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Wednesday, 08 September 2010 15:10

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Footprint as a Renter

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There is a lot of talk out there about how to “green” your home, but what if you rent? For instance, you cannot replace your windows with more efficient ones without your landlord’s permission. However, there are still steps you can take as a tenant to reduce the carbon footprint of your home.
  1. The most basic thing you can do is reduce water usage. According to the EPA, we consume about 2 to 5 gallons per day when we brush with the water running continuously. Of course, it takes energy to pump and heat water, so conserving water makes a difference.
  2. For paper goods, minimize their use but also choose recycled paper. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, if every household in the nation swapped just one roll of traditional toilet paper for one made with recycled paper, the effort could save about 424,000 trees.
  3. Opt for energy-efficient alternatives to the traditional lightbulb, e.g. LED or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.
  4. Install faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads. Aerators break up streams of water with air. You get the same water pressure but reduce the actual volume of water.
  5. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. "Vampire" energy loss accounts for approximately 5-10 percent of residential energy use in the U.S.
After you’ve done this, encourage your landlord or management company to make additional leaps. Ask them to replace old appliances with Energy Star rated ones, caulk or insulate, and install programmable thermostats that will end up saving energy and money.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:54

30 Days of Free Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

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The green-inspired lifestyle site, World of Green, kicked off a special holiday promotion today. 30 Days of Free Eco-Friendly Gifts lets you enter to win prizes that include plantable wrapping paper, toys, organic cotton clothing and bamboo robes. The grand finale is Carbonfund.org making a winner's home carbon neutral for a year in support of innovative projects that are fighting climate change today. World of Green is bringing together the largest selection of green products, solutions and information. The website chooses to feature products with the highest standards, in terms that are easy to understand. To enter, visit the World of Green website here.
As many drivers know, the price of gasoline has been steadily rising for some time now. Gas is now up to $2.74, up 1.4 cents from last night and $0.95 cents from this time last year. As gas prices inch closer and closer to $3 in time for the spring travel season (at least that is what some experts are predicting) the dialog over fuel consumption will likely increase. How can we do more with less, and why do we keep on running into these same problems? Energy shocks and oil crises are nothing new and come about cyclically. Gas prices go up and people start to drive less, interest in more efficient vehicles rises, and consumption goes down. This follows basic economic principles of supply and demand, although some have expressed strong concerns about speculation in markets. Nobody should be shocked to see gas prices inching back up. The US consumes nearly 20 million barrels of oil a day - causing us to put massive amounts of pressure on a finite resource. Moreover, even slight changes in supply can have ripple effects that cause prices of oil and gas to fluctuate dramatically. A viable solution is efficiency. It took the US a long time to address fuel efficiency as this chart shows. While Congress has taken action through improving fuel efficiency standards, the vehicles produced presently vary quite a degree in their fuel efficiency. Some vehicles have substantially better fuel efficiency. Technology exists to help, but it takes commitment by auto makers and consumers alike to make fuel efficient vehicles the norm rather than the exception. As gas prices rise this spring and you are paying more at the pump, think about the future and the most sustainable way to curb rising fuel prices. We must demand action from our nation's leaders to continue to improve fuel efficiency standards, while making fuel efficient vehicles- and choosing fuel efficient vehicles.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:36

2010 Still on Track to be the Hottest Year

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Despite a cooldown in the East Coast recently, 2010 is still on track to be the hottest year on record in terms of global average temperature. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from January to August, the planet's average temperature was 58.5 degrees Fahrenheit (14.7 Celsius), which thus far ties the record in 1998. The heat waves this summer as well as extreme weather have been noted by climate scientists as consistent with global warming. Meanwhile, sea ice and glaciers continue to shrink. The National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado says that Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its minimum extent and follows a 14-year trend of dipping below historic levels. Arctic sea ice covered 1.84 million square miles this month, whereas in August, sea ice covered an average of 2.3 million square miles, or 22 percent below the 1979-2000 average extent. Learn more and take steps today to reduce your climate impact by clicking here.
Friday, 14 January 2011 16:01

2010 Tied for Warmest Year on Record

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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.
The 2010 Dairy Sustainability Symposium, April 14-15 in Chicago will be offsetting its emissions through support of the Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester Project of Carbonfund.org. The event organized by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) provides a forum for members of the industry to learn more about how to make their operations cleaner and greener. A focus of the Dairy Sustainability Symposium will be how to reduce carbon emissions and save money through energy efficiency measures. Carbonfund.org will be presenting on carbon footprinting and life cycle assessments of products and the production process. The Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester Project collects waste from ten local dairy farms, captures the associated methane emissions and transforms it to clean, renewable energy. Methane is a greenhouse gas about23 times more potent than CO2, and a byproduct of bovines in dairy production. In addition to reducing more than 8,000 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions from the atmosphere each year, the biodigester also helps keep the region’s groundwater cleaner. By offsetting the emissions of the Symposium, including attendees’ travel and participation, the dairy industry is taking another step towards industry-wide comprehensive emissions reductions. In December, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy made a commitment to reduce dairy emissions 25% by 2020.
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:57

2009 is Fifth Hottest Year on Record

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According to the World Meterological Organization (WMO), the earth is continuing to get warmer. 2009 is in line to be the fifth hottest year on record (the exact ranking may change depending on how these last weeks of the year play out), and the decade from 2000-2009 has been the warmest in recorded history.

The hottest decade on record before the 2000s was the 1990s, and before that the 1980s. Temperature records have been kept using precise instruments since 1850.

The recent WMO press release also states:

"This year above-normal temperatures were recorded in most parts of the continents. Only North America (United States and Canada) experienced conditions that were cooler than average. Given the current figures, large parts of southern Asia and central Africa are likely to have the warmest year on record."
Though the US and Canada experienced cooler temperatures this year, our weather is not indicative of global trends. This release coincides with the Copenhagen climate meetings, where global leaders are well positioned to work out the framework for a legally binding emissions reductions target.
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