Friday, 11 June 2010 16:46

Climate Change Risks Further Spread of Diseases

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Scientists have found that malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and even the human plague may be advancing northward with rising temperatures. An independent group of 26 national science academies in the European Union, the European Academies Science Advisory Council issued a report, saying, "fundamental influences of climate change on infectious disease can already be discerned.” The spread of disease is from insects that are maturing faster and producing more offspring in higher temperatures. While the European scientists cautioned against assuming a direct causal link between the diseases advancing and global warming-- the Council’s chairman said the risk was undeniable, and he called for further study based on this research. Moreover, the Council noted that “it is likely that new vectors and pathogens will emerge and become established in Europe within the next few years.” With global temperatures rising, the spread of disease is but one of the serious public health concerns. So are flooding, heat waves, scarcity of drinking water in more places on our planet, not to mention rising sea levels and its problems that affect large cities and populations. Climate change is occurring and will affect everyone in all corners of the planet, unless we further our efforts to fight it together. You can do your part today by reducing your carbon footprint. To read more about the Council’s research,  please see this Reuters article.
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 11:01

5 Ways To Make Your Summer Greener

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1. Avoid Air Conditioning Overkill Yes, I know, air conditioning provides respite from heat waves and dreadful humidity, but we should still take steps to avoid overuse. For starters, turn off the air conditioning when no one is home! It is a waste of energy and your money.  Also, turn the thermostat up a few degrees so that the AC comes on only when it is truly unbearably hot. It will go a long way towards saving cash and protecting the environment.

2. Keep it Local Enjoy local activities like going to the park or spending the day at the beach. Invite your family and friends to make the trip more fun and exciting! Reading a book and playing frisbee is much more environmentally friendly than say, taking a long road trip.

3. Barbecue in Green Style BBQs are a classic summer pastime, but did you know that propane burns much cleaner than wood or charcoal? Keep this in mind the next time you need to  invest in a new grill. Also, use reusable plates and utensils rather than paper or Styrofoam. This cuts down significantly on environmental waste and saves money if you tend to host a lot of BBQs. 4. Easy on the Water It can be tempting to take multiple showers a day during the dog days of summer, but why not cool off by taking a swim instead? If you don’t have your own backyard pool, many towns have community pools or beaches for residents to enjoy. While we’re on the topic of water, try using reusable water bottles as opposed to disposable plastic ones. 5. Travel in an Eco-friendly Way Vacations are a staple of the summer season. The carbon emissions produced from automobiles, trains, and airplanes can be substantial, however.  Here are two ways to plan your vacation to be as green as possible:
  • Fly with Carbonfund.org partners Virgin America or JetBlue
  • Take a train trip with Amtrak
  • Offset your travels on Carbonfund.org with preset or customized options to reduce your carbon footprint while supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects.
With over 30,000 products to choose from, Motivators.com is a leading distributor and retailer for promotional products. Customers can choose from promotional key chains, water bottles, pens, bags, and a whole lot more. Motivators.com does not just provide products, however; it has a team of knowledgeable consultants on hand to assist in designing artwork and custom promotional items, or just help plan the ideal giveaway. Such dedication to meet its individual customers’ needs has lent Motivators.com success for over thirty years. The company further sets itself apart through its continued commitment to environmental responsibility in its business practices. Here are just some of the ways Motivators.com demonstrates its green commitment:
  • Internal recycling and energy conservation
  • Option for customers to give back by planting trees through the American Forest Global ReLeaf Fund
  • Offsetting carbon emissions through its CarbonFree® Partnership with Carbonfund.org
So check out Motivators.com to satisfy all of your promotional needs, whether the purpose is personal or business. You'll find a diverse products and services selection and be working with a company commited to our environment.

CarbonFree® Partner A2 Hosting has recently announced they will be donating to Carbonfund.org to plant trees for each web hosting package they sell during the month of June in support of our Million Tree Challenge. Each tree A2 Hosting plants will be matched 2-to-1 by Carbonfund.org, for a total of three trees planted.

The Million Tree Challenge lets organizations and individuals donate to plant trees to help reduce climate change, improve air quality and help preserve the Earth's delicate ecosystem. Moreover, we are directing current Million Tree Challenge donations to tree planting in Haiti to help reduce floods and landslides in the earthquake-ravaged country. To learn more or donate to the Million Tree Challenge visit: www.carbonfund.org/trees. A2 Hosting, Inc. is an award winning Linux-based web hosting company providing their customers with 24/7 real support. Their range of services include affordable, developer friendly website hosting for personal homepages up to full service solutions for businesses of all sizes. FutureServe Green Hosting is A2 Hosting's initiative to protect the environment. Some of A2 Hosting's green friendly practices, in addition to their partnership with us, include employee telecommuting practices, recycling older equipment for customers with lower resource needs, using low-voltage Xeon processors and using reusable office supplies.  To learn more visit, please visit www.a2hosting.com.
Since April 20th, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been spewing tens of thousands of barrels of oil into fragile ecosystems every day. For more than a month BP has tried and failed to stop or slow the gushing well without success (calling a project 'top kill' doesn't exactly inspire confidence). Current attempts to stem the flow of oil may actually increase overall oil flow into the Gulf if the strategies fail, and permanent relief will not be available until August at the earliest--but BP may not have that long. Hurricane season officially starts on June 1st, further complicating BP's efforts to end this environmental disaster. Making matters worse, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting that this year will feature above-average storms; potentially with 14 to 23 named storms between now and the end of the season. If a hurricane threatens the Gulf Coast, all oil spill abatement procedures will have to cease immediately. With so many hurdles in place, it is hard to see an end to this devastating environmental disaster. The real mystery is in the unknown: how long will it take to end the oil spill? What will happen to all the fish and wildlife on the coasts of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana? What about tourism and the industries that rely on these resources? Stopping the spill will be the first step, but we may have already done too much damage. Moments like these remind me why I support clean, renewable energy. While renewable energies are by no means problem free, you are never going to hear about a never-ending wind turbine disaster or an unstoppable solar panel toxic mess. Every day we continue our reliance on fossil fuels like oil and coal, we are perpetuating an energy system that must take risks like BP took with their Deepwater Horizon rig to continue to be profitable. We must fight for clean energy every day, for change does not come over night, it comes when you add up all those small steps that we have taken after we say "no more dirty energy!" Take a small step today: support clean energy now.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires 31 industries, which cover 85 percent of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, to track and report their emissions beginning in 2010 through the Greenhouse Gas Mandatory Reporting Rule. “Gathering this information is the first step toward reducing greenhouse emissions and fostering innovative technologies for the clean energy future,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. In March, the U.S. EPA announced they are expanding the scope of their GHG mandatory reporting rule to include more of the oil and natural gas sector, large fluorinated gases emitting sources and carbon sequestration. These sources would be required to track their emissions beginning in 2011. Public comment is currently open on this proposed rule expansion and the EPA will be holding web-based training and Q&A sessions. Unsure whether your business is required to disclose its greenhouse gas emissions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about your carbon footprint and to implement a plan to quantify and reduce it.
Carbonfund.org partner Virgin America was recognized as the Most Eco-Friendly Airline in the SmarterTravel Editors' Choice Awards. The green achievements are a major reason why Carbonfund.org was so thrilled to partner with Virgin America to help them further reduce their carbon footprint. Some of the green initiatives that Virgin America has undertaken:
  • Supporting LEED Certified building standards for select facilities/terminals;
  • Offering preferential parking for hybrid cars;
  • Operating a fuel-efficient fleet of airplanes that save money and carbon emissions;
  • Publicly listing the airline's carbon footprint;
  • Offsetting the emissions of their corporate headquarters with Carbonfund.org;
  • Enabling passengers to offset when purchasing their travel or in-flight through their touch-screen RED system.
We would like to congratulate Virgin America for their continued commitment to sustainability and for this recognition.
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:15

Finding the Perfect (Green) Fit

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shirt pictureWhile at a friend’s wedding this past weekend I experienced a rarity:  men talking fashion.  Our table held five couples, and at some point during dinner all of the guys at our table started talking about the fit of their dress shirts.  Each had their own challenges in the quest for the perfect fitting shirt.  Joe’s arms were too long; Steve had broad shoulders and a narrow waist; while Jeremy’s neck size was shockingly large (and he’s is a pretty small guy).  The conversation lasted a remarkably long time with each telling the other where to procure the best shirts and the girls sitting in silence, shocked by how excited their husbands were about the topic. Just a week later, I have the perfect solution for these fit-frustrated guys.  Recent Carbonfund.org Business Partner Solosso provides premium custom dress shirts in the finest fabrics, tailored to your exact fit.  Pick your style and fabric and enter your measurements and your tailor-made shirt will be shipped to you free of charge! In addition to their high quality shirts, Solosso aims to run a socially responsible and environmentally friendly organization that produces sustainable products.   They hold their suppliers to high environmental standards, use packaging made from 95% and 100% recycled materials and offset all of their shipping and business operations emissions.   They work hard to continually minimize the environmental impact of their organization and, with the help of their partnership with us, to offset their carbon footprint. To get that perfect fit for you, or the guy in your life, check out www.solosso.com/en.