these, the solar panel cost should not deter you.

    Maintenance

    If you are worried about maintenance needs of solar panels at home, relax! The panels are rather sturdy and they are supported by underlying structures. They are not likely to get damaged soon by weather elements. Present generation panels are made to withstand weather elements for a long time. With low maintenance, these panels offer solid value for money.

    Impact on Environment

    For every unit of electricity you use obtained from fossil fuel sources, you become responsible for polluting the environment. Usage of solar panels does not impact the environment in an adverse way.

    Added Benefits

    To promote usage of green energy sources, governments in many countries and companies selling solar energy requirements are offering various benefits to buyers. You can avail several lucrative discounts, fee waivers and monetary benefits when opting for solar power installation. Besides, when you sell a house equipped with solar energy generation capabilities, you can expect higher price.

    Certain Things you need to calculate

    Before you opt for solar energy panel installations at home, a few aspects need to be calculated with care. You need to find out overall consumption amount of the household. You can talk with regional solar energy equipment sellers on this subject. They can suggest you regarding suitable packages and products matching your needs. Some sellers also offer video tutorials and FAQ in their websites which can be useful for you.

    The author writes extensively on alternative energy generation. He has written several resourceful articles on solar energy generation and related products.

  4. What is condensation?

    The word condensation may remind you of your general science classes back in school! Condensation happens when water vapor comes in contact with a surface whose temperature is lower than its surrounding air. This simple concept causes dew on a hot humid day or rain falling from clouds on a cold day. 

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    Window Condensation

    Window condensation is a commonly occurring phenomenon especially in winter that occurs when external temperatures drop and internal temperatures are warm. The warm water laden air comes in contact with the cold window surface resulting in condensation. This can be caused by faulty window panes or lack of air flow across a window surface that is covered. Whatever be the reason, if this is happening it is sign that your windows need your attention because the surplus moisture will be absorbed by the walls causing mold and mildew. Professional window installation goes a long way in preventing this condition. 

    Managing Window Condensation

    Window condensation can be attributed to several factors, poorly manufactured windows and inefficient sealing being most common of them. It is of utmost importance that the windows and doors are installed and sealed well. Here are a few ways you can avoid window condensation:

    1. Ensure that your home is amply ventilated by switching on ceiling fans and exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens especially when you have hot liquids cooking or hot water running. This shall allow warm air movement preventing it from condensing.
       
    2. Do not set the thermostat at very low levels as colder the air, the lesser is its ability to retain moisture encouraging it to condense and settle on windows and mirrors in your home. 
       
    3. Invest in a hygrometer to measure the humidity levels inside your home that should ideally be between 35%-40%. Also it is wise to install a de-humidifier inside your house to regulate and manage humidity at optimum levels. 
       
    4. If you notice condensation on a window, wipe it with a dry soft cloth to prevent excess moisture leaking into adjoining walls. 
       
    5. Check seal of windows to ensure that there aren't any gaps. Also check for any cracks on glass panes that may cause condensation. If your windows are very old you can also consider replacing them for better heat retention. 

    Flawed manufacturing of windows is often considered a major reason for condensation on your windows. But inability to manage internal humidity is also a cause for the same. So along with checking the condition of your windows, try controlling the moisture inside your home. 

  5. Home owners can save money with green building and make a positive impact on the environment. This is especially in terms of power, water and gas consumption. By making the necessary and simple green upgrades, homeowners can tremendously reduce the amounts of gas, electricity and water required to run their homes.

    To Harvest Rain Water

    While constructing your home, it will be prudent to consider having a system for harvesting rainwater installed. It will both provide more water for your utilisation and enable you cut back on those massive water bills. This system will harvest water during rains and store it in water tanks that can be above or below the ground level. However, for tanks that are below the ground you will have to incur more in pumping expenses.

    This water is then transferred through pipes to washrooms and cold water machine taps. This consequently means that you can use nature's free water for your domestic needs such as for washing machines and in toilets. It saves reduces your expenses and is an eco-friendly process in its entirety.

    Eco-friendly Water Heating Systems

    Technological advancements have now made it possible to utilise the atmospheres heat to directly and efficiently heat your water. You will literally not have to make any effort and your power bills will be on a steep descent. Heat pump water systems absorb the heat from the atmosphere and surrounding. They then multiply this heat numerous times.

    This is similar to the refrigeration technology, hence one can relate. This heat energy is then transferred into the stored water. Highly efficient, eco-friendly and quiet in its operation. To ensure full time operation, they come equipped with back-up electric boosters. It is just as efficient as the solar hot water heating system but doesn't require the panels.

    Better Light Distribution at Lower cost

    This is what energy efficient globes offer. Moreover, they are efficient and have a long life. One can use them in place of the standard incandescent light for both brighter and better light distribution. In addition, they have a longer life in comparison and utilise less power, thus enabling you tone down your energy bills.

    Utilise the Free and Clean Solar Energy

    Photovoltaic panels, commonly referred to as solar panels, when installed obtain the sun's energy and convert it to electrical energy. They can be installed on various locations but the most optimal is where there is maximum exposure to direct sunlight; hence many households have them put up on the roof. The conversion of solar to electrical energy is completely pollution free.

    What's more, the sun is a renewable source of energy. Put simply, installation of the panels is the only cost you will incur. Yet you will be assured of a constant supply of electricity. It reduces your energy bills significantly and being pollution free, does not harm the environment. Moreover, you can utilise it for your demand and sell back some power to the grid.

    All these, and more, incentive can assist home owners in making their homes green. The initial cost should not be a deterrent. Many home builders, like Boutique Homes, Green Home Building, Pulte Homes and many more, offer this "green" deal when building your house. This is as, over time, with all the savings that will be made on the monthly bills, the upgrades will quickly pay for themselves. In addition, the eco-friendly upgrades increase the value of a home. They are the sound investment every homeowner should make.

  6. Solar energy is one of the most useful forms of renewable energy because solar panels and the sun's own energy can be harnessed directly. Technically, solar energy is the radiant light and heat energy produced by the sun as it sends off massive energy from constant nuclear fusion. 

    Here on Earth, though, solar energy is harnessed via "solar collectors" that convert light energy into more usable heat energy. Solar thermal collectors snatch up the heat by absorbing sunlight and solar radiation.

    Solar collectors can, in fact, refer to a number of different devices designed to harness the sun's energy.

    Roof-mounted solar hot water panels and solar air heaters are what a lot of homeowners might already be familiar with; concentrated solar power plants use more sophisticated and industrial-strength solar collectors. 

    Concentrated Solar Power Plants and Residential Solar Options  

     

    Concentrated solar power plants collect solar energy in a slightly different way. Solar towers and solar thermal collector dishes, which look similar to satellite dishes, are the two ways that concentrated solar power plants generate electricity by heating liquids that, in turn, power turbines aligned with electric generators. 

    The fossil fuels that powered the industrial revolution did a great job of bringing greater infrastructure, communication, transportation and technology to the 20th century. The 21st century, though, will see renewables like solar, wind and geothermal playing a much more dominant role. 

    Some people think ill of solar radiation (infrared and ultraviolet), but it can benevolently be used to power the lives of literally billion of people around the world.

    Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic Solar Power

     

    Roof-mounted solar hot water panels, photovoltaic modules and concentrated solar power plants can provide that much-needed energy. The two kinds of solar power harnessed today are solar thermal and solar photovoltaic. 

    The first kind of solar energy—solar thermal—is what most people automatically think of when they think of solar power. Solar thermal systems convert sunlight into thermal energy with the help of solar panels. So, what exactly are solar thermal systems good for? 

    A lot of things that homeowners would find useful, as it happens. Solar thermal systems can be put towards space heating as well as heating water via a solar hot water system. 

    Solar photovoltaic systems, on the other hand, entail converting sunlight directly into electricity with the assistance of photovoltaic cells. (Photovoltaics is the conversion of light—in this case, sunlight—into electricity with semiconductors and the photovoltaic effect.)

    Photovoltaic systems can be incorporated into homes, electric vehicles and green building designs to ensure energy independence and overall energy savings. 

    The best part is that solar panels are incredibly reliable, need little maintenance and can last up to thirty years when you purchase from a reliable solar panel manufacturer. 

    At the outside, solar panels only lose about half a percentage of their performance per year, which means that even after a generation, your home solar panels will still be harnessing solar energy at approximately 90% efficiency compared to when you originally installed them! 

    The other nice thing about solar is that the Consolidated Appropriations Act provides homeowners a 30% personal tax credit for home PV and solar thermal technology purchases. 

    Solar Power and Your Energy Bills 

     

    Solar energy facilities are right now actually using something known as "concentrated solar power" to do things like boil water and convert sunlight more directly into electricity. 

    Utility-sized solar energy uses concentrated solar power systems, power towers and dish engines to deliver megawatts of usable electricity to homes and businesses around the country. 

    Solar energy is but one of the amazing forms of green energy out there today—renewable energy sources like wind, rain, geothermal, and hydro (water) energy are also part of the green energy picture

    As you look at data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration you'll see that the eight most popular green energy sources of energy have all experienced an increase in usage over the last three years. 

    How Much Can You Really Save? 

     

    On a smaller scale, you and your family can expect to save a significant amount of money from month to month on your energy expenses by outfitting your home with roof solar panels. 

    The exact amount that you save will have a lot to do with the region of the country that you're located in, possible buyback plans with utility companies in your area, the amount of electricity that your family uses, and the number and efficiency of your home solar panels. 

    The cool thing about solar power is that there are a lot of tax rebate incentives for siding with solar, and solar power might even allow your family to send your electrical meter spinning backward. How? 

    Although you can, of course, still take all the energy that you need from the utility grid in your area, after installing solar panels there's a good chance that you can become energy-independent. Perhaps, at that point, you might even sell back excess energy to your utility company for credit! 

    That can potentially save you thousands of dollars per year since, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling constitute the largest energy expenses for most homes. Remember, solar energy is great for space heating. 

    Save Year Round...and Sidestep Peak Rates 

     

    The important thing to bear in mind with solar energy and your potential to save thousands every year on your energy expenses is that solar power systems consistently produce the best results when the sun is shining brightest. 

  7. If you're a business proprietor and also have considered improving your parking space by means of construction, don't lose sleep over the chance of shutting lower while construction attempts are going ahead. USA Mobile offices gives you ways to maintain your business running, without the need to stop operating completely, and in certain cases, methods to increase your business throughout restoration efforts.

    Temporary Moving

    There's a misunderstanding that throughout construction efforts, your workplace or business needs to shut lower. Although companies still operate, but they may also find methods to thrive. If you're searching for a brief structure, you will find options if this involves mobile offices for rent that will help your company or office stay open. These wide trailer temporary building structures are simple enough to make use of plus they come with a number of layouts, suited for your requirements. The temporary structures happen to be recognized to be utilized by private and public educational facilities throughout restoration efforts.

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    Improve Internal and Exterior Communications

    Your employees might be expecting an extended time off work because of construction, but through the usage of mobile offices your employees shouldn't lose one step. For the way lengthy you'll be consigned to temporary offices, from phone lines and e-solutions must be paid for. Employing communication via im and email via wireless connections is suggested in the interim. Furthermore, alert your patrons of changes happening in your location to ensure that they will not shed negative light in your improving efforts.

    Digital Media Promotions

    Simply because your projects space or store might not look appealing throughout construction efforts, it doesn't mean your internet presence should be either. If you're in the retail industry, getting less people come across the store would be an ideal chance to increase internet sales. For the service industry, hooking up with existing and prospects via internet sites can grow companies by advances and bounds. Starting a great opening event may also be a good idea to ask visitors back making it recognized to the public that construction efforts have ended.

    Plan In Advance

    Acknowledging the situation and preparing in advance can lessen this whole process. Positive techniques include email newsletters, active social networking assets and enormous signs in front of the construction areas notifying where you stand situated.

    If you are searching for a brief location, it does not need to be not even close to your original location. Acquiring a building trailer rental is a great choice to consider not only to oversee improving efforts, but to save cash on leasing out a reasonably costly work place.

    USA Mobile offices provides quality mobile offices for rent for temporary and long-term work place needs. Their mobile offices contain individual modules that may be set up to suit your site's conditions as well as be moved to a different site, if required. They have construction trailer rental models too which gives you ease and satisfaction of affordable rental units that may be put together rapidly with no disruption to your working site.

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    Exercise is crucial for children, especially in these times when a majority of American kids are either overweight or obese. Athletic practices, sports, even pick-up games provide kids with not only fresh air, but also an opportunity to exercise their muscles. All these activities require space, but not all playgrounds are safe considering the rising costs of maintenance sports grounds. There is nothing more important than safety when it comes to children.

    Parents always display a great attention to detail when selecting toys, beds, and furniture for their children. But when it comes to playing areas no one ever takes a look at the ground. Most injuries on playgrounds occur as a result of a fall on abrasive surfaces which are hard and plain unsafe. With synthetic grass you can have a consistent playground surface anywhere!

    The technology has improved a lot and synthetic grass now looks just like natural grass, but without the hassles of a natural grass. The best part is that maintaining a synthetic lawn is simple. If leaves or tree waste accumulates on the surface you simply use a blower to get rid of them. A thorough cleaning can be done with a water hose.

    Because artificial turf fields are so much more durable than grass, they give much higher playability and allow for broader access. They can be played on at all times of the year. In times when playing fields are scarce, they give youth sports organizations the space to practice that they otherwise might not have had. The problem of spring and fall rains which result in the cancellation of so many games and practices can be avoided. One muddy field will no longer ruin the rest of your season.

    Field Test

    A synthetic grass surface should make the ball bounce in a way similar to that on a natural grass field. Once the sports field is installed multiple tests are performed to ensure a level surface, in addition to analyzing the ball roll and ball bounce measurements. Governing organizations of several sports including soccer, rugby and hockey require field tests to be performed before the field is approved for use.

    Use of Synthetic Turf

    There are more than 8,000 synthetic grass sports fields currently being used throughout the US, in 2012 more than 1,000 fields were installed in American schools, colleges, parks and professional sports stadiums. Since 2003, over 70 FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Cup matches have been played on synthetic turf soccer fields. Faux grass is a popular solution for other sports such as field hockey, baseball, tennis, lacrosse and rugby. It makes for a perfect practice field all year round and ensures the sportspersons are well trained.

    Synthetic turf soccer pitches have taken off quite well in England and the US. This has spurred many artificial lawn manufacturers to research on creating a better and more refined product. But there are definitely many compelling arguments for using synthetic grass for sporting purposes.

    Why Synthetic Grass

    • It makes for a longer playing season and keeps the ground level
    • There are enormously decreased maintenance costs; the turf lasts up to 15 years and requires minimal care
    • There is no need to water it
    • There is no need for fertilizers, so none can get into the sub-soil water bodies
    • There is no fear of mud or grass stains
    • Cushioned surface allows for minimal injuries during falls
    • Dramatically improves water conservation by allowing water to run-off and collect where required

    Artificial Turf Improves Performance of Sportsmen

    Let’s take the case of the football team at Salesian High School, Richmond, California. Located in a city with one of the country’s highest murder rates, the students at Salesian High focused their efforts on academics. The conditions of their grass field were so poor that the soccer and football teams were on a three-year notice to be shut down. This changed when the school raised funds to install a synthetic turf field.

    They came back from the brink of closure to defeat a team branded nigh unbeatable, with players twice its size. It was Salesian’s first game on their brand new synthetic grass field. The field is now being hailed as the ‘Real Field of Dreams’.

    Safety First

    Artificial turf is designed to look like grass, where green ‘blades’ of dyed polyethylene or nylon are glued to fabric backing. In order to give the surface some cushion, unlike the original fields that were as hard as concrete, “infill” is laid down to function as the dirt and to help the strands stay upright. This infill is usually made of tire crumb – ground up recycled car and truck tires. The result is a pristine looking surface that requires little maintenance.

    In contact sports such as rugby and soccer, it is imperative for the synthetic grass surfaces to be soft and cushioned so as to reduce the likelihood of players getting injured. Impact injuries are reduced thanks to cushioned synthetic grass surfaces.

    There is no doubt that the introduction of artificial playing surfaces has changed the way many games are played around the world. This has been specifically felt in football, tennis, soccer and cricket. However, do not consider that installing a synthetic playing field is the end of your problems. There is a certain amount of maintenance that is involved in keeping the field up to the standards of the game.

    Synthetic grass is the perfect surface to play sports on as it reduces the amount of injuries and improves the performance of the players. Just make sure that nobody spits a wad of chewing-gum on your turf, that’ll be one thing no one would want to clean up.

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    The industry has evolved so much throughout the history, with new inventions and discoveries changing the course of development of the entire civilization. When ships and boats were the only way of traveling and transporting large amounts of cargo, the ship building industry was one of the most important in the world. When one industry is thriving, it usually includes lots of smaller industries to provide it with the materials, and so the ship building industry encouraged the growth and development of lumber industry as well. Naturally, things changed with the invention of trains, cars, airplanes, and other forms of transportation. This sequel of events goes for every branch of industry, as the civilization is ever changing, opening new horizons, and closing some old doors. The modern industry relies heavily on the industry of energy and the computer industry, which are probably the most important players on the today’s global economy scene, along with the weapons industry. It goes without saying that food industry is a constant in all civilizations, and all societies in history.

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    The electronic industry became a huge player in the 20th century, with the technetronic revolution.  With everything being modernized with the use of electronics, and with the electronic devices being introduced to every aspect of life, it is only natural that that the consumer electronic industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. As soon as the first scientists discovered electricity and found a way to harvest its awesome power, the development of various electrical machines, devices and patents begun. By the middle of the 20th century, almost every household had some kind of an electronic device, and each decade brought more and more electronic appliances and gadgets to our homes. Today, we are sounded by hundreds of electronic devices every day, from the basic ones, to the most complex. All the scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century were made possible by electronic devices, an all the fields of science still rely heavily on the electronic industry, to provide them with the necessary instruments for further development. We live longer, our life quality is much higher, we are far better educated, and we can experience so much more things, all because of electronics.

    The modern electronic industry is mostly based in the East, where the material are easily accessible, the cost of labor is low, and the experts are highly trained and educated. The electronic industry of China is the biggest in the world, and the vast majority off all electronic devices on the market is made in China. Even the devices made in the West are composed of electronic components made in China, like the printed circuit board. A printed circuit board, or a PCB, is an integral piece of every electronic device, and the quality standards of the Chinese PCB manufacturers is the highest in the world. At http://project-pcb.com/ you can find amazing high end printed circuit boards, and even get an immediate online quote on the order, regardless of the quantity and the design of the PCB.

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    Today you understand the importance of leading green lifestyle. Students always discuss it during their classes and even write coursework. But to be honest, it not difficult to create a great paper about preserving nature, moreover  learners often just apply to coursework writing service UK and forget about this assignment. Though, green lifestyle demands some attempts and you really need to change some habits and attitude.

    There are some little tips you can use in your everyday life to make your lifestyle greener. Surprisingly, these improvements can also help you to spend less. So, here you can read about appropriate changes that you can bring into your life for making it eco-friendly and also more frugal.

    Devices and Applications

    Students have to use a lot of books, textbooks and make notes. If they choose digital way of keeping information, they will save a lot of paper and money. You can easily use eBooks instead of printed textbooks and use your Smartphone for making notes and schedule. Also, don’t order printed catalogs mailed to you. Digital world can supply you with all necessary information.

    Reusable Bags

    When going to a market or grocery shop, take a reusable bag with you. In such way you can avoid using plastic or paper bags and decrease the amount of garbage collected during a lifetime.

    Old Bottles for Water

    When you buy a bottle of water, you spend a lot of money not on water, but on a bottle itself. The problem is that the production of such bottles requires usage of three times the amount of water kept in the bottle. That is why you will make a great step, if just can use the same bottle for several times. You may also buy a filter to have clean water, instead of buying beverages.

    Recycle

    It’s so simple to have different bins for different types of trash. So, when you can, divide your trash, separating plastic, paper, glass, etc. Just think what trash can avoid a landfill and be recycled.

    Turn Off Lights

    Don’t forget to control your electricity usage. This means that you can simply turn off lights, when you are not in a room. Also, make sure other electronics are also turned off, when not used. Such approach to power usage will also be beneficial to your wallet.

    Don’t Follow the Idea of Consumerism

    Today it seems difficult to resist the desire to make purchases. But you should make it a habit to buy only necessary things. You can also borrow something, when it’s appropriate. There is a great idea to make swap parties, when you can exchange good things with your friends.

    Ride a Bicycle

    If you can use your car less, you may turn to more environment-friendly and frugal lifestyle. Also, you will improve your health while walking or riding a bicycle.

    Keep it Colder

    You definitely will not notice, if you set a thermostat on a lower temperature. The same idea applies to your air conditioner. Just a few degrees can make a great difference to our environment.

    Forget about Aerosol Sprays

    You can easily find an appropriate item among different beauty products. Just remember to use pump sprays, instead of aerosols. You can also look for environmentally friendly and responsible brands.

    You can really create a list of possible improvement and changes to your lifestyle. Just think that adopting eco-friendly habits, you will protect not only our planet, but also your personal wallet. Doubtless, each of these aspects is important nowadays. So, make a little effort and direct your mindset to a greener way.

     

     

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    The Fracking Debate

    The fracking debate is intensifying. Recently, the Lords committee called for the UK government to speed up its development of regulated fracking because of its potential to bring substantial benefits. This group of influential Lords claim that fracking can lift the economy, secure energy nationally and even aid the environment. Environmentalists fought back vigorously, arguing against the evidence cited by the Lords.

    Despite the amount of attention the issue commands, many are unsure if fracking is something they need to concern themselves with. Many are asking: what is fracking and why should we care?

    Fracking Explained

    Fracking has been used as a term to describe two very different techniques to access natural resources. The traditional form of fracking is a procedure that aims to accelerate the oil extraction of an established oil field. This process carries very different environmental risks compared with the newer form of fracking.

    The type of fracking that is causing all the controversy is related to shale fracking. That is, using hydraulic fracturing procedures to extract gas from shale rocks. To put simply, the process involves drilling into the earth to force open rock fissures in order to reach new reservoirs of natural gas. The way the gas is extracted requires releasing high-pressure water to obtain the gas from inside. A mixture including some chemicals is then injected into the area to facilitate the flow of gas into safe storage.

    Proponents of fracking claim that it allows access to oil and natural gas deposits which were previously unreachable. In terms of economic benefits, it is thought that the increased supply will lead to reduced prices for these resources. Environmentalists however, argue that fracking is unsafe.

    What’s Wrong With The Fracking Process?

    Firstly, the process requires drilling into the environment to make new stone fractures. This very act has the impact of creating small earth tremors. Although the typical sizes of tremors that occur as a result of fracking are usually not of concern, there have been instances where the movements of the earth could be felt on the surface. For example, fracking lead to two earthquakes in Blackpool back in 2011; the magnitude of each measured 1.5 and 2.2 on the Richter scale respectively.

    Another serious concern involves the chemicals used in the process and the disposal of fracking fluids. If these chemicals seep into the earth for any reason, they could cause serious contamination and pollution issues.

    In addition the fracking process uses a lot of water, which means we’re simply depleting one resource in order to extract another. Environmentalists emphasise that efforts to secure energy should be focused on renewable sources and technology instead, as this is the only way to ensure continuous supply in the long run.

    So what’s the future for shale gas development? Exploratory drilling to establish its economic potential is still in early phases, but in the face of so much opposition, it will likely take some time before any progress can be made.

    Author Bio

    Louise Taylor is an environmental and energy enthusiast who writes for Love Energy Savings, an energy price comparison website dedicated to helping families and businesses save money on their energy costs.

  9. Master craftsman, eco-designer, furniture hero - words that Stephen Staples, maker and co-owner of Staples Cabinet Makers, embodies. Allow me to tell you a little bit more about our eco-superhero Mr. Staples. No, he doesn’t wear a red cape with a large S on his chest, nor can you summon him with your magic ring. But this guy really does know how to save the environment - this hardworking artisan makes gorgeous and natural looking furniture from reclaimed wood from old barns and houses found throughout the New England area. Following a Japanese philosophical style known as “wabi sabi,” which roughly translates to “flawed beauty” in the art world, Staples truly believes that the real beauty in his work lies in the natural contours, knots and stains that have naturally formed in the wood throughout time. With his dedication in using reclaimed wood to create unique furniture laced with historical and aesthetic value, Stephen Staples is our green superhero/super-artisan of the year! To learn more about his beautiful furniture pieces and about his inspirations.

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  10. Work is difficult. Today all the agencies do their best to succeed in a competitive market where there are no limits to what a customer can find and obtain with some patience. Customers have easy access to a day by day larger range of possible collaborators, services and opportunities. To gain new customers workers and agencies are forced to invest a lot on promotion activities or to keep their rates so low that obtain a financial income is basically utopia. Even with all this effort most of the times these strategies are still far from being enough. What all workers, from the independent painter to the successful pest control agency, look for is visibility; a chance to focus the attention of new possible costumers on what they have to offer or, perhaps, in the amazing quality that they can provide even if keeping rates a little bit higher.

    Today the best way to obtain that visibility is obviously on internet but how?

    Create a site is helpful but requires a lot of work building the project and maintaining it. A lot of work that often involve the need of spending money hiring technicians or paying for a domain. Too often all this work ends up being a waste of time due to a lack of users who visit that agency's specific site. To avoid this problem a lot of workers go on pre-made sites to promote their business. Most of the sites that offer promotions services on their domains, anyway, are expensive or pretends to offer a great opportunity when they are actually very miserable. That is maybe how someone ended up creating a particular site: a site called Shout Wire.

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    Just typing: http://www.shoutwire.com/ on a browser the owner of an agency can find all the visibility that he needs. Why? The reason is very easy, Shout Wire is a site born in the 2009 that just in the 2014 has been visited by 1 million of possible customers. A million of users that were looking for someone who could help them to fix their problems.

    The peculiarity is that Shout Wire doesn't build its partnerships on financial basis or on the payment of a certain amount of money, to be partner of this growing company what you need is just something that you already have: the desire of seeing your business grows creating a group of satisfied customers around you. Joining this company you would become part of a successful group which works day by day to provide a great experience for its customers and its partners at the same time. All that's required to you is to stay motivated and competitive in order to keep high standards.

    Exactly, the partnership is free. Join the company is very simple, you should just send a request completing the form that you can find on the site on the partnership section. Contact the Shout Wire staff and stay in touch with them is very easy too since the site is complete of contacts that you can use for a situation like that. Click here, a website featuring helpful info.

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    Natural lifestyle may be of living today the fresh way; people that are currently turning natural helps by utilizing energy efficient devices minimize carbon emissions. Additionally they do their finest to lessen waste by recycling of wastes. Many businessman also promotes inexperienced routines in their journal genuinely believe that dwelling green may be the method to live. Their thoughts would be to let the same period tell them that it's also thrilling to save lots of the earth and also the globe learn about the environment.

    You will find methods to possess a lifestyle that is natural. It may be simple and cheap but additionally, it may be costly when one truly really wants to be-all inexperienced. This will depend on which you compromise and can provide for the better environment's benefit. Green is actually preserving one in terms of power usage, like utilizing small power lights and switching off abandoned devices. Having energy-saver devices can definitely complement far too. Saving powers or utilizing hybrid vehicles that use bio-fuels will also be a method to decrease carbon emissions but when one truly doesn't wish to create carbon, a bicycle is preferred, irrespective of being healthier it generally does not create carbon dioxide and greenhouse gasses also it doesn't require any type of gas and it is extremely cheap. Utilizing alternate resources of power may be of living today the new pattern; homes are made with technology that is clear. Some homes employ solar power panels or wind-energy to make use of as their supply of energy or energy in this manner durability is achieved.

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    Individuals who market routines that are natural will also be not eager out utilizing material that is reusable, they're revolutionary and imaginative. Fresh issues are worsening; to be able to reduce waste generation, you have to become innovative. People utilizing reusable containers are inspired. Going digital being that they are produced from bushes, when possible is much better. However the easiest way in lowering carbon emissions to assist is trees inventory carbon, by planting bushes and employs it because of its metabolism. But when it's difficult planting type’s yard may also assist but recall to not utilize any type of chemical fertilizers, heading irrespective of being healthier natural is more lasting. Rotting plant litter and utilizing traditional manure like pet dung is preferable to chemical fertilizers.

    Provide a carrier to ensure that utilizing document bags or materials are decreased while buying. There are lots of methods to reside inexperienced without restricting the convenience of dwelling and guard the surroundings. Sharing training others and ideas to protect the environment can definitely move quite a distance. If everybody may reside inexperienced, administration and durability of assets won't be considered a problem. Daily ought to be a chance to conserve the earth and guarding the surroundings is definitely an everyday battle. Itself is restored by the surroundings can't instantly with individuals utilizing it constantly. The natural assets are needed by individuals then it's a prerequisite for people to pay for back what character has provided them.

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    Technology often has a nostalgic link to the era in which it was in vogue. However, just because a piece of tech is found to be behind the times by modern standards, this does not mean that its usefulness has vanished. Sometimes it is when an old piece of tech has lost its appeal that someone discovers a new purpose for it. Then, that which was believed to be condemned to the shelves at the rear of the storeroom gets a new purpose—and sometimes new popularity. Old technology can give life to new and innovative ideas. Here are a few of those innovations to consider.

     

    That Old Transistor Radio

    While the younger generation is busy with their iPods and MP4 players, the older generation remembers the days when hand-held transistor radios were all the rage. Despite being less popular today, many might be shocked to learn that blind people still use transistor radios to help them to navigate screen changes on other electronic devices. Since the radio provides an audible change in the static hum of AM frequency channels when the screen of a nearby electronic device has changed, this can be used to help a blind person know that something has taken place on a screen they cannot read. Some blind people have successfully used this method to navigate the use of drum machines and other previously inaccessible electronic devices.

     

    All Those Unused Monitors

    Often people buy new computer gear and stick their old monitors in the garage or at the back of their closet. Before long they realize they have a slew of old monitors. Removing the monitors from their base makes it possible to arrange the monitors in a vertical, homemade frame. The more monitors you have, the more you can use to make a multiple screen video display. With enough video cards to drive their use, a person can finally have that multiple display they always wanted for watching television or running their home security system through. Sometimes, a broken monitor is just a simple repair away from being incredibly useful. Research what the problem might be online, or contact a service like Contec Direct to see if it’s worth the trouble.

     

    Phone Cameras

    If you are the type to have a bunch of old cell and smartphones laying around in a box, it might be time to put their on-board cameras to work. Instead of spending a fortune on new cameras for your home security system, simply making use of these older cameras is one way to outfit your home with 360-degree monitoring. One perk is that old phones, even when they aren’t connected to a phone network anymore, can still connect to your WiFi network. You can have a home security system without having to run wires to every corner of your house!

     

    The Old Bulky Television

    Many people have an old broken television they are no longer using. Many of the older televisions are bulky and served as a place where the family gathered around on movie night. Now broken, it is okay to wait until the television has had time to drain its power and start gutting out its insides. With the inside empty, the display box with the glass screen front can be used for displaying some other scene or object of your choice. You could even completely gut it, and plant some flowers inside for a contemporary urban art piece!

     

    Old tech is all around us. Some of this tech may still have a lot of useful functions. With a little creative thought and hard work, you would be surprised what can be made out of your collection of outdated technology.

  12. A systematized efforts to teach about the functioning of environment and specifically about environmental issues and its associated challenges.

    Goal of such Education is “Awareness and understanding environmental affairs”

    Want to know how such education is enhanced across the globe? Google trend is one of the best source I have visited. Check my entire analysis on environmental education around the world. Google trend depicts how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages. It shows how popular the search term has been over a time. Such trends are more preferred when compared to just descriptions.

    Check how concern about environmental education is declining. !! (Yes. Topic to be ponder !! )

    1) Down-going in Interest over time

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    You can observe from the above graph that there is a massive decline since 2005 till now.

    Check what kind of international steps are being in flow to cease such issue.

    1) European Union, a recognized leader in most areas of environmental activities is constantly trying to uplift such degradation.

    2) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), an agency of United Nations (UN) co-ordinates many environmental management training programmes .

    It assist many developing nations in implementing environmental policy.

    3) Many such other institution even promotes environmental science and environmental health that provides an integrated approach to environmental systems.

    2) Country Specific interest at particular period

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    From the above trend, you can see the list of countries who are interested in making their people aware about such education.

    Kenya is among the most concern country on such issues. At Kenya, many programmes are conducted to make people aware like Edmund Rice East African Network programmes, Environmental Education Action Plan and similar other. This may be the reason that more and more people are aware in Kenya.

    Even countries having less awareness programmes are focusing on such action plans to educated their people.

    3) Most related searches

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    This is one of the important feature of Google trend which depicts relevant query search around the world. Not only this, it even shows the most searched keyword by their search volume.

    Above analysis just depicts how less concern we are for nature and environmental related issues.

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    Nearly everything we do in life emits carbon in one form or another. Whether it’s the green house gasses produced from our cars, the electricity we use for our homes, or the planes in the air that transport people around the world.

    Your carbon footprint is the overall amount of green house gas emissions that are produced by an individual, organization, event or product

    With this in mind there is a way to reduce your personal carbon footprint by just switching from plastic to more renewable kids toys.

    When you start being conscience of your carbon footprint you’re helping move our country & world to a better, healthier and safer place to live.

    Now you might be thinking what has this got to do with my kids toys?

    You probably know that all plastic is bad because it takes thousands of years to decompose. But what you may not be aware is much of this same plastic ends up in our oceans. As a result this forces local fish species to move or die. Worse yet the plastic also leaks chemicals into the water, which changes the pH level.

    And if you’re one to enjoy eating fish, then purchasing plastic kids toys increases your potential of consuming plastic yourself. Because small sea animals ingest this “wasted” plastic, and fish eat those animals and we eat those fish!

    Even if some plastic toys are reused, not all kids toys are recycled. So most will simply end up in landfills. As a result, the decomposed plastic gets in our soil, which harms plants and animals.

    Additionally these same plastic toys are responsible for water and air pollution because they leach hazardous toxins into the air and water.

    So to help reduce your carbon footprint, opt for renewable kids toys, which are crafted from natural, sustainable, biodegradable and/or recycled materials.

    Some of theses toys could include:

    • Cubby Houses
    • Big basket of books
    • Wooden stacking rings and blocks
    • Soft rag dolls instead of barbie
    • Puzzles and shape sorters
    • Wooden dollhouses
    • Wool felt toys
    • Organic cotton soft toys
    • Wooden musical toys
    • ABC Blocks
    • And much much more

    So next time you consider purchasing your kids toys, opt for ones that are made from recycle materials such as renewable grown timber, cotton or even wool. You’re not only reducing your carbon footprint but also surrounding your child with natural toys which are safe and have been made ethically and in an environmentally conscience way.

    As a result you’re teaching your child at a young age to value the beauty of a natural world.

    So the question is, will you purchase renewable kids toys now you know the affects it has on the environment?

  14. Polystyrene foam is a packaging and cushioning material made from carbon and hydrogen. It’s also known by the brand name Styrofoam. Expanded polystyrene is lightweight, contains up to 98% air, and is completely inert. EPS is made by using advanced cutting and moulding procedures to produce high quality finished surfaces on the final product. EPS foam can be identified by the number 6 plastic resin ID code. Its insulation properties and strength make it great for packaging and shipping delicate merchandise.

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    Insulation Properties

    Polystyrene foam has three major types of insulations: thermal, electrical, and vibrational. The foam's most known use is for white drinking cups which are ideal for hot beverages like coffee or tea. It can also be used to protect goods from damage caused by excess vibration during shipping. It does not conduct electrical current which is helpful in protecting goods with electrical components. As a bonus, polystyrene boxes can also be used as an insulator against noise.

    Shipping and Packaging Benefits

    Polystyrene foam is long lasting, and tough to destroy which makes it a great choice for making storable boxes. This type of box is light and easy to carry, which is beneficial to workers during the loading process at shipping companies. Their resistance to moisture damage makes them perfect for outdoor use and use in damp areas. This type of material is also typical for Dry Ice shipments. like fruits and vegetables. The foam is often a preferred choice for packaging smaller fragile items such as cosmetics.

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    Transporting Food

    EPS is regularly used as an insulation product and will keep meats and fish cool. Some companies use a combination of EPS and cardboard boxes to get the job done. Depending on the type of food being transported, an EPS foam shipping box can be enhanced by the use of thermal gel packs that can be frozen and even reused. Alternatively, blocks of dry ice can be used without adding too much bulk. The EPS box is then set in a corrugated box for shipment. These polystyrene boxes often hold water without any help, but a liner bag can be used for extra protection. The boxes are needed because no one can truly predict the travel conditions the goods will have to face. This is a great help for those in the restaurant industry.

    Environmental Impact

    All though polystyrene foam is recyclable, a lot of it tends to end up in landfills or scattered around the nearby areas. One of its greatest strengths is also a great weakness. Its light weight creates management issues. This leads to issues like float-ability and a tendency to be blown from disposal sites even after proper disposal. Also, since it is non-biodegradable, it will be around for a very long while. Luckily, there are some forward-thinking companies out there trying to make a difference. One such company is Omega Packaging. Their factory includes its own recycle plant for EPS boxes. When unwanted and damaged boxes are brought in, Omega converts them into General Purpose Polystyrene. There’s no waste left behind.

    Polystyrene foam is popular because of its insulation properties, its strength and its light weight. Its many advantages outweigh its few disadvantages. Proper use and management of this material can reduce its environmental impact. This ensures that customers get their merchandise in great shape, companies save on transportation costs and the environment gets a needed break as well. Everybody wins.

  15. Solar energy is the most important renewable energy that can be used for our electronic products in our homes. There are lots of benefits in the technology that uses solar energy to work. Let us focus on the various aspects of solar energy and solar technology in this article. This will help you to make a change in your mind about the view of solar energy and you will tend to decide to install solar panel in your home which is very essential to store the energy that is released from the sunlight. The solar power evolution has made a great change in practical need products.

    Solar energy and their benefits:

    Solar energy is the powerful energy that is known by all. But the entire benefits of sunlight are not known by most of the people. The people who are aware of the usefulness have started to focus on using the solar technology products as they reduce the cost of electricity in a great level. And also when using solar energy, you will not experience any disturbance or pollution.  Solar panels are used to store the solar energy from the sunrays and they are used to convert into the electrical power that is used to operate various devices.

     Easy maintenance:

    The main benefit in solar energy storage is easy maintenance. Only at the time of installation and the cost of buying it would cost and there is no need to spend money on it. The only thing that you should do would be monitoring the panel for its condition. And that would be enough to correct any faults if they are present.

    Types of solar energy:

    There are two types of solar energy and first one would be active solar energy and the second one is passive solar energy. According to usage of solar energy we need to select the device that helps you to convert the energy for your use. Passive solar energy is useful the big scale requirements and they do not use the sunlight directly. And moreover this energy is used as resource for any other usage in large scale. For the household needs you should use the active solar energy. They will use the sunlight directly and help you to make use for the household products that are useful for practical needs.

    Solar energy equipments:

    Nowadays the manufacture of the devices that functions mainly on the solar energy is increased. This is because people became aware of the cost expenses in the electrical energy and the advantages in the solar energy. Hence people show interest in buying the solar energy devices more so that the manufacturers of electrical devices started to focus on the manufacture of devices that could function of solar power. Some of the devices are solar water heater, solar water pool heater, solar cooker, solar stove, etc. These are electrical appliances that make use of the solar power and then convert it into the electrical energy.

    Benefits:

    When you notice other energy sources it will make noise to get converted into the required energy through various devices. But in case of solar energy there will not be any noise pollution or air pollution will be created. It will silently get stored in the solar panel in the sunny day and it will used to the other devices to work. The main benefit in solar technology is that we can make use of the devices that are work based on it will not be interrupted. If you are using a device that functions on electricity alone it will get disturbed at any case such as thunder storming or damaged electricity lines. But in case of solar devices there are no such disturbances. If we use solar energy there is no need to depend on the other fuels. We can be independent in using the devices So that our work will not be interrupted at any case unless the solar panel is not charged with the required solar energy. And also these are very cost effective and help us to store considerable amount of money out of it. Moreover n when using these devices we can save our earth from pollution to greater extent.

  16. Buying a Solar Panel Installer needs mindful thought as well as meticulous planning. Installing a Home Solar Panel is a fantastic approach to saving power and minimize your own cost of living. Here are several strategies for solar power Installation:

    Solar installers must be approved

    Hunt for solar installers that are MCS authorized as a minimum amount. An excellent solar installer can also be listed along with Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL), the Solar Trade Association (STA) or even be members of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC). Notably, your specialist have to be MCS authorized for you to entitled to the Feed in Tariff plan and its obligations.

    Examine the condition of your roof

    Solar panel systems are large which means you need to ensure that the roofing is able to put up with the burden of them. When your residence is aged it could be far better to use a specialist come in and look if it's in suitable condition.

    Clear the roofing ahead of solar panel installation

    To help make the solar panel installation procedure as fast and simple as possible make sure that your roof structure is neat and clear. In case the installation men need to commit several hours doing away with leafs, dirt etc this can be just going to enhance set up charge.

    Go with a location for solar panel installation

    To get the most out of your solar cells you should be sure that they are exposed to the sunlight for a major duration of the day. While your panels will still operate when it is an overcast day, most power will be developed once the sun light are direct. Therefore make certain that the location you pick for them is not blocked by some other close buildings, tree branches or over growing shrubs.

    Solar Power Set up is Save the Earth

    Nowadays a great number of desire using solar power to conventional electrical energy. Stats implies that solar power is definitely 90 percent significantly less damaging compared to power created by fossil energy along with the pollution released from transportation and production units. Quite simply, while using solar powered electrical power, anyone reduce the damaging aftereffect of the technology on the atmosphere. By doing this, most people cover our long term living.

    It is usually applied for Multiple Purposes

    Solar panel technology can be used numerous gadgets such as satellites, water heaters, outside lamps. Also automobiles might be powered by sun light. The method that you are going to take advantage of this specific green energy is determined by your personal demands.

    Reasons to choose Solar Power

    One of many primary advantages of a solar cell is it cuts down on the price of power. If you use solar system at your house, it will be possible to take down power charges at least 50 %. With them can potentially conserve thousands of dollars in terms of power charges annually. Concurrently as we all like to save the money an additional benefit is that they lessen carbon emissions therefore preserving our planet and getting an improved future pertaining to our children and grandchildren.

    Article Resource:  http://freedomsolar.blog.com/2016/01/28/tips-for-choosing-a-solar-panel-installer/

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    There is no doubt that snakes serve an important part in our ecosystem, especially with regards to keeping populations of rats and mice under control. However, there are situations where you wish to restrict the areas they can access, such as chicken coops, dog pens, aviaries and backyards frequented by children. It is therefore important to limit their access in a way that do not harm them or the environment. Several methods of discouraging snakes are being bandied around various forums with everything from old-wives tales to innovative technologies. This post aims to discuss the various options and their effectiveness.

    Keeping it short

    Keeping the grass short is a frequent advice to limit snakes, as the snakes do not like to be out in the open, as they are exposed to flying predators. However, during the warmer months, snakes desperate for water can easily venture over short grass, dirt and paved areas, attracted by the pets’ water bowls.

    Snake Fencing

    As Australia is heading into snake season with the warmer weather, Murray Stewart, owner of The Fencing Store has noticed a significant increase in enquiries for snake proof fencing mesh as people are taking precautions to protect pets, livestock and children from the slithering animals. Murray recommends a fine 6.5mm or 9.5mm square wire mesh that will keep most snakes out as long as the fence is constructed in the right manner. On his website, Murray has added a blog post about a customer who created a snake proof fence for their beloved dogs.

    Setting up snake proof fences is undoubtedly one of the best ways to keep snakes away while not harming the environment, as it keeps the snakes free to roam outside the fencing while not harming them.

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    Naphthalene

    This falls under the old-wives tale category. I read regular forum posts advising to use naphthalene as snake repellent. Naphthalene is an ingredient in mothballs, and it’s scent is supposed to repel snakes. Naphthalene is also a toxic substance as covered on epa.gov. It is not recommended to place this substance out in nature, where it can be ingested by wildlife and cause terminal damage. Besides, studies show that Naphthalene is ineffective in repelling some snakes in the first place.

    Vibration

    Most snakes are wary of humans and larger animals, and sense our presence by the vibration our footsteps make when moving around. If awake, this vibration normally results in most snakes evacuating the area. Dogmaster.com.au retails a solar-powered snake shield, which in effect is a stake that emits a vibrating pulse into the ground, which should deter the snakes without hurting them or the environment. The only negative, is that it might repel the snakes from your shed as well, leaving rats and mice to roam free.

    Liquid snake repellent

    Liquid Fence have created a liquid and granular snake repellent that according to their website works by emitting a scent that “confuses and irritates the snake’s chemosensory systems”, making them look for another place to inhabit. The website further claims that the product is all natural, but at the time of writing, I have not had the opportunity to test it out, so I cannot cast any judgement on it.

    Conclusion

    For permanent areas, I recommend setting up a snake proof fence to keep snakes out. The vibrating snake shield would be a great investment for portable applications, such as camping trips.

  18. The sustainable building trend is not just good for the planet, but for the economy — green construction is expected to account for 3.3 million jobs in the U.S. alone by 2018, a 143.5 percent increase over 2015. Green construction involves the design, construction and/or operation of buildings in ways that reduce any harmful impact on the environment and/or on human health. Some of these include reducing the carbon footprint of manufacture, preserving air and water quality, minimizing toxic emissions, and increasing energy efficiency in building operations. Sustainable building also can be economically beneficial. Using green materials and practices often benefits local economies, and the focus on energy efficiency frequently results in significant savings for property owners.

    The following infographic was created by Accurate Perforating Company and highlights 10 green building materials to consider for your next green building project.

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  19. Canned food has become a new trend in India. People like to buy ready to eat products, because they think they are easier to prepare and tasty too. So, why they should spend time in cooking and related chores? But, it is wrong and they don’t have any idea what they are doing. Yes, there is no doubt that all the info about ingredient is printed on the attractive packing of product and people also read every single detail before buying any item. Thus, unluckily all efforts are useless, because it’s all about the procedure of food processing.

    Check these 5 reasons, why you need to avoid canned food for a healthy lifestyle-

    1. BPA-

    Mostly packed food is covered in the plastic packaging to keep the food fresh. But, the inner layer of plastic packing leaves harmful elements on the food stuff. Plastic contains BPA, which is not suitable for the human body as it won’t make for the consumption of the plastic. The packet of plastic covering contains little but unsafe materials, which are responsible for serious illness, such as cancer, hypertension, obesity, aggression, heart disease etc. 

     

    2. Low quality-

    Let’s admit this truth that if the food is really of the high quality and fresh as described, then obvious the company will sell the product at highest price to make profit. But, big names launch their products at attractive offers and promise to give high quality ingredients. It is a way to mislead the customer and it is a direct fraud. Moreover, shopping malls also rob innocent customers on the name of big billions day to increase their shop and sell the old stored items. So, stop being a fool and say no for the low quality food material. 

    3. Harmful Preservatives-

    After a specific time, all the food materials are going to be decomposed. Preservatives work as a miracle to increase the life of canned food. No doubt that it is a touch stone for the manufacturers, but it causes great harm to human body. Processed foods such as meat items contain exceptionally high amount of preservatives such as sodium, sulfites, etc.

     

    4. Imported canned food-

    Imported canned food is more injurious than the local products. The international suppliers add less nutritious and low quality supplements to gain more. Apart from the quality, these imported products come at the high price. So, why to pay for the bad quality food material?

     

    5. Presence of unhealthy elements -

    Manufacturers add unhealthy supplements and artificial flavors in the food to make it tasty and popular. They do not care about the health of people. And, the word “Natural” is just use to trick a customer. You are not able to differentiate between the natural and artificial flavors and producers know it very well. This is how they make people fool on the name of 100% natural foodstuff.

     

    These reasons are enough for any conscious foodie to make a strong decision for the healthy lifestyle. If you love yourself and your family, then say a strict “NO” to canned food. Take it as a new year’s resolution and adopt a step towards a happy and healthy life.

     

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    In a world with growing environmental awareness, we all have to chip in to save the planet. One easy way to do that is to go green with your cleaning by using eco-friendly cleaning products and methods to get your home to look its best. Use the tips below to go green with your home cleaning, and you can feel confident in your efforts to preserve the environment.

    Use Indoor Plants to Filter Your Air

    Indoor plants are great for increasing oxygen levels in a home, but they can also promote good air quality by naturally filtering the air around you. Plants help to eliminate toxins in the air that can turn into dirt, grime, germs, and bacteria over time. Put a few house plants throughout your home and you'll have a passive cleaning partner working for you.

    Keep Your Windows Open

    The air in your home is probably more toxic than the air outside. By keeping your windows open, you are allowing a gentle breeze from outside to clean out the germs that hang in the air. Try opening windows opposite to

    one another to create maximum airflow.

    Choose an Eco Friendly Carpet Cleaner

    If you are going to have your carpets professionally cleaned, try to find a local carpet cleaner who uses eco-friendly cleaning products. Some cleaning companies will offer this type of service for an additional fee, while others use only green cleaning products. Supporting a company like this will allow you to help the environment while still getting your carpets to look like new again. It's a win-win situation.

    Create a Pleasant, Natural Aroma

    You can use natural herbs to make your home smell fresh. This will help you avoid chemical air fresheners that will only put more toxins into your air. Boil a pot of water on the stove, and then add rosemary, cinnamon, cloves, or any other herbs you like the smell of. You can also add in some lemon juice or other citrus fruits to create a wonderful aroma in your home.

    Make Your Own Cleaning Products

    Rather than using harsh cleaning products you can buy at the store, try making some on your own. Consider the following ingredients:

    • Lemon: Great for killing mould, removing sticky substances, and deodorizing your home.
    • Vinegar: Great for getting rid of grease and waxy build up.
    • Baking soda: Great for eating odours in carpets and softening water in other homemade solutions.

    You can combine these ingredients and others found in your home kitchen to create your own home cleaning products to use on a daily basis. Some of these may not be as strong as commercial cleaners, but they are certainly better for the environment.

    Use Steam When Possible

    Steam is a fantastic cleaning mechanism that uses nothing but hot water to get rid of stains, remove dirt, and eliminate odours in your home. You can steam clean your carpets, curtains, and upholstered furniture without having to use any chemicals at all. Vacuum ahead of time and then put your steam cleaner to work. This will have no adverse effects on the environment.

    Follow the tips above, and you will be a green cleaning pro in no time!

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