Jordana Fyne

Jordana Fyne

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 16:33

America's Least Popular Vampire

Dead and blood thirsty are all the rage in Hollywood, and America is more than willing to spend $10 a ticket to watch the gorefest (or smoochfest, depending on the vampire movie). But what if this vampire costs you around $100 a year and stalks your home? Vampire energy, AKA standby power, is the phenomenon where electronics suck energy even when they're turned off. By leaving gadgets like your computer, television or even electric toothbrush plugged into the wall, they're still leaching power and represent 5-10 percent of an average home's power usage, or 1 percent of our global carbon dioxide emissions, according to a GOOD Magazine report. The top power wasters in most homes are cell phones, digital cameras and music players, power tools and other electronic devices. Rather than anointing your laptop with garlic, the best way to avoid vampire energy is by using a power strip. All electronics can remain plugged in and when you turn them off and flip the power strip switch, you know they're really off. There's no reason not to get a power strip—saving on energy and on your utility bill is just practical. Check out Carbonfund.org partner Ecostrip's site for more information and purchasing options.
Friday, 14 January 2011 16:01

2010 Tied for Warmest Year on Record

Last year tied with 2005 as the warmest year since records began in 1880, with global combined land and water surface temperatures 1.12°F above the 20th century average. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their data this week, which was corroborated soon after by NASA's Goddard Institute report that came to the same conclusion. The northern hemisphere broke records as the warmest year on record above the 20th century average, while the southern hemisphere experienced less extreme warming with 2010 ranking as the sixth warmest year. Furthermore, 2010 saw a dramatic shift in the El Ni�o�Southern Oscillation, which influences temperature and precipitation patterns around the world. Click here or the map below to see the interesting graphic NOAA put together on significant climate anomalies in 2010, including the worst heat wave to hit Russia in 130 years and the most devastating monsoon floods to hit Pakistan since 1929.

This marks the 34th consecutive year that global temperature has been above the 20th century average, further punctuating the urgency for international action again global warming. Unfortunately, the global community has thus far been passive in taking the necessary steps, as evidenced by the most recent UN climate summit in Cancun where bold plans where outlined and then left to flounder. UN climate representatives walked away from Cancun without creating a system to enforce the plan, track the dollars or measure the progress. Thus it will continue to fall primarily on non-governmental actors, including individuals and businesses, to fight climate change.
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