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

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

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

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

    Concentrated Solar Power Plants and Residential Solar Options  

     

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

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

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

    Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic Solar Power

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Solar Power and Your Energy Bills 

     

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

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

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

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

    How Much Can You Really Save? 

     

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

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

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

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

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

    Save Year Round...and Sidestep Peak Rates 

     

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

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

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

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

    1.     Someone who will not judge you:

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

    2.     Make you express yourself:

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

    3.     Have someone to be around with:

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

    Conclusion:

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

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

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

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

    energy rates offered by various companies and suppliers.

    A Quick Way to Compare

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

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

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

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

    great way to save some valuable time.

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

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

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

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

    one that offers better rates.

    Taking Benefits of Promotions and Offers

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

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

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

    much as possible according to your lifestyle and budget.

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

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

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

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

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

    Capped Rates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    substantial amount of money each month.

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

    • Think about your fund

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

    • Get a Provisional Driving License

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

    • Find a Driving School

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

    • Think how to Get Good Driving Lessons

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

    • Start Preparation for your theory test

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

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

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

    1. Where Do You Live?

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

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

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

    2. What About Your Wallet?

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

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

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

    3. In the Long Run?

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

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

  6. 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/

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

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

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

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

    You can watch it here

    What people are saying about Drop in the Ocean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    How long is it?

    The film is just under 28 minutes long.

    Who's in it?

    Among the interviewees are:

    Dr John Sweeney, Climatologist, NUI Maynooth, Ireland

    Paul Melia, Environment Correspondent, Irish Independent

    Oisin Coughlan, Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland

    Ciara Kirrane, Stop Climate Chaos Ireland Coalition coordinator

    John Fogarty, Templederry Community Windfarm

    John Gibbons, Environmental Writer

    Stephen McCabe, Environment Scientist

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

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

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

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

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

    Others and excuses

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

    Myself and others

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

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

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

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

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

     

    That Old Transistor Radio

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

     

    All Those Unused Monitors

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

     

    Phone Cameras

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

     

    The Old Bulky Television

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

     

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

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    For people who have become more conscious of what goes into what they eat, the good news is that an escalating amount of food manufacturers are proposing organic options, making organic food one of the fastest-growing sectors of food production in the United States. The bad news is that all of those options can be uncertain, especially when factoring in food made without GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Some people could be trying to eat an all-organic diet, and others may simply be trying to dodge GMOs. Although foods may be labeled as USDA-certified organic or Non-GMO, consumers may not understand the difference. In some cases, there is an overlap between the USDA Organic and Non-GMO labels, but there are some key differences consumers should be aware of when trying to make the distinction between organic foods and foods made without GMOs.

    Normally, foods with the USDA Organic label have been manufactured without the use of GMOs as well as other standards that certify that the food has been produced with at least 95 percent organic ingredients. Foods that have been labeled as Non-GMO, on the other hand, only need to meet the criteria that they contain less than 1 percent of GMO content. Foods certified as Non-GMO may have been exposed to fertilizers or chemical pesticides, animals may have been subjected to hormones or antibiotics, and livestock may not have been fed using 100 percent organic feed. In short, all USDA Organic certified foods are Non-GMO, but not all Non-GMO certified foods are organic.

    The inflated variety and selection accessible at the grocery store today may be more confusing, but anyone who is concerned about what goes into their favorite organic chocolate brands will need to know the difference between the labeling and what the labels mean. The following chart helps delineate the differences between USDA Organic and Non-GMO labels, so review it the next time you check the labels on your favorite snacks.

    Check out the useful infographic that spray drying company, PacMoore has created below:

     

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

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

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    Make The Living Room A Forest Of Your Imagination:

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

    Let Your Jacuzzi Resemble A Countryside Lake:

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

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    Green Gateways:

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

    Make A Unique Effect In The Balconies:

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

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

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

    1. Learn to Unplug


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

    2. Adjust the Fridge


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

    3. Bring Reusable Bags


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

    4. Turn off the Tap


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

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

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

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

    Carbon Trading Scheme

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

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

    Obey or Explain

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

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

    Generation S

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

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

    Does everybody support the movement for change?

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

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

     

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

    General roof maintenance tips

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

    Problems with metal roofs

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

    Cleaning your metal roof

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

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

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

    1. Buy Used Furniture

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

    2. Upcycle Everything

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

    3. Rely on Natural Sunlight

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

    4. Ditch the Vending Machine

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

    5. Go Paperless

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

     

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

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