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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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    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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    Have you ever used professional services for your garden? If you have, you probably heard of tree surgery. It's one of the more complicated services provided. And since it's the near end of winter in London, I think you might need this procedure soon.

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    What does an arborist do? These people don't maintain whole forests. They mostly concentrate on individual trees. It's a tough job, because it needs a lot of practice, knowledge to work with the equipment, certificates, be fearless (or at least have head for heights). And why do we need such people? Look outside. What do you see? Bad weather, wind, rain, snow. This could be damaging for the trees and their branches.

    A branch could fall and hurt a person or a property. That's why it's better to take care of the dangerous ones before the accident happens. But it is not only about the branches. A respectful tree surgeon, like a real doctor, can do all kinds of procedures on a tree. From removing the whole plant, to pruning and plastic surgery (crown shaping).

    Arborists can even remove stumps or reduce the height.

    Everything is done with some professional equipment. There are a few types of chain saws. There are safety ropes, hooks, eyeware. Safety always comes first, because you are not only operating with powerful cutting tools, you are using them at 10 feet height, hanging on ropes.

    Let's check every sub-service a little more thorough.

    Crown Reduction

    If you have a small garden, but that big apple tree has grown far too much, you will need a crown reduction service. You will make the foliage smaller and better looking. This way your garden will be more tidy.

    Pruning

    This is not just trimming, but you are keeping your trees healthy. You remove selected parts - branches, roots, to help the growth of the plant. Deadwood removal is one of the most popular segments of this. You are literally expanding the life of your sapling.

    Dealing With Dangerous Trees

    Specially after some winter storms or heavy snowing, trees can become a danger. A branch could easily hurt or even kill a man when falling. And it could cause tons of damage to property. You've probably seen smashed cars and roofs on the news. If you use this service, you will be preventing such events.

    Dismantling

    Here the surgeons remove big trees one part at a time. If you do it the old lumberjack way, the big tree might fall and cause damage to nearby houses. But if you dismantle it, the danger is zero.

    And the biggest bonus in using London tree surgeons is that you don't have to lift a finger. Different companies have different prices, so you make your choice. But it's better to use professionals, because it might be too threatening for you to do it alone.

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    When the pioneers began their migration to the western United States, there was no limit on how many fish they could catch or how big the fish had to be. It didn’t take long for the abundant fish populations to start to decline. In 1870, fish spawning stations began to appear, where fish eggs were collected and hatched. The fish were then stocked back into the waters that had declining populations. Many of these fabric structure spawning stations would eventually become fish hatcheries. In 1871, the U.S. Fish Commission was established, which would become the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the National Fish Hatchery System. In 1872, the first federal fish hatchery, Baird Hatchery in California, was established.  

    Today, fish hatcheries can be found in every region of the United States. Some are part of the National Fish Hatchery System, which is a network of field stations that work with local, state and tribal governments, federal agencies, and foreign nations. Its goal is to support the conservation of native fish species. Other fish hatcheries are privately owned and operated. All are important and can fulfill many needs.

    What Fish Hatcheries Do

    Fish hatcheries are used to replace fish that were lost by human influences, such as pollution, over-harvest, dam construction, and habitat loss due to real estate developments, or that were lost to natural causes, such as flood, drought, and habitat destruction. Fish hatcheries are also used for:

    • Repopulating endangered fish species.

    • Providing research on fish disease.

    • Restoring degraded habitats.

    • Provide for the creation of new recreational fishing opportunities.

    Without fish hatcheries, many species of fish would be extinct or endangered, such as the Pacific salmon, diminutive darters, lake trout, native western trout, and striped bass. That is only a partial listing of fish species that National Fish Hatchery System is working with in order to help with their conservation.

    More Than Just Fish Farms

    Fish hatcheries are more than just fish farms. Artificial breeding, hatching, and rearing occur in fish hatcheries, and in many cases, it’s more than just fish. Some hatcheries raise shrimp, Pacific oysters, Indian prawns, and scallops. In many of the National Fish Hatchery Systems fisheries, diverse research is underway by scientists in ecology, botany, fish culture, physiology, statistics, microbiology, and veterinary medicine. That research is also benefitting other species, such as salamanders, insects, freshwater mussels, and many plants.

    Benefits of Fish Hatcheries

    Private and state hatcheries provide many benefits, such as selling immature fish to private landowners for stocking ponds and lakes. For just about as long as we’ve been building farms, we’ve been stocking ponds fish. In addition, many hatcheries provide fish management services so that a balance can be achieved for between the varieties of fish and so each species can reach its full growth potential.

    Fish hatcheries provide other benefits, too, and to many more people than just anglers. Over the ages from hatcheries are often sold as food. According to one study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, every dollar spent on rainbow trout hatcheries generates about $37 in economic value. There’s other less tangible gains, too. Kids take to the rivers for fat trout raised in a hatchery and later they are watershed conservation advocates. For critically endangered salmon populations, it’s possible that hatcheries may be the only answer to saving the species.   

    The Future of Fish Hatcheries

    There is some controversy over fish hatcheries and fish farms; however, most hatcheries are providing significant benefits to the ecosystem and to humans. There is little doubt that these hatcheries will continue to be part of the U.S. landscape for many years to come.

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    It has been calculated that an overwhelming number of over 93 million 159-litre oil barrels are consumed on a daily basis all around the world. By recent estimates, by 2090 world reserves of fossil fuels will be significantly diminished. We will not run out of fuel completely as new reserves will probably be found, however it is important to consider everyday fuel consumption especially if one is working within transportation industry.

     

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    Driving style

    When you take a closer look at driving methods, inspect the routes carefully, and keep an eye on the truck, fuel savings can easily be found. First of all, sudden speed changes such as quickly slowing down or speeding up require the engine to work harder and, as a result, it needs to burn more fuel. In order not to force up the engine excessively, it is a good idea to drive as smoothly as possible and observe speed limits. Another thing is to choose the most convenient and at the same time the shortest route which has the fewest stop lights so that you can drive undisturbed for miles. Considering current fuel prices implementing fuel-saving strategies can also bring huge savings in the financial department, so it is worth to give them a try.

     

    Truck aerodynamics

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    It's no secret that the more weight you carry, the more fuel your truck consumes due to disturbed aerodynamics. An environmentally conscious driver should understand that it is crucial to remove all excess baggage, useless tools, broken or unnecessary parts, and fancy headache racks and go for simple vehicle efficiency upgrades such as wheel-well covers and trailer flaps. Moreover, the tires should always be inflated to recommended PSI as rolling resistance has a huge impact on aerodynamic efficiency as well.

     

    Regular maintenance

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    Not only the way you drive takes its toll on fuel consumption, but it is also the condition of the truck that matters, so if you want to be more eco-friendly driver, remember to conduct regular truck maintenance. Transportation companies and truck rental firms such as Abel do pay special attention to regular inspections. For individuals who struggle with car maintenance it is recommended to install a special reminder manager app or set up recurring calendar notifications. It is crucial to check the oil regularly, add and change it when needed. Also, replacing air filters can significantly cut down fuel consumption and reduce the emission of toxic fumes. Whenever you notice that any part of the truck is not working properly, it is better to inspect it carefully than to cause excessive and, let's be honest, unnecessary increased fuel consumption.

     

    Convenience

    People get accustomed to the good things pretty quickly. However, many drivers forget that seat warmers, fans, defrosters and the AC run on gas, too. And the latter is said to be the biggest fuel-consumer of the pack. Many of these options turn on automatically, so try to monitor them carefully and use only when necessary. Some drivers claim that also frequently opening truck windows disturbs its aerodynamics which can contribute to increased fuel consumption. Of course there are days that resigning from any form of heating or cooling will pose serious health hazards, however it is worth to keep in mind even the smallest channels of fuel waste.

     

    With growing concern about the planet's well-being, no wonder many truck drivers look for ways to minimize the impact their vehicles have on the ecosystem. Millions of trucks cruise the world every day and with efficient driving strategies and implementing simple routines truck drivers can significantly contribute to slowing down the climate change.

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    When determining to purchase, lease or a forklift you will find a lot of brands, sellers and options that the decision can rapidly become confusing and often lower right difficult. Here are a few easy facts to consider that will help you get deal for the equipment you'll need at the right cost, along with great service after the purchase!

    Capacity The ranked capacity of forklift is the quantity of weight with the ability to lift. Forklift capacity is located on the unit's data plate along with other information. Keep in mind that the higher your lifting requirements, the capacity would decrease. Should you add an attachment this can also effect the unit's capacity. Most capabilities are ranked in a 24 inch load center. Before determining on which forklift to buy or rent, make certain you've got a wise decision of the weights and dimensions of the loads you want to lift. Worthwhile dealer will help you with this as needed. The most generally used capabilities vary from 4,000-7,000 pound models, however forklifts ranges between 2,500-66,000 pounds or even more. The more the unit can lift, the more costly it is. You should understand what capacity unit you require to ensure your job gets done, but that you will get it done securely. Utilizing a forklift with not big enough of the capacity can damage the goods you're lifting and may be potentially deadly to operators and individuals around them.

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    Lift collapsed height Along with capacity, you should also understand how high you need to raise your material and when you've any height limitations. Lift height can be key if you're focusing on projects which require work about the height of 190''. Quad model forklifts model possess a 4th mast, permitting these to lift to reach upto 250" or even more. The collapsed height of a forklift is measured from the highest a part of the lift to the ground, when the forks are lowered completely. This measurement is essential for those who have low doorways or roofs in the building you're working in, or in the loading/unloading trucks.

    Your requirements and application of forklift When choosing a forklift certainly one of the initial questions which should spring to mind is what you would be using the forklift for. What exactly are you utilizing it for: to moving big rolls of paper, carpet rolls, moving logs, piping or stack pallets? The options are limitless. The place you currently doing the primary lifting: in a warehouse, outdoors on asphalt, gravel, dirt, grass, in the forest? The product you're moving and the kind of atmosphere you're working in determines the application. The kind of application you've determines certain specifications in your forklift for example the kind of fuel, tires, and then any accessories you will need. If you're working in an atmosphere where certain safety safeguards must be taken speak to your dealer about specifically safety-ranked models. If you're working outdoors in grass or dirt and also have heavy loads to lift, request your dealer about rough terrain and four wheel models. http://www.theforkliftcenter.com/ is one of the major dealers in all kind of forklifts. Visit their site today. Go here, the following pages with additional information and this source can be used as an example.

  2. Windows demand repairs and replacements owing to wear and tear with passage of time. They are subjected to harsh climatic conditions that affect their performance over the years. Damaged windows allow in drafts of cold or hot air, water leaks, etc. affecting indoor temperatures and ultimately leading to high energy bills. This can be controlled by paying close attention to the condition of windows and taking adequate action to make sure that they are back in shape. If a close inspection of your windows reveal that they need to be replaced, here are a few facts that you should be clear about before going about it.

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    Replacement does not mean replacing EVERYTHING!

    When replacing a window you ought to know that only the movable parts are replaced and in most cases the frame remains pretty much the same. The glass, the panes, sashes, etc. and other movable parts depending upon the kind of window are replaced for most window repairs and replacements. Also simply restoring the damaged part like a broken or cracked glass, cracked seal, defective pane, etc. can also serve the purpose and render a window as good as new. 

    It is not advisable to rip of the entire window including the frame as this calls for structural changes that take more time and more expensive and involve a bit of brick and mortar reconstruction as well. However, this option can be exercised in case the frames are extremely damaged and only reconstructing the entire thing will help alleviate the problem. 

    Replacing windows is NOT a DIY project

    It is important for all home owners to remember that window replacement is not a Do-it-yourself project and that it needs professional expertise. Trained technicians from most windows and doors companies have the skill and equipment to deal with such conditions in the most professional manner. Trying to mend windows on your own account is wastage of time and other precious resources. 

    Research well before choosing a service provider

    There are many big names of windows and doors companies around and it can be pretty daunting for home owners to choose one. Conducting exhaustive research on each of them and comparing their services as well as prices will help decide whom to choose. Reputed brands are always good to work with but they are more expensive than the rest. Also ask for referrals from friends and neighbors. 

    Ascertain cost of replacement and create budget accordingly

    Replacement of windows can be quite a pricey affair. However this largely depends on which brand you choose, what kind of window you install, whether it is partial or whole replacement, etc. Compare prices of various companies to arrive at an approximate figure and create a provision accordingly.

  3. For the very first time in Germany’s history, clean power is supplying nearly all of its power demand, making a milestone for the “Energiewende” policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel which aims to boost renewables and eliminate dependency on fossil fuel and nuclear energy. Just recently, the country’s renewables supplied 45.5 gigawatts of the 45.8 gigawatt demand, according to an energy consulting firm in Berlin, Agora Energiewende. Power prices dropped during periods of 15 minutes, going as low as -$57 (50 euros) per megawatt hour based on Epex Spot’s data.

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    European countries are building more and more renewable capacity to lower carbon emissions and increase supply security. More and more energy consulting firms are being hired by companies who want to become energy efficient. In 2015, Denmark’s wind farms provided 140% of the demand. In the United Kingdom, no coal-fired power stations were used for roughly 4 hours on May 10th.

    Bloomberg’s analyst for New Energy Finance, Monne Depraetere, said that it is events such as these that show that at some point in the future we may begin limiting due to an oversupply. This may eventually provide a case to create technologies that will help manage such oversupply including energy storage and inter connectors.

    Germany’s shift to clean energy has gripped coal margins while increasing cost for consumers in the biggest power market in Europe. The increased clean energy flow have also put pressure on the grid and now Germany is considering excluding some regions from wind power auctions in the future if local grids are already having a difficult time keeping up with the high volume of renewable energy supplies.

    According to Depraetere, although Germany used 100% renewable energy for a day, it’s unlikely that the current generation will see a 100% supply of clean energy.

    Meanwhile, Europe’s clean technology industry overall has fallen into a fast decline and last year’s low carbon energy investments have plummeted to a record low.

    In 2010, Europe comprised 45% of the global clean energy investment but in 2011 after peaking $132billion, the EU investment dipped by around 50% with just $58billion invested in 2015.

    Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)’s chairman of the board, Michael Liebreich, stated that the global financial crisis is partly to blame. However, he also pointed out that policymakers also made their share of mistakes and they collectively created a boom-bust cycle by first showing strong support for renewable energy and then rowing back due to their fear of the costs of subsidies.

    Manufacturers in EU have also suffered. They were once the world leader in solar panel manufacture and now they no longer have any companies that belong to the top 10 globally. Jobs have been lost and in Europe, employment in PVs have fallen to over a third. The future of clean energy technology is still uncertain in Europe and in most parts of the world however, awareness still continues to grow among the general population. 

  4. With the recent foul weather we had in Sydney area, now meteorologists are promising some dry and sunny spells. This will give homeowners the perfect opportunity to see to their gardens and sort them out before spring planting begins.

    The torrential rain brought flooding to many areas in NSW and a number of properties were severely affected. But once residents have dealt with the cleaning up process, many by taking advantage of the free green waste removal service, offered by local councils, and once the floodwater has subsided from waterlogged lawns that have a good drainage system, people can now start thinking about improving their outdoor space.

     

    Commonly, city gardens have certain similarities in their design, when it comes to some popular recreational features. There are the patio area and the barbecue corner, the beautifully maintained lawn and the nicely laid flowerbeds. Some avid gardeners may have opted for installing a focus water feature or a fountain, others favour an aesthetically designed rockery or a carefully arranged shrubbery.

     

    Depending on how pro people feel about “messing” with their gardens, they may attempt to have a go themselves at designing their outdoor space. Those, who feel that they are at a beginner’s level, may be more modest with their efforts and not dare be adventurous with their planting until they have read every guide or gardening book, which offers easy tips and ideas.

     

    Whether you feel confident or not, there is one improvement that anyone can do in their yard, because it is not only pretty to look, but also renders practicality and functionality within its concept, especially when we are confronted with a drenched lawn after days of heavy rainfall and stormy weather. Moreover, it is a gardening job that is perfect for doing in the winter, when there is less stuff to do outside.

     

    The Garden Stepping Stones

    There is a plethora of design ideas on how you can use stepping stones in your garden, in order to improve its look and add a functional purpose to the plan.

     

    The pathway

    The stepping feature can be integrated with an already designed pathway. Whether the slabs are fixed firmly within the gravel path, or they are hammered in directly into the lawn, the execution of such project requires a little bit of a know-how.

     

    The Gravel Path

     

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    Tiles and Pebble square feature path

    Combining different materials, such as terracotta tiles and colourful pebbles will give your backyard an abstract look.

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    So next, I would like to carry on with my list by featuring some fast and easy stepping stones ideas that only require the strength of your muscles, because one just has to plonk the natural stones, tiles or granite slabs onto the designated area on your lawn. This method is the best and the fastest solution to a problem with a sodden and soggy ground in the wet weather that we have had so far. The stepping stones are also easy to maintain and clean, as a quick sweep and the occasional pressure washing will be enough to keep your garden focus feature in the spotlight.

     

    The Path

    A natural stone path looks very attractive, especially when it is made of different sized stones.

     

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    Another idea for creating a practical and functional pathway, is to use man-cut slabs that could be placed on a gravel ground or directly on the lawn.

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    The Patio

    A freestyle patio can be effortlessly constructed with very little fuss. It gives a quirky look to your garden and offers also a practical solution, as it can prevent a grass-free ground from turning into a muddy slush in the rain.

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    The Random feature

    Randomly laid slabs of stone, which follow no particular geometrical pattern, are also a great solution to drenched lawns in the winter.

     

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    The Border feature

    Small stones can be placed together in square or rectangular shapes around shrubs or flowerbeds to form a neat and handy border.

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    The list of ideas is endless and if one employs their creative mind, they could make wonders in their garden and design a stepping stone feature that conveniently serves its purpose, when the weather is rather wet.

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    When energy bills get too pricy, resignation is no solution. There is always something one can do to reduce costs. While things are rather simple for homeowners, it becomes much more difficult for entrepreneurs to figure out how to reduce those costs effectively, without compromising the

    business.

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    The following will reveal how to make energy bills more manageable when running a company or organization. This doesn't only cut down the costs, but also have a beneficial impact on the environment, slowing down climate change.

    Reducing Standby Power

    Appliances like TVs and computers are too often left in standby mode. They get to consume energy. This even happens with mobile phones connected to the source after they're charged. The total costs of such negligence can make up to 20% of the electricity bill, as seen in some companies. Educate employees on this matter and ensure that all computers, lamps, etc. are turned off once the working day is over.

    Minimize the Heat Transfer

    Company buildings have many, often large, windows. These represent a medium through which heat easily escapes. To stop spending so much on heating, look for energy efficient window types to install. As much as 30% of the generated heat can escape through inappropriate windows.

    Solar Panels and Water Heaters

    Roofs are good for solar panel, but also for solar heater installation. The water heating technology has made important steps forward. The weather could be a downside, so one should be aware of it when taking a decision. However, if there's regular sunny weather, you will greatly benefit of the solar water heaters. Companies that use water heating in their manufacturing process have reported notable savings when they switched to this method.

    More Efficient Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Systems

    Company quarters and production spaces are often in need of cooling systems. These are also important when transporting certain goods. Unfortunately, the energy consumption is big. You can reduce it by investing in more energy efficient systems.

    IceCOLD for refrigeration works great. It is a solution that, when added to a refrigerant, helps cool the air faster. It also protects the equipment. This is said to be 20% more efficient than other systems. Given it protective qualities and the cooling speed, IceCOLD will make the equipment run for less time. When it's not on, the system is not using electricity. This also helps it last longer than systems that are in use all the time.

    Choose Materials Wisely

    Does your business need certain materials to function and produce? It could be mining for metals, cutting trees for wood, and so on. For every well-known material there is an alternative one that's usually easier to obtain. Consider going for other sources that require less energy consumption.

    If at least some of these methods are implemented in a company, the changes will soon be noticed. It could take under one year to observe a significant drop in energy consumption. For solid results, the responsible ones should be aware of all the processes, the materials used, and the work style of their employees.

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    Student life typically doesn’t give financial stability, so you can’t afford solar panels or driving a hybrid car. But there are still environmentally friendly options you can use, while being on a budget. Implement the next everyday habits to change your attitude to environment and become a green student.


    Recycle
    Studying requires you to use a lot of paper. Whether you are writing your lectures, making notes or homework, printing out necessary material, you need a lot of paper. So, if you want to save the environment, make electronic notes when it’s possible. Today it’s really easy even to make audio records of lectures, and make Internet bookmarks to collect important material. When you can’t avoid using paper, make sure you recycle it. Almost all colleges have special paper recycle bins. Make sure to utilize all used paper, as well as bottles and cans.
    Along with using electronic notes, you can make use of essay review online. This quick professional service can help you with your homework, so you can use the free time for more important things.


    Buy Vintage
    Visiting second-hand and vintage shops, you can get more advantages than you can even imagine. At first, you save a lot of money not buying brand clothes. Secondly, this way you have a unique wardrobe and will never meet a friend in the same T-shirt. Eventually, you can take care about nature, as no new items are produced. Try to avoid creating carbon emissions and pollution. Now you understand what a great impact your actions can have. A simple choice like shopping second-hand can make a difference.


    Use Old Textbooks 
    Being a student you definitely deal with elder students who can sell you used books. You can also sell the book back after the semester. This makes you saving not just your money, but trees as well. Also, pay attention to the variant of using an electronic version of your textbooks. Some professors can give you special resources where you can find necessary materials. There are numerous ways of using old books even after graduation.


    Unplug Electronics 
    Most people think that electronic devices don’t use electricity, when they are turned off. Unfortunately, this is a great mistake. Appliances are sucking power when they are plugged into outlets. Of course, when you don’t use them, they use less power, but they still use it. In order to use less electricity not wasting money you should unplug each device, which you don’t need to charge.


    Save Water
    Remember that water is a treasure. However, it can be “recycled” if you use water filters and treatment facilities. You might have never thought, but using more water, you increase the usage of these facilities. Thus, the energy to run these facilities also depends on your water usage. So, you can simply turn off water when washing hands and brushing your teeth.


    Use Public Transport 
    People drive their cars way too often. If you are a 10 minute walk from a necessary place, don’t use your car. You can walk or ride a bicycle. This is much better for environment and your health as well. When you can’t avoid using a car, try to drive in economical regime, not exceeding the speed limit. Also, you can open your windows instead of using the air conditioner.


    Go Vegetarian
     You might have never bothered about the idea of being vegetarian. So, you don’t know that greenhouse gas emissions are produced by meat production more than by transportation of all kinds. This is why eating meatless diet at least some days a week can make our planet cleaner. 


    In our modern world people need to think about environmental problems as we all can watch radical changes on our planet. The responsibility starts from you. Try to go green and change your life a bit to make a great change to nature.
     

  5. Ever since people started realising the need of keeping the environment clean and healthy, that’s when the concept of using reusable shopping bags came into existence. There was a time when people used to use paper bags for carrying their essentials, but then came plastic bags. Well, now people do understand the dangers plastic bags bring with them, hence efforts are being made to cease their usage. The best solution to both of these varieties is these bags. Yes, canvas shopping bags do rectify all the flaws posed by paper and plastic bag, and undoubtedly these bags are here to stay. These bags are durable, sturdy, and capable enough to bear heavy weights. Here is why you should use these bags.

    Because Canvas Bags are Eco-Friendly

    Canvas bags are loaded with several benefits. Not that these bags are long-lasting and durable, these do not harm the environment as well. How? The answer is quite straightforward and simple. These bags can be used for a long period of time, unlike plastic and paper bags. In this way, lesser amount of waste is produced. And that is not where the benefits of these bags end, these are biodegradable as well, so no need to regret if you get bored with one of your previously favorite canvas shopping bags. But do keep in mind that you need to use these bags for quite a long period of time in order to recompense their extensive carbon footprint and hazard to the environment.

    With the increasing demand, canvas bags bulk are available in various stores of the market. To give a tough competition to paper and plastic bags, these bags are available in different variants and hues. Ladies are often seen flaunting their beautiful canvas bags on the streets. So, what are you waiting for? Grab one for yourself today to keep the environment clean, green, and healthy.

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    Changing times call for making changes in our lifestyle. The way we live today is very different from the way our elders lived. The environment today is no longer as clean as it was even a decade ago, and problems such as global warming, the ozone hole, and rising pollution levels loom large over our planet.

    While a lot of people do want to do something about it, many are clueless about how they can help. Charity begins at home, it is said. So, why not start with modifying the way you live? You can always start by making certain changes to your home décor in a way which is supportive of the environment.

    While redecorating your home to make it more eco-friendly may seem cumbersome, it is really quite easy. Just a few additions and deletions from your home will help you make it aesthetic as well as pro-nature.

    1. Get Rid of the Clutter

    First and foremost you need to de-clutter your living space to make sure that it is no longer stuffed with things that you do not require, need, or can harm the environment.

    Think of it as a cleansing ritual. By clearing your home of the unwanted stuff, you’re letting go of the negative, thereby making room for the positive and productive to enter your home. And by deciding to go green, you’ve already made a great start.

    2. Brighten It Up

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    Stark white walls may make a home look like it is in dire need of some personality and dimension. So, you might want to add a splash of color to the walls by painting them. You can do so in an eco-friendly way.

    Opt for paints that are low or nil in VOC or volatile organic compounds. These compounds are nothing but harmful emissions from paints (the off-putting smell that most newly-painted homes give off). These paints are high in lead content and hence, extremely dangerous to people and the environment.

    By choosing low/no VOC paints, you will protect your family, pets, and nature from their harmful effects.

    Alternatively, you can also use wallpapers to add color to your walls. You can cover your floor in stone or ceramic tiles, or wooden panels as these are eco-friendly too.

    3. Use Eco-friendly Art

    A great way of adding character and sophistication to your home in a jiffy is by using wall paintings. These also come in eco-friendly options, so make sure you scout for those and put them up. They are, typically, made from clay or milk-based paints and are very low in chemical content.

    Using eco-friendly art does not mean you will have to comprise on the colors and designs, it only means that you’re going for art that promotes a natural way of doing things.

    Eco-friendly art supplies are available in plenty, so if you decide to create a masterpiece for your home yourself, make sure you use those.

    4. Use Natural Fibers

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    If you like to use carpets at home, make sure they’re eco-friendly too. Instead of those made from synthetic materials, choose carpets that are made of natural ones like wool. You also have the option of installing modular carpet tiles, which utilize non-toxic dyes and colors and are made from recycled materials.

    Apart from being toxic-free, they are also convenient-to-maintain and easy-to-install. They can be returned to the manufacturer for recycling once their shelf-life is over.

    Another area where you can make improvements is when choosing day-to-day home items such as mattresses, beddings, and pillows. Go for those stuffed with wool as that will ensure that your house stays free of allergy-causing dust mites.

    On the same lines, say no to plastic, particle board, and chromed metal as well.

    5. Build a Small Kitchen Garden

    Even if you’re spatially-challenged at home, you can still make room for a small kitchen or an herb garden at home. You can grow useful plants and herbs like mint, basil, rosemary, and thyme on your windowsill, and something more ambitious like cherry tomatoes and lemons in your verandah, stairway, deck or roof.

    By planting a kitchen garden, you will be doing your bit to increase the green cover, thereby reducing your carbon footprint. Additionally, you also get the benefit of eating fresh home-grown produce and saving money.

    6. Give a Thought to Your Appliances

    When buying new electronic gadgets and appliances for your home, go for ones that are the most energy-efficient. You need to look for a label with the Energy Star logo as it mentions all the information you will need when making a decision.

    And while they may seem a tad expensive at the time you buy them, know that they will go a long way in bringing your energy bills down, thereby saving you a lot of money.

    This also applies to light fixtures. Replace your old ones with energy-efficient or solar-powered fixtures. Use LED or CFL lights as they burn cooler, give a better glow, as well as help you cut electricity costs.

    7. Old Furniture Turned New

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    Thinking of giving your home a new lease of life by changing the furniture? What if we told you that you need not change the entire stuff?

    More often than not, what your old furniture really needs is some sanding and re-painting to look as good as new again. Unless it is badly damaged, you can retain it and simply get it repainted and/or re-polished. This way you save a lot of trees from being cut for their wood.

    If you must buy new furniture pieces, shop locally, thereby avoiding the huge carbon footprint produced by moving sofas and other furniture halfway across the world. Look for those made from sustainable materials and carry the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo.

    You can also buy old/antique furniture to discourage the consumption of non-renewable resources. Antiques will help make your space look more sophisticated and attractive.

    Conclusion

    The next time you decide to do your home interior, think green, think environment-friendly, and think sustainability. You will do well in taking the above factors into consideration when decorating/redecorating your house. They will go a long way in providing you with a home and a lifestyle that helps save the environment as well as your money.

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    Most business owners have been put off by the idea of environmentally friendly business. It sounds expensive, it sounds like a lot of work and they believe that business has no benefits from switching to green practice. All these reasons not to “go green” are common misconceptions that have nothing to do with reality.

    As a matter of fact, making your business green help both your business and the environment. This practice contributes to your employees’ health and well-being, increases productivity, reduces your company’s bills and saves you a large sum of money.

    Let’s see 5 most affordable and efficient ways to make your business green.

    1. Switching to compact fluorescent and LED lights

    Although compact fluorescent bulbs cost more than incandescent bulbs, they are the easiest way to switch to a more energy efficient home and office. If you use them on a regular basis, you can expect visible money savings. Compact fluorescent bulbs last up to 12 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use much less energy.

    Although LED lights haven’t been popular due to their high price and narrow light beam, the development in LED technology has solved these issues. Today, they are the most cost-effective bulbs and soon, they will be even more popular than compact fluorescent lighting. Also, they do not contain toxic substances such as mercury.

    2. Recycling and reusing

    In the office, most people just toss their papers and plastic cups into a trash bin, without even thinking about reusing them. Do not let this happen again - ask around whether your community has a recycling program and encourage your employees to think green. Designate a “reuse” area where the employees would check in before ordering new supplies.

    Introduce additional green measures, such as: reusing envelopes, refill pens, tape dispensers, cardboard boxes and other office supplies when possible. Always purchase recycled ink cartridges, recycled paper products and used office furniture. Stop using paper and plastic cups and use porcelain mugs instead. You’ll see – the savings will be dramatic.

    3. Going paperless

    You can make your business almost completely paperless, in just several easy steps. Investing in the right technology may be expensive at the beginning, but it will surely pay off later. Buy a multifunctional device for your office, such as a photocopier which can fax, scan and print documents.

    Inspire your employees to use all advantages of web-based applications. Most of them are free of charge (basic accounts). They allow team members to communicate with each other, share files, take notes and track different phases of projects (Basecamp, Trello, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and so on).

    Also, it would be wise to hire transcription experts to type all your recorded business meetings, delivering them via email or any other means of file transfer.

    4. Using green cleaning products.

    After the working hours, most offices are thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed. Unfortunately, most of the products which are used in the process are toxic to both people’s bodies and the environment. Even seemingly harmless products that are used by the employees (dish and hand soaps, bathroom fresheners etc.) may be harmful if they are full of cheap and aggressive ingredients.

    Think about your employees ’ well-being – switching to green products will result in their (and your) improved health, less allergic reactions and better working conditions. Buy biodegradable and organic cosmetic and cleaning products that reduce exposure to toxic ingredients. There are lots of stores that sell such products and they are not necessarily more expensive than the regular ones.

    5. Installing water recycling system

    Plastic bottles of water may be recycled - but why generate such a waste? In the US alone, there were 32 million tons of plastic waste in 2011. Only a part of such huge waste can be recycled. The other part that can’t be recycled still poses a great threat to the environment.

    If you don’t want to partake in such terrible pollution, don’t buy bottled water for your employees - install a water filtration system in the office instead. The water in the office will be clean and fresh. More importantly, your business will save a significant amount of money as you are doing a good deed for the environment.

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    Efficiently doing your job when you move from one home to another, will not only save you time and money, but it will also undoubtedly spare your nerves. What are the characteristics of an efficient move? Read on and find out for yourself.

    Prepare a List!

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    A list is the very first thing you need to create before your moving day has even come. It is essential that you do so, because having so many things on your head, and not being able to fall back on a sheet of paper that has everything you need, spells disaster. The list in itself must be clear and informative, be sure to have a page or a column for every room, that way you'll be sure that nothing is misplaced and that everything is going to plan. This will be your safety net, the neater it is, the better it will dampen your fall.

    Boxes, boxes, boxes!

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    There are stores that will sell you moving boxes, or you can also nicely ask your local grocer, they have an abundance of them that are not needed. Moving companies also have boxes of their own, and some rent out or sell them beforehand, so you are all set when the moving day comes. Regardless of how you acquire them, they are the backbone of your operation so make sure you get some sturdy ones, that way they won't fall apart.

    To be extra careful, put the clothes that you plan on keeping, in plastic vacuum sealed bags, suck the air out and place them in sturdier boxes to ensure that there will be no moisture dampening them. Wardrobe are what most moving companies use to move large quantities of material around. They are tall and wide wooden boxes and they are probably one of the most efficient ways of doing it. You can neatly arrange everything, like a tettris game, to make sure that nothing will be loose and be broken during the drive. If you are doing the moving yourself, you can still call a moving company and rent out such a box, or if you are hiring be sure to mention that you want one.

    Dealing With Fragile Things!

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    Bubble warp, while a very effective ally when shipping goods, it alone cannot save your precious china. It used in accordance with a smart arrangement of the boxes and their contents will save you many tears over the shattered heirloom. When dealing with plates wrapping each individual one is quite time consuming, and although it might seem like it would work, it is more harmful you might think. The key word here is friction, a lack of it during a sharper turn in the van, might send some of the contents of those boxes flying out or rattling against one another - this leads to breaking. Rather warp several in one package, but be sure to place a piece of paper between them, preferably a double ply kitchen paper, this will have extra friction and make sure that you don't lose aunt Margy's wedding gifts. Wrap 4-5 plates in a two layer bubble wrap and there you go.

    Color coordinate!

    There are ways to be even more efficient. People quickly learn to associate colors with certain things, be smart about it and use different duck tape to seal the boxes of different rooms. That way you won't have to read what each box says, but you will know which for which room is designated. Red for kitchen, blue for bathroom and so on and so on. Such supplies you can get from hobby shops and even a regular corner store.

    Can't be bothered?

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    Several moves later and you simply don't feel like going trough it again all by yourself? There are professional movers that are really good at their job. Utilize their services if you simply don't feel like doing it again. They will take care of everything written mentioned above and a lot more.

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    Different pests like insects, bugs, cockroaches, termites and many more invade your property and cause harm to you and your family. Some notorious pests like termites can severely damage the structure of a house. Hence, it is necessary to find effective ways to address this household problem. The most common method of pest control is use of chemical pesticides. Using these chemicals can be effective up to some extent. However, in the long run they can pose some serious threats to mankind and the food chain. In recent times, the use of safe and poison free pesticides has been on the rise as people have become more aware of safeguarding environment and nature. The organic pesticides are becoming more popular as they make plants and crops healthy and have no side effects.

    Unfortunately, the chemicals inside the pesticides are harmful and toxic to humans and animals. The residue found in these chemicals contaminates water, soil and air, thus affecting entire food chain. Human’s health can be seriously affected if they are exposed to it for a long period. According to studies, some serious threats of chemical pesticides are as given below.

    • Parkinson ’s disease

    • Alzheimer’s disease

    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

    • Cancers

    These chemicals also affect our respiratory, reproductive and endocrine systems. Pregnant women have a higher risk of miscarriages or defective births if they are exposed to these pesticides for long duration. Children might suffer from asthma and develop learning disability. Since they have so many negative effects, it is best to avoid them and look for other options. There are many natural pest control options available like tea tree oil, garlic oil and other essential oils. Many pest control companies like Pest Control in Sydney offer effective methods to eliminate harmful pests.

    There are many options to substitute use of harmful chemical pesticides.

    1. Homemade natural pesticides

    As a homemaker, you certainly are conscious about saving money and using cost effective methods to control pests. Tea tree oil, oranges, garlic oil and other essential oils can be used to repel pests. Some people also use alcohol, salt, flour or garlic in their home to eradicate pests.

    2. Environmental friendly pesticides

    Using environmental friendly solutions to eradicate pests is an easy option. The important factor is that it should be used in correct quantity and at correct times. A good example is use of rotenone for eradicating bees. It should be applied at during the evening when the bees are less active. All earth and human friendly pesticides are good for health and environment. Using non-chemical substances to eliminate pests is a good approach to keep your home safe.

    3. Ultrasonic waves

    Another option is to use ultrasonic pest repellent. These units can be plugged into the wall electric socket. They emit ultrasonic waves that humans or most pets cannot hear. However, rodents can hear them and thus they will repel away from your house. It is a clean way to pest elimination and you can use it anytime you want.

    4. Biological pest control

    Another safe way of eliminating pests is by using biological pest control. The organisms called as predators can be used to eliminate the pests. These predators can be unleashed on the pests and these predators will eat them up. For example, if aphids are creating problems at your home, you can use predators who feed on aphids rather than spraying hazardous pesticides.

    Thus, there are many safe and environmental friendly methods to eliminate pests. However, pest control is a long-term job and you will need patience for it.

    Author Bio

    Daniel has been working with Pest Control in Sydney for the past few years and is a professional blogger too. Here he is sharing information on use of environmental friendly pest control methods.

  10. I dont think so that you are not aware about cartoon characters. I think you all have seen cartoon and you know most of them. I am here to show you the top 10 list of these cartoon characters. Hope you will remember your old days to view these characters. and hope you will enjoy watching all of them . If you like them please dont forget to comment about them. For more details please visit my article here.

    1. Bugs Bunny

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    2. Mickey Mouse

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    3. Homer Simpson

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    4. Fred Flintstone

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    5. Charlie Brown

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    6. Tom and Jerry

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    7. Popeye

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    8. Wile E. Coyote

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    9. Garfield

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    10. Rocky and Bullwinkle

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    Every generation has its own defining issue, and unfortunately, ours is climate change. Climate change is affecting people and communities all over the world. Apart from being a major threat to humankind, climate change has far-reaching impacts on the entire ecosystem. For over a quarter of a century, activists and concerned citizens have been discussing climate change through public broadcasting. Back in the In the 80's, the main focus was on recognizing and discussing the potential threats. In the past 30 years, we have thoroughly examined the actual impacts and yet failed to effectively address global warming. We’re all aware that Global Warming is happening as a direct consequence of human activities. That’s why activists and concerned citizens like Solly Assa, are struggling to keep the American public informed.

    Over time the conversation has changed, but the problem has remained unsolved. Solly Assa calls everyone to become emotionally, practically, intellectually and politically and involved in this battle to save our planet. The effects of Climate Change are already with us and if we continue down this path, the planet that as we all know it, may be given a 10-year deadline. The actual impact has caused heat waves, droughts, ocean acidification, and floods. Global warming has also exacerbated poverty, hunger, and spread of diseases. The consequences of climate change are very real, and if we don’t take drastic changes, it can even lead to the worst consequence, which is leaving that planet

    As an individual, Mr. Assa has helped by taking action to reduce his personal carbon emissions and encourages more people to do the same. We all need to take responsibility and reduce Carbon Emissions now. Once we start dealing with the problem on an individual level, together we can get the support needed to build a community that can make a difference.  To fully address the threat of global warming, we need to seek action from our leaders who have the power to implement comprehensive solutions. In December 2015, world leaders agreed to limit Global Warming to 2°C, but since then we haven’t seen some life real action. For example, countries like Denmark have committed to 100 percent renewables, while China has increased their renewable energy consumption.

    Because of climate change, humans and wild animals face new challenges for survival. If we don't reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically, then the results will be catastrophic for the climate. Education and information play important roles as facilitators of climate understanding. Nowadays there is a wide range of documentaries and other informational media that can help us get to the bottom of this issue. But in order to succeed, we all need to be a part of the solution. Together we have the power to limit the effects of climate change. We have all participated in the over-use of our planet, and now the time has come for us to unite and start fighting for our home.

  11. Needless to say, upgrading to new energy efficient windows in your home is a sure shot way to control humidity levels inside. What is crucial here is your choice of company that shall do the job for you. You will come across countless such window companies in Edmonton who offer these services and it may be a tough task to choose one. Though most promise excellent window installation services, not all are to be believed despite good prices because most of these disappear when problems arise in the long run. Therefore it is important that you go with a trusted name that shall help you resolve issues well past installation. 

    Improper window and door installation not only affects the energy efficiency of the home but also allows water leakage into the home which can be extremely damaging for the house. For a flawless installation ensure the following:

    • The window installation should make the room air and water tight 
    • It should insulate the room
    • Installation process should not affect the shape and look of the window
    • Procedures like flashing on the exterior and caulking should be done neatly for maximum effectiveness

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    Partial or whole Replacement of windows

    When you feel the need of window replacement in Edmonton, you have two options that of a retrofit or a complete tear out. A retrofit means a window and door installation in the existing frame where the window or door is being replaced. This is a faster as well as cheaper process and may not always create the perfect seal as desired by you. 

    A complete tear out on the other hand is pulling down of the entire door or window along with the frame and installation of the entire unit. This process requires professional expertise and if done appropriately will help create the perfect seal enabling better humidity control inside your home. 

    As a home owner you also need to keep in mind that a certain level of humidity is desirable inside your home even in the cold winter months. You can install a humidifier to keep the levels in check and also if you find condensation on the windows it is sign that humidity is higher than necessary. To control excess humidity, you can adopt a few steps like:

    • Amply ventilate moisture laden areas like bathrooms, wash rooms, kitchen etc. by installing fans and exhausts that vent outside
    • Avoid keeping too many indoor plants
    • Control humidifiers installed at various places in the home

    At the end of the day, all you have to ensure is that your window replacement in Edmonton is done by trusted and experienced people in the business who can insulate and create energy efficient homes for you.

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    Eco tourism is tourism that is designed to make sure that when one travels to a new place, one does so without creating problems for the environment. In general, eco tourism is a process where people can visit the world in a loving and intelligent way. Many countries have worked to help make eco tourism a possibility in their nations. In the small Middle Eastern nation of Dubai, eco tourism has become a real practice, one that travellers everywhere should welcome and embrace fully.

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    One of the most important things that natives have done to encourage eco tourism is to make sure all newly built houses and other kinds of construction such as hotels are eco friendly. In many instances, newly built houses and hotels are designed to work with the intensely hot Dubai climate. The Dubai region often gets a lot of heat and very little water. Designers and builders have worked with scientists and urban planners to help create structures that provide shade and coolness without using too much water or energy. Many new area buildings in Dubai are built with high tech materials that allow the building to absorb heat when necessary and use it to provide power for the residents living there. A lot of these buildings are being blogged and written about as they are much more eco friendly and are setting a great example for the rest of the country and world to follow.

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    The Dubai government has also aimed to help residents and visitor’s alike work to reduce their use of non-renewable energy sources such as oil and other fossil fuels. The Dubai government actively encourages people to make use of sources of power such as solar and wind power.

    The government encourages those visiting the region to embrace the area's natural culture and attractions. To that end, tourists are welcomed into activities that work with area attractions. For example, desert hikes are highly popular here. Desert hikes allow people to go camping and hiking in the local mountains. They also encourage people to go snorkelling and scuba diving off the coast of the city, in an area where people can see many kinds of wildlife in their natural habitat. These areas are located just outside the city and make an easy day trip for many people visiting the region. Visiting here allows the traveller to participate in efforts to help maintain the natural beauty of the area's classic desert landscape.

    Eco tourism can be a great way to see the world. Visit Dubai knowing that you will have many opportunities to be an eco tourist here.

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    As periods more lightweight individuals are too constant to go for store to purchasing grocery as well as meals and others. Moreover individuals like to have meats than the chicken in everyday life because chicken heats whole body which gives damage. But meats creates no issue than chicken in everyday life it has healthy aspect so individuals mostly buy meats often for their diet exercises. There are many kinds of meals ready by using meat; every product would be in different flavor with awesome to perspective. But individuals hardly ever move through restaurant to eat non-veg meals, most probably individuals like to eat chicken but style has been personalized to eat meats. Meats manufacturer is been definitely primary with the air designed locations which would avoid the meats from any disinfectants. So individuals can buy meats and store in refrigerator for a week it would not been spend if the enclosed system is not been started out. The well-known stores which are been properly secured the meats packed in steel metal aluminum foil aspect to avoid from the malware and disease strike until the week end.

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    The cool containers contain the clean meats which would not get assaulted with any kind of illness. The meats which is been taken directly from the goat is been less flavor than the meats taken from the natural meats. People these days choose the natural meats which is been available in online process the individual needs to browse in situation of to buy natural meats in online complete discussion box gets begin and the different kinds of natural meats which would choose the flavor and color of the meats. Mainly the natural meats are only by purchasing it by the internet only. So no those who are not known about the natural meats and their savories required. The natural meats is been placed in a cool box such as the ice which is been created for huge assortment of the excellent salted container. So the meats gets cool well and the meats does not have any bad response due to the get too hot comes from you will. The natural meats is been used for the mionesse which is been like a butter which is been used for the breads to cooking breads and moved with the meats to have a different flavor with the hot and crispy. Follow us on Facebook

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    Meat gets crispy due to implementing the egg through the ground prepared to be used on the meats before food preparation meals in the fire. The immediate way of food preparation meals the natural meats is been implement all components and create protected of the steel metal foil and get rid of it with the fire effective through it gets awesome smooth protein shake position and ready well with excellent flavor individuals like to eat like that flavor. So there are many circumstances and kinds of planning the buy meat which is been purchased by online purchasing. So individuals get more designed in the position of the internet there are many choices like cash on delivery if we buy the meats it verifies our purchase and offer at your required success. So individuals are getting too wiser than the internet and group growth.

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

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

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

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

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    Employees of the Magor Brewery arranged a clean-up effort of the shoreline at Magor Pill and Caldicot to recognise World Environment Day.

    20 of the brewery’s staff joined the Keep Wales Tidy team to remove waste that had accrued at the site.

    The team was building on last year’s event which removed three skip loads of rubbish from local reens

    AB InBev, owner of the Magor Brewery, is dedicated to protecting the environment and praised its staff for participating in the clean-up.

    The manager of the Magor Brewery, Tony Monteiro, said his staff were delighted to be able to work with the Keep Wales Tidy tem for this event.

    Chris Partridge of Keep Wales Tidy said his team were very happy to work with the brewery staff too and said they had set a great example.

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    The least-discussed factor in climate change and resource depletion

    On average we currently need 1.5 Earths to sustain our consumption of resources. That's the global average and in developed countries like the UK we probably need around three. This is clearly unsustainable, but it gets worse. We will need more Earths as the population grows, currently at 7 billion but expected to increase to around 9 billion by 2050. This is a situation that cannot continue. More people inevitably means more mouths to feed, more energy needed, and more resources turned into goods for these people to use, as well as greater deforestation and biodiversity loss.

    Population growth is probably the least-discussed factor causing climate change and other significant environmental impacts such as resource depletion. The latest IPCC report (AR5) says, “It is extremely likely that more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the anthropogenic [human created] increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and other anthropogenic forcings together.” This report, comprehensive in other areas, scarcely touches on the population aspect of climate change.

    Simon Ross, Chief Executive of the charity Population Matters says, “The more people there are the more emissions there are, and the greater pressure on resources. That depends on how much each individual is consuming, so if when are more Americans or more British people that has a bigger effect on a per capita basis, than the poorest countries, where the population increase is growing the fastest. In middle income countries like China and Brazil the per capita consumption is rising, so we are seeing growing numbers and growing consumption at the same time, so if you take all of that it is a major driver for climate change, and what’s behind pressure on food and water, energy, and some minerals, fish and so on. It's a combination of more people and rising consumption.”

    How does population growth affect everybody's lives? Simon Ross continues, “As there are more and more people, they have to live somewhere. They are forced to live in places that are risky, on the coast for example, where they are prone to rising sea levels, high tides and tsunamis, or where flooding is likely. In the UK recently people who live on floodplains have suffered from inundation. People are only living in those places because of population pressures - they have find somewhere to live, and that may be not where they would choose because all the best places are taken already.”

    What options can be taken to reduce population induced climate stress and reach a sustainable population for the globe? According to Population Matters the approach should be non-coercive, and involve both the developing world, and the developed countries where the people who consume the most and have the biggest environmental footprint live. It is also important to focus on the global South where over two billion people live on less than $2 per day and where health, education, low-cost family planning can make a significant difference to the quality of poor peoples' lives. Education for women, and campaigns against child marriage and violence against women and girls, as well as action on biodiversity loss and promotion of appropriate technology can be beneficial. See here for a previous blog on solar power in the Sunderbans.http://blog.greenjobs.co.uk/2014/04/22/earth-day-power-people/

    Simon Ross says, “What we really want to promote is smaller families. Over time that will lower population growth, and over time slow it and then reverse it. The benefit of that will be over time more space, lower congestion in terms of transport, fewer housing builds. You won't be paying so much for utilities and food and other things. Otherwise prices are going to go up and up and up as there is more demand for everything. So generally peoples' quality of life will be better if there were fewer people, for the relatively well-off West. For people in the developing countries, it could be a matter of life and death – the difference between having enough food and not having enough food. A lot of people do not have enough food already, so if we slow or stop climate change that will relieve pressure on resources.”

    Simon Ross continues, “We want to encourage quality family planning, women’s' rights, education and healthcare which in turn means smaller families, and less pressure on the environment. At Population Matters we see the way forward in terms of good policy and advice, rather than any form of coercion which we see as negative and counterproductive.”

    Climate change, and its associated factors are real. Reducing population growth is one of the ways we can address the issue. If we fail to do that, we are limiting our responses to probably the greatest problem that humanity has faced in its existence.

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    Julian Jackson is a writer about environmental subjects www.brightgreenpr.co.uk

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    Skin cancers are the most common type of the cancer in which it is almost in the world wide. The skin cancer occurs because of the growth of the abnormal cell that has the tendency to spread. The skin cancer is caused due to the exposure of the sunlight since the rays of the sun consists of the ultraviolet rays which will it will cause the cancer to the people. There are three main types of cancer they are, basal cell cancer, squamopus skin cancer, melanoma. These are spread due to the exposure of the sunlight. So people who are going out should use the safety measures in the sunlight which will cut the risks in the cancer. The characteristic of the basal cancer is the translucency where the cells will spread faster. The squamopus cancer is often growing like a tumor; malignant is colored with irregular diameter. Skin Cancer Check Sydney in which the cancer is checked in a proper way. When the cancer is identified they will be directed to the proper doctors for the treatment.

    Signs and symptoms of the cancer

    The cancer is occurred due to the radiation of the sunlight; according to the type of the cancer the sign will be varied. In basal cancer usually the bump will be occurred in the head, Shoulders or neck. This form of the skin care can be treated and it can also be eradicated if treated in the proper way. Vaccinations Sydney provides the vaccinations that will prevent the Children’s Health Sydney. If the cancer is treated in the proper way this can be eliminated even without the scars. In squamopus skin cancer the sign will be the patches will bleed. It is also not the dangerous type as the melanoma, if it is treated with proper medication this type will be eradicated without the scars. In melanoma a new mole will be caused in which the mole will cause the irritation and itchy effects.

    The prevention includes using the proper sunscreen lotion which will avoid the cancers due to the exposure of the sunlight. Other precautions are avoiding sun burning; use the clothes which are comfortable for the summer. Cover the body so that the sunlight will not affect the skin. Use the sun glasses when you are going out. The skin cancer will be decreased with the increased usage of the sunscreen and the decreased usage of the tobacco products. Vaccinations Sydney CBD where the vaccination is provided to the skin cancer to avoid it. Doctors all over the world recommend using the sunscreen lotion before going out in the sunny season. Follow us on: pinterest

    Treating the cancer

    Treating the cancer is the first step that needs to be done after the identification of the cancer. Make sure that you are not taking the tobacco products to avoid the situation to go worsen. Life style and the food habit is the main reason for the cancer so make an arrangement in following a healthy food habit. Follow the treatment in a proper way so that the cancer will be eliminated by the series of treatments. Make yourself to stay fit by taking the healthy diet. In some cases it may lead to the surgical and chemotherapy rules which will be as a part of the treatment. Above all confidence is the best medicine that a person should follow in spite of taking the treatment.

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

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    Tips to Solar Panel Care

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

    • Regular Inspection of Your Solar Panels Is Necessary:

      Most of the time you will see that solar panels are placed at higher locations where they cannot be damaged easily. Nonetheless, it is a good idea to check your solar panels from time to time to ensure that you do not lose any power due to tree material accumulation or pollen buildup on the panels. It is important for you to remember that the same type of dirt that you find on your windows can find its way to the solar panels on your roof. Thus, it is important to clean the panels on a regular basis.:
       
    • Shade and Sun Monitoring:

      In order to maintain optimum effectiveness, it is necessary for your solar panels to be in the sun for as long as possible. During their installation, solar panels need to be placed in a location that gets maximum sun exposure. It is true that trees grow over the years and this can cause changes to the patterns of the sun and shade. There may also be new constructions that can affect the time your solar panels get the sunlight. Thus, it is always a good idea to check the position of the panels on a periodical basis to ensure that they get proper sunlight.:


     

    • Clean the Panels:

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

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