Miguel Dias

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  1. Nowadays the concerns about the environment are very present in the minds of more and more people. Maybe because of the huge amount of information that circles on the internet in site and blogs like this one, because they saw it on the TV, or because they have already suffered from some of the effects of climate change: floods, extreme drought, heavy snow storms, etc. Some of the solutions presented to prevent or decrease the effects of global warming are, as we all know: Drive you car less times, use public transports, shutdown all electric devises when they are not in use, recycle etc. Though we would like that every person in the world stopped using their personal car and started using public transports, shutdown all electric devises, stopped wasting energy and water. The truth is that won’t happen in the near future, because there will be always some "fool" doing the exact opposite of what is needed and because people don’t change their habits in a couple of days. So what we need is to develop new technologies to the max, only they will make us save this planet. Only technology will make us use less oil and start using renewable energies. I don’t know if you have noticed already but everything you use on your day, from your clothes to the computer you are using to read this, is a product of human technology. So, as good old human technologies they are, they consume energy produced mainly by the burning of oil, and this is the main cause of global warming, as the most of you may know. Because of that some years ago the idea of using wind, water, the sun and others as energy sources came out to outcome the global warming problem. But, has many new technologies, they had a lot of downsides that kept people way from them. Though they've improved a lot since those days, due to scientific research, they still have a long way to go, for example: windmills need to become noiseless, and harmless to birds and bats; solar panels need to improve their efficiency, now days it’s only of 25%; electric dams need to decrease their impact on the surrounding environment; and so on... But when we talk about new technologies, renewable energies are only the tip of the iceberg. There an entire world of electronic devices that need to become more energy efficient; cars need to stop having their engines working on gas; houses need to have better isolation, to avoid energy losses. Those are some of the reasons for why we should invest more and more on new technologies and on their research. Without them the planet we know and love won’t last much longer…
  2. Green WebHost

    Green WebHost is an UK company that started providing environmental guided hosting in 2003. They were, according to them, the first ISP in UK that took this issue seriously. Their datacenter is located in California, east of Los Angeles, and uses 120 solar panels which generate all the electricity they need to power the servers and their offices, becoming the first and only solar-powered hosting company in the UK. We "assist" in the offset all of our estimated 25 Tonnes per year of CO2 (by "sequestration" or "Carbon Fix") by working with TreeSponsibility, a community based Climate Action Group, we also plant a tree for every new Broadband and Web Hosting customer. One of their plans for the near future is to build the first "Solar Powered Data-centre" in Europe. This data-centre is expected to be built in Portugal. They are currently looking for Investors or Internet companies wishing to help. During 2007/08 we will be liaising with investors and technical experts in the field of Internet backbone connectivity and data-centre design to complete Europe's first "Solar Powered Data-centre" build, we will be meeting with key people interested in making this vision a reality, this is looking more likely to be in Portugal. Website: http://www.greenwebhost.net
  3. Oil and War

    Since the Babylonian times that Petroleum or Crude oil is used in several ways. But only in the second half of the 19th century, with the discovery of the process of refining kerosene from coal, crude oil becomes an industry. With the invention of the internal combustion engine the oil drilling increased dramatically in order to satisfy the need for fuel. We can easily see why crude oil is considered the “black goldâ€; we use it to make all types of plastics, when refined as fuel for our cars, as heating for our houses, to cook, to produce electricity and so many other things. If this wasn’t a non-renewable and extremely polluting resource, crude oil would be the perfect substance for us humans. But sadly it isn’t and we must stop use it before it’s too late. Global warming is real and one of main reasons for it is the high consume of oil. We are talking about a non-renewable resource and our demand for it gets bigger every year and that’s one of the reasons why the crude oil price has been increasing. This makes the oil companies increase their search for oil wells and when they can’t find any they try to buy or control other oil wells that belong to other companies in order to monopolize the market and generate more money to themselves and their owners. Because of their money and power and because we use oil in so many different things puts huge pressure on governments to craft laws that protect their company interests, to authorize drilling in protected areas and even start wars. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the Iraq war. One of the main reasons for the war was the irrefutable evidences of mass destruction weapons in Iraq. Well according to the European Commission President this information was fake. Last weekend the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in an in interview to a Portuguese newspaper and radio said that the evidences of mass destruction weapons given by the Bush’s administration when he was the Portuguese Prime Minister did not corresponded to the truth. "I saw the documents, I had them in front of me, saying that there was mass destruction weapons in Iraq. That turned out to not correspond to the truth", guarantee, saying that "today is easy to blame president Bush" but at the time he also spoke with Bill Clinton that also said being "absolute convinced". "We can’t forget that the decision, at the time, in USA, of invade Iraq was taken by all, republicans and democrats" said José Barroso. The other main reason was the fight against terrorism. But there have been more acts of terrorism since the beginning of the war than before. Almost every day we see on the news that a car bomb exploded in Iraq killing many innocents. So with both goals failed, you can ask what are they still doing there? The answer to that is the third goal that Bush’s administration doesn’t admit. The third goal is the control of the Iraqi oil wells by the American oil companies. And they would not make it with Saddam in power. I think it’s to Bush admit the true reasons of the war and get their soldiers out of Iraq. Our addiction to oil don’t just produce enormous wealth to polluting companies that speeds up the effects of global warming but it also creates human suffering in brutal wars. Don’t you think it’s time to get rid of this addiction once and for all? Image credits: Spider Dijon and Daquella manera. Images licensed under a Creative-Commons license.
  4. Wake up!

    In the times we live, it’s almost impossible not be aware of the environmental problems that the earth is facing. The number of species that become extinct every day is so big that some will be extinct before we even discover them. Recently some leading scientists said that the global warming consequences are very unlikely to be avoided; this means that even if we stopped CO2 emissions today we would almost certainly suffer the consequences of global warming anyway. And this is only our fault; we are the ones that deserve to be punished. Now it’s time to change our lifestyle, change the way we think. It’s very easy to help the planet, just start doing little things like recycling, change your normal light bulbs to energy saving bulbs, start using public transports when ever you can, use a bike or just walk instead of using a car. The Earth is our home and we won’t live else where.
  5. Sustainable Websites

    Sustainable Websites offers web hosting powered by wind power from Renewable energy certificates (RECs). The green power is generated in the Mountain View Wind facility in San Gorgonio Pass, California. With its 111 wind turbines Mountain View can generate enough energy to power over 40000 homes in California. By purchasing renewable energy certificates, we're not only offsetting our own emissions of harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases, we're participating in a community of responsible businesses and individuals. The income from REC's goes towards either supporting existing wind turbine farms or developing new ones. We're part of the solution - imagine if more people participated too! Even if less than 50% of the population participated, we would be well on our way to independence from imported fossil fuels. We believe that Sustainable Websites host their own dedicated servers over at GNAX. According to our research Sustainable Websites hosted around 360 different domain names in the beginning of September. The trend is going upwards with more and more domain registrations so you can safely say that Sustainable Websites is a trustworthy web host. Sustainable Websites is not only a green web host. In addition their green hosting they offer a community for their members with access to a large library of sustainable and green marketing articles.
  6. ecoSky

    EcoSky is powered by an infrastructure that draws power from the wind and sun. EcoSky is located in the state of Oregon, USA and was founded on the values of ecological sustainability. Our mission is to deliver quality internet and communications services to the general public while contributing to the growth in awareness of and limiting our impact on the delicate balance of our environment. This company uses energy wisely by using the solar photovoltaic panels mounted on the roof-top to power up their servers. Another reason is their "grid connection": in the summer months when the sunlight is stronger the excess of energy is grid back to system to be use by others and in the winter months when the sunlight is low and they need more energy they draw power back from the grid. This energy goes directly to support the production of wind power. EcoSky is also dedicated to help their community by donating part of their annual profit to non-profit and community-based organizations. They offer to their employees a work environment that supports physical well-being, individual expression through mutual respect and career advancement. EcoSky recognizes that a healthy and supported staff of people contributes to the success of our efforts. Besides all the benefits not all services are entirely powered by renewable energy. The services are: internet access and local POP service. DNS, mail, web and authentication services are totally powered by renewable energy. http://www.ecosky.com
  7. WebCtel

    WebCtel was founded in 2000, in New England and is the only solar powered web hosting services provider of that area. WebCTel provides website design, maintenance and support, application development, productivity tools and consulting. WebCTel is headquartered in the Greenworks Building in East Cambridge, site of a former rubber manufacturing facility. The contaminated building has been reclaimed and now provides office space to businesses and non-profit organizations that place an emphasis on environmental protection and implementing social change. WebCtel uses solar energy to power-up the offices and servers. The solar panels are constituted by small photovoltaic cells made of thin layers of silicon and other conductive materials. When in direct contact with sunlight occur a chemical reaction similar with photosynthesis in plants and then stored in their battery storage bank or directly use. This Web host is also involved in several community activities: sponsoring volunteer events, donating 2% of their annual profits to community groups and non-profit organizations and inviting school groups and others to visit their facility and learn more about alternative energies. Through our community outreach efforts, we're helping to build the backbone of a thriving society. Besides the all the benefits to environment and to the community WebCtel provides a variety of services in order to serve different clients. Among those services we can find the CMS (Compliance Management System); the SOPs (Standard Online Permitting Solutions) and the SDVMA (Supplier Diversity Vendor Management Application). For more information visit: www.webctel.com