Climate change or Global Warming?

Climate change refers to any significant change in measures of climate (such as temperature, precipitation, or wind) lasting for an extended period (decades or longer). Climate change may result from:

  • natural factors, such as changes in the sun’s intensity or slow changes in the Earth’s orbit around the sun;
  • natural processes within the climate system (e.g. changes in ocean circulation);
  • human activities that change the atmosphere’s composition (e.g. through burning fossil fuels) and the land surface (e.g. deforestation, reforestation, urbanization, desertification, etc.)

Global warming is an average increase in the temperature of the atmosphere near the Earth’s surface and in the troposphere, which can contribute to changes in global climate patterns. Global warming can occur from a variety of causes, both natural and human induced. In common usage, “global warming” often refers to the warming that can occur as a result of increased emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities.

What you can do:

1 – Replace the conventional bulbs in your 5 most frequently used light fixtures with bulbsthat have the ENERGY STAR and you will help the environment while saving money on energy bills

2 – Look for ENERGY STAR qualified products in more than 50 product categories, including lighting, home electronics, heating and cooling equipment and appliances.

3 – Simple steps like cleaning air filters regularly and having your heating and cooling equipment tuned annually by a licensed contractor can save energy and increase comfort at home, and at the same time reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

4 – If there is a recycling program in your community, recycle your newspapers, beverage containers, paper and other goods. Use products in containers that can be recycled and items that can be repaired or reused.

5 – Be green in your yard: Use a push mower, which, unlike a gas or electric mower, consumes no fossil fuels and emits no greenhouse gases.

6 – Saving water around the home is simple. Municipal water systems require a lot of energy to purify and distribute water to households, and saving water, especially hot water, can lower greenhouse gas emissions. There are also simple actions you can take to save water:  Be smart when irrigating your lawn or landscape; only water when needed and do it during the coolest  part of the day, early morning is best.  Turn the water off while shaving or brushing teeth. Do not use your toilet as a waste basket – water is wasted with each flush. And did you know a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day? Repair all toilet and faucet leaks right away.

7 – Tell family and friends that energy efficiency is good for their homes and good for the environment because it lowers greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Tell 5 people and together we can help our homes help us all.

* Credit to EPA (www.epa.gov)

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Welcome to a world of 7 billion!

What does it really mean?

How many people can live on planet earth? Is there a place for eveybody? Is there food for eveybody?

So instead of asking questions like, “Are we too many?” we should instead be asking, “What can I do to make our world better?” or, “What can we do to transform our growing cities into forces for sustainability?” We should also ask ourselves what each of us can do to empower the elderly so they can play a more active role in their communities. What can we do to unleash the creativity and potential of the largest youth cohort humanity
has ever seen? And what can we do to remove barriers to equality between women and men so that everyone has the full power to make their own decisions and realize their full potential?

Our record population size can be viewed in many ways as a success for humanity: People are living longer, healthier lives. But not everyone has benefited from this achievement or the higher quality of life that this implies. Great disparities exist between and within countries. Disparities in rights and opportunities also exist between men and women, girls and boys. Charting a path now to development that promotes equality, rather
than exacerbates or reinforces inequalities, is more important than ever.

We all have a stake in the future of humanity. Every individual, every government, every business, is more interconnected and interdependent than ever, so what each of us does now will matter to all of us long into the future. Together we can change and improve the world.

“We are 7 billion people with 7 billion possibilities.” – Babatunde Osotimehin Executive Director, UNFPA

Here is a link of the Population Institute blog and what is being said about world population reaching 7 billion: http://blog.populationinstitute.org/2011/10/

Here is another interesting link, a video on youtube – How many people can live on earth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN06tLRE4WE

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What can be recycle?

Cans

Almost all metal food and beverage cans can be recycled, whether they’re made of aluminum (beverages) or tin or steel (canned soups, vegetables, etc.). Some recycling servicers will accept clean, empty paint cans and empty aerosol cans; others may not. If you have partially full paint cans or aerosol cans, or metal containers that held hazardous chemicals such as paint thinner or automotive fluids, these should not be included with your everyday recycling. Rather, these containers can be properly disposed of at your local Household Hazardous Waste facility.

Glass

Glass bottles and jars that hold beverages, foods (pickles, olives…) and liquids (spaghetti sauce, ice cream toppings…) are generally recyclable. Generally, drinking glasses, mugs, dishes, cookware, incandescent light bulbs, pottery and vases are not accepted for recycling. Neither is plate glass, like broken windows or mirrors. Glass bottles that held hazardous products (such as nail polish or hobby paints) should be disposed of properly at your local Household Hazardous Waste facility. CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulbs contain mercury and must be disposed of properly; do not put them in with your recycling. Your HHW facility will accept these for proper disposal, and so will some local retailers (see the special category below).

Plastic

Plastics can be a little bit tricky to recycle properly. You must pay attention to the “resin identification code” stamped into the plastic itself — that’s the little three-arrow-triangle recycling symbol with a number inside it, from #1 to #7. The most frequently recycled plastics are #1 and #2.

Paper

The demand for recycled paper is currently greater than the supply. Recycled paper turns into new paper, of course, but also insulation, egg cartons, padding for padded envelopes, animal bedding, even grass seed starter mix.

Corrugated cardboard

Most recycling programs accept corrugated cardboard — the kind of cardboard with paper on both sides and a wavy rigid layer in between. Some counties have even initiated a ban on throwing away cardboard, to keep this easily recycled material out of landfills. Different counties will have different guidelines as to what is or isn’t accepted.

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Choices to help the environment

How to live green…

There are so many choices and options available that the average person can do. These things don’t have to cost a fortune and are easy to incorporate into daily living.

– Turn your lights off and use natural light to use less electricity

– Turn your heat down to use less gas or oil

– Turn the water off when you brush your teeth

– Reuse ziploc bags, tinfoil, plastic utensils, etc and finding new uses for things you already own

– Replace your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs will cost you upfront as well

– Carpool to work

– Use rags instead of paper towels

* By doing this you are not consuming any more of the world’s precious resources and also saving your money 🙂

 

 

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Wildlife

Before we talk about recycling and protecting the environment, lets first understand the importance of Wildlife

Benefits To People
A simple stroll around the park amidst some birds provides a fresh breath of life and charges our batteries. Apart from a bird feeder in the backyard, we can also take up other active pastimes, such as hiking, hunting, canoeing or wildlife photographing to relieve our parched nerves. Since prehistoric times, animals have been highly useful to us in providing food, clothing and source of income.
Benefits To Natural Processes
Wildlife plays an essential role in the ecological and biological processes that are yet again significant to life. The normal functioning of the biosphere depends on endless interactions amongst animals, plants, and microorganisms. This, in turn, maintains and enhances human life further. To add on, these ecological processes are vital for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and other endeavors that support human life. Besides, there are several biological processes wherein wildlife plays a key role, such as pollinization, germination, seed dispersal, soil generation, nutrient cycling, predation, habitat maintenance, waste breakdown, and pest control.
Benefits to Science, Agriculture, & Medicine
Studies indicate that woodpeckers are capable of destroying 90% of codling moth larvae residing under the bark of trees. This shows the significance of wildlife and wildlife habitat for preserving genetic diversity. Hence, places where agriculture, forests, and fisheries depend on crops or stocks can ensure that such living resources are enough to withstand the ever-increasing list of threats. Further, in medicine, development of new drugs and treatments are largely dependent on wildlife and wildlife habitat. Interestingly, most
pharmaceutical products are a result of discovering or developing wildlife species and not discoveries through the traditional chemistry principles. Today, most medicinal remedies contain at least one ingredient derived from a wild plant or animal.

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Environment Organizations

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