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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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  • Joseph Ramondeli

    Black Friday Promotes Over-Consumption and Waste

    By Joseph Ramondeli

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

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

    By Megan Bonetti

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

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

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

    How to be elegant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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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    If animals and nature are your passion, then environment work is for you. It is indeed a good possibility. You can satisfy your passion and get money at the same time. Besides the joyful feeling of the own contribution to the Earth preservation. So how do you get a dream job in the area? It is equally difficult for the qualified candidates as well as for the people without proper training or education. The first thing to remember: job searching is a big deal and it requires a clear plan. And also a lot of effort, time and energy. Here are a few tips for that.


    Social Networking Is a Friend


    All of us should remember about the extreme importance of the social networking. It is a huge advantage but only if using it right. Researchers proved that LinkedIn is the most popular network for the recruiters to search for a fitting candidate. Because of that LinkedIn profile plays a significant role and it is worth to make sure it plays into your hands. For the powerful and appealing profile, it is advisable to address to the LinkedIn profile building service for professional help. 


    Crucial Point of the Resume


    Many CVs stay without the wanted attention because of the very important detail. People give a description of their working experience considering worthy to mention the only name of the company, position, and work responsibilities. But it is not enough. What comes first are results. Namely, what have you done for the company? Which of the actions made me useful and indispensable? Just occupying the position doesn't mean someone was good at it. Written job results make the resume outstanding and memorable all at once. 


    Create Personal Brand


    Unfortunately, it doesn't mean posting a selfie every day. In creating a personal brand social media do big work but using them carefully and in an intelligent way is a key. If someone wants to land an environmental or green job, he should create a certain image of him. Social media should reflect that image. Showing what you care about makes a dedicated and passionate candidate. And just posting and reposting about environmental problems is not enough. Showing what you are doing about it makes a difference. Photos can help with that. If you are photographing nature, post photos. Going hiking? Again, show it. Actions always are more valuable and believable than words.


    Volunteering Is a Work Experience


    Well, formally it isn't but many recruiters consider so. Although there is no pay, it doesn't mean there are any benefits. Volunteering in numerous organizations shows the high interest in the area, which in its turn gives grounds about the job seeker's reliability. Besides this, it is a matter of practice. Volunteering is testing of the ideas in the field environment. And it shows that you are not looking for the royal road and ready for the not so pleasurable circumstances. It gives a recruiter a hope that you will not run away after the first work days. And one more profit from the volunteering is a possibility for the building connections. And connections open many doors.


    Always Learn


    Conservation career requires knowing about the latest and breaking news of the environment. Therefore it is highly essential keeping oneself in check. Luckily, out there are many choices. It could be TED talks or YouTube videos of the experts. It could be a scientific magazine as well. Even research papers won't hurt. Another great alternative is different workshops and training. Most of them are open for everyone, regardless of the education.

  2. 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. 

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

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

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

    What Is Eco-Friendly Web Hosts?

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

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

    What Host Is Green?

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

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

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

    Why It Is Important?

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

  3. Solar power is not a new concept. Ever since ancient times, people have used skylights and windows to light their homes, used passive solar collectors such as stone or cement to warm chilly nights, and located rain barrels in sunny areas to heat water for bathing. More recently, technology has produced new and efficient ways to collect, store, and use solar energy to power individual homes and businesses. Solar energy has many benefits. Here are five of the best.

     

    Lower Utility Bills

    A solar system can begin lowering your power bills the day it is installed. Even a small system will take a solid bite out of your electric bill, and a properly sized and installed system can provide nearly three quarters of your home’s power. That is free energy that no one can make you pay for. Solar photovoltaic systems can last as long as 30 years or more and typically pay for themselves within 5-10 years if you live in a state that offers rebates or credits for solar power installation. Even if your state does not participate, the federal government has generous programs that help offset the cost of a new solar power system.

     

    Increased Home Value

    Solar power is one of a small set of home improvements that can actually raise your home’s value by more than its own cost. Additionally, a solar system will make your home more attractive to potential home buyers, giving you a distinct advantage over other sellers even in a tight housing market. To sweeten the deal even further, most states will not increase your property taxes when you install a solar power system even though your home’s property valuation will almost certainly go up. Check out Legend Solar for more information about solar power in Utah.

     

    Clean, Effort-Free Energy

    Solar panels require little to no maintenance because they have no mechanical parts to break down. Once your system is installed, there is not much for you to do but sit back and enjoy the security of knowing that you will have environmentally responsible, quiet, free energy for many years to come.

     

    Independence from the Power Company

    For years, you have been at the mercy of the power company’s whims. If they decided to raise rates, you paid more of your hard-earned money. If they took days or weeks to restore power after an outage, you waited patiently for their employees to get around to your neighborhood. With solar power, your electric bill can be reduced to a fraction of what you pay now. Even better, many states now allow you to save the excess energy your system provides during peak hours and use that energy later. A large number of states even allow you to sell your extra power to the power company. These strategies can result in a zero balance on your utility bill month after month.

     

    Sustainability

    Solar energy is an incredibly abundant resource. Solar does no damage to the earth or its inhabitants. It is the ultimate in renewable resources. When you choose solar power, you are not just providing a more solid financial future for you and your children, you are also preserving the earth and its limited resources for your children and grandchildren.

     

    Thanks to modern solar technology, you can now harness the sun’s power to an extent that was unimaginable throughout most of history. Installing a solar photovoltaic system is more than just a wise financial decision. It is also an investment in your own future and the future of all humans.

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

    Lake Michigan Survey

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

    Danger to Wildlife and Humans Alike

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

    How Does It Get Out There?

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

    Why Now?

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

    Being Part of the Solution

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

    Conclusion:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Public Parks as a Necessity

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

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    Practical Benefits

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

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

    Top 3

    1. Fremont, California

    City Area: 49,516 acres

    Parkland: 25,109 acres

    Parkland per 1,000 households: 343.9 acres

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

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

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

    2. New Orleans, Louisiana

    City Area: 107,655 acres

    Parkland: 27,208 acres

    Parkland per 1,000 households: 178.1 acres

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

    3. El Paso, Texas

    City Area: 159,763 acres

    Parkland: 29,767 acres

    Parkland per 1,000 households: 136.5 acres

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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    So what are the things you can do to prevent this from happening? Here are some tips you can try.

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

     

    Drink enough water. This habit will not only prevent eye circles, it will actually revitalize and improve your whole body's condition! Apart from having dry skin, dark circles around the eyes can be seen when you don't drink enough water for the day.

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

     

    Have sun protection. Sun block should be worn day in, day out. This isn't something you just take on the beach. Having enough protection to your skin will prevent hyperpigmentation and lessen the chances of rapid skin aging and dark eye circle development.

     

    Get enough sleep. The most popular problem of the world - have an effective sleeping pattern. If you sleep well, you'd notice better skin. This is because you get to rest and maintain the normal or optimal functioning of your systems.

     

    Quit Smoking. This isn't new to any of us. Smoking has always been known to cause bad effects. One of them is bad skin. This can reflect through those dark circles under your eyes.

     

     

  6. Hair health is of utmost importance; not only for women but men too. So, if you are looking for ways in which you can make your hair healthy, here is an option that should help you.

    Apple cider vinegar is a remedy traditionally used in keeping one’s scalp and hair healthy. It is a proven method, and you can expect it to be a cost-effective method to have healthy hair. One can easily prevent dry scalp, dandruff and itching with the help of apple cider vinegar. Opting for organic apple cider vinegar is a great idea.

    Vinegar is considered to be a good solution in this case because it can control the growth of fungi and bacteria that often clog the hair follicles. These hair follicles are found where the hair grows.

    Apple Cider Vinegar benefits is even used as a food preservation health remedy and as a remedy for cosmetic problems in the skin. Improving and maintaining scalp health is possible with the help of apple cider vinegar.

    This is a remedy that also helps because it contains antiviral, antifungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that often assist in the prevention of various infections that cause hair loss. Also, it helps in maintaining the pH balance of the scalp. This prevents the scalp from infections and dryness. So, it is a good idea to opt for apple cider vinegar to be sure that your hair is healthy.

    Another interesting fact is that vinegar contains essential nutrients like iron, potassium, Vitamin A, C, B1, B6 and many more that can help in maintaining your hair’s health.

     

    One of the ways in which you can use vinegar to prevent itchiness and flaking and also keep your scalp healthy is to opt for a vinegar rinse.

    If you want to treat itchy or dry scalp and hair problems, you should use plain white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

    A less known fact is that if you want to prevent scalp buildup, one can use apple cider vinegar for the said purpose too. Shampooing helps, but to make the process extremely effective, you should opt for an apple cider vinegar rinse. It will help in removing scalp buildup effectively.

    Want to know more about it? You can think about books that are written on this topic. So, make sure that you learn more about it and make the most of the advantages you can enjoy at the store. Target.com is a place where you can get such informational books. So, visit Target.com and make sure that you enjoy discounts at the store while looking for some of the most exciting discounts that can be enjoyed with the help of promo codes. Promo codes are good, and you should find exciting for Target coupons codes available at popular third-party sites. Look for the expiry dates too before choosing a promo code.

    Apart from this, how do you think apple cider vinegar help in improving one’s scalp and hair health? Share your views in the comments.

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

    1. Healthier Skin

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

    2. Slows Down Aging

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

    3. Protects Your Mouth And Teeth

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

    4. Reduces The Cholesterol

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

    5. Reduces The Risk of Cancer

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

    6. Keeps The Vision Sharp

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

    7. Prevents Diabetes

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

    8. Stops Memory Loss And Keeps The Brain Healthy

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

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

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  8. There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting a roofing contractor for a roof installation. It goes without saying that you want a roofer with plenty of experience. It’s also important that you select a roofer with a good reputation in your community and a proven track record of doing high quality work. Of course, the quoted price also has to be taken into consideration. One factor that many homeowners overlook when choosing a contractor is the roofer’s warranty.

    Don’t rely solely on the manufacturer’s warranty When you have a new roof installed, the roofing materials come with a warranty from the manufacturer. This protects you in the event the roofing materials fail prematurely. But sometimes, a problem with the installation itself can cause the roof to fail sooner than it should. Many manufacturer’s warranties will stipulate that a problem in the first two years isn’t covered. When the problem is with the installation, the manufacturer’s warranty won’t be any help. In this situation, you hope that the roofer will stand by their work and fix the problem.

    Check the fine print

    Any reputable roofer will offer some kind of warranty on their work, but not all warranties are equal. When selecting a roofer, it isn’t enough to just ask if the roofer offers a warranty, you need to pay attention to the details and read the fine print when comparing roofing warranties. There’s a big difference between a warranty that promises to “fix all defects” and a warranty that says it will “keep the roof watertight.” Pay attention to the language used and be wary of warranties that use exclusive language to limit what the roofer will fix. Also see how long the roofer’s warranty is. Some will offer free repairs for the first couple of years and a discounted rate thereafter.

    Other considerations

    Even the most generous warranties can be voided if you don’t properly care for the roof. If you never have your roof inspected, or if you don’t clean out the rain gutters and allow debris to accumulate in the roof valleys, you can’t expect the roofer to honor a warranty since a lack of roof maintenance could be to blame for roofing problems.

    To be safe, only work with a roofing contractor who has a brick and mortar location in the area. If you have a fly­by­night roofer or storm chaser install your roof, there’s a good chance they won’t be available to make repairs down the road. A local roofer with a good reputation in your community, however, will be there to honor a warranty should it be needed.

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    Thanks to our modern, busy lives, many of us experience health problems related directly with stress or improper lifestyle habits. The choices we make every day impact our health greatly and by making few simple adjustments, you can start living more productive and most importantly healthier life! Just follow these easy tips and you will start to feel the difference in just few weeks:

    #1 Try to Avoid Driving

    With most of us working stuck in offices most of the day, in front of a computer, the lack of exercise can cause quite a lot of health problems. A simple 15-20-minute walk can change everything and also since you will not be using your car, you are actually contributing to preserving the environment.

    #2 Go for Green Foods

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    The local supermarkets are often filled with quite a variety of green foods, but many of them are not seasonal thus imported or grown in orangeries. Experts advise to always go for seasonal greens - these are packed with the exact vitamins and minerals you need during the particular time of the year.

    #3 Grow Your Food

    You don’t necessarily need to have a yard, you can place few pots in the kitchen and grown your own herbs or even vegetables. As simple as it may sound, growing your own crops can be beneficial for your health in many ways, plus you will always know what you eat.

    #4 Learn More About Herbs

    Herbs contain large quantities of important vitamins and minerals for your body. They can be combined with one another to deliver not only great taste for your meals, but a bunch of supplements you can’t get into your body. Once you try cooking your favorite meals using fresh herbs, you will never want to change this!

    #5 Get Comfortable Shoes

    Shoes are a lot more than just a fashion accessory – comfortable shoes can increase your energy and help you feel much better when walking or exercising. Furthermore, many studies show that a pair of comfortable shoes seems to be quite an effective weapon against fatigue, a lot better than coffee for example.

    #6 Garlic 101

    Garlic is part of the everyday meal of humans for thousands of years, there are even studies that suggest the same people, who built the pyramids ate it on daily basis. With incredibly effective antibacterial properties, the garlic is the ultimate weapon against common colds and other health problems, common mostly for the winter season. Small amounts of raw or lightly cooked garlic can do miracles with your overall health!

    #7 Have a Casual Conversation

    Multiple studies conducted over the past few years suggest that casual conversations are great for maintaining focus and even help preserve memory. Take just 10 minutes to sit down and have a casual conversation with a friend!

    #8 Drink More Water

    Our bodies are made mostly from water and due to our modern lifestyle, many of us forget to drink sufficient amounts of water every day. Drink between 6 and 8 cups of water every day to ensure your body is properly hydrated. This has incredibly positive impact on many body functions and can greatly improve your overall health!

     These 8 green tips can do wonders for your overall health, but remember that its always necessary to consult with a general practitioner, like BroadGateGP.

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    There has always been a debate about bugs – most people fear and hate them, others don't. To be honest I have to agree with the old saying that goes “the only good bug is the dead bug”, but either way these creatures are unique in the ways they organize themselves, how they adapt and the survival mechanisms they employ. Not to mention that they are extremely functional and most times I wish I was so useful to nature!

    Do you know that you don't always need chemicals in the war against insects? There are different pest control techniques you could try in your house. This way your home will simply be unattractive to different types of pests. One of the most common question in the bug business is “ How to prevent pests from getting into our home”. There can never be a straightforward answer to this question. Keep in mind that sometimes whatever you do there will be an occasional insect trying to disturb you.

    When making your house unattractive to pests start from removing litter, loose boards, etc. away from the foundations of the house. Litter is attracting pests and loose boards provide hiding places. Keep bushes and tree branches trimmed in a way they don't touch the walls of your house. Branches and bushes provide excellent pathways for ants to climb. Avoid using the outside lights all the time, because they also attract insects, especially mosquitoes, and these guys are annoying.

    Remove dead wood from your premises as it makes a great home for termites. In addition, fill any cracks in walls and doors as ants find them and use them. Make sure windows close tightly and there is no space between them and the window frames. When cleaning your house, pay more attention to the corners. Spiders prefer them for their webs. Clean thoroughly and remove all webs. This way you can make sure that you will get rid of them. You probably know this, but unless you don't, spiders are smart animals and they never build a web in a place where it will keep getting destroyed. Clean behind furniture as this might be the next place they build a web.

    When you clean the carpet and especially when you shampoo them, make sure they have dried well before introducing them back to your home. Dust mites and other insects love damp places and carpets are a great breeding spot. Occasional carpet cleaning through hot water extraction will eliminate them and will make your carpets clean and safe again. Similarly your mattress will also need a thorough cleaning once a year or every two years. Find out about bed bugs here.

    If cockroaches are a problem make sure you keep the drain covers on sinks, baths, etc. By following this simple step, their “way” will be blocked. You can occasionally pour a cupful of bleach down your drains, or freshly squeezed lemon juice at least once a week. The fumes from the bleach will keep the cockroaches away.

    Keep in mind that sometimes you will stumble upon insects, even if you have followed this advice and completed all the steps thoroughly. It is inevitable, but keep in mind that no all insects and pests. Check out what Russell Brand said: "Say a fly comes in me house; I tolerate that little asshole. He is just passing through life like I am!" If a pest or insect enters try to get rid of it without inflicting harm or spraying toxic solutions. You are harming yourself too this way. Of course, don't let things get out of hands.

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

    Solar installers must be approved

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

    Examine the condition of your roof

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

    Clear the roofing ahead of solar panel installation

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

    Go with a location for solar panel installation

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

    Solar Power Set up is Save the Earth

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

    It is usually applied for Multiple Purposes

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

    Reasons to choose Solar Power

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

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

  11. Fox facts ! Learn about our flame haired friends. Foxes are a common site in the British countryside and gardens this is a fantastic infographic that helps educate us about these amazing animals. Also touches on the fact they are used across culture. Thanks DrVegas who have a fantastic fox based game 'Foxin Wins!'.

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  12. Hemorrhoids are health problem many experience today, but quite a few are actually willing to discuss it. While there are numerous medications and also surgical interventions, hemorrhoids can easily be cured at home, using 100% natural ingredients. Here are the top green remedies you can try at home:

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    Ice

    Applying ice to the hemorrhoids can reduce swelling and respectively pain. You just need to apply the ice to the area for around 10 minutes and you will start to feel relieved in just few days. This is without doubt the easiest way to deal with hemorrhoids at home.

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    Aloe Vera

    With incredible anti-inflammatory properties, the Aloe Vera can help reduce pretty much all hemorrhoid symptoms and even cure them in the long run. It is applicable for both internal and external hemorrhoids.

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    Lemon Juice

    Lemons are packed with vitamins and minerals, so their juice can be applied for numerous health conditions. Besides relieving many hemorrhoid symptoms, the lemon juice also helps strengthen the blood vessels, which is great for prevention.

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    Almond Oil

    While applicable only for external hemorrhoids, the almond oil moisturizes the affected area and helps relieve burning and itching, probably the most annoying symptoms. For optimal efficiency, the procedure must be repeated several times a day.

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    Olive Oil

    Olive oil is powerful antioxidant and also has anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to reducing swelling and inflammation of the hemorrhoids, the olive oil also increases the elasticity of the blood vessels. Just a teaspoon of olive oil per day can do miracles with your digestive system and it works great as a prevention measure.

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    Whole Grains

    Being rich in fiber, the whole grains help get rid of pretty much all symptoms related with hemorrhoids and also stop bleeding. Furthermore, these help clean up the digestive system and improve the functions of the colon. Great whole grains to include in your diet are oats, barley and brown rice.

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    Apple Vinegar

    Thanks to its astringent properties, the apple vinegar is another great home remedy for hemorrhoids. It helps reduce swollen vessels and reliefs irritation for both internal and external hemorrhoids. For optimal results, its recommended to use unpasteurized vinegar.

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    Water

    While most of us remain completely unaware, we often don’t consume the necessary amounts of water. Drinking 8-10 glasses pre day can help improve the functions of the digestive system and also deal with numerous hemorrhoid symptoms.

    A great home remedy for hemorrhoids is Hemorrel – made from 100% organic ingredients, it helps deal with hemorrhoids permanently.

  13. The new technology that allows vehicles to drive themselves is advancing quickly, however, real changes will be required to laws and society's approach toward the car before such vehicles assume control over the streets later this century.

    The billions of dollars that car producers, high-tech firms and suppliers are spending growing self-sufficient vehicles have put the technology in front of the legitimate and moral structure that should be built up, Markus Auerbach, who heads the San Francisco research office of extravagance car creator Audi AG.

    Various vehicles by now on the roads have sensors that permit autos to inform drivers when they're edging into another path help them with voyage control or even permit them to stop themselves.

    Self-driving vehicles represent a hard test for Audi AG, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and other extravagance automobile producers that have constructed their product status in vast part on driving qualities and the relationship between the auto and the driver. BMW's long-lasting trademark is The Ultimate Driving Machine.

     Mr. Auerbach said,

    “This is completely different behaviour. You have a completely different relationship to a car.”

    The territory will permit testing of self-driving cars on its streets and parkways although any such vehicle is required to have a driver in the driver's seat while it's in movement.

  14. Why is organic waste contamination that bad ?

     

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    1.6 billion tonnes of food is being wasted every year around the globe. It’s worth approximately 750 billions dollars and doesn’t solve the problem with world hunger or the economical crisis. Despite the loss of financial and food resources, discarded foods have strong negative impact on wildlife as well. Landfills that consist  primarily of dumped food supplies are the perfect feeding destination for all kinds of wild animals, especially birds. The relation between organic rubbish and the population of the birds that feed on it is so strong that removing a landfill causes a chain reaction such as reduction in the population of the flying animals or the cause of reproductive diseases.

     

    How come food can make animals suffer ?

     

    Such study was made in France. A landfill has been deliberately removed and 49% decline in the fertility among the gulls was measured and confirmed by ecologists. Seems like that dump site has been the prime food source for the flying creatures and after the waste removal the animals have either moved to a better location or some have starved to death.

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    Small part of the organic waste thrown away by people is actually fish discards  estimated at 6 million tonnes every year. Even though that is not that much compared to 1.6 billion tonnes, more than half of the seabirds rely completely on the leftovers of the fish, produced by the industry and feed entirely on it. In nature, it’s a commonly seen process for an animal to stop hunting when it is being fed by people. That is how some wolves evolved into dogs and then many dog breeds appeared  after experimenting with crossbreeding.

     

    Birds are not the only animals that are affected by the discarded organic trash

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    Predators like wolves, bears and leopards become significantly more active if their natural habitat becomes affected by pollution with organic waste. The grizzly population has increased 4 times in 2014 compared to 1970s. Even some of the world’s most vicious predators like the leopard prefer to inhabit areas polluted by organic rubbish which they consume, usually that is butchered animal bodies. The leopards also hunt on creatures living nearby the landfills which you have to stay away from. Their common prey is pigs, dogs, goats and rats that also seek for sustenance at the dump sites.

     

    Composting help to solve the food waste issues

     

    Composting is the perfect way to fight food rubbish contamination as it is not expensive and can be done by anyone who wants to learn how to do it. It is beneficial as it also helps you save some of the family budget which you usually would spend on buying fertilizers for your garden. Compostable things are divided in two main categories based on what they emit - Carbon or Nitrogen. You can compost stuff like: banana peels, dog food, egg shells, flowers, leaves, peanut hulls, weeds, tea bags, vegetable peels etc.

    Rubbish removal companies are trying to minimize the amount of organic waste being generated in households by giving advice and raising awareness about efficient waste clearance, especially these operating in London.

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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.
     

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