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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
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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
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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 dum
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What Is Organic Waste & How Does It Make Our World Greener?

Organic waste refers to those waste materials that can decompose. It usually comes from either plants or animals. When disposed of, it will naturally decompose through bacterial activity. Therefore, it is a better form of waste compared to other non-biodegradable forms such as plastics. Because of its degradable nature, organic waste leads to a greener environment through several ways: Reduce Water Pollution When well-composted, organic waste reduces the need to use synthetic fertilize

HannahWhittenly

HannahWhittenly

Use Well Water? 3 Strategies For Keeping It In Top Shape

If you depend on a well for your water supply, you will be responsible for taking the specialized measures that will help to keep your water safe and continuously available for cooking, washing, drinking and other purposes. Your well requires a number of preventative measures to ensure it will provide sanitary water. Here are 3 strategies to help your well system maintain good operation. 1—Avoid Contamination From Toxic Substances Property owners should take special care to ensure

LizzieWeakley

LizzieWeakley

How to Make Your Next Construction Project Lean and Green

The construction industry is recovering after the reduction in sales of houses a few years ago. Construction companies are striving to build structures that are environmentally friendly as well as affordable. Like many other industries the construction sector is under the watchful eye of their communities to go green in an effort to protect and preserve the environment. Planning Stage When a construction company and the clients that they are working with decide to do a project, goi

RachelleW

RachelleW

5 Alternative Ways to Heat and Cool Your Home Off-the-Grid

So you want a home that's cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but you're sick and tired of paying ridiculous monthly energy bills. You look around and wonder if there's any way to keep your home comfortable, while not giving the utility company another dime. What options do you have for changing the temperature of your home's air while staying "off the grid?" Actually, more options than you probably think.   Let the Outside In If the idea of high utility bills and constant

clairestewart

clairestewart

Eco-friendliness of heat pumps

You must probably have heard some opinions about eco-friendliness of air source heat pumps. But let’s dive into numbers to see the foundation of these assertions. Firstly, consider the Coefficient of Performance (COP) of any heat pump. To put it simply, how does it work and how effectively. Any heat pump extracts some part of heat from outdoors and puts it where it is needed – inside your house. The same goes for cooling the apartment, not only heating it – just switch the system to wo

greenenergy

greenenergy

3 Eco-Friendly Home Backup Plans for Power Outages

Severe storms are one of the more common reasons why you may lose electrical power in your home, but other factors can also create this problem. Many electrical service providers will restore electricity within hours, but there may be other instances when you are without electrical power for days. Keep in mind that your ability to control your home’s climate, to keep your refrigerated foods fresh and more are eliminated when you have no electrical power in your home. If you want to be fully prep

BrookeChaplan

BrookeChaplan

Clear as Glass: DIY Glass Cleaner with Common Products in Your Home

When you look at the windows in your home, you might see everything from streaks to fingerprints. You can get window cleaners at retail stores that will clean the glass. Another option is to make your own cleaner with products that you probably already have in your home to clean your windows without spending a lot of money. Vinegar and Water A simple DIY cleaner uses white vinegar and water. Combine two cups of water with half a cup of vinegar in a bucket. You can add a squeeze or two

Meghan Belnap

Meghan Belnap

Ecological Dangers in Our Households! How Every Homeowner Can Help Saving the Planet

In the last couple of decades, people became more conscious of the different ways we affect the environment. Our interested in ecology opened up topics like what damages we've done up until now, can we reverse them and can we prevent them from happening in the future. With global warming, polluted waters and deforestation more people want to take part in protecting our planet, bringing the conversation to our homes. Now we do our research and make conscious purchases. Let's talk about

MargaretSw

MargaretSw

Green Agricultural Practices

Green agricultural practices strive to preserve the environment and produce livestock and crops sustainably. Being truly green is practicing producing as little waste as possible and using as little water as possible. Here are some green agricultural practices that seem out of date but are now crucial to sustainable agriculture. The goal is to maintain productivity and quality while using resources more efficiently. Crop Rotation The practice of growing the same crop in the same s

greenenergy

greenenergy

Winter HVAC: How to Keep Your Home Energy Effcient During Winter

Being energy efficient does also include saving an extra cash by cutting down energy use other than just those in need of protecting the environment. During winter seasons, a lot of energy goes to waste when maintaining the warmth of the house. Curbing expenses regarding efficient use of power at your home during winter require the following steps. House Insulation Air sealing, attics, and walls should get enhanced with additional insulations materials to ensure that walls, windows, an

LizzieWeakley

LizzieWeakley

5 Factors Threatening Air Quality and How Businesses Can Help

The skies aren’t just gray these days because of the weather. Despite years of scientific warnings, air quality continues to deteriorate on a global level. The situation is only going to intensify as more and more nations become fully industrialized. Will governments work to help reverse these trends? While an increasing number are taking leadership roles in addressing this problem, others are actually backing away from them. So who will step into this air quality breach? Increasingly, it is bus

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

Off The Grid: 3 Ways To Keep Your Well In Tip-Top Shape

A good well is a priceless part of off-the-grid living, and maintaining one can be surprisingly easy. However, first-time well owners may find that there is a bit of a learning curve. Unfortunately, mistakes can be costly if they damage the well or cause contamination. Here are three simple ways to avoid those troubles and keep your well running smoothly. Keep An Eye On The Calendar Regular water testing is an important part of maintaining a healthy well. In most places, an annual

EmmaSturgis

EmmaSturgis

3 Green Approaches To Your Emergency-Preparedness Plan

Getting your family and home ready for an emergency doesn’t need to be bad for the environment. In fact, many homeowners are surprised to hear that “prepping” can actually reduce their carbon footprint when done correctly. Here are some eco-friendly tips that will help you get your family ready for emergencies such as storms, floods, and power outages. Buy Supplies That You Are Going To Use Anyways Many of the food products that are put in survival kits aren’t designed to be very tasty

EmmaSturgis

EmmaSturgis

3 Preventable Ways Winter Can Damage Your Home and Waste Resources

Winter can be a brutal time for your family as well as your pets, and your whole crew may spend much of your time indoors where it is safe, warm and cozy. However, winter weather can be harsh on your home in different ways as well. Some of the more common types of winter damage that homeowners may have to deal with actually can be prevented when you take a few steps to prepare for the weather conditions to come.   Ice Dams on Your Roof Heavy snow and ice on your roof can be

BrookeChaplan

BrookeChaplan

4 Ways to Keep Your Company's Machinery Eco-friendly

In case your company has not taken the necessary steps to become eco-friendly, you need to take the challenge head-on. Taking the initiative to reduce waste and going green is a great way to becoming efficient and saving money for your business. A lot needs to be done to ensuring our working environments are sustainable for the future generations. Below are four eco-friendly practices that will help you reduce your company’s machinery carbon footprint, and save money for your business.

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

Green Solutions: 5 Ways Plumbing Is Going Eco-Friendly

When thinking of ways our lives impact the environment, most people often worry about their carbon footprint, recycling habits, and other common concerns. While it may surprise you, one area of your home that can have a dramatic impact on the environment is your plumbing system. Thankfully, there is a recent trend among plumbing companies to adopt more eco-friendly technology and most of these solutions are widely available. Low Flow Toilets Toilets use a serious amount of water, a

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

Fresh Air Family: 3 Environmentally Sound Places Perfect For Raising Your Kids

The many benefits of children’s exposure to nature have by now been well documented. Children lucky enough to make natural playgrounds part of their daily lives enjoy better focus and fewer physical health problems, among other things. In addition to benefitting children in personal ways, surrounding kids not only with nature but a culture of environmental stewardship ensures that they’ll be more likely to pass this legacy forward. What communities can help parents do this? Burlington, Verm

EmmaSturgis

EmmaSturgis

Green Auto: 4 Tips for Buying a Car That Doesn't Kill the Planet

More and more people are worried about the planet, which is probably why many are making eco-friendly choices when making purchases. For one, more people are hunting for eco-friendly cars that they can feel good about. The only problem is that trying to get a car that won't kill the planet can be a little overwhelming, but the following tips may help. 1. Consider Fuel Switching to an eco-friendly car could mean switching to more eco-friendly fuel. The options that you have include

Meghan Belnap

Meghan Belnap

4 Homemade Green Cleaning Methods without Harsh Chemicals

You want your home to be safe and clean, but you also probably don’t want anyone in your home to be exposed to harsh and toxic substances. Unfortunately, many chemicals in cleaners are not safe. But the good news is that you can just as easily clean your home with simple, homemade green cleaning methods. Sink Scouring What could be less expensive or fresher than using a tried-and-true method to clean your sinks, showers, and tubs? The key ingredient is baking soda, and you can simply s

RachelleW

RachelleW

7 Heavenly Flowers That Bloom In Winter: Know Their Meanings Here

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” ― Luther Burbank   Yes, flowers are one of the best gifts by nature that makes your life more colorful and vibrant. Even on your worst times, a glimpse of flowers can bring solace. Similarly, in the harsh and dry winters, flowers can add a rainbow of colors by its presence. But, if you are wondering how can flowers survive the harsh winters then, you must not ha

greenenergy

greenenergy

Why Recycle? 4 Practices that Can Transform Our Planet

In today’s world, concern about the environment is at an all-time high. This is especially true regarding recycling, since communities across America have implemented recycling programs to reduce the garbage going into landfills. As people learn about recycling, it’s becoming very popular. If you’re interested in transforming the planet, here are four practices that can be implemented into your daily life. Recycle Your Aluminum Cans According to Waste Management Corporation, Americ

RachelleW

RachelleW

Reducing and Recycling: 5 Ways Your Household Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

While corporate measures and government initiatives do their part in limiting pollution, truly preserving the planet requires the help of every individual. Though it may seem small, doing your part to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle can have a profound impact on the environment. There are plenty of ways you and your household can easily reduce your carbon footprint. Proper Waste Disposal With waste disposal as simple as dragging a can to the curb, most households put little thou

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

The Green Home: How Your Roof Can Impact Your Energy Efficency

The roof protects your home interiors from snow, wind, hail, storm, rain and sun. It also ensures that heat from either the outside or inside does not leak to either side. If the roof is energy-inefficient, it may be costing hundreds of dollars in heating and cooling costs. Here are factors of your roof that may impact on the energy efficiency of your home.   The Level of Insulation Ideally, energy efficiency is ensuring that the temperature out there does not affect the in

LizzieWeakley

LizzieWeakley

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