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Mar 28, 2013
Penny

Switching Energy Providers Can Save the Environment & Boost the Balance Sheet

As a business, you are well aware that monthly expenses can quickly add up. While you may always be looking for ways to save money, it is safe to say that some expenses sneak by on a regular basis.

When was the last time you took a close look at how much you are spending on energy costs? Like many business owners, your answer may be the same: never.

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Fortunately, it is not too late to change your ways. Did you know that there are two primary benefits of switching energy providers?

  • The ability to do your part in saving the environment
  • The opportunity to save money and subsequently boost your balance sheet

Despite the fact that this may sound like a lot of work, nothing could be further from the truth. Believe it or not, changing from one energy provider to another is a simple task. Here are three steps to follow as you get started:

  1. Take note of how much you are paying on your energy bills right now.
  2. Make a list of other companies, hopefully finding at least two to compare to your current provider.
  3. Begin the comparison process, looking for the company that offers the lowest price without taking away anything in terms of service.

You may be in position to save up to 70 percent on your business energy bills. Doing so is as simple as turning to an online comparison tool, such as the one offered by http://www.powerexperts.co.uk/.

With this tool, it is simple to get an online quote for your company’s gas and electric supplies. In short, all you have to do is enter your current supplier’s information. From there, you will find yourself in position to compare all major companies offering service in your area.

Tip: when switching energy providers for your business, e.g. from British Gas to EDF, make sure you are receiving a commercial rate quote. This is not the same as residential rates.

Making a Change

At some point, you may realise that you are spending too much money on your current energy bills. This is when you will seriously consider changing to another supplier. The process for doing so is simple.

Once you know which company you want to work with in the future, you can contact them to express your intentions. At the same time, you will want to contact your current supplier to explain that you will be switching to a competitor.

Note: make sure your new service can be turned on immediately following your current service being turned off. This way you don’t have to go a single day without electricity or gas.

When you switch energy providers at your place of business, you can save the environment while improving your bottom line. Talk about the best of both worlds!

Oct 22, 2012
Penny

Latest market reports show spurt in fertilizers and agrochemicals in traditional and emerging markets

One of the bare essentials no matter how advanced our civilization and technology become is food and that is precisely the reason why the fertilizers and agrochemicals industry has done so consistently well in the past decade or two. That growth story though took a slight detour and a small pause in 2009, when the global economic setback ensured that the brakes were put on the growth story.

fertilizers and agrochemicalsThe setback though now seems only a minor glitch as the fertilizers and agrochemicals market has registered a constant growth in the past two years and the same is expected to continue till 2017.

Fertilizer prices have gone up steadily in the last few years along with prices of agricultural tools and supporting technology. The high agricultural prices have given the industry a constant growth rate of around 3.3 percent that is set to continue around a similar mark for the next 5 years.

In fact, the total revenue for the year of 2012 is being modestly calculated as $147.2 billion, which is already 2.2 percent up from the total revenue garnered by fertilizers and agrochemicals in 2011.

Of course, the biggest strength of the industry is the expanding markets and constant demand that should ensure that the upswing continues without any hindrance.

The growth of the fertilizer and agrochemicals industry is expected to draw largely from the new markets that will open up in Asia and South America over the next decade or so. This along with strong traditional markets that are also looking for new ways to further increase crop yield should help significantly. Since neither is global population going to recede and nor is the necessity to feed more hungry mouths, there really is little that can go wrong for the industry.

That’s aid, growing energy prices, volatile economies and supply and demand disparity will be still concerns that would give an odd jitter or two to those invested in this sector. Despite that, it is a certain thumbs up when it comes to the road ahead for the sector.

Oct 5, 2012
Julia

Pena Will Go for Energy Reform in 2013

 

 

NEW YORK  – The energy reform that would allow private investment in Pemex is “at hand” and may be approved in 2013, said Luis Videgaray, head of the transition team of President-elect of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto.

In a note published Thursday by The Wall Street Journal, Videgaray said the next government plans to send the energy reform bill Congress just finished negotiating the budget.

“Hopefully, we will do early next year,” and although he did not elaborate on how exactly would reform, he said that would open the sector to private investment in capital and technology.

He stated that there are plans in the new government to restructure the economy and to confront the powerful unions and entrenched corporate interests in the political architecture of the country, according to the newspaper.

“I am personally convinced that the lack of competition is one of the key elements that prevent the growth of Mexico. Not only in telecommunications, but in many sectors of the economy where we have a high degree of concentration,” he said.

One plan of Peña Nieto, who will take office on the 1st of December, is to create specialized courts, and a commitment to run for the next six years “consistent government policies and actions relating to competition”.

Specialized courts in competition cases would reduce the time that decisions are taken in the matter, because that would be composed of judges who would know the subject in depth, Videgaray explained.

 

 

 

Sep 13, 2012
Julia

Agreed Initiative for Climate Protection

 

Berlin – German Development Minister Dirk Niebel and World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, have agreed on a joint initiative to protect the climate. The federal government would in the current year grant ten million euro grant for a new fund, Niebel said after meeting with Kim in Berlin on Tuesday. The fund to be created should help developing countries by, among other advice, to use funds from the new, global Green Climate Fund (GCF).

“I am pleased that Mr. Kim accepted our offer and stated his readiness to jointly look for additional sponsors on the lookout,” said Niebel. Germany is currently bidding with the city of Bonn to host the headquarters of the Green Climate Fund. The role of the GCF is to provide financial resources to developing countries to climate-friendly remodel their economies.

 

 

Sep 8, 2012
Julia

Japan Having a Hard Time to Rebuild After the Tsunami

 

The three provinces most affected by the earthquake and tsunami last 2011 in Japan suffered a major shortage of staff in local authorities that carry out difficult tasks of reconstruction, according to the Japanese Government. According to a data collected in August by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, only 30 percent of employees needed for these tasks has been allocated to 41 municipalities in the provinces of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima (northeast), where in addition to hundreds of officers killed the tsunami.

This Ministry is now seeking to transfer staff councils across the country to the people of the area, which in August called for sending more than 900 workers needed in various areas, Kyodo news agency reported. Specifically, municipalities northeastern Japan are badly short of civil engineers to coordinate and execute basic the huge number of relocations of houses and buildings on higher ground, to avoid exposure to new tsunamis.

Experts are also required to inspect over the presence of cultural have been left buried in soil to house new buildings and personnel needed to manage land acquisition. Meanwhile, the provinces have begun to hire temporary staff in some municipalities to accelerate some reconstruction, while several employees of the Iwate provincial government made a tour these days consistory of other provinces for assistance. earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, which caused nearly 19,000 people dead or missing, devastated dozens of coastal municipalities of northeastern Japan and left more than 20,000 tons of debris.

 

 

Sep 7, 2012
Julia

Number of Humpback Whales in Brazil Tripled in 10 Years

 

Rio de Janeiro – The number of humpback whales off the coast of Brazil has tripled in the past decade.

There were nearly 10,000 animals were counted in the region, said the Brazilian Humpback Whale Institute. In 2002, only about 3,000 copies had been sighted in the mating area of the species.

Protection programs have helped stabilize the humpback whales population that was threatened  again, said institute director, Milton Marcondes. With the fat of whales, street lamps were operated. In 1966, the hunting of humpback whales was banned. Back then, there were only an estimated 1,000 animals.

 

 

Aug 24, 2012
Julia

Department of Environment Has Launched a Cleaning Campaign

 

The Municipality of Leganes, through the Department of Environment has started this morning in the Fountain Square one of Honda ‘thorough cleaning campaigns’ in order to improve the appearance of this district after completion of the holidays in honor of Our Lady of Butarque 2012, according to a statement.

Part of this initiative and adaptation of urban spaces took place last week at the fairgrounds where several teams cleaned dirty water and removed grease stains and dirt that appeared on the pavement after the occupation of the fair site by mobile booths and bars of the fair between 10th and 19th of August.

So, this morning has begun proceedings in the Honda Fountain Square, Plaza of Spain, a section of the street Ordonez and Antonio Machado and Jeromin streets. On successive days in the streets act Captain Wall Durán, Noon, Plaza del Salvador, among others. This action will end next Sunday and will run daily between 8:00 and 14:00.

 

Aug 23, 2012
Julia

Usutu Virus Caused Death Again

 

 

Waldsee – Originating from Africa Usutu – virus in southwestern Germany has again triggered a mass extinction of black birds and now spread to humans. Near Ludwigshafen in Rhineland-Palatinate, everyday up to ten dead blackbirds were discovered.Norbert Becker of the Municipal Association even said the fight against mosquito plague in the Upper Rhine (KABS) in Forest Lake, the news agency DAPD reported. The virus itself killed chicks in their nest.
The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine has now demonstrated a human infection. According to the Head of virological diagnostics, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, they ran  blood tests of 4,200 blood donors from the Rhine-Neckar region and someone was positive. One patient from the Hessian Gross-Gerau Usutu had antibodies against the blood was so ill a few months before that.
“Probably give it even more cases, the disease will often not be recognized,” said Schmidt Chanasit of DAPD. For mild fever and rash GPs it would hardly be symptoms of the Usutu virus and is more of a diagnose of summer flu. Severe cases such as in Italy, where the virus had caused in immunocompromised patients with a brain infection. However, there was no report yet that it affects Germany.
The pathogen is transmitted by mosquitoes in the house hold and it may just appear like a summer flu. “It is surprising that Usutu this year was as bad as the one raging in 2011, when it was first rampant in Germany,” Becker said. The KABS experts had been hoping that the birds develop resistance and thus the advance of the virus will stop. Instead, the problem has only shifted spatially. Dead birds are currently being reported in particular along the wine route of Landau and Neustadt to Bad Durkheim to Ludwigshafen and Walldorf. The death of the birds make many people very sad that some even called to KABS crying on the phone because she mourned the blackbirds in their yard.
Aug 22, 2012
Julia

Altmaier Wants to Better Coordinate Energy Policy

Berlin – German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier wants to achieve this year, a consensus among the 16 states on the coordination of energy policy. “In particular, the construction of new wind power plants exceeded the MRP of the covenant,” a ministry spokesperson said on Monday in Berlin. It needs to limit  0.1 to 0.2 percent of the fed wind power because of the expansion of electricity networks which do not consider the development step.
Environment Minister Altmaier already announced that “individual countries must take certain development targets distance,” said the spokesman. We could not say yet anything but would the government’s plan for the expansion of offshore wind energy definitely happen.
Aug 21, 2012
Julia

Farmer Sells Party Guests with Manure from Farm

Hoort – An applied farmer who has about 30 young party guests sold a decent charge manure from his farm. The music fans on Saturday night celebrated an unannounced affair called Goa – Party on the field at Hoort (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), said a police spokesman on Monday.

Landowners unsuccessfully tried to persuade the youth and young adults to leave. Then his son had taken the tractor with the trailer and manure cars, tents and personal items splattered. Some guests reportedly then placed the complaint of criminal damage. The prosecution must now decide as to what action needs to be done.

Aug 20, 2012
Julia

Over 7,000 People Suffer Cuts in Water Supply

 

More than 7,000 people have been cut in the water supply or low fluid pressure as a result of a fault in the motor of the Atalaya well, one of two that supply Baza (Granada), and whose arrangement is planned for on Wednesday afternoon after the removal of damaged machinery.

The local council is confident that at the time they run out of supply deficiencies, which are affecting especially the neighborhood of the Caves, as it depends on the deposits of the Watchtower for its supply.

From the Consistory claim that this is a situation “grave” for the large number of people affected, but fortunately “has reached more than”, thanks to the collaboration of irrigators, Mayor Caz, payments, and Zoaime Guines, who have ceded part of their irrigation water to supply a large part of the population.

For the acting mayor, Miguel Angel Coca, this situation could have been avoided if the channeling of water from the Portillo was put into use. So, he has warned that “the supply of drinking water for 22,000 people can not rely solely on wells, whose contribution depends on the level of aquifers and rain.”

As highlighted by Coca, “the work of the pipeline is almost complete, the pipe is connected to our deposits and remains only a small stretch run”, so is confident that in September the Prefectures in Granada resume study the issue and a solution that guarantees the supply to Baza.

 

 

Aug 10, 2012
Julia

The Aral Sea in Uzbekistan is Almost Dried Up

 

The Aral Sea that has an area of 68,000 square kilometers 15 years ago, has only 10 percent left today. The tributaries of the lake have dried up in recent years. The main tributaries are Syrdaria Amudari and since the Stalin era (1929-1953), large amounts of water for irrigation of cotton fields in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan were taken.

Due to the reduced inflow to the Aral Sea, the water level continues to decline.

As the Aral Sea was still there, it had a flourishing Uzbekistan fishing port with lots of jobs and a fish-processing industry. There are still a few fishermen, but the fish caught are not for consumption.