Global warming – things you need to know

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What is Global Warming

In the past several years, Global Warming has become one of the biggest debates, with scientists divided on if it exists, what (or who) is causing it, and if there is a solution.

There are contradictory scientific studies and papers on all sides of this issue. Is it a man-made problem, meaning that each and every person’s carbon footprint makes a difference?

Is it a bovine-made problem and every animal that produces bodily waste contributes to an increase in the methane in the atmosphere? Is it a “blip” on the natural climate cycle?

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Scientists have been studying whether or not the earth’s atmosphere has been in a warming trend because of gases “stuck” in the atmosphere, which prevents the earth’s heat from dissipating, commonly called the greenhouse effect.

Simply stated, the greenhouse effect is the exchange of heat and gases between surface and atmosphere. The greenhouse effect is a natural occurrence; it is what keeps the earth at a habitable temperature, with the perfect amount of oxygen for humans, animals and plants.

Scientists who can agree that global warming is a problem also agree that there is no real solution. The industrial years of pollution, natural volcanic activity and the increased population have all led to the gases in our atmosphere; conservation simply isn’t enough to reverse the damage.

In short, the evidence indicates that the earth is warming up. Is it caused by man’s output of carbon, produced by our need for energy; or by animals output of methane?

Green Lifestyle: 5 Low Cost Tips

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Green Lifestyle: 5 Low Cost Tips

Going green has become a popular trend that looks like it’s here to stay. Even if you can’t build a new home that is energy efficient or remodel your existing home to make it greener, there are still things you can do at home to help the environment.

First, consider replacing your old incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than the older style bulbs. As an added bonus, they last longer so you won’t have to change then as often.

Second, you can attach aerators to your faucets. These little devices attach to the faucet where the water comes out, and mix air into the flow. You’ll use less water, but the water pressure will remain nearly the same as before. There are similar devices available to attach to your shower heads, which will reduce the total amount of water you use while showering.

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Third, replace your old thermostat with a programmable one. This will allow you to fine tune your heating and cooling cycles to the times you’re at home and actively using your living areas. The energy savings can really add up when you stop keeping the house warm or cool for the entire 8 to 10 hours that you spend at work. You can set the thermostat to turn off as you leave for work, and set it to automatically turn on about a half hour before you return home. Your house will be comfortable while you’re at home, but you won’t be wasting energy and money while you’re away.

Fourth, install a water filter on your kitchen faucet instead of buying bottled water. Most municipal water systems in the United States provide clean, healthy drinking water, so a filter is usually not necessary. But major beverage manufacturers have spent millions of dollars on marketing campaigns to get us to think that bottled water is cleaner and safer than plain tap water. If you just can’t bring yourself to start drinking water from the tap, you can at least buy and install a filter. Then you can stop adding plastic water bottles to your local landfill.

Fifth, start using cloth tote bags for your grocery shopping. Plastic grocery bags are not biodegradable, and are another of the many disposable items that are clogging up local landfills. If you don’t want to start a collection of cloth grocery tote bags, you can at least reuse the plastic grocery bags. Many communities also have recycling receptacles for plastic grocery bags. So when you have accumulated more than you can use, instead of throwing them away, you can recycle them.

These are just a few ways you can help clean up the environment. They’re fairly easy to implement. They’ll help you get in the habit of looking for ways to be even more eco-friendly.

Recycle Used Books and Used Textbooks

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How to Recycle Used Books and Used Textbooks

Recycling used books and used textbooks is a great way to keep them in circulation, help prevent the need to produce more and maybe earn a little money. Recycling used books is also pretty easy. You have many different options on what you can do with a used book, so why even think about throwing them away?

Recycling – Why it is a good thing

Recycling helps to keep our landfills from filling up and stops the need for new landfills. Landfills are hazardous. They are not pleasant and they take up space that could be used in a more productive manner.

Recycling is really a driving force behind reducing the amount of waste that sits in landfills. By keeping recyclable materials out of the landfill it leaves room for other materials that are easily broken down and that will not take up much space. Recyclable materials often take a while to break down and therefore can take up a lot of room. When they are recycled, though, they get used again and again, which is great for everyone and the earth.

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Recycling Used Books

Any book you have can easily be recycled. It doesn’t even take a lot of effort. You have a few choices in how you can do this.

You can actually recycle the book, by removing the binder and recycling the pages with your other paper to be recycled.

You can sell the book. You can sell it to a bookstore or even try selling it online.

You can donate the book. You can donate a book to your local library or a local school.

All three methods are pretty simple. Inside of just chucking it into the garbage you can actually see that it goes on to be used again – either in its original state or throw a recycled product.

Used Textbooks

When it comes to used textbooks the place to recycle them is right back to your school bookstore. Most bookstores will buy back used textbooks. They do usually require that books are in decent shape without excessive highlighting or writing within the pages. If your school will not buy back books, then you sell the online. There are many outlets for doing this.

As you can see, recycling used books and used textbooks is something simple you can do. It is a helpful way to ensure they do not clog up landfills and go on to be useful to someone else.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Green Energy Sources

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Green Energy Sources:

Today, we are now aware of the effects of global warming. Fortunately, it’s not too late and we can still change which is why many are pushing for green energy sources.
The advantage of using green energy sources is that it is clean so it does not emit anything harmful into the air which has an impact on the environment. It is also renewable which means we will never run out of it unlike oil which is expected to dry up in a decade or so.



Although green energy facilities are expensive to build, it requires less maintenance so you don’t have to shell out a lot of money to operate it.

It can also bring economic benefits to certain areas even boost tourism.

While these sound good, there are some who say that there are advantages to using such technology.

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While green energy sources can produce electricity, how much it can generate is not consistent. This is because we have no control of the weather so if a certain area relies on solar energy and there is a weather disturbance, it will not be able to convert sunlight into electricity.

Building these facilities also requires a lot of land so we may have to cut on farmland which is what many are concerned about if more wind turbines are to be put up.

Another disadvantage is the fact that some of the green energy sources cannot be installed in certain areas of the planet. For instance, wave energy can only be utilized if the waves coming from the ocean reach at least 16 feet. The use geothermal energy can only be done in geologically unstable parts of the planet.

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But if you look at such arguments, places that cannot use one form of green energy source can be substituted for another. If wind turbines need more space, they can be installed near the coast instead of putting these on land. A study shows that you can generate more electricity while these are in the ocean.

While the weather is something we cannot control, it is not everyday that there is a weather disturbance so this too shall pass. If solar energy is being used and the sun is covered, the emergency generators will be activated and use up the energy that was stored.

 


The point is that there are ways around the arguments put by certain individuals which discourage the use of green energy sources. In fact, research is ongoing to try and harness other means to generate the power we need.

A very good example of this is called ocean thermal energy. Power is generated by harnessing the different temperatures in the water. It is currently being used on a small scale both in Japan and Hawaii.

In the US, only 7% of green energy sources are used nationally. This was much higher 11 years ago and if we don’t have to worry about the cost of oil or even reduce our dependency on it, we have to invest more in this clean energy.

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We can get it from green energy sources such as biomass, biodiesel, geothermal, solar, water and the wind. These are things we have all around us and all it takes is for someone to harness it instead of relying on traditional non-renewable means to produce energy.

Composting – New technology that is very important

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Composting

Did you know that you have a virtual goldmine within your rubbish pile? Composting is not a new technology, in the least, but it has become increasingly evident that it can be important to our environment.

Once upon a time, when most people had a garden in their backyard there would also be a compost pile; a pile of rubbish and clippings that provided black gold. Not, oil but rich soil that was used in gardens to add nutrients to increase vegetable production.

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What Is Compost?

What is composting? Well, it is the “aerobic decomposition of biodegradable organic matter which produces compost”; in other words it is decaying food (mostly vegetable or fruit) and other green matter. Composting is a form of recycling because it down cycles organic household, yard wastes, and manures to useful soil or hummus. It does return needed organic matter and nutrients to the soil and it helps reduce “green” waste in the landfills.

Composting Terms

There are certain words used when speaking of composting technology. A few of these are:

Compostable – This is biodegradable material that when put under composting conditions breaks down into carbon dioxide, methane, water, and compost biomass. However, size does make a difference to a timely compostable. For example, a whole piece of hardwood would take a long time to break down, but the sawdust of such would be a lot easier.

Compost-compatible – These particles are not compostable or even biodegradable but they do not have an adverse effect on the compost. As a matter of fact, most compost has traces of these materials; sand particles and small plastic bits are commonly found.

Biodegradable – Materials that are capable of being broken down completely into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass. Some materials make time a long time, but eventually they will.

How Is It Done?

There are different ways to compost and some are more effective then others. Regardless your style, the technology stays the same. Food and green waste will eventually break down and you can use it within your garden, yard, and under bushes and trees. If you have the correct ratio of certain elements, then you will have compost in no time and with little decaying smell. Suitable compost ingredients with high carbon content are: dry straw material, autumn leaves, sawdust, wood chips, paper, or corrugated cardboard. Suitable compost ingredients with high nitrogen content are: vegetable and fruit peelings, coffee grounds, or herbivore manure (cow, rabbit, horse, or chicken).

It is a fact that American’s landfill waste is compiled of 60% compostable or recycled materials but less then 6% is recycled or composted. Composting was once historically for gardeners or farmers but now it is considered a necessity for saving our landfill space.

Recycling Garbage

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Recycling is the term used to describe an alternative form of getting rid of used materials. Instead of putting used materials in a landfill, it is processed and made into new items. Through recycling it is possible to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills and it also helps to bring prices down on items that are made form using recycled waste. You can make an impact by recycling garbage with almost anything. Recycling has expanded and grown to allow for everything from paper to plastic to batteries to be recycled and made into something useful again.

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Recycling is also great for the planet. It takes items that would just sit in a landfill, taking years to degrade and breaks down, and turns them into new products. The life of an item that can be recycled can go on and on. From its creation this recyclable item begins a long life that may take on many forms.

Recycling Garbage can produce many different new items. For example, an old used pop bottle may not become a pop bottle again. It may, instead become part of a child’s toy or even part of a car. As you can see, recycling goes way beyond traditional uses and explores new ways to make recycled items more useful.

Recycling is important and has became a key component in waste management. Most cities and towns have some type of recycling center. They can freely put their recyclable materials out for collection. In many places this is done free of charge. The only thing a person has to do is separate out their recyclable waste and make sure to put it in the recycling bin for collection.

There are even public recycling bins. Many grocery stores have bins for recycling old plastic grocery bags. These bags are collected and then processed right back into new grocery bags. Other examples are bins for aluminum cans which can usually be readily found.

Recycling is not a new concept, but initiating it into modern society took some time. In the past people would simply discard everything without thought of recycling. Now most people recycle in one way or another. Some people may not even realize they are recycling. Have you ever reused a plastic container? If so, then you have recycled. It is contagious and smart. Recycling makes the world a better place. It is helping to cut down on pollution and just making this world a little greener. The best part is that everyone can do it.


Reuse and save money

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Ten Things You Can Reuse…AND Save Money

1. Use old, worn cookie trays to line the bottom of your oven or your grille

2. Use an old coffee can as a charcoal starter. Cut off both ends of the can and lay it on its side in the bottom of your grill. Put the briquettes inside the can and when they are ready, use a pair of tongs to remove the can and spread the briquettes evenly throughout the bottom of your grille

3. Wet a wash cloth and place it in the freezer to use as a cold compress for bruises and sore muscles

4. Use an ice cube tray to make juice pops instead of buying them

5. Buy balloons instead of cold packs with chemicals inside that may leak and cause environmental damage. Blow up the balloon and add a little water. Freeze the balloon and use it as an ice pack

6. Buy and use an old-fashioned ice pack instead of the less-sturdy, ‘blue’ cold packs that you will have to replace (and that will leak and damage clothing, furniture and the environment)

7. Use old 35 mm film canisters to store quarters for tolls or to do your laundry

8. Use a pint or quart-sized takeout container for a child’s bank. Cut a small slit in the top and watch the money add up!

9. Use a quart-sized plastic storage container to feed ribbon for wrapping packages. Put the ribbon inside and cut a small hole in the top of the container. Then pull the end of the ribbon out through the hole and feed it around your gift as you are wrapping

10. Instead of buying large ‘under the bed’ plastic boxes to store summer or winter clothes, use cardboard shipping boxes. Mark the side of the boxes with magic markers so you will know what each box contains.

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