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  • Joseph Ramondeli

    Black Friday Promotes Over-Consumption and Waste

    By Joseph Ramondeli

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

    DESERTEC project, Sahara Sun could power Europe by 2050

    By Mark Piazzalunga

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

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

    By Megan Bonetti

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

  3. Emotional support animals are quite similar to the service animals, but the sole difference between these two types of animals is that service animal is trained and can help you with the physical assistance, while an emotional support animal can help one with mental problems or emotional disabilities.

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    Unfortunately people are not aware of these emotional support animals, they are not aware of all the benefits these emotional support animals do have. Emotional support dog are the most popular choice of support animal. Emotional support animal can be beneficial for people who are suffering from ASD. People with ASD may feel negative emotions; they may not be able to handle their daily jobs. The best solution for such people is to adopt an emotional support animal.

    Below are some basic benefits that you can get from your support animal:

    1.     Someone who will not judge you:

    People who are suffering from ASD may feel like been judged by people all the time, which can be quite upsetting. Therefore one suffering from such problem should adopt support animals as they will love you no matter what you are. This unconditional love will help people build confidence and self-esteem and will also make you love yourself.

    2.     Make you express yourself:

    It is very essential that you express what you are and what you feel, unfortunately most people are not able to do so. And this not expressing themselves may lead to problem like anger, frustration etc. therefore you must express yourself. Having a support animal will help you talk to them and express what you feel, some people may thinking writing a diary is easier way out but having a living thing understand and listen to what you have to say is much better option than writing or anything.

    3.     Have someone to be around with:

    You as a human need someone to interact with people with ASD find it hard interacting with someone. As they might feel that no one understands them, therefore having an emotional support animal can help such people a lot. People with such disorder get to talk to them and they know that their pets care for them and will take care of them which help them feel better and comfortable.

    Conclusion:

    These all are the result that no medicine can get you, thus having a pet is the best option for people with such disorders. 

  4. Are you a resident of Sydney? Want to become an expert in driving? Looking for a driving instructor to learn how to drive? Want to get your Sydney driving lesson but have no idea what to do before booking a lesson for driving? For this purpose, you need to plan everything out because it’s an important part of your driving process. There are many things that need to be completed before you book your Driving lessons Sydney. You should take lessons with the right amount of patience and attitude because it helps you to perform better in both theory and practical tests.Here are five things that you should keep in mind before booking your lessons in Sydney.

    • Think about your fund

    If you are a resident of Sydney and want to learn driving, first of all you think about your funds that will pay to driving institution, before booking your lessons in Sydney. Many people are considered very lucky in this matter because their parents provide the driving course fees as a gift. However,most people have to arrange this fund by getting a loan, but you should avoid getting a loan as much as possible. Every month, you can save some money before taking your driving lessons and this is the best way to manage your fund.

    • Get a Provisional Driving License

    Whenever you want to book driving lesson Sydney, you must have your provisional driving license, because you can’t start your course without it. Provisional driving license is a legal requirement that you have to fulfill. You have to present your license to your driving instructor in your first lesson. So, if you have not got it, then you should apply for this before booking your lessons.

    • Find a Driving School

    The next thing you need to do before booking your driving course in Sydney is to find the right driving institution. There are many driving schools in Sydney and you can search your nearest schools in different ways. Most driving institutions have a website, so you can find them through Google and get the relevant information about their lessons about the driving. You can search them through yellow pages. But it is not so much informative as compare to internet however it is still useful.

    • Think how to Get Good Driving Lessons

    After choosing the right driving school, you need to think about how you can get the best course to learn about the driving from your driving institution.Make sure that you will get the best services from your selected driving school, because it’s very important. You can check all the reviews and testimonials of old students of this school. This is very useful way to know about the driving school.

    • Start Preparation for your theory test

    The final thing to do before booking your lessons is to start the preparation of your theory test after selecting the right institution. It will help you to learn drivingon the roads of Sydney. Don’t waste your time and pass your theory test as soon as possible, while you think about to learn the driving and want to book your driving lesson. Theory test have two sections, the first section is a multiple-choice questions, while the second section includes some audio and video test clips.

    After passing both the sections of a theory test, you can move towards the practical test of driving and when you pass this, you get the authority to drive your vehicle on the roads of Sydney.

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    The refrigerator is the most energy consuming appliance in the kitchen. It works night and day, 24/7/365 and without it in optimum condition your food and beverages would spoil.

    It is an essential part of staying alive and making sure your hard earned money isn't wasted on spoiled food. That being said, to keep the refrigerator going calls for lots of energy but there are ways to conserve on energy usage with your refrigerator. All it really calls for is some simple common sense and light maintenance.

    First of all, keep the coils clean. Use a vacuum cleaner to keep dust and debris from building up. That will allow the unit to operate at peak efficiency and not overheat.

    Next, place the fridge with enough room around it, perhaps a couple of inches minimum so that air can flow around it and the unit can pull in that cool air and expel the warm air. This avoids buildup of dust and debris and won't strain the mechanism.

    Don't put hot foods in the fridge. It makes it work harder. Instead, let foods cool on the counter or stove to room temperature and then put them in.

    Leave space around foods regarding the walls of the fridge. A good inch is fine. This allows for the cool air to get around the foods and beverages and cool them faster and more efficiently.

    If you can, place the refrigerator near a wall that is facing the outside. Cool walls allow for cooler operation unless you live in a very warm or hot climate.

    The same goes for warm or hot appliances. Don't place the refrigerator near these devices. It strains the usage.

    Try an energy efficient light bulb inside. There are plenty of them on the market so you can easily find one that fits the fridge.

    Keep the freezing compartment defrosted. Do this regularly as needed. Too much ice in there will put a strain on things. It also means that you'll have more room to store things as well. Ice buildup is not a good thing.

    Don't leave the door to the fridge open too long. You'll defeat the purpose of it. Keep it closed even when pulling out several items.

    These and other common sense actions will mean your unit will work at optimum levels and not put too much a drain on your energy resources. Keeping the proper refrigerator maintenance means the unit will last long after its warranty and you'll get service your hard earned dollar deserves.

  5. Carrots are one of the most enjoyed and widely used root crops all around the world. Maybe this is so because the veggie grows easily and you can use it in many ways in your dishes. They are one of the most important cooking ingredient in some cultural cuisines and are the second most popular vegetable after the potato. The colour we usually connect carrots with is the orange, but there are more - red purple, white and blue. Its way has started from Persia and has conquered the whole world. Today the biggest producer is China with almost 46% of the global output, followed by Russia and the United States. There are some very good reasons why this veggie is so liked around the world. Dare to take advantage of all its positives!

    1. Healthier Skin

    There is a big quantity of Vitamin A in the crunchy vegetable and the combination with antioxidants protects your skin from the harmful sun rays. Low levels of Vitamin A in the body can cause dryness of the nails, skin and hair. A half cup of carrots provides 210% of the daily dose of Vitamin A, 6% Vitamin C, 4% of Calcium.

    2. Slows Down Aging

    Carrots are full with beta-carotene, it acts as an antioxidant to the cell dissolution. Well known fact is that it helps with the slowdown of the aging cells.

    3. Protects Your Mouth And Teeth

    The crunchy vegetable can clean your mouth and teeth. It scrapes away the plaque and the little food parts likewise the toothpaste and the toothbrushes. All the minerals in the carrot work against the tooth damage. It stimulates glands and gums to produce more saliva to balance the formation of cavity bacteria.

    4. Reduces The Cholesterol

    It is a good idea to put more carrots in your diet or daily menu because it reduces the levels of cholesterol in the body. Many studies conclude that a dose of carrots can prevent problems related with heart diseases. The high amounts of fiber and pectin in it - are capable to reduce the blood cholesterol levels just in three weeks. All you need to do is just eat a cup of raw carrots every day.

    5. Reduces The Risk of Cancer

    The vegetable is recommended as a natural fighter against lung, breast and colon cancer. The alpha-carotene and the falcarinol can protect you from these insidious diseases.

    6. Keeps The Vision Sharp

    If you have existing problems with the vision, carrots won’t cure them, but they can protect you from sight issues provoked by the deficiency of Vitamin A. There is a study showing that people who consume big amounts of beta - carotene have 40% lower risk of macular degeneration than those who eat little.

    7. Prevents Diabetes

    The plant is good for the regulation of the blood sugar because of the existence of carotenoids in it. Carrots can regulate the amount of glucose and insulin in our bodies, thus providing healthier and more functional life for diabetic patients. Even more - carrot juice can help you with the gastrointestinal and stomach health.

    8. Stops Memory Loss And Keeps The Brain Healthy

    Carrots are very beneficial for the middle-aged people. The beta-carotene in it protects the central nervous system against aging. A study shows that eating just one carrot a day can reduce the risk of having a stroke with 68%.

    Nowadays the majority of carrots come from China, they are exported all around the world to become part of our delicious dishes. However, there is a great pleasure to dine on a salad you have grown in your own veggie garden. If you are not an experienced gardener, but full of willingness to learn how to grow this plant, then you can always search the expert assistance of vetted gardeners. They will help you with the first steps of planting, growing and caring for this extremely salutary vegetable.

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    Business and consumer electronic equipment that’s no longer useful is classed as e-waste. As some components contain dangerous materials, it’s important that you dispose of them properly. This article will help you do just that and think twice before littering or illegal dumping all kind of waste:

    E-waste is created from anything that’s electronic so this includes TVs, monitors, computers, mobile phones, printers and fax machines to name but a few. The threat to the environment from harmful materials such as mercury and lead is significant, so it’s vital that the recycling of these goods is made a priority. Nearly all electronic waste contains a form of recyclable material including glass, metal and plastics.

    Your local council will have a recycling centre where you can take your electronic goods to ensure they’re dealt with safely. They may also provide a weekly kerb collection, where you can put small waste electrical and electronic equipment in a carrier bag alongside your green box. Items collected will include kettles, toasters, irons and other small kitchen appliances, clocks and watches, video and DVD players, cameras and chargers, small power tools and games consoles. Alternatively, you can use a local rubbish removal company to dispose of TVs, ovens, washing machines and other electronics if you want your e-waste removed immediately.

    The actual recycling system is done in a very methodical way. There will be an initial picking process where batteries and copper will be taken away before items are shredded into pieces to be sorted thoroughly. Data destruction will take place at this point too. Small debris is then spread out evenly on a conveyor belt before it’s broken down even more. All dust is disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. A magnet will remove all iron and steel, and any brass or aluminium will be separated as the metallic elements can be reused and resold. Water is used to separate any glass and plastic content.

    Recycling monitors and old televisions is a bit more complicated because of the cathode ray tubes. The tubes have to be carefully removed before the shell can be shredded into small pieces. Magnets will again take away any iron and steel from the broken bits of glass, and the remainder is cleared of oxides, leaving clean glass to be sorted.

    If equipment is still in part working order, you could consider donating it so that it could be professionally repaired and reused. This is then called continuing the life of the product. A lot of old products can be exported to developing countries, but this does sometimes bring its own problems as the lifespan of the equipment is not very long, giving that county an e-waste build up. There are also a number of charity shops who’ll be willing to find a new home for your unwanted, working electrical items.

    Remember too that some electrical items contain valuable materials that can raise money for charity. Mobile phones are often collected to get funds for cancer care or children’s care. Some retailers may also have take back schemes that will accept your old appliances for re-cycling in store when you buy a new one. This often applies to mobile phone retailers who’ll let you send your old phone back through the post to be reconditioned or recycled.

    Today all companies selling electronic equipment must provide you with a means of waste recycling products by law. You may be charged if they have to collect them from you, but the cost of the recycling process must be free.

  6. Last week a global conference on responsible investment was held in Singapore, China. One could see the leadership staring at us via a video-link to that conference. Chief Economist at the People’s Bank of China, Dr. Ma Jun, stated that China is currently moving to the mandatory report of environmental information by the companies.

    Dr. Ma Jun mentioned that all water, climate, and environmental issues are closely connected with asset allocation risks. This conference, which was held by Principles for Responsible Investment, was listened and watched by over 600 delegates. During the video conference, Dr. Ma Jun talked about how China was waiting for the release of green finance and used government stimulus in order to attract private capital.

    Carbon Trading Scheme

    People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is the financial regulator and the central bank in China. Dr. Ma has got the nickname “Mr. Green Finance” because he is usually driving this agenda. He used to be an economist at Deutsche Bank and joined PBOC only two years ago. Next year China is planning to launch a national carbon trading scheme, which will become the largest trading scheme in the world.

    The economists state that China has passed ahead and left the West behind. China is now investing more in clean technology than the U.K., U.S., and France altogether. At the same time, the U.S. has even failed to launch a national carbon trading market. The day before this conference started, China Central Depository and Clearing Co announced itself a partner of Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), which is an international, non-for-profit organization. Together they aimed at launching the first Climate-Aligned bond index.

    Obey or Explain

    The recent announcement of China to start the move towards mandatory disclosure of environmental risk has built a lot of momentum in this space. Some of the companies have suggested this is going to be a quiet revolution. It all started in 2014 when Mr. Robins became the head of Climate Change Center and mentioned a joint program on green finance between G20 and investors as his “dream headline” for the next year.

    A lot of stock exchange CEOs joined at the Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative and formally added to the numbers on board. It demanded stable development reporting on an “obey or explain” basis. During the last year, more than 20 stock exchanges decided to provide ESG reporting guidance.

    Generation S

    The credit rating agencies together with senior executives from S&P Global Ratings and Malaysia’s RAM Ratings were also present, talking about social and environmental issues and credit ratings. There were also some investment companies in Singapore, - Arabesque was one of them.

    Small business owners can borrow through loan matching service hile big corporations need to find other ways and attract big investors. George Kell, who is a vice chairman of this investment firm, spoke about the significance to listen to the needs and necessities of the millennials. He even used a special name for them – Generation S – for sustainability.

    Does everybody support the movement for change?

    The managing director of PRI told the delegates that all the work concerning responsible investment is closely connected with rebuilding trust in the whole financial system.  This task is rather challenging, and it requires leadership across geographical boundaries. However, while this movement for change was being held in China, there was something missing.

    Some economists and partners at the conference suggested it was the U.S. David Blood, managing partner in an investment company mentioned that most American people were missing because in the U.S. sustainability is a political agenda.

     

  7. Vertical walls are one of the latest trends of gardening in the recent days. The concept of using the vertical green walls arises due to the increased pollution in the urban cities. The forest areas are reducing significantly. Most of the people are living in apartments where there is not enough place to make gardens. In such situations, vertical walls create a huge difference. Architects are using the vertical green facades and walls on the living rooms, balconies and cabinets to make the homes green and airy.

    Have you ever waken up in the morning and realized that you are staying in the world of fantasies. You wake up every morning and find yourself in between an exotic forest surrounded with bushes and indigenous plants. Nature freaks love to decorate their homes with vertical green walls and hydroponic installations. They want to incorporate greenery in the interior home décor. It is not just about planting trees and placing some flowering plants on the balconies. It is all about using green landscapes on the walls of the home. The hydroponic installations change your way of living.

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    Make The Living Room A Forest Of Your Imagination:

    You may be dreaming always to reside in between natural beauty of the earth. But due to development and reduction of space, you cannot make your own garden. But your dream can turn into reality. You can install the hydroponic walls on the living room and use herbs and scented plants for decoration. In some places, you can also use flowering plants to create a feeling of the garden. If you want to make an effect of woods, do not forget to plant some bushes in between. To make your living room compliment with the décor, use wooden furniture.

    Let Your Jacuzzi Resemble A Countryside Lake:

    You can install a big vertical wall garden on the wall just beside your favorite lace to relax. To make the place a little phenomenal, fit the tap in a height as it feels like a waterfall coming from the green walls. Having the hydroponic walls beside the Jacuzzi make you feel like you are swimming on a countryside lake. The vertical green walls create a unique sense of purity and relief on the mind and circulate the air. You will definitely feel fresh having the green walls inside your home.

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    Green Gateways:

    Your entry gate is one of the first places that make a great impression in the mind of the guests. Install simple designer hydroponic plants around the enormous gate of your home. You can decorate the gate, according to your wish. You can hang some flowering plants and herbs sideways. 

    Make A Unique Effect In The Balconies:

    Your balcony is one of your favorite places inside your home. You spend your leisure times at the balcony. Change the entire décor of this place by replacing the wall paintings with green walls. You can hang the flowering pots from the ceilings. Apart from using the plants that stand still, climbers and creepers on the walls. The best part is that here the green panels get enough sunshine.

    You can also use the green wall vertical garden in the kitchen, bedrooms, and kid’s room and over the open cabinets. Companies offer various hydroponic installations for the savvy homeowners. Purchase one and make your home a perfect place to breathe.

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    Modern times are difficult where every homeowner is trying to do their best to save some money. At

    such times, any effective solution is much appreciated. One of the ways in which you can save some

    money is through your utility bills. You can easily save on your electricity and gas prices if you compare

    energy rates offered by various companies and suppliers.

    A Quick Way to Compare

    While it is possible to compare energy rates manually by checking with the management of every

    company, there is an easier way to do things. The internet offers the easiest and the quickest method of

    comparison. The internet has definitely made our life much easier today and like everything else the

    internet also makes it simpler to compare energy suppliers and the rates they charge. This is definitely a

    great way to save some valuable time.

    There are several websites today that offer you easy options so you can compare energy rates offered

    by different companies at the same time. You will also be able to compare energy rates easily by

    providing additional information on the site like your utility bills. These websites allow you to

    understand how much money you would be saving if you switch over from your current company to the

    one that offers better rates.

    Taking Benefits of Promotions and Offers

    Since the competition level in the industry is quite high today, these companies always offer incentives

    in order to attract more customers. Sites that allow you to compare energy rates will also offer you

    information about ongoing promotions and offers so you can take benefit of these offers and save as

    much as possible according to your lifestyle and budget.

    Because of the UK open market, there is a healthy competition in the market today among various

    suppliers. Users today want to compare energy rates and want to find a company that is also reliable. In

    UK there are several reliable energy companies like EDF Energy, Scottish Power, E.ON Power and British

    Gas. These companies have official websites where you can get information about their offers and

    compare energy rates. However, the easiest way to compare energy prices is through a comparison site.

    Capped Rates

    When you compare different suppliers and their rates you should also ensure that you go for a company

    that provides capped rates. Capped rates mean that for a fixed time frame your utility rates will remain

    unchanged even if other factors change. In the long run this is a good idea since it will protect you

    against price hikes. However, for short term it is preferable to go for un-capped rates since you may not

    always get the same deals or offers later. When you compare these companies, it is advisable to check a

    few websites since these sites often have special offers of their own for their customers. With a little

    research and some time, you can easily compare energy companies and their rates and save a

    substantial amount of money each month.

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    Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity today and yet our political systems refuse to move quickly enough to do anything about it. It threatens to undo all the gains that have been made against poverty in recent decades.

    But how does it affect Ireland and where does it fit in the global picture? The film ‘Drop in the Ocean?’ talks to some of Ireland’s leading environmental scientists, writers and activists to find out.

    You can watch it here

    What people are saying about Drop in the Ocean

    'Deserves to be seen widely' Philip Boucher-Hayes, RTE

    'This eye-opening video from Trocaire on climate change in Ireland and around the world is a must watch for everyone.' Sorcha Pollock, Journalist, Irish Times

    'Very well-made short climate change documentary by Eoghan RIce and trocaire team - really worth watching' John Burke, RTE, This Week

    'Maybe the most urgent 27 min clip you will ever watch. Thanks trocaire .' Trevor Sargent

    'If anyone cares about Climate Change there's a film worth seeing at http://www.trocaire.org/drop' Liz McManus

    'Really brilliant documentary joining the dots on Climate Change -please watch (even if you know it all already!)' Anja Murray, Ecologist, Eco Eye Presenter on RTE

    'Stunning film about Ireland and climate change by Eoghan Rice and Alan Whelan for Trocare. Watch, be informed. Beautifully shot and produced, balanced and objective and overall thoroughly compelling.' Tom Halpin, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

    How long is it?

    The film is just under 28 minutes long.

    Who's in it?

    Among the interviewees are:

    Dr John Sweeney, Climatologist, NUI Maynooth, Ireland

    Paul Melia, Environment Correspondent, Irish Independent

    Oisin Coughlan, Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland

    Ciara Kirrane, Stop Climate Chaos Ireland Coalition coordinator

    John Fogarty, Templederry Community Windfarm

    John Gibbons, Environmental Writer

    Stephen McCabe, Environment Scientist

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    “It’s not who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us”, I heard it said somewhere a while ago. After a couple of hours of thinking about this quote, I have realized a few things. I am not as good a person as I could be. No, I haven’t been a bad girl; I just haven’t been doing all that I could be. And I have set a goal for myself to change that aspect of my personality. The road has been difficult, to be honest, but, somehow I have managed to move from  ground zero. This is my experience, feel free to learn from it, if you desire the same thing.

    Others and excuses

    There was always someone else to be blamed. During my school years, I held my teachers responsible for my bad marks, later my boyfriend for leaving me, my boss recently for underpaying me, always discomfort. Someone else was doing injustice to me, I thought, and it weighed me heavily. But then, one morning, I realized. It wasn’t them, it was me. Nobody else should be held responsible for my lack of ambition, emotions, motivation, all of those moving powers which I haven’t got much. The first thing I did was, I stopped complaining. Second, I searched for an approach which will fulfill my sense of doing something important. And what did I do? I started going to the park each Saturday and picking up plastic bottles and paper tissues and throwing those in the container. At first, people around were looking at me as if i was a madwoman, but I didn’t care. I knew that I can’t clean the whole planet, but I could clean my favorite park. For a few weekends, it was the same. Me, cleaning, others looking. But, then, a change was made. A young girl joined me. Two older people the weekend after, and so on. Today, our park is one of cleanest in town, just because I hoped others will join, and I have had faith in my neighbors. Be that triggering mechanism!

    Myself and others

    By knowing that my stress won’t change anything, I started to take less care about negative connotations. I was improving myself on a daily basis, just by noticing bad behavior and seeing myself within it. Today I suffer far less from anger, rage, stress, and grief after bursts of such feelings. Yet again, I have noticed that it is right time for doing something on the spot. I have never before considered the impact I as an individual am making on the planet. I have never thought about the future, what I will be leaving future generations and my future grandchildren.

    Having learned all this, I am here to tell you there is quite a lot you as an individual can do for our Earth. Start with baby steps, at your home. Instead using all those toxic products for a ‘’cleaner’’ home, try looking for something in your kitchen cabinets that is non-toxic and safe to use around your children. What we probably use most are pest control supplies. They can be organic and can be safely used around kids, foods and other sensitive places.

    You can reduce carbon dioxide level, by avoiding airplane traveling, and also reconsider which car to buy. Try to save up for solar panels, or solar chargers at least. Believe me, it will be noticeable. Science is advancing greatly today, making breakthroughs, and many modern cars are running on engines which are more eco-friendly, with lower emission of hazardous gases. And when it seems that you can’t do anything alone, just remember that I have started like that as well. Remember also, that no matter how small and insignificant your action may be, it is still a step forward, to better and healthier Earth.

    With everything said taken into consideration, I started thinking. Who will benefit most? My generation nowadays or some future one? And I realized it is less important. The most important thing is that something was done based only upon free will and consolidation. And this is something that gives me back hope for a brighter future. In the end, do something. Anything.

  10. Protecting the planet is a great goal, and everyone is doing just a little more to have a part in ensuring our planet will be here for future generations. While some changes are big and costly, in other ways you can go green with just a few small changes at home. Here are some small changes that can add up to big difference in your overall impact on the environment. 

    1. Learn to Unplug


    Everything, from your computer to your power tools, needs to be unplugged when not in use. Many homeowners do not realize that leaving appliances, electronics and other electrical devices plugged in actually uses energy, even when the device is not in use. Simply being plugged in causes a little bit of electricity to flow to the device then back into the home's circuits, and in that process some energy is lost. Make this easier by plugging most entertainment devices into one power strip, then switch off the group when you head to bed.

    2. Adjust the Fridge


    Many homeowners have their refrigerators and freezers set too cold. Invest in a small fridge thermometer, and test the temperature. The fridge should be between 37 and 40 degrees, with the freezer between 0 and 5. If it's too cold, adjust the temperature higher and save money. 

    3. Bring Reusable Bags


    When you go shopping, bring your own cloth grocery sacks. Your grocery store may actually pay you a few cents for doing so, but the biggest reason to do this is to prevent more plastic bags from ending up in the landfill. Remember, plastic does not decompose, so you are putting everyone at risk when you throw out plastic bags.

    4. Turn off the Tap


    Turn off the tap while brushing teeth. If you brush for two minutes and leave the tap running, your family can waste around 5 gallons of water a day. Turning it of is simple. The same is true for washing dishes. After filling the sink, turn off the tap while you scrub the dishes. 

    Remember, it really is small changes that make a big difference when you're trying to go green. Make these changes, then enjoy the energy savings that come as a result! 

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    Going green doesn’t only show that your office cares about the environment – in many cases, it also saves you money. With the environment in its current state, businesses everywhere are beginning to develop an eco-conscience. They’re prioritizing the planet by reducing the amount of waste that they generate and relying less on external resources to keep themselves going. This isn’t only for the wealthy elite – even small businesses can implement changes that will have a positive impact on the planet.

    1. Buy Used Furniture

    Used furniture has a lot of charm. Every piece has a personality and unique aesthetic. When you need desks or tables, consider purchasing one that someone has already loved. By using old furniture, you aren’t relying on the production of new furniture. A slightly mismatched office might even feel a little more warm and welcoming. When you can’t find something old and new furniture needs to be purchased, make sure you’re buying from a company that crafts their furniture from sustainable resources.

    2. Upcycle Everything

    Before you throw something away, try to see it as something else. Even cardboard boxes can become something worth much more. With a little elbow grease, cardboard boxes can become things like stylish organizers. It’s a fun and creative project for the workplace that will emphasize the importance of reducing waste and becoming an innovative thinker. Every workplace could benefit from more projects like these.

    3. Rely on Natural Sunlight

    Turn off the lights in your office in the middle of the day. Is it dark and cavernous? If so, it might be time to hit Gumtree for a new office with enough windows. Office equipment requires a lot of electricity, and you can reduce the amount of energy you consume by relying primarily on the sun for light. You may need to flip on the lights when you’re working into the evening or the weather is particularly gloomy, but most workdays won’t require an excess of electricity.

    4. Ditch the Vending Machine

    A lot of waste goes into creating the single serving processed foods usually found in vending machines – not to mention the fact that these machines have a tendency to suck up a lot of electricity. Get rid of your vending machine and replace office snacks with fresh locally sourced fruits and vegetables. Not only are you reducing waste and supporting local farmers, you’re also encouraging your employees to make healthier choices. This is a scenario in which everyone wins, and it’s very easy to implement.

    5. Go Paperless

    Almost all offices are going paperless in modern times. This isn’t just a green initiative – it also saves costs on supplies that constantly need to be replenished. Using document sharing services (like the free Google Docs) to share important memos with employees saves you from having to print 50 copies of the same memo. If your company uses Cloud technology, you can rely on that to keep your important backups safe. Take the things that arrive to you in paper form and scan them, turning them in to searchable PDFs. Recycle the paper you don’t need anymore. There are countless ways to reduce your paper consumption, and many of them will make your office space a little more efficient.

     

    Since an interest in green office environments has skyrocketed, it’s easier than ever to make the transition. There are countless solutions for green office spaces, and equipment suppliers often have green alternatives for the workplace. Before you know it, you’ll be saving money and clearing your conscience.

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  11. Pain is something that every human face on and off. But some pains are so bad and you look for something that helps you to get rid of it. Where there is pain, there is pain killer too. But there are so many pain killers that you get confused which one to take for your pain. Fibromyalgia is the most frustrating and irritating disease and one feel pain in whole body, especially the joins and the soft tissues of the body. If, you are fed up of this disease and the medicines that are failing to get rid of it then you are at the right page. Fibroxify is the best pain killer for this purpose. It is cures that will help you to get out of this frustrating condition and get relief .Now get your life back with the help of this medicine. It is in fact a natural treatment for the body and contains a lot of minerals and vitamins. You can say it a health supplement too at the same time.

    When you are suffering pain in your body, you don't know where to go. Hence, in several times the choice is obvious. Sometimes the chronic pain killer gets relief from any medicine, but for the next time that medicine fails to work. But now you will get some helpful fibromyalgia treatment information here on this page because I am going to tell you about a miracle cure that is hitting the market now days. The demand of this medicine is increasing rapidly and more and more people trust it for their frustrating fibromyalgia. The company has launched the medicine only on Amazon and you can visit that site and place your order for it. This medicine contains a lot of minerals and vitamins that are essential for our body and help to get rid of the pain too. This drug is for the people of all ages and one can use it with full satisfaction. But before you use it, take an advice of your doctor because it works on everybody differently. This drug results fast and has advanced anti inflammation complex.

    It has no side effects and with the help of it you can get your nerve relief and can get your health and sleep back. There is nothing worth, then your health so, if, you are facing fibromyalgia, then you should buy this medicine and can get rid of it. It is not a fake medicine because when you will visit the page on Amazon you will come to know how popular it is by reading the reviews of the people all over the world. The demand and popularity is increasing day by day only because of its high quality ingredients. No doubt fibromyalgia is a very bad and irritating joint pain and one feel very uncomfortable with it, but now this medicine will help you get rid of this cruel pain. But you have to use it constantly at least for three months with the help of your doctor's advice.

  12. Power crisis has evolved as an alarming issue worldwide. Due to consumption of more power, the non-renewable energy sources are depleting from the world. Scientists are opting for renewable sources to suffice the gap created due to over consumption of power. But, for the excess demand of the high-tech gadgets, equipment and appliances everywhere, the power bills are increasing day by day. To cope up with such situations, the power saver devices are becoming popular. The energy saver units are effective in lowering the power bills and protecting the household devices from sudden power fluctuations.

    The household power saving devices has lately gained significant accolades from consumers in both domestic and commercial sectors. These units are mainly used in homes for saving the power and recycling the unwanted power back to the main motor for further usage. The residential power saving units is small in size and they can be easily fitted with the main motor or the main electric panel of the home. Some of the companies claim that their energy saving units are effective in lowering the power bills up to 40%. Some of the consumers think that the claims of the manufacturers of power saver devices are false. Almost all the homeowners who have to pay a lot in power bills are installing the energy-saving units at their homes to see a change in the electric bills.

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    Many consumers using the power savers explained that the electric bills after installing the devices have the great impact on the power bills. But the reduction of the power bills was not as much as a thought of. There are several serious discussions related to the power saver devices and their effectiveness.

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    Working Principle Of The Power Saver:

    The power saver is an electric unit, which is usually plugged to the main power socket. Just by keeping the power saving units connected with the main motor one can reduce the power bills to a great extent. Some of the manufactures claim that the bills will reduce up to 20-40%. Everybody knows that the electric that is flowing into your homes is not stable in the true sense. There are several power fluctuations and surges in the path. The unstable current flow actually affects the overall functionality of the device. Fluctuating electricity often produces unwanted heat that not only affects the atmosphere but affects the appliances as well. Here, the power saver units make the difference. They protect the electric devices from the sudden electric fluctuations. The energy saving units store the energy inside by the use of the capacitors and releases it later without power spikes and surges. These units keep the appliances cool and extend the lifespan of the appliances as well. These devices also remove the carbon footprints from the environment and make the devices more effective.

    Thus, basically there are several advantages of using the power saver units in homes, rather than disadvantages. They are available in various capacities according to the requirements of the customers.

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    Dealing with waste is one of the present-day challenges that modern societies face. In the constant battle with tones and tones of waste, modern methods have to be developed in order to provide adequate solutions.

    Waste disposal methods take many forms, some of which more popular than others. Which one is used depends on a variety of factors, such as technological advancement and present features in the location where waste removal takes place. Here are few of the top techniques used for waste disposal:

    •           Filling a landfill - undoubtedly the most largely used method today. In essence, the method is all about burying waste in land, which is where the name comes from. Usually, a pretreatment is executed before actually burying the waste. This features eliminating the dangers and odours of the waste. The main drawback of the method is that it comes with a certain free land requirement. That is exactly why the method is becoming less and less popular, as available land is little, the method of waste clearance is being reconsidered on a global scale.

    •            Incineration - burning the waste at high temperatures in specialized facilities is another method of waste disposal. As a result, solid waste is reduced to gas and residue, which is 20-30% less than the original volume. In that lies the main benefit of this method and the reason why it is largely preferred in countries that have no available space for landfills.

    •            Recycling - converting products of waste into usable materials is the essence of recycling. It is a method, which helps preserve raw materials and energy and in that way provides great benefits. As a very positive side effect, recycling also helps prevent air and water pollution and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling should be a top priority not only for waste collection companies, but also households.

    •            Resource recovery - the process of extracting useful components and parts of discarded waste is known as resource recovery. The collected materials are then used either in the creation of new products, or are alternatively converted into heat, fuel or electricity.

    •            Composting - composting is a bio-degradation process, which is applicable for waste of organic nature only. Think plants and kitchen waste that can easily become nutrients and food for your garden. The process is eco-friendly and preferred in organic gardens, as it provides a supply of nutrients at any time. A place to store the compost long enough so that microbes can decompose it is required.

    •             Plasma gasification - this method is similar to incineration in that plasma torches operating at over 10 000 degrees F turn liquid and solid waste into synthesis gas. The molecular bonds of the waste collection going through this method of disposal are broken. The benefit is that through this method renewable energy can be created, all while destroying dangerous materials.

    These are the most popular methods for waste disposal currently used worldwide. Each holds drawbacks and benefits, which should be considered before being implemented.

  13. Custom clearance world is a well known name in the import and the export circles. The special provider is used by the people of the biggest city down under. The service provider and the resource is very special and it is the one to have and use. People all over the county use the resource to the fullest and they provide complete expertise and assistance to the short term and the long term clients which makes them very special and extremely wonderful and the one to have and use. The provider is commonly utilized by the large scale and the small scale traders and the importers and exporters.

    Freight forwarder Sydney makes it happens for the users of the special facility. It offers a wide range of options and solutions to the clients and the customers and these options are the one to have and use. The provider handles LCL and the FCL shipments and it also handles dry cargo and even the more complex wet cargo. The provider also offers chartering assistance to the clients and the customers and such assistance is very useful and extremely wonderful.

    Customs brokers Sydney provider is very useful and special and it is the one to have and use. The people and the professionals employed by the provider are extremely professional and they tend to provide unique and total expertise to the users which are very special and extremely beneficial. The provider offers total long term solutions to the clients and it offers special top of the line short and long term assistance which is the one to have. It is commonly utilized to the fullest by the clients and the customers down under.

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    There are many reasons why going 'green' is not only crucial for our survival, but also rewarding. I know this from experience, but also am a bit biased. As a member of Greener Carpet Cleaners, I have learned the many important ways in which a small business can make a big difference. Not only that, but also how you can benefit from it and grow.  


    Going green will cut the costs for you and for your clients

    When you go green there is a significant reduction in costs be it your water or electrical bill, or other supplies. "Thinking of printing this e-mail?" Naah. Why waste paper? In addition, Replacing lighting fixtures alone can reduce a company’s energy use 25 to 30 per cent. Our company also manages to save money for our clients, as during cleaning we strive to do an excellent job while at the same time waste less water. There are many ways in which you can save money in your business niche and that can even allow you to lower prices and be more competitive on the market. 

    Your 'green' philosophy It attracts the right employees

    You don't want people who are irresponsible, unable to adapt to change, closed-minded and careless. For the past 3 years now we have found out that 'green' employees are among the most efficient ones because they take seriously their responsibility, not just towards the environment, but to their work place. 'Green' employees are less likely to be wasteful of time and resources and will treat your office with respect.

      It teaches your employees to be a part of the solution, not the problem

    This will apply not only when they have to choose whether to recycle, or not. It will create a mindset in your entire organisation and your employees will act in a way that adds more to the solution and not the problem. Going green means taking an active stance. When your company is facing a problem you need active people to find a solution. 'Green' employees will make decisions based not just on profit, but on what "is the right thing to do".

    It's healthier

    There is an increasing amount of research showing that commercially-bought and heavy-duty cleaners are horrible for the air indoors and toxins cause many instances of asthma and allergies. Switching to greener solutions was natural for us, but you can do it in your office too. Ensure the health and well-being of your employees, while sparing the environment. If that's not a win-win, I don't know what is.

    Going green will make your company a more desirable place to work

    Recent research has found that people are a lot more likely to start a job in a company that changes lives for the better. Going green isn't considered as just "something nice" you could do, it might also be a necessary requirement for someone choosing to work for, or with your company.

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    When it comes to taking care of your roof, nothing is as low maintenance as a metal roof. They are impervious to pests and rot. You don't have to worry about damaged shingles. When installed properly, a metal roof can last upwards of 30 years. Despite the durability of metal roofs however, there are still things you need to do to take care of your metal roof to get the maximum lifespan out of it.

    General roof maintenance tips

    Roofing experts recommend that your roof be inspected twice a year regardless of the type of roof you have. Your roof should be inspected just before the winter weather hits and again once it has passed. These regular inspections identify possible problems before they are serious. Catching them early prolongs the life of your roof and saves your home from serious damage. It's also a good idea to check your roof after every major storm. If you've had hail, heavy rain, or strong winds recently, it's a good idea to just do a walk-around to make sure everything looks sound.

    Problems with metal roofs

    As already stated, metal roofs are relatively easy to maintain, but there are some issues to watch for particularly with metal roofs. Unlike other roofing materials, metal roofs can expand and contract with large fluctuations in temperature. This expanding and contracting can cause problems with the sealant that is used to keep water from getting between the sheets of metal. These sealants are elastic and should last for some time but it is something to watch for, especially if you live in a climate with extreme temperatures. You may have to have the sealant replaced a couple of times during the lifespan of your roof. The expanding and contracting of your metal roof can also cause screws to come loose. Periodically have your roof checked to make sure that the screws are tightly fastened.

    Cleaning your metal roof

    It's important to keep your metal roof clean, and not just for appearance's sake. Allowing dirt and debris to accumulate on your roof can cause water to become trapped on your roof where it can cause corrosion. At least once a year you should clean your roof. Make sure your clear your roof of dirt, leaves, branches, and other debris. Pay extra attention to valleys where leaves and other debris accumulate. Don't forget to clear out your rain gutters as well. Water that backs up in your rain gutters can get beneath your roof and into your home. If you're going to a solution, make sure it's a biodegradable cleaner.

    By properly maintaining your metal roof, it will serve you for many years.

    Home improvement news brought to you by bartonroof.com

    Source: realtybiznews.com/home-maintenance-tips-taking-care-of-your-metal-roof/98725032/

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    There’s been a lot of back-and-forth about hybrid (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV) in terms of their benefits to the environment and their monetary benefits, which, to me, was a surprise. My initial thoughts were, “Well how could there even be a debate? Anything to start moving us away from our dependence on fossil fuels, especially our dependence on the oil industry.” My view was idealistic, and I’d say it hasn’t changed. In general it’s a good idea to move away from our irritable, messy oil neighborhood and into a cleaner place where we can breathe. But when buying a hybrid or electric vehicle there are some things to consider if you want to make the most environmentally-conscious decision.

    1. Where Do You Live?

    When buying an electric vehicle one of the main things to consider is where you live. If you’re buying one of the new plug-in electric vehicles, for example, the well-to-wheel emissions are going to differ based on your location.

    Well-to-wheel emissions are the total amount of emissions that result in the effort to power your car. If you’re like me, you live in an area where the majority (%49.61) of electricity is generated through burning coal.

    In this case if I were to buy a plug-in here the annual emissions (62 pounds of CO2) are going to be higher than if I bought a regular EV (54 pounds of CO2) or even a hybrid (57 pounds of CO2). So although that new plug-in might be appealing, the EV or HEV is going to be better for the environment.

    2. What About Your Wallet?

    In the case of hybrid vs fully electric cars there are some variable considerations as well. I checked out this article about the comparative difference in money saved over time, and the basic synopsis is that the fully electric vehicle is going to pay off the difference in price quicker than the hybrid will. By this, I mean a regular car costs less out of the gate, but over time the hybrid or electric saves you money on gas.

    Since you don’t have to pay anything for gas to power an electric, you’re going to make back the extra money you spent faster with an electric than you will with a hybrid. Those figures come from when gas was on average $3.52 per gallon.

    Now that the national average is $2.20 per gallon, my calculations (doing the same type of calculations as the article cited above) show that you would have to drive about 116 thousand miles to make up the price difference between the Nissan Leaf (EV) and the Toyota Prius (HEV), and that’s if gasoline’s average price remains at $2.20. So in this case the HEV is going to be less expensive, and, in terms of well-to-wheel emissions, if you live in a coal-powered area the Prius (HEV) will spew out 57 pounds of CO2 vs the Leaf’s (EV) 54 pounds. In the short term, that 3 pound difference might be enough to tip some scales toward the hybrid.

    3. In the Long Run?

    The EV is the way to go because of the recent regulations on coal emissions, which stipulate that plants have to cut their CO2 emissions up to 30% by 2030. That means EV’s will have to rely less and less on coal-generated power by 2030; if we can move further into an age of wind and solar energy, and as long as EV’s can run longer than 116 thousand miles, you’ll earn your money back and benefit the environment.

    But will consumers be able to look past immediate monetary factors and into the more distant future? The current gas prices make it easier for someone who’s strapped for cash to go out and purchase a high-performing 30 mpg vehicle like the Corolla for about $10K less than you’ll spend on the Leaf. And instant gratification is what got us into this climate change mess to begin with. So let’s hope the long-term benefits of the Leaf, as well as the $7,500 tax credit, can tip the scales as the 2015 auto-buying year plays out.

  16. Dust in Melbourne can build up from the surfaces of roads, pavements and driveways, causing havoc for the home. Warm, dry weather takes the moisture out of top soil and leaves it liable to blow away in dust clouds over flatland. The dust collects around buildings and addresses making the cleaning of ducted heating and cooling systems extremely important for letting fresh air into the homes.

    Instead of brushing the dust away, where it can collect elsewhere and come back, it should be taken away from the property before it dries or marks paintwork. Dust carried overland by the wind at high speed and can leave dirty marks on white paintwork. The walls as well as interiors is a must to create a good first impression for guests or future property buyers coming up driveways to view your address. This may also mean re-painting badly marked areas and considering other colours which won’t show up top soil quite as badly. Such wall coverings may be terracotta or taking plaster back to leave brickwork exposed. Yet when the possible purchasers enter your property, they shouldn't be repelled by bad smells coming out from a poorly maintained air conditioning system. This is why, if your property is on the market, you should arrange a ducted heating servicing along with the lease cleaning service which comes with every relocation.duststormcity.jpg

    Red soil is synonymous with Australia, but not a common feature in every state and less so in cities or concrete jungles. However, trucks carrying cargo through the outback can bring red soil into depots and deposit dust around cities, so this is worth bearing in mind wherever you live. Most dust stuck onto walls in the humidity can be brushed off gently, but be careful not to remove dirt with wire brushes as this will also take off paintwork or wallpaper. Instead lightly use a soft material duster to minimise the costs of repainting. Avoid using water as this will just smear the dirt and leave a stain where you have cleaned around the dust. Else, a domestic cleaning and air conditioning service in Melbourne is your best bet.

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    Meeting the Home Buyers’ Demands

    Just the idea of selling a home can be stressful because depending on the condition of the home, you might have to invest more money into than you want to in order to appeal to buyers and sell it for the price you are looking for. Most homeowners end up settling for much less of a profit on their home because they do not want to put money into upgrades when they are just going to sell it. Sometimes it might be worth it just to take a lower offer and walk away, but if you are looking at getting the most out of your home, here are a few upgrades that are appealing to buyers and will guarantee a higher sell price.

    Upgrades that catch the eye

    When selling a home, curb appeal is vital. If the exterior of the home looks like trash, buyers are most likely going to move on. Those who do not move on are going to offer much less than the home is probably worth. So when you are putting your home on the market, improving the exterior is the first project you should consider. According to Improvement Center, homeowners can definitely spruce up the exterior of their home at little to no cost. Clean up the flowerbeds, plant colorful flowers, create a nice walkway with pavers, clean the driveway, and keep the lawn mowed. The difference a mowed lawn can make will surprise you, so do not underestimate the power of a cared for yard.

    Features that draw attention

    Homebuyers are typically willing to spend more on homes that have specific upgrades such as a security system or a deck. These features raise the value of a home as well as appeal to buyers. Security systems create a feel of safety and security as well as lower insurance rates, which opens the door for sellers to ask for a higher buying price. Another way to appeal to buyers as well as add a safe vibe is by replacing the front door with a steel door that is insulated. A new front door will also add to the curb appeal.

    Create more space

    Space is most often the number one selling point of a home, so homeowners who are looking to raise their home’s value should create space where they can. Sometimes that means remodeling a kitchen to open it up, or even adding onto the home to widen living space or create another bedroom or office. Before knocking down walls, however, homeowner should utilize the space they already have such as the attic or basement. Turning the attic or basement into extra living space, bedrooms, or an office is a great way to raise the asking price of the home. Remodeling a kitchen can be pricey, but an investment that is well worth the cost. Next to space, the kitchen is the next highest selling point of a home, and should meet buyers’ needs for space and upgrades.

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    Source: improvementcenter.com/kitchens/home-upgrades-buyers-demand-in-2015.html

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