Natural Science – Global Warming

While some would call global warming a theory, others would call it a proven set of facts. Opinions differ vehemently. Let us consider global warming to be both a premise that the environment of the world as we know it is slowly, but very surely increasing in overall air and water temperature, and a promise that if whatever is causing this trend is not interrupted or challenged life on earth will dynamically be affected.

The prevailing counter opinion is that all that is presently perceived to be global warming is simply the result of a normal climactic swing in the direction of increased temperature. Continue reading…

 

Health Science – Nasal Congestion

Does your nose feel stuffed up and congested?  The annoying feeling of nasal obstruction is related to the humidity and temperature of inhaled air. There are findings that suggest sensory feedback from nasal airflow which contributes to the sensation of congestion. Researchers can use this knowledge to design and test treatments that are more effective for this familiar symptom of nasal sinus disease.

Usually caused by infection or allergy, nasal sinus disease is one of the most common medical conditions in the United States, afflicting approximately 33 million people with over $5.8 billion in healthcare costs annually. Continue reading…

 

EMT Community Day

As a young adult or parent, you probably have noticed the difficulty that most children face growing up in today’s culture and environment. Activities have transitioned from outdoors to indoors, teens are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, and the close community that once was a shelter for these youth has now become a group of loose ends with no clear ties. This type of model needs to change, and it needs to change fast. One of the most promising ways to reestablish a community in your area and to coax teenagers and children into a healthier environment is to show them the possibilities and opportunities that exist outside of the home. There are a number of ways to do this, such as to introduce them to outdoor activities, volunteer services, and possible career choices. In terms of possible career choices, you want to introduce them to a model, or someone that they look up to. This particular post will delve into this endeavor for those that are interested in medical field role models.

The Right Community Role Model

Choosing the right role model for your community’s youth can be very difficult. Kids need someone that they can look up to, whose qualities they can identify with, and someone that reflects a personality that one would wish upon themselves one day. One particular community role model that is an excellent choice is an EMT or paramedic. These individuals have many outstanding qualities that can help the youth in your community establish a healthy and environmentally conscious outlook.

Community Health

Every day, an EMT is credited with saving a life. These emergency care service providers embody the meaning of health and wellness. Their goal is to care for individuals through focusing on the health and wellness of that person when relocating them to a hospital. Sometimes, they perform CPR, carry individuals into the ambulance, offer support and a sense of calm, and track the individual’s level of heath and ensure that everything will be ok. In order to bring your community together and to inspire the community’s youth, consider introducing them to an EMT, explaining the responsibilities of an EMT, and even introducing how an EMT can help them in the future, should such a situation arise.

Get the Community Excited

This particular section applies more to children and teenagers, but one rad way to encourage your community’s youth is to host an event and see if you can get an emergency care service to introduce themselves and to bring an emergency vehicle with them. Young children will immediately be interested in the vehicle, the lights, the responsibility involved, and the outfits of the EMT’s and paramedics. In addition, you can ask the EMT’s to do a presentation about their job to introduce the community to a different type of career and maybe even inspire them to pursue a career in the field. This type of event would also work well during a “Career Day” in your community.

The Environment

Another way that introducing your community to an EMT’s career and job duties benefits the community is that it can also lead to a more environmentally conscious community. This can be done by having the EMT introduce the main types of environmental problems that cause accidents. Making your community aware of these issues can protect the environment and even create a safer community.

Overall, there will clearly be individuals interested in the EMT career path, and directing them is easy. There are an abundance of resources available online, many of which detail exactly what the processes are and how one can succeed.

 

Are E-readers And Tablets A Green Option?

There’s a fair bit of debate, which can sometimes get quite heated, about whether or not e-books, e-book readers, and tablet computers, are better for the environment than traditional paper books.

The headline news with e-readers and e-books of course is the fact that they don’t use paper. No paper means no dead trees, rather obviously perhaps. It also means that the chemicals, dyes, and energy used in the paper production process aren’t required.

What is equally important, and possibly a little less obvious, is the fact that e-books, being digital rather than physical products, don’t need to be delivered by road, rail or air freight. As a rule, transportation of physical books more than doubles their carbon footprint.

On the other hand, e-readers and tablets both consume materials and energy in their manufacture and both need to be transported to the end user. That’s a “one off” event of course – but both devices also require electricity in order to function.

E-readers use special e-ink technology displays which are both excellent for reading on and very energy efficient. Most e-readers will go for several weeks on a single battery charge, so it’s not a major consideration.

Tablet computers are a slightly different proposition. The best value tablets have increased in power over the last few months which, coupled with their touch-screen color displays, means that they use a lot more power. You’ll be lucky to get a few hours out of a tablet computer, even if you’re just reading books rather than playing games or watching video.

Obviously it’s not a simple equation; it will depend upon how many new books you read each year and how often you tend to replace your e-reader or tablet.

However, even if you are able to make a reasonably estimate of your own usage, it’s still hard to find exact numbers of the “breakeven” point where e-readers and/or tablets become the most environmentally friendly option. I’ve seen estimates as low as 14 books per annum to make the e-reader greener, but I’ve also seen estimates as high as 50 books.

Based upon the slightly higher power usage, I would have to guess that the breakeven point for tablets will be a little higher than that for e-readers.

Personally speaking, I don’t have much doubt that an e-reader is the best option for me. I tend to read about a book a week, and I don’t replace my e-reader all that often.

I’ve had my current Kindle 4, the basic entry level model, for over two years now. I would guess that e-reader owners tend to replace their devices a lot less frequently than tablet computer users do.

Unlike tablets, readers are fairly simple devices, so there isn’t the same advance in power and functionality every year. As long as you’re happy with your reader – and I certainly am – there’s a lot less reason to upgrade.

I can certainly imagine using my basic little Kindle for at least another couple of years yet – so I think I’m bound to be better off, in environmental terms, than reading traditional dead tree books. I also have a lot more space in my house as there are no piles of books about the place any more!

 

The Most Energy Efficient Types of Space Heaters

heaterSpace heaters are one of the best devices you can use to warm your room with no need to turn on the thermostat. These portable and small sized heaters are suitable in almost all areas in the house as long as no situated near flammable materials. When used in conjunction with your entire home’s heat source, these space heaters could possibly reduce your electricity bill significantly. Although such devices also take up electricity, the tradeoff will actually result in total savings later on.

Space heaters are available in various forms like the radiant or infrared space heaters as well as the convection and combination type. These are pretty cheap, so buying one does not mean emptying out your wallet. But then, before you go out and make a purchase, it is highly recommended that you take some tine to learn about the different types of space heaters since this will help you make an informed decision.

Different Types of Space Heaters

Space heaters come in a variety of forms and it is vital to know about each type to determine which one suits your needs best. Here are some of them:

1. Infrared or Radiant Heaters

Radiant or infrared-type heaters are among the most affordable option if you wish to heat a small space with inadequate insulation. These heaters provide warmth by through the use of reflective place or heated element that delivers the infrared radiation throughout the room or space. The radiation produce by these heaters is harmless and it can even warm the body when it comes in contact despite when the air in the surrounding is cool.

With this type of heater, you can stay warm for a long period of time. In fact, you can turn it off when you already feel comfortable and keep yourself warm throughout the night. These works very quick, but one thing is that the temperature is directed in one direction only. These infrared heaters are very beneficial in heating single room making them one of the best potable space heaters around.

2. Convection Heaters

These heaters can heat up an entire room faster than radiant heaters. These works perfectly when there is a great number of a person in the room. There are convection heaters that have fans that circulate air throughout the room while there are some without fans. These heaters utilize different heating elements like ceramic discs that are pretty expensive. However, there are also convection heater units that are filled with water and oil and these can be very efficient. These units utilize oil or water similar to the typical water heaters. The oil or water inside the units remains warm heating up the air in the surrounding.

3. Combination Heaters

If you cannot decide between infrared and convection heaters, you might want to look at some hybrid space heaters. These units are a combination of the first two types and are highly energy efficient. It can be a good thing to have space heaters with both convection and radiant elements.

Some of the Best Models

Space heaters come in different models and each of these is energy efficient. However, there are some subtle differences, so take a look at a few of the well-liked units:

1. Dr Infrared Quartz

This infrared space heater is known for its potency and attractiveness. It looks so pretty, big but not so huge and offers magnanimous heat without consuming tons of power. The main technology in this heater is infrared heat as with the name “Dr Quartz”. Infrared heaters usually utilize quartz tubes or discs to produce heat.

It comes with highly precise thermostat and timer set at 12 hour. What makes it so popular is its capability to warm up as much as 1000 square feet of space. Plus, it can actually supply heat throughout the entire room instead of simply blasting heat in only one direction. It is among the most efficient space heaters available that looks really great too!

2. Dyson Hot and Cool

This space heater is a combination time and is very versatile. This unit can be a bit pricey, but it comes with a very smart design, impressive power and great aesthetics too. This can be used as a hater and fan depending on the season, so there is no need to keep it in your basement since you will be using it all year long.

It comes with “air multiplier” technology which means that air is not pushed through, but drawn throughout the surrounding resulting to a very relaxing airflow than the typical fan. Plus, it oscillates and tilts producing high air volume so it can heat up a huge space very quickly. Also, it does not consume high juice volumes, so your electricity will not be much affected.

3. DeLonghi Safeheat Oil Radiator

The best features of this space heater are the following: power and inexpensiveness. This unit is highly recommended if you need constant heat within a small spice since it is among the highly energy efficient space heaters available on the market.

The great thing with this heater is that the oil works pretty well in retaining heat. Once your space is all heated up, you can have the option to lower or turn off the heat and you will continue to experience convection warmth all over the space throughout a very long period of time.

It is also very quiet and comes with amazing features like its “automatic on” feature when the temperature inside the room drops under 44 F.

 

The Strange History and Science of Pregnancy Tests

It is relatively easy to find out if you are pregnant these days but it hasn’t always been that way. Over hundreds of years, people have tried some pretty strange techniques to try to find out whether or not a woman is with child. Most of these techniques did not and some of them even caused major ecological disaster.

Even though most women eventually figure out on their own that they are pregnant, they still wanted to know as early as possible so they could start planning for their future. Next time you go to the store to pick out the best pregnancy test, consider the long and strange scientific process it took to create that test.

Before Scientific Discovery

In ancient times, before scientists took on the subject of pregnancy, there were many unscientific techniques floating around. The Egyptians would have a woman pee on a bag of wheat and barley. If the wheat starting growing, the baby was a girl but if barely started growing, the baby was a boy. The woman was not pregnant if nothing grew. Of course, this method was just a bunch of hogwash.

The Greeks thought that you could tell if a woman was pregnant by putting perfume on her genitals. If her breath smelled like the perfume, then she was pregnant. I have no idea how they came up with this crazy method.

Medieval doctors got close to finding the source of pregnancy when they started to experiment with urine. They had the woman pee on a needle. If the need started to rust, then she was said to be pregnant. The closest they came to a pregnancy test as the ones seen today was when they mixed urine with wine. The wine would react with the urine if the woman was pregnant because of the proteins found in a pregnant woman’s urine.

Animal Testing

In the early 1900′s, scientist began looking at animals as a way to tell if a woman was pregnant. They started to study hormones found in the human body and noticed that a woman’s hCG would spike when she was pregnant. They needed to find a way to easily measure the hCG in a woman in order to tell if she was pregnant. The scientists started by injecting a pregnant women’s urine into rats. It sounds gross but the urine would make the rats horny. Next, they tried the same thing with rabbits; however, the rabbits not get horny. Instead the rabbits died.

After the failure of the rabbit experiment, scientists decided to try the experiment on frogs. They imported hundreds of frogs into the lab where the frogs ended up catching a fungus. Some of the diseased frogs escaped into the wild and the fungus is still threatening the world’s amphibians today. The frog experiment was too expensive and clearly did not work.

Peeing on a Stick

After the animal testing, scientists were getting closer at developing the modern day pregnancy test. In the 1960′s, scientists began experimenting with antibodies. When the hCG hormone in a pregnant woman’s urine was combined with antibodies, the cells would clump together. It took a few hours to get the results but could only be performed by scientists in a lab. They still got a lot of false positives.

The first home pregnancy test was invented in the 1970′s when scientists found a way to assemble the proteins in the hormone in a particular pattern that would indicate pregnancy and nothing else. It started to make an appearance on store shelves in 1978 and contained water, an eye dropper, a test tube, a mirror and sheep’s blood. It was difficult to use but was extremely accurate.

Pregnancy test sticks were first seen in the 1980′s and digital tests hit store shelves in the 1990′s. You can now find out if you are pregnant up to two weeks before your missed period or eight days after ovulation and results show up in minutes. The tests used today are much more accurate than peeing on a bag of wheat.

 

Environmental Conservancy And How You Can Do Your Little Bit

Tips And Trends On Environmental Conservancy

The environment is what you see around you when you are outside. It is what provides a platform for everything that you can see. In simple terms it is nature and what surrounds us. Since it is a lot of things and without it we are non-existence, it is crucial that we do our very best to protect all its parts. Unfortunately, as the world becomes more modernized, there are a lot of emissions and refuse that result from our daily activities that damage the same environment we depend on so much. Below are a few tips on things we should do to conserve the environment and maintain a perfect balance of nature.

Reduce Waste

It is alarming how wasteful we are. There are a lot of things we do that we do not need and at the end of the day, they are a waste and harm to the environment. A simple thing such as leaving your car engine running might appear like a normal thing but it is a waste of fuel and will also pollute the environment. Ensure that you turn off the car engine, switch off the lights in rooms not in use or during the day when there is natural light, turn off the taps when not in use and use water in an environmentally friendly manner, and instead of driving for short distances, ride a fixies style bike to work each day.

Reuse

There are a lot of reusable items that people ignore and use only once and throw them away. This contributes to the large amount of garbage that has to be eliminated and the process poisons the environment. Things such as used clothes can be used to make other fashionable items or stuffing while plastic containers can be used in storing different items at home. To reduce the carbon footprints, it is crucial to choose used items over new items.

Recycle

Recycling is the name given to the process whereby finished items that have already been used are put through a manufacturing process to come up with the same item or a different product. Recycling is one of the best ways to save the environment. For instance, paper recycling means that paper that has been use in books or news papers can be recycled to carton boxes, hard covers boards and many other products. This greatly reduces the amount of trees that are cut for paper making. Plastic recycling reduces the amount of plastics dumped or burned. Glass can also be recycled to reduce the manufacturing cost and save the environment from the negative effects of mining

Renewable Energy

Recent times have seen the emphasis of the use of renewable energy and there are many reasons behind this. Renewable energy such a hydroelectric power, geothermal power, solar energy and wind energy will help in reducing the burning of fossil fuels and significantly reduce pollution.

And on a personal level, it’s as simple as choosing an environmentally friendly mode of transport such as hoping on a mountain bike or a fixies style bike for the city commuter when short distances are involved. This will save you a boatload of money normally used in fuel, you will be part of the green movement of conserving the environment and you might even get fitter. Plus you really got to check out how hip and cool these bikes really are.

 

Sustainability and an Individuals Contribution to Water Conservation

Sustainability is the act of preserving Earth’s natural resources by an individual or a society as a whole. The individual practicing sustainable living tries to minimize their carbon footprints by modifying their methods of energy consumption, diet, and transportation. Sustainability strikes a balance between the philosophy of ecological living and its implementation in one’s life. Sustainability in the twenty first century can be implemented by switching from depleting natural resources to renewable energy resources. Change needs to be adopted by the future generations for the prosperity of the human race.

Earth has only 2% fresh water out of its 70% covered by water bodies. Out of this only one percent of the total water available on earth is suited for human consumption. Thus water is a critical natural resource which should be conserved and treated with more respect. We are already suffering due to lack of clean water and if we want to sustain humanity on this planet this water conservation issue should be dealt with seriously by each individual. There are many innovative water conservation methods and solutions available with us. Each individual living in any part of the planet needs to take responsibility and start water conservation from home. Other areas of improvement may be irrigation in agriculture and in industries. Water conservation not only saves money and energy but it also improves the environment and ensures our well-being. As an example, selecting the best water efficient pressure washer can save up to 30% of your annual water consumption cleaning the backyard, each year. The efficiency of human body decreases with the drop in water level in the body. A normal human being cannot sustain more than 10 days without water.

Every individual can contribute to water conservation by taking some initiative at home. The general efforts which can be made by an individual are such as:
1. Find any hidden water leaks at home and fix it.
2. Keep in mind while buying the appliances using water, they should be water efficient.
3. To avoid wastage of water due to any pipe burst, turn the water supply off before leaving home for vocation.
4. Always find ways to reuse old water may be to water the plants.
5. The exposed water pipes can be winterized to prevent them from breaking and freezing.
6. Showerheads in the bathroom can be regulated for low flow which can save up to 75% water instead of having power washer type units.
7. Shower time can be reduced to take shorter shower and while you lather shut the shower off which saves up to two third amount of water.
8. The frequency of shower and head wash can be reduced if avoidable
9. Composting toilets use little water so they can be given a try.
10. In the kitchen try the practices such as running the dishwasher only when it is full, do not pre rinse the dishes in running water, rather fill a bowl of water and use it to rinse the dishes. This bowl water can further be used in the garden or compost.
11. Try to reuse the dishes if possible and avoid unnecessary washing. Designate one container for water or beverages each day.
12. Do not wash your clothes too much and prefer a front load washing machine over a top load machine as front load uses 40% of the water used by top load washer. Use full load cycles and adjust the water level settings accordingly.
13. Grey water recycling is using the virtually clean water, this practice if adopted can save considerable amount of water.
14. Rain water can be captured by installing gutters on the roof top and collecting the water which can be used in garden. Half gallon water can be collected from one inch rain on one square foot. Even if you are unable to collect whole of this water, it can be diverted directly to your garden or pool.
15. Do not water the plants in rain and a rain sensor can be used for this purpose. It is better to water plants in morning or evening during sunny days to avoid evaporation of water in heat.
16. A nozzle in the hose will protect the hose from bursting due to pressure. Always remember to turn the hose off.
17. Grass should only be fed by rain water as it is a water hog and mostly useless. Let the grass die in summer time and watered by rainfall. This reduces the need of outdoor watering.
18. It is better to plant trees in groups to conserve water. Home composting decreases evaporation and retains moisture.
19. Spread water conservation education and start with your children. Support the local farmers and explain them the water conservation model.

 

How Does Hunting Help the Environment?

Hunting has existed since the beginning of time and has served as an integral component to human survival and evolution. But is there a time where hunting becomes no longer relevant? In this article we will explore the pros and cons of hunting and see whether it helps or hurts the environment.

Benefits of hunting

Firstly, hunting provides a great economic benefit to society though various hunting equipment taxes, license sales, and all of the hunting trips that help circulate money yearly. Most hunters choose to hunt small game with air rifles such as the Benjamin discovery, while bigger game such as deer and coyotes are hunted with
firearms. Personally, I like to stick to small game hunting using my favorite pellet gun. The sales of these air rifles and air rifle accessories also adds to the economical benefit of hunting.

In terms of benefiting the environment, hunting definitely has some perks. A lot of the time small animals can act as pests and prohibit the growth of agricultural land which in turn can affect the habitat and ecosystem as a whole. Eliminating pests through hunting is a way to make sure their population does not get out of hand and to keep the ecosystem in a healthy balance.

Another benefit hunting can provide is protecting rare and endangered species. Many wildlife conservation programs use foothold traps as a way to capture rare or endangered species to reestablish their habitats in a safer environment. While trapping is not hunting in of itself, it is still a part of the process.

Hunters are also generally experienced at their crafts and do not allow the animal to suffer. Using headshots is a good way to ensure a humane death of the prey.

Downsides of hunting

While hunting may have some upsides, there is also a big debate on its effect on the environment. It can be argued that hunting played an important role in human survival during prehistoric times, but sportsman style hunting in the modern days is a bit cruel. Hunting is allowed on 60 percent of U.S. public lands according to the IDAUSA.

Hunters generally argue that the populations of prey species need to be controlled in order to maintain a balance in the ecosystem. This however is not always the case since instead of targeting the weaker and less developed prey; hunters target the stronger and healthier animals. This can act as a reverse in natural selection and slow down the evolution of the species.

Another downside is hunting can and in the past has been the cause of extinction of certain species. In fact the quagga, Zanzibar leopard, sea mink, and the toolache wallaby have all suffered extinction due to hunting.

Poaching also known as illegal hunting is also a major concern and downside. In some regions of the world the concept of poaching is even considered an environmental crime since it is a violation of hunting laws and regulations concerning wildlife management.

In conclusion it is evident that hunting has both its benefits and downsides for the environment and it will continue to remain a controversial topic.

 

Practicing Green Disposal Methods of Feminine Products

feminineThe improper disposal of tampons and sanitary napkins is not simply an issue of courtesy, but it can also be a plumbing issue. In fact, a lot of the clogging in public restrooms is the result of flushing incorrect items down the toilet, some of which include tampons and sanitary napkins. It’s natural to want to flush these products down the toilet–after all, it seems like the most discreet way to get rid of them. Additionally, today’s tampons and sanitary napkins are deceptively small and look as though they’re thin enough to be flushed. The good news is that there are alternative methods of disposal that allow you to get rid of these items discreetly and without placing your plumbing system in jeopardy.

Biodegradable or Scented Bags

While the majority of public restrooms offer receptacles for feminine products, there are places that do not. Without a receptacle, some women make the mistake of tossing the tampon or napkin inside the toilet. When a receptacle isn’t in sight, it’s best to use a biodegradable, scented bag. A scented bag will not only help make the sanitary napkin or tampon more discreet when you toss it into a wastebasket, but when you seal it up it also controls odors. Lastly, these bags are also easy to carry around in one’s purse, they are sold in rolls, and they’re an eco-friendly solution.

Paper Disposal Bags

Paper disposal bags are made especially for tampons, and they can be used to throw away the used items discreetly when in a public place. In fact, using the tampon disposal bags allows one to discard tampons in a regular garbage can, without any need for the special bin. Some disposal bags, like the ones sold by Golden Group International, are biodegradable, sturdy (no leaks), and contain a seal that’ll secure the used feminine product once it’s in the waste basket.

Sanitary Napkin Receptacles

At a workplace, having a sanitary napkin receptacle is a good idea if you need to keep them out of the garbage cans. Not only that, but having a receptacle next to the toilet makes it convenient to dispose of them. Receptacles for tampons and sanitary napkins do not need to be very large, and there are plenty of starter kits that you can purchase that come with a receptacle, liners, and bag dispensers. Because they have a lid, receptacles are also able to curb any odor. If you plan to install a receptacle in a bathroom, adding a “Do Not Flush” sign is also something you can do to remind bathroom users. While you can make your own sign, you can also purchase professional-looking ones that are more likely to catch attention.

The above are the most common solutions for safely getting rid of feminine products. Fortunately, we have many methods today that allow us to get rid of sanitary napkins and tampons carefully. In addition to special containers, biodegradable paper and plastic bags are two methods that women can use. When a container isn’t available, the bags are small enough for portability. For public restrooms, having a receptacle (as well as a “do not flush” reminder) is a worthwhile investment that can save you hundreds in plumbing costs.

 

Earth-Friendly Hospital Practices

hospitalBeing earth-friendly is not just a fad anymore. It is making its way into all aspects of our lives. You can see it at restaurants with compost and recycle bins, schools and even hospitals.

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative is a campaign that is dedicated to improving the health and sustainability in the medical environment. Over 500 hospitals worked towards this project and by doing so are helping the healthcare organizations.

The goal of this green movement is to touch on six sustainable acts: “engaged leadership, healthier foods, leaner energy, less waste, safer chemicals and smarter purchasing.” In doing so they are looking to better the future of others’ lives.

The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is one of the many hospitals to take part in running a green practice. Some of the changes they have made include signing the Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge in 2007, working with local farmers markets for their food, 35% of their electricity will be supported by a wind farm in northern Pennsylvania which means zero pollution, and one of their medical buildings is LEED approved, meaning it is energy efficient. Those are just to name a few of their great achievements.

It is astounding to see what is accomplishable by human beings when they work together for a great cause. They are not just helping themselves they are helping better the environment. It is especially important for the medical environment to get involved with the green movements because their ultimate goal is to make people healthy. It is to help them get back on their feet and live. By being involved in the green movement they are, in a way, helping the earth take its first steps again towards a healthier life. They are helping earth get a second life.

There are so many ways medical centers can help get involved. They can make the smallest of efforts to the biggest. Recycling and composting alone are a huge help to the sustainability world. Any move to help the Healthier Hospitals Initiative campaign is a move in the right direction.

With the way the world is now, individuals are realizing how important it is to get on board and do something about our diseased planet. By letting it die, we are allowing ourselves, our families, friends, colleges, etc. die along with it. We do not want that to happen so in order to stop it, we must all act together.

The practice of Greenhealth for hospitals began in June of 1998 and has lived on to the 21st century, so that must tell you how important this is for the medical field. It will continue to move forward with the innovations more and more people are making. Being “green” is a continuously promoted idea that stands firm in its concept, which is why so many have followed. No one wants to watch their families die so why watch your world die?

 

What You Can Do At Home To Slow Climate Change

Today environmentally awareness is more important than ever with an increasing world population and more discussions and concerns about climate change. Some people believe climate change is not real but the evidence shows otherwise with increasing ocean levels and the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, as well as shrinking glacier ice sheets and global temperature rise. It’s important that each of us as individauls try and do our part to help take better care of our planet and it all starts with the small things we do at home in out every day lives.

There are lots of things we can do that seem small but have a big impact on the environment if everyone participates. The most common things include changing all the light bulbs in your home to energy star bulbs which use around 75% less energy than convential bulbs and last ten to fifty times longer. Properly insulating and sealing up your home to prevent air leaks and drafts can reduce the amount of energy required to heat your home. And sing water in a more efficient way can reduce green house emisions by cutting down on the amount of energy used to treat, pump and heat the water.

Learning to reuse and recycle common items in the your home can also help to reduce the amount of energy required to manufacture or dispose of these products. Take for example the clothing you wear everyday. Most of the clothes we buy are not manufactured domestically, they are made in other countries who them ship them to North America which increases the amount of green house gases in the environment. Instead of throwing out those clothes try and repair them or repurpose them. All you need is a bit of time, a small area to work in and a basic sewing machine which can be found on this website. If you don’t have any sewing experinece you can take a sewing class, ask a friend or relative to teach you or just watch a few tutorials online. Once you build up a bit of skill you will be able to get some extra life out of your old garments, reduce your global footprint and save some money at the same time.

Another great thing you can do which will help the planet is to try to reduce the amount of activites you do that produce waste, even better if it’s something you normally do everyday. One of the easiest and most effective things a person can do each day is switch from buying your morning coffee at your local Starbucks to making your own at home. Think of all the paper coffee cups and plastic lids that you have used over that last few years and you can see how powerful making this one change can be. All you need is a home coffee maker and a reusable travel mug to get started. Another great benefit of making your coffee at home is you can recycle your spent coffee grounds in your compost or use some of them to fertilize your plants. Coffee grounds are very rich in nitrogen which is perfect for tomatoe plants.

These small things may not seem like they can do very much but if everyone gets on board and does their part hopefully we will be in for a better future.