Several regions of the world are currently coping with severe weather-related events: flash floods and widespread flooding in large parts of Asia and parts of Central Europe while other regions are also affected by heatwave and drought in Russian Federation, mudslides in China and severe droughts in sub-Saharan Africa. While a longer time range is required to establish whether an individual event is attributable to climate change, the sequence of current events matches IPCC projections of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events due to global warming.Wired notes that Indian subcontinent monsoons have been getting more extreme for a half-century. "The Indian Ocean’s surface waters have warmed by two degrees Fahrenheit since the late 1970s. That heats up the air, allowing it to hold more moisture, ultimately sending about eight percent more water vapor into monsoon systems over land. That extra eight percent stirs up the storms, causing them to pull in even more water."
- Make someone else’s garbage your treasure. Browse Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for futons, desks, chairs, etc. instead of spending a fortune buying new furniture.
- Sharing is caring. Do you and your roommate really need separate mini-refrigerators and TVs?
- Think organic. Consider 100 percent organic cotton or bamboo linens and bedding.
- Take charge. Use power strips to easily manage your appliances and unplug whatever you aren’t currently using.
- Turn off the lights and all appliances when you’re not in the room. Encourage dorm-mates to do so in lounges or other dorm common areas too.
- Choose energy-efficient products such as CFL/fluorescent lightbulbs and Energy Star rated appliances.
- Invest in a reusable water bottle. It will cost less than $15, and some cafes give a discount when you use a reusable bottle for drinks.
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Efficiency evangelists have long complained about "vampire" energy loss, the wasted electricity from keeping electronics constantly plugged in. By some accounts, this can cost hundreds of dollars a year in extra electricity costs and create unnecessary carbon emissions. New innovations in power strip technology are letting consumers easily curtail their vampire loss.EcoStrip, a pioneering company committed to conserve energy, has designed a power strip that turns off periphery devices–like your speakers, monitor, DVD player, sound system, etc.–when you turn off your primary electronic equipment such as your computer or television. This way, every time you turn off your computer or tv, you’re saving a lot more electricity than that. This power strip can save you over a hundred dollars a year–not bad. As a service to our partners, blog readers and social media followers, Carbonfund.org has negotiated a discount on EcoStrips purchased online–an extra 30% off when you enter the coupon code carbonfund AND EcoStrip makes a donation to Carbonfund.org for every product sold, helping us pursue our work in fighting global warming. So take this step to make your home or office more energy-efficient, an investment that will likely pay itself back in less than a year's time.