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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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Eco-Friendly Ways to Bring Back Shining, Shimmering to Your Jewelry

You have a party to go to come weekend and so you take out your jewelry that you only wear on special occasions, only to realize that it has lost its sparkle. The once shining, shimmering accessory has become dull and you’re thinking that you need to head to the mall to buy some jewelry cleaner. But you don’t actually need to buy one because you can make your own jewelry cleaner at home. And the best part is, you can make sure it’s environmentally-friendly. Dishwashing Soap This is one re

tiffycat

tiffycat

Winter Season 101: How to Prepare your Home for Coldest Months

Autumn is not just about watching the leaves change their colors or monitoring the mercury drops in the thermometer. Many of us are easily enchanted with the changes happening on our surrounding when fall season comes. Oftentimes, we get overwhelmed by the cool weather caressing out skin and the scent of autumn. Image courtesy of sxc.hu However, there is one thing we should keep in mind when this time of the year comes. It is the time to prepare our home for winter. Why you need to

ashkins

ashkins

A Renewable Day

In our daily life we don’t pay much attention to the essential role that energy sources have. Every time we stop to a gas station we don’t think how oil is important (or someone does). In the lives of some of us energy is more important or have more consideration but we don’t spend an entire day thinking to energy or how our lives could change without it. It could be a positive thing to think to these questions just for a moment. It’s necessary to ask ourselves what will be the energy of the

Mark Piazzalunga

Mark Piazzalunga

Sustainable green packaging

In our relatively recently revived quest for reducing our devastating environmental impact and ecological footprint, packaging is one of the most recent additions to the list of our products that need to be more in tune with the needs and limitations of Mother Earth. Sustainable green packaging constitutes an approach that requires a thorough analysis of the whole supply chain, including basic function, marketing, end of life and the rebirth. It requires a somewhat more detailed analysis of the

Natasha Tasha

Natasha Tasha

Natural Gas in Canada Bringing Dual Benefits - Greener Energy & Jobs

Energy companies in Calgary, Alberta, are attempting to make their first network of natural-gas export terminals as lucrative a business as their counterparts in Texas. The first step, however, is finding almost 50,000 workers willing to make the move to Alberta. Over the next decade, the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada estimate that as many as 47,900 oil and gas jobs will need filling over the next decade, and if British Columbia’s efforts are included, more than 100,000 jobs co

elizabetheckhart

elizabetheckhart

The Recycling Trifecta

As world population grows and the planet heats up, the effects of anthropogenic strain on the environment become ever clearer. This has created a fervor worldwide to solve the problem across the board. How can we maintain our highly processed civilization without creating a hugely negative impact on the environment? The answer is we can't. For our civilization to continue to grow, we will have to find ways to thrive within the needs of the environment. There are several solutions that are slo

AndreSmith

AndreSmith

Green Politics: A Way To Path

Green politics isn’t a priority in these tough times of economic crisis and it seems too useless to the most important purpose: defeating the same crisis. On the contrary, it’s an objective fact that green politics is a way to path to reach this purpose. In 2013 jobs related to renewable plants sector are 700,000 and if the number of plants increases so also jobs will. Green politics mustn’t be a green parties’ battle ‘cause with the right financial support it could be an apolitical system to

Mark Piazzalunga

Mark Piazzalunga

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Christmas

If you’re anything like me, your hunt for perfect Christmas gifts for your friends and family must have started weeks ago. I like to put in a lot of thought into my gifts, so I can make them as meaningful as possible and you’ll agree with me that last minute scramble for gifts is not the best way to do it. But that’s just me. I know there are a whole lot of people out there who thrive on the pressure of last minute shopping. They not only manage to buy gifts at the last moment, but are able

Anne Staley

Anne Staley

Green home: Safety and finance saving

These days we can see a more intense focus on owning and buying products marked as green or environmentally friendly. The popularity of PCs, cars, phones and so on – have been made in such a way that they are energy efficient. It is a good thing that companies are trying to get on to the band wagon but they aren't really getting the whole thing right. Not yet at least. Regardless of this sloppy effort made by large companies and corporations, we can still see a lot of good things that come from

Urbanosaurus

Urbanosaurus

Organic Housekeeping: Banana And Rice In Cleaning

Organic way of living has become widely popular in the past years. More and more people decide to try organic living and fall in love with it and it's great positive effects on health. There are many ways to introduce organic style to your life, starting with organic food, or organic gardening. And why not organic housekeeping? There are many interesting methods you can apply at home and make use of items you would usually throw away and not even consider using for anything. Such might be banana

Connie Jameson

Connie Jameson

Emerging Renewable Technologies

Besides the “traditional” renewable energies (solar power, wind, hydro and geothermal) other technologies are currently under development, among these there are artificial photosynthesis (exposed in the previous article), marine energy (which includes wave and tidal power), CPV (concentrated photovoltaic) and cellulosic ethanol (many companies such as Abengoa, Mascoma and BlueFire Renewables have invested significant amounts of money in this sector with the conviction that cellulosic ethanol wil

Mark Piazzalunga

Mark Piazzalunga

The Black Present and The Green Future

For the first time, the CO2 levels in the atmosphere have hit 400 ppm (parts per million). This threshold represents the growing influence of humans on the climate. The man-made emissions of CO2 have increased the concentration in the atmosphere from about 270-280 ppm in the 1700s to the current record – a 43% increase. According to scientists, this is surprising considering the rapid growth of global CO2 emissions from the frequent burning of oil, coal and natural gas. Last year, the glob

pentago

pentago

Artificial Photosynthesis

Artificial photosynthesis is an innovative process for the production of biofuels. As we know natural photosynthesis converts sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and oxygen while artificial photosynthesis replicates this natural process to produce solar fuels, such as hydrogen. What are the advantages of solar fuels? A solar fuel can be produced and stored for later usage, when sunlight is not available, making it an alternative to fossil fuels, which in the future can beco

Mark Piazzalunga

Mark Piazzalunga

How to Create an Eco-Friendly Interior

People are looking towards the future and becoming more interested in protecting the planet for the next generation. Maybe you’ve already embraced the trend with fuel-efficient cars, but it’s time to make your home interior a little greener. An eco-friendly home interior is better for the environment, healthier for your family and stylish. Bring in the Plants Home interiors have more chemicals than people realize. When new carpet and furniture comes in, it can start emitting VOCs that

jimstaylor

jimstaylor

Eco-friendly housekeeping

Nowadays many people realize the degrading effects store-bought detergents have on the environment, because it is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with accordingly. If we do not stop polluting mother earth, who knows what will happen; global warming, war, famine etc. No one knows because not once in the history of the human race, have we influenced our habitat this much. And if we do not control our wicked ways, sooner or later we will suffer the consequences of our own ignorance. That i

Connie Jameson

Connie Jameson

How to make your home greener

The fact that people are taking active roles in preserving the environment without anybody forcing them to do it tells us that there has been some noteworthy success when it comes to spreading awareness about this very important issue. This awareness and effort made by people has significantly influenced almost every aspect of our lives, for the better of course. Along with trying to preserve the environment and the Earth’s fragile eco-system, the green initiative has managed to do a lot of work

Urbanosaurus

Urbanosaurus

The Future of Green Cars

We have slowly become aware of the fact that we must cut down on emissions and focus on preserving our environment. Yet, there is still a long way to go, as less efficient and environment-damaging fuels still remain the primary source of income for a lot of people, people who would like to see alternative fuel technologies stagnate as long as possible. We are just starting to see greener car options that come close to gas guzzlers in terms of performance, but there is still a noticeably higher

Urbanosaurus

Urbanosaurus

Green marketing

These days, there is this great hype concerning the question of preserving the environment and this isn’t just some passing trend. The awareness of the general public is on a steady rise in the last decade and is still going up. People are getting informed and are actively trying to prevent pollution and the further deterioration of the environment. This can be viewed through the active participation of various communities in projects (organized by them or the government) which take actions that

Urbanosaurus

Urbanosaurus

Money Saving Tips with Your Own Solar Energy

In today’s economy many people are looking for ways to save money and make their homes more energy efficient. With the rising cost of electricity, many families are finding it harder to make ends meet. By installing solar panels, you can use the energy produced to help you save about a third off of your electric bill each year. If you are interested in how solar energy can save you money, consider the following tips: Location Make sure to consider where you live before you invest in solar

jimstaylor

jimstaylor

Environmental Factors in the Construction Industry

The construction industry is one of the largest and most active branches of industry in the world. Even in times of recession this branch of industry is very active and it employs a great part of the population, directly or indirectly. There are 130 million people employed in the construction industry in the US alone. This number doesn’t include people who work as construction inspectors and similar jobs that are in some way tied to this industry. This tremendous activity has a lot of downsides

Urbanosaurus

Urbanosaurus

Tips for Eco Friendly Pools

Tips for Eco Friendly Pools Maintaining a pool can be costly because of the huge energy requirement to keep it clean. Fortunately, there are certain steps and improvements that you can do to lessen this cost and make your pool become more eco-friendly. By eco-friendly, this means that you would be reducing water and energy wastes, which are both important and limited resources. With the following tips, you will be hitting two birds with one stone. You will be helping the environment, as well as

Natasha Tasha

Natasha Tasha

Outdoor Halloween Decoration Ideas: Homemade Versions

It is the time of the year again where we can see different spooky decorations, food and costumes. Halloween is indeed one of the highly anticipated event of the year. People of any age take part in the said event, both young and adult, which makes it more fun. Image from flickr.com Creative Commons Many children do trick or treat during this event. And to bring more thrill and excitement, most homeowners decorate their homes especially the outdoor space with Halloween themed stuff.

ashkins

ashkins

Water - The Most Precious And Most Wasted Resource

Someday we will see the error of our ways! The fact of the matter is that unless we become more aware of our changing environment, we cannot truly achieve balance within this natural world of ours. Water for example is good for a whole variety of different things; from drinking, to bathing, to public fountains – water is all around us! And unless we make it our job to preserve our natural water supplies and do everything that is in our power to prevent the endless depletion of our most valuable

Connie Jameson

Connie Jameson

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