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  1. alfonso87 liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in Go Green by Driving Less   
    Did you know that 91% of all Americans drive to work alone in their car? I unfortunately am one of them. If every one of us could cut out just one of those trips per week by carpooling, taking the bus, walking, or riding a bike, carbon emissions would be reduced by almost 150 tons. That is a significant amount.

    What we all need to do is find a way to cut out one car trip a week and find an alternative way to do it. This could include a trip to the store, a doctor's appointment, hair cut, etc. and get there by another means of transport. It's really not hard to do when you consider that almost 50% of the car trips we make are less than 5 miles. You can easily do that on a bike even if you're not in the best of shape. Just think, riding your bike will help you lose some weight and cut carbon emissions.

    If only 1 driver in a household switched to public transportation full-time, that one person's carbon footprint would be reduced by 30%. My sister walks to work everyday saving herself money on gas and burning off calories from lunch. Walking to work is free and you get a little exercise too.

    If you're interested in connecting with a carpool or maybe even starting one yourself, you can check out one of these sites: www.erideshare.com or www.carpoolworld.com.
  2. Michelle Goes Green liked a post in a topic by brettbh in Should you use more paper instead of less?   
    The majority of people will probably consider reducing paper consumption and/or using recycled paper as an environmentally-friendly option. But is it? According to Edward L. Glaeser, a professor of economics at Harvard University:

    "Our paper recycling programs cost time and money and do little to protect first-growth woodlands and rain forests. The trees used by paper mills are a renewable resource. When people use more paper, suppliers plant more trees. If we want bigger commercial forests, then we should use more paper not less. Our policies should directly protect important wildlife habitats, not try to reduce our demand for paper."

    Hmmm. This argument is somewhat too simplistic as it does not take into account energy used to make the paper, the environmental impact of printing materials (ink and cartridges), etc., etc. - but he does nonetheless make a valid point. In an ideal world, commercialization would certainly not be the best method of protecting our woodlands. But we do not live in an ideal world and we are losing woodland at an alarming rate. So, is this the most viable method of protecting woodland spaces at this point in time? Should people be encouraged to drop the "Please think about the environment before printing this email"? Should we look to increase our consumption of paper from renewable sources in the hope that this will result in our woodland areas expanding rather than shrinking.

    Thoughts?
  3. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in 'The Cove:' Japan Has a Dark Secret It Hopes the World Will Never See   
    I hate seeing and hearing about poor animals slaughtered for whatever reason. I wish people would come to their senses when it comes to atrocities like this. So disturbing.
  4. Michelle Goes Green liked a post in a topic by Simon Leufstedt in Penn & Teller call Bullshit on organics   
    In their latest episode Penn & Teller calls organic food "bullshit". But what they fail to mention is that their so called "expert", Alex Avery, is paid by the Hudson Institute. The Hudson Institute is an American conservative, religious and a pro-free market think tank (read: corporate lobbyists) which is funded by corporations such as Monsanto.

    Oh!

    Also, don't forget that Penn & Teller are members of the Cato Institute.

    http://www.sourcewat...ller:_Bullshit!
    http://www.sourcewat...=Cato_Institute

    Simply put: Don't trust a magician!
  5. Michelle Goes Green liked a post in a topic by Green Blog in Penn & Teller call Bullshit on organics   
    Read the Green Blog article: Penn & Teller claims organic food is “bullshit”, fails to mention that their expert is paid by Monsanto

    But this is not the first time Penn and Teller's "Bullshit!" show receives criticism, and especially not when they cover environmental topics. In season one, aired 2003, Penn and Teller claims that the global warming crisis was created by "hysterical hippies and environmentalists". Their biased and misinformed global warming episode has since then been criticized and debunked. Logical Science has listed and debunked the claims Penn and Teller made in the episode:

    View the full article
  6. Michelle Goes Green liked a post in a topic by Simon Leufstedt in Hiroshima Day   
    Today, August 6th, marks 64 years since the atomic bombing and the US mass-murder of Hiroshima and it's citizens.

    http://www.boston.co..._years_ago.html

    "At 8.15am on August 6 1945, over the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the B-29 Superfortress bomber Enola Gay opened its payload doors. The payload was the first atomic bomb, codename 'Little Boy'.

    An estimated 80,000 people were killed by the initial blast. By the end of 1945 up to a further 60,000 had died through radiation, injuries and other conditions. The vast majority of these people were civilians.

    Sixty-four years ago today, the Nuclear Age began.

    If we are truly committed to ridding our planet of nuclear weapons and preventing such atrocities as happened at Hiroshima, there is one thing we must do…"

    http://weblog.greenp...oshima_day.html



    "What is this? I will tell you: This is the place where Humanity reached one of its lowest points in history. The place where 64 years of fear started. The place where the most terrible discovery humankind has ever made finally took shape.

    Today marks 64 years of the culmination of Project Manhattan—one of the most complex, expensive, and deadly endeavours ever accomplished by science, the creation of the first nuclear bomb. That August 6, a B-29 Superfortress bomber called "Enola Gay" dropped this 8900 pound bomb called "Little Boy" from 31,000 feet above this exact point, instantly killing 70,000 people, killing 70,000 more years after the event, and affecting the lives of thousands more forever. Actually, the life of everyone in the planet, which still can destroy itself hundreds of times over."

    http://gizmodo.com/5331430/what-is-this
  7. Michelle Goes Green liked a post in a topic by Green Blog in France must shut down nuclear plants due to heatwaves   
    Photo credit: christian.senger The Times Online are reporting that France have been forced to close down a third of its nuclear power stations this summer due to heatwaves:



    ?France is being forced to import electricity from Britain to cope with a summer heatwave that has helped to put a third of its nuclear power stations out of action.

    With temperatures across much of France surging above 30C this week, EDF?s reactors are generating the lowest level of electricity in six years, forcing the state-owned utility to turn to Britain for additional capacity.

    Fourteen of France?s 19 nuclear power stations are located inland and use river water rather than seawater for cooling. When water temperatures rise, EDF is forced to shut down the reactors to prevent their casings from exceeding 50C.?

    It seems thirsty nukes can’t take the heat and that climate change puts nuclear energy into hot water. A question we must all ask our self: as the planet is warming up, is nuclear really a smart move?

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  8. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in Abortions   
    That's pretty funny about the drive-in clinic and I believe that would be the case too! Why does it have to be more complicated with women?

    I'm all about pro-choice because if it wasn't legal, it would still happen. It would just be in a back alley or something of that nature, kinda like drugs. Definitely let the woman decide. It is her body!
  9. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in Why Drinking Bottled Water is Bad for You and the Environment   
    I've seen more news lately about the bottled water industry and bottled water in general and with a new documentary about the bottled water industry, Tapped, I thought I'd share a post from my blog.


  10. Michelle Goes Green liked a post in a topic by Simon Leufstedt in The only animals worth protecting are AMERICAN animals that know how to use a gun!   
    This Glenn Beck guy on the FOX channel in USA clearly has a mental disorder, or something like that.

    http://www.youtube.c...h?v=pN_b0Vpw5ag

    They call this news in America. Just amazing. Amazingly stupid.

    More crazy Glenn Beck stuff:

    http://www.youtube.c...h?v=CVUQM5XmCIg
  11. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in The only animals worth protecting are AMERICAN animals that know how to use a gun!   
    I posted a comment last week on Twitter about Glenn Beck's stupid antics. Definitely not news and definitely not worth watching. I really despise the Fox News Channel now because of shows like his.
  12. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in Green house gas   
    Here's a good definition courtesy of Wikipedia:

    "Greenhouse gases are gases in an atmosphere that absorb and emit radiation within the thermal infrared range. This process is the fundamental cause of the greenhouse effect. Common greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere include water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone. In our solar system, the atmospheres of Venus, Mars and Titan also contain gases that cause greenhouse effects. Greenhouse gases greatly affect the temperature of the Earth; without them, Earth's surface would be on average about 33°C (59°F) colder than at present."


  13. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in Are You Aware of What Plastics are Toxic?   
    It seems like just about every day we learn about another toxin in our presumably safe home. Whether it’s that water bottle you’re drinking out of or the plastic dishes you store your food in, some plastics are leaching poisons into your home and into your body, but not all plastics are bad. Plastic in general is a very useful resource because it enables us to reuse products time and time again, thus conserving resources. Let’s take a look at a few different types of plastics and which ones are safe and which ones you should avoid.

    Polycarbonate

    This plastic is responsible for releasing Bisphenol A which has been in the news a lot lately because it’s found in a number of water bottles, certain types of Nalgene bottles, baby bottles, car parts and other common manufactured food storage containers. The easiest way to identify this plastic is to look at the recycling label on the bottom of the container. If it says 7, other, or PC then steer clear of it.

    Polyethylene Terephthalate

    This plastic is commonly used for water bottles and soda bottles. It’s safe for one time consumption however multiple uses, like refilling that same plastic water bottle over and over again, is not healthy. The plastic will begin to degrade and leach and bacteria can begin to grow.

    High density Polyethylene

    This is what milk containers and those plastic grocery bags are made from. It is recyclable and is generally labeled HDPE

    Polyvinyl Chloride

    This is an extremely toxic plastic and is commonly called PVC. It’s used in window frames, to wrap meat in your grocery store, in shower curtains, in your plumbing and in many baby toys like rubber duckies and mattress covers. To identify this plastic, look for the recycling label 3 or PVC.

    Polystyrene

    This plastic is used to make plastic silverware, coffee cups, take out containers and egg cartons. It’s commonly called Styrofoam and has been linked to cancer. It’s labeled PS or 6 for recycling.

    Polypropylene

    Polypropylene or PPE is a commonly used and safe plastic. You’ll find food bags, cups and plastic bottles, medicine bottles and other food storage items are often sold in this plastic.

    Low density polyethylene

    Another safe one, this plastic is what makes up your garbage bags, ketchup squeeze bottles and the plastic wrap you use to store food in your refrigerator. It’s commonly labeled 4 or LDPE for recycling purposes.

    By and large, manufacturers are getting better about using safe plastics to create their products. It always pays though to know what your buying and potentially putting into your body. The plastics to look out for are PVC, Polycarbonate, and Polystyrene because they are the most toxic and when thrown away will continue to leach toxins into the soil. Keep your family safe and learn what plastics are toxin free.
  14. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in Drive Smart – Gas Saving Alternatives   
    I like the idea of gas-guzzling vehicles having to pay a polluting-the-air tax. Can't believe people still buy these things, like my neighbor across the street. He just bought a Hummer, blasphemy!
  15. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in World Peace, is it possible?   
    Good point! Hmmmm, maybe that's why I'd like to leave.
  16. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in Al Gore wants to create a new top level .ECO domain   
    A great idea for use with "green" sites, just like using .edu, .gov, etc. Why not? I would definitely use it with my "green" site.
  17. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in Everyday Planet Saving Tips   
    Saving the planet, conserving and using sustainable products has become more than a passing fad. It has evolved into a way of life. Being environmentally conscious often also means being financially conscious – it saves money. Let’s look at 7 things you can do every day to save the planet.

    #1 Buy and use reusable shopping bags. Whenever you go shopping, whether it’s at the grocery store or clothing store, use reusable bags. You can often purchase these durable cloth bags at your local market or home store but you can also order designer reusable shopping bags online. You can even make your own. The cost of a reusable bag bought at the market costs just a few dollars and you’re saving the earth from the landfills. Plastic takes 1,000 years to decompose and paper bags use 14 million trees a year.

    #2 Turn it off. Whether it’s lights or the water faucet, turn them off when you’re not using them. Every day we leave the water running while we brush our teeth, wash our face, shave and shampoo our hair. Turn it off when you’re not using it and save thousands of gallons of water each year. And if you’re in the habit of leaving the lights on when you leave the room a simple change in habit, turning them off when you leave the room will save energy and money.

    That goes for your computer too. When you’re not using it, rather than putting it into sleep mode, turn it off.

    #3 Adjust your thermostat. This is an easy one. Simply lower your thermostat in the winter by 5 degrees and raise your thermostat 5 degrees in the summer and you’ll save both on your electric and gas utility bills, and you’ll save resources.

    #4 Walk when you can. Walking is great exercise. It allows you to get valuable fresh air and sunshine and walking conserves fuel. If walking isn’t an option, consider a bicycle. You can cover the same amount of distance in about half the time and biking is exceptional exercise. You don’t have to be Greg Lemond (my favorite cyclist) to get on a bike, and your bike doesn’t need to be fancy.

    #5 Reduce, reuse, and recycle. We’re not just talking about the basics here. Yes, it’s great to reuse that bag your last birthday present came in however what about reusing the same water glass throughout the day to save washing the same dish repeatedly. You can also pour the stale water in your pet’s water dish into your plants. You can use food containers to pack your lunch instead of plastic baggies and plastic wrap. The options to reduce, reuse and recycle are endless. Take a look around your home and see where you can conserve

    #6 Light Bulbs. When your light bulbs burn out, instead of replacing them with another standard light bulb, replace them with compact fluorescent bulbs. They’re energy smart and while they cost a touch more than a standard bulb, they last 10 times longer.

    #7 Cleaning Products. As you run out of cleaning products in your home, replace them with natural or environmentally friendly cleaning products. Look for biodegradable products and if you’re unsure whether a product is environmentally safe, look for the health warnings. If it’s warning free, meaning nothing on the label says toxic, dangerous, warning or any other alarming notation, then you’re probably safe.

    There are hundreds of small steps you can take every day to make the planet we live on a healthier and safer place to be. Start with these everyday tips, integrate them into your daily routine. Once they become a habit you can look for new eco-friendly habits to adopt.
  18. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in Overpopulation is not the problem ? overconsumption by the rich few is   
    I believe both contribute to global warming because the more people we have, the more energy used but also the more technology, cars, etc we add, the more energy used. I think controlling both population and use of nonrenewable energy will help but finding more ways to use our renewable resources is the ultimate solution.

    I also wrote an article about population control on my blog. You can check it out here: Population Control - The Ultimate Green Choice
  19. Michelle Goes Green liked a post in a topic by Green Blog in Overpopulation is not the problem ? overconsumption by the rich few is   
    Photo credit: Hipnos

    I often hear people saying that overpopulation is the main problem to our environmental and ecological problems. Some people even claim that it?s responsible for global warming. I also agreed with this idea before. But after reading more about the subject over the years I have changed my mind.

    The rich countries in the ?North?, i.e. the West, have a ?rapidly decreasing? population which is ?expected to decline over the next forty years.? Developing countries such as India, China and most of Africa on the other hand is where we will see future population numbers increasing.

    And yes. It seems so easy to blame countries with an overwhelming rising population for being responsible for wrecking our planet, climate and environment. Because surely more people must mean more pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Right?

    Not really. The West is responsible for about 80% of the worlds CO2 increase. An average person living in Great Britain will in only 11 days emit as much CO2 as an average person in Bangladesh will during a whole year. And just a single power plant in West Yorkshire in Great Britain will produce more CO2 every year than all the 139 million people combined living in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.

    As Fred Pearce from the Yale Environment 360 blog notes, only a small portion of the world?s people are using most of the planets resources as well as producing the most of the greenhouse gases. And those are living in the West:

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  20. Simon Leufstedt liked a post in a topic by Michelle Goes Green in Drive Smart – Gas Saving Alternatives   
    As the price of gas will surely begin to rise again and the threat of limited supply hangs over our heads, we're all looking for smart gas saving alternatives. Here are a few handy tips to get started.

    Slow down or speed up. The optimal speed limit for gas preservation is actually the 55 mph speed limit on most state highways. Of course that doesn’t mean if the speed limit is 25 that you should go 55 or if the speed limit is 75 you should drive 20 mph under the speed limit. If the posted speed limit is 55, go for it and take pride in the fact that you’re saving gas.

    Maintain your speed. It actually uses more fuel to accelerate and brake, accelerate and brake repeatedly. Choose your speed and stick to it as much as possible.

    Accelerate slowly. The lead foot syndrome is a sure fire gas waster. When you press on the gas, you’re releasing vast amounts of fuel. Your engine can only burn so much and all the extra simply goes to waste.

    Drop the weight. Did you know that for every extra 100 pounds in your car you lose 2% in fuel efficiency? Hop into that trunk or hatchback of yours and pull out all the extra junk. Leave the jack and the spare tire of course! That bag of workout clothing you’ve had sitting in the back for months and the empty picnic cooler can go.

    Change your spark plugs and keep your car in tip-top shape. The more efficient your car’s systems, the more efficient it uses fuel. In fact, changing your old spark plugs can boost fuel mileage up to 30%.

    Make sure your tire has enough pressure. Underinflated tires cause a significant reduction in fuel efficiency. The reason is that you actually have more resistance on the street.

    Change your air filter. Your air filter feeds the air directly into your engine and if it’s dirty, you’re losing performance. Typically, your air filter is changed when your oil is changed however, it’s important to make sure.

    There’s an age old dilemma regarding which is more fuel efficient to drive with the air conditioner running or to drive with the windows open. The truth is that both waste fuel and are relatively equal. However, if you’re driving at high speeds, the air conditioner may save a bit more gas and if you’re driving at low speeds then having the windows open is slightly more fuel-efficient.

    Ultimately, the most fuel-efficient thing you can do is to carpool, take public transportation, walk or ride your bike. And the smaller the vehicle you’re in, the more fuel efficient it tends to be. Try adopting one gas saving habit each week or month until you’re not only saving the environment and conserving resources, you’re saving hundreds of dollars each month.