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BrookeChaplan posted a blog entry in Brooke Chaplan's Green BlogCommuting is a tradition that probably dates back practically to the invention of the automobile. Over the decades, though, increased population density, urban sprawl and ever-increasing vehicle ownership have increased commute times substantially. Even worse, they’ve turned commuting into a miserable, environmentally damaging slog for many people. While we all know finding alternative ways of getting to work helps the environment, there are some other benefits. Improved Health A daily drive to work doesn’t just seem to damage your health, it actually does damage your health in demonstrable ways. For example, it drives up your blood sugar levels, which increases your chances of developing diabetes. It also drives up your blood pressure. Higher blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke. Commuting can cause chronic backaches, damage sleep quality and reduce cardiovascular health. Simply put, commuting is bad for you. Finding alternatives, such as public transit or riding a bicycle to work, helps offset these negative effects. Reduced Risk of Accident There are millions of automobile accidents in the US every year. While many of these accidents are comparatively minor fender-benders, some of them cause serious injuries or death. There is a direct relationship between how much time you spend driving and your chances of getting into an accident. The less time you spend driving, the fewer chances you have of getting into an accident. As an added bonus, if you don’t get into an accident, you also don’t need to enlist the services of an automobile accident attorney. Better Sense of Well-Being In addition to the physical costs associated with commuting, you also face costs to your overall well-being from a daily commute. A commute can create feelings of isolation and increase your stress levels. Both of these factors can cripple your sense of well-being. Switching from a daily drive to another mode of commuting, such as public transit, walking or biking can actually lead to an overall increase in your sense of well-being. This holds true even when other stressful events happen in your life. While car ownership and a daily commute might well be part of American culture, it doesn’t follow that commuting is a good thing. In fact, the evidence suggests it’s terrible for your health, mental well-being and overall risk. Giving up the daily drive for public transit, walking or biking is actually good for your health, well-being, and decreases your risks.
Andrew Newitt posted a blog entry in Andrew Newitt's BlogIf you want to start purifying your drinking water , it’s important to get familiar with what kind of filters there are on the market. There are two most common kinds, Ultraviolet (UV) and Reverse Osmosis (RO) filters, and if you’re unsure which type to choose, here is a brief overview outlining their advantages and disadvantages. You will find out how they work and what their benefits and limitations are that will hopefully help you decide which filter to buy. Have a look. Reverse osmosis filters Reverse Osmosis filters work by extracting inorganic solids from water by pushing water through a thin semipermeable membrane. This membrane has a tight structure that is highly effective in extracting contaminants from the drinking water. Collected impurities from the filters are simply washed down the drain. Just to name the few, a reliable reverse osmosis system is successful in removing lead, asbestos, chlorine, detergents, fluoride, nitrates, sulphates and pesticides from the water. All these contaminants can easily enter streams, rivers, and aquifers and get to your home. Another good thing is that Reverse Osmosis filters exclude ions out of the water, making your water pure of salts, sugars, and bacteria. Additionally, RO filters can also block radioactive elements like plutonium and strontium. Just like the UV filters, RO filters are affordable and require regular maintenance performed either by the homeowner or the expert. RO membranes and filters need to be replaced every 6 months to 2 years, depending on the water quality, water usage, and the type of system you use. Quality units, as this Clear Choice Water Filters reverse osmosis system, improve both the taste and smell of your water, making it perfect for drinking. Ultraviolet filters Ultraviolet filters use rays from a UV light source and they use radiation to kill inactive viruses and bacteria. They aim at their DNA structure and successfully stop them from reproducing and spreading. UV rays protect against waterborne bacteria, mould, viruses, and other microorganisms that cause diseases. UV also eliminates hepatitis virus that can be resistant to chlorine that is used to disinfect water. Simply said, ultraviolet filters are probably the best defence system against biological contaminants. UV filtered water is completely tasteless, odourless and colourless which makes it perfect for drinking. Also, you will not need any professional help in maintaining UV filters, and the only thing you need to do is change the UV bulb yearly. Another upside is that the process of purification is relatively fast, so the production of the water isn’t limited. UV filters have many benefits, but they have limitations as well. UV filters work wonders on biological contaminants, but they cannot protect you from inorganic impurities. Contaminants, such as chlorine, heavy metals, and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds are chemicals that get into the ground waters during production processes of paint, petroleum and different refrigerants) cannot be removed from water by using UV filters. In order to ensure your household gets completely clean water, you might consider combining UV filters with Granular Activated Carbon filters or Kinetic Degradation Fluxion filters. The combination of those will filter out all organic and inorganic impurities and make your water completely safe to drink. As you can see, both UV and RO filter systems have their advantages and limitations. UV filters are unprecedented in their defence against organic contaminates, and RO filters excel in fighting inorganic impurities. Both are excellent, but they cannot produce completely pure water on their own. If you want to ensure you get the best quality water in your household, consider combining the two systems. This way you will be safe from both organic and inorganic contaminants. Before you decide, make sure to test your water and see what impurities it contains and then choose the water filter accordingly.
Public Parks as a Necessity Moving into the other city happens for many reasons. Some people are in search for the better job and career opportunity, others look for the numerous leisure and culture experiences. And still others, who are keeping a high profile lately, want to find not just a standard place to live but also a place to admire. That means it has to be beautiful and ecologically safe. In order to achieve such effect, a big amount of public parks is essential. Why is it so important? Well, not everybody has enough money to afford oneself the desired backyard. Actually, the cost of living in major US cities may take its toll on the personal budget. Practical Benefits At the same time, people tend to gravitate to spending time outdoors, playing games, riding a bicycle and simply trying to find a harmony with nature. Therefore, an acute needs for the free public parks appear. Moreover, such need is scientifically proved. Researchers from the BMC Public Health found evidence that physical activity outdoors is more advantageable by comparison with the synthetic environment like a gym. More specifically, it was showed to reduce stress, anger and burnout. Such objects as benches, fountains and gardens are already accessible in the most of the USA cities. Surely with the help of green tips that save you money, it is possible to live a greener life despite your location. However, let's find out which cities are the "greenest" anyway! Represented in our top cities were chosen on the basis of the 2015 City Park Facts Report and 2014 American Community Survey. These are 3 American municipalities with the most public park acres per 1,000 households. By "parks" all kinds of parkland within city area are meant. Top 3 1. Fremont, California City Area: 49,516 acres Parkland: 25,109 acres Parkland per 1,000 households: 343.9 acres Stationing itself 40 miles southeast of City and County of San Francisco, Fremont's green half of land is pretty impressive. It was nominated "Tree City U.S.A." since 1996 by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Because of the physical proximity to the Silicon Valley, the cost expenses may seem to be exaggerated but 0.34 acres or about 15,000 square feet of public parkland on the each household definitely pay its own way. Moreover, there is often a possibility to spare, advice can be found on the financial advisor blog. P.S. For the record, usual college basketball court is near 5,000 square feet. 2. New Orleans, Louisiana City Area: 107,655 acres Parkland: 27,208 acres Parkland per 1,000 households: 178.1 acres New Orleans is widely famous as culture and historic center. Its museums, cuisine, architecture and music delight connoisseur of art. But public parks are very popular as well. It is completely understandable, cause these pieces of nature are absolutely worth looking at. Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge is a sixth largest park in the USA and City Park is the nation's sixth oldest one. This park even offers space for the throwing birthday parties and holding weddings. Besides, there are located Botanical Garden, Sydney and WaldaBesthoff Sculpture Garden and New Orleans Museum of Art. 3. El Paso, Texas City Area: 159,763 acres Parkland: 29,767 acres Parkland per 1,000 households: 136.5 acres This city can be called as the most available hiking site in the USA. All that it takes - to enter the Franklin Mountains State Park, nation’s largest metropolitan park and to have some fun. The plan of creation a park out of the Franklin Mountains appeared in 1970 and was brought to life in 1987. Now it became a wide center with a complete range of things to do, from rock climbing and camping to the annual history musical, Chamizal National Memorial, Wilderness Park Museum and many other attractions.
Mark Piazzalunga posted a topic in Green TalkHave you ever met a denier of climate change? Lucky you because if you are a strong environmentalist (like me) it's hard to discuss with the deniers. So, here’s a list of essential advices for persuading one or more people about the great benefits of green energy/politics/economics. 1. Don’t appear like a crazy prophet of an environmental apocalypse. It doesn’t inspire a lot of trust and a lot of people get tired about the usual environmental polemics. 2. Always expose objective and tangible data supporting your theory. The good thing is that there are a lot of positive data regarding green topics. 3. Always predict any possible antithesis to improve your thesis. 4. Don’t be boring. The worst thing after the refuse is the indifference. 5. Believe in what you say. You have to be convinced about the things you say otherwise it’s totally useless. 6. Don’t invent data to support your thesis and always verify the reliability of the data that you have to expose. Of course, if you're at a dinner with some friends don't show graphs about the levels of CO2 and the melting of Northern Pole. And what about you? Have you ever had an argue with someone about environment? Write it in the comments. P.S. For every climate change denier, I'm happy to hear your experiences but prepare for hard discussions A little reminder of the things we have to protect.