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Sep 2, 2013
Zaid

Go Green!

Did you know what people do in order to go green? What should you do to go green? Perhaps just wearing green clothes and having pictures taken by a friend is not the appropriate answer. Ecology has been an interesting feature for children and also for teenagers. But, there is a misconception here. People who go green or take certain steps in order to maintain the glory of the earth are somehow called ‘tree-huggers’ which would prove offensive for them.

However, coming back to our story here, let us ponder over some of the things we can do in order to go green.

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HAVE A GREEN PROM:

Just imagine this picturesque feature in your mind. Instead of showing up in expensive Paris Originals and heavy gowns, you can always show up in a dress made up of organic fibres. Also, you may suggest this idea to the head of your school so that the entire class can take part in a Green Prom.

All of your classmates can show up in a big rented bus instead of separately showing up in limousines or expensive convertibles in order to conserve energy. Car-pooling is always a good idea if you are going collectively to a party or the movies.

PLANT SAPLINGS:

Planting trees is the best way to exhibit that you are a modern day ‘tree-hugger’. Nowadays, industries have been cutting down forests and trees and promoting constructions of malls and parking lots. It is necessary for us to plant trees in order to retain the freshness of our grounds.

Sep 2, 2013
Zaid

The Greenhouse curse

The greenhouse effect is at times considered to pretty natural. However, there were times when there people who did not care about the world and did much to contribute to global warming. The greenhouse effect is a probable nuisance as they add havoc to the world. The greenhouse effect curbs most of the poisonous gases prevailing on earth. How does it do that?

The greenhouse effect is indirectly held responsible for heating up the earth. The Earth, in spite of its normal warmth and gases has been at the stake of global warming due to the greenhouse effect. You would see greenhouses scattered everywhere – either in industries or in places where the culturing of tropical flowers is considered a fun hobby.

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The usual warmth that we get is mainly from the sun, of course. The Sun showers down its beam of rays and they are minimized by the protective layer of gases that surround the earth. Alas, we are protected by the most primitive gases that mankind has occurred to be knowledgeable about.

Some of these gases are reflected back and that would have made our life easier and more promising. But, the gases produced by greenhouses have to be held responsible for spoiling the climate as they tend to re-radiate the remaining gases and spoil the nature.

These gases include CFCS and tonnes of poisonous gases such as nitrous oxide, methane and carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is considered to be a deadly gas. If it reaches the blood, it can play havoc and imitate heme’s responsibilities. Methane is also a deadly gas as it can play the same feature as carbon monoxide may in the blood.

 

Aug 30, 2013
Penny

How Basic Hygiene Can Stop the Spread of Diseases

In developed countries, food poisoning afflicts millions of people annually. Various viruses and bacteria cause this condition. Symptoms can vary widely but tend to include vomiting and diarrhoea. Most people can recover from food poisoning on their own. However, thousands of people require hospitalisation each year. Death is always a possibility in extreme cases, too. With that in mind, individuals that prepare food should do what they can to reduce the risk of food poisoning.

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Typically, food poisoning is completely preventable by using proper food handling measures. Too many people improperly handle their foods during preparation each day. This results in thousands of avoidable cases of illness around the world caused by foods. By exercising caution, most people can prevent food poisoning from affecting themselves or their families. Countless measures can be taken to avoid these issues and others. In most cases, you only need to make slight changes to their current procedures.

Personal Hygiene and Proper Hygiene in the Kitchen

Anyone that prepare foods should wash everything before and after cooking. This includes themselves, worktops, and utensils. Before touching any food, you should wash your hands, ensuring as little bacteria as possible touches the food. Likewise, only use clean worktops and utensils. Foods prepared and cooked on clean utensils won’t foster the bacteria that cause food poisoning. Without a doubt, these and other steps must be taken to avoid these illnesses because they can occur through other means.

Cross-Contamination Causes The Worst Kinds of Problems

The issue of cross-contamination always exists while preparing meals. Home kitchens and commercial kitchens alike face this problem. When it comes to foods, cross-contamination fosters the growth of bacteria. An eater’s chances of food poisoning increases noticeably due to cross-contamination. Fortunately, avoiding this issue isn’t that difficult under normal circumstances. Cooks simply need to prepare each food type separately from the others. Different meats should be prepared and cooked on their own utensils. Plus, the same applies to vegetables and other foods. Cross-contamination is a key cause of food poisoning outbreaks like the recent one in Newcastle, which is why industrial kitchen cleaning service are of such importance for achieving and maintaining both a clean restaurant kitchen, but also one that will pass HPA spot checks.

Proper Cooking Techniques and Proper Food Storage

Finally, foods should be cooked and stored properly. All foods should be cooked until they’re piping hot throughout. Every meat but beef should be cooked well-done, and beef can range from rare to well-done. To ensure the safety of meats, use a meat thermometer to test foods before serving them. After meals are consumed, leftovers should be cooled and stored as soon as possible. Leftovers shouldn’t stay out longer than 90 minutes, and food should be stored in airtight containers.

Don’t Forget the Washroom

Basic hand hygiene doesn’t stop at the kitchen. Washrooms, and particularly public washrooms, are hotbeds for bacteria. If you are using a washroom, flush the toilet with the lid down, always wash your hands thoroughly, and preferably use an air dryer for your hands. Professional cleaning service providers like Initial will help keep public washrooms hygienic for a fee, but given how viruses spread, particularly during winter months, it’s an investment worth making.

Basic hygiene greatly reduces the risk of getting food poisoning. Improper food handling techniques put thousands of people at risk for illness each day. Keeping yourself, your cooking space, and your utensils clean helps reduce these risks. In the end, other techniques can help prevent food poisoning incidents. Individuals can enjoy preparing and consuming their foods without worrying about contracting an illness. Hygiene helps prevent disease and sickness inside the kitchen and outside of it, too.

Jun 19, 2013
Julia

Solar Heating Systems and Energy Panels for the Home

Solar Heating Systems and Energy Panels for the HomeUnderstanding how solar panels work is your key to successfully making and installing your own solar power system at home, especially if you want to give back to the environment and save money on electricity bills at the same time.

To put it simply, solar panels work to trap the energy from the sun’s rays and convert these into heat or electricity, depending on the type of setup that you need for your home. There are two types of solar panel setups that you can use for your home. The first allows you to use the sun’s energy to provide heating for your home, swimming pool, and even your water supply.

The second type of solar panel setup on the other hand allows you to convert photons emitted by the sun into electricity which can be used to run household appliances. It is best that you take a closer look at these two types of installations that can be done in your home.

 

Of the two types mentioned above, solar heating systems are more commonly found in homes because of the costs. A solar-powered heating system is more affordable for owners regardless of whether it was built from scratch or purchased as a whole unit. Since solar panel systems that produce electricity use silicon as the primary material for the panels the cost of acquisition is greater.

 

Make sure that you choose the right type of solar panel system for your needs in order to maximize the amount of energy you can harness from the sun’s rays. A solar heating system will greatly reduce heating costs in your household, while a solar panel dedicated to producing electricity will help you cut down on electricity costs. Both will help you reduce carbon emissions as well, generally contributing to a greener environment.

 

Apr 20, 2013
Sally

Steps To Repair a Damaged Lawn

Once in a while we observe that the lawns in our homes are damaged or looked patched. This can be caused by several factors such as harmful insects, weeds or lack of care. We repair the damaged lawn to restore its fresh and green appearance. The earlier it is done the better.

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The steps here will give a head start in repairing your damaged lawn.

Water continuously

Applying enough water can help bring the grasses back to life. To measure how much water is enough, keep a food can during sprinkling. Once it accumulates half inch of water, you can stop

Replace the patches

With a small hand shovel, remove the soil surface of dead spots or patches and water it. You can also spread seeds and observe the spot until grasses sprout up.

Apply the fertilizers

Visit your local store and use any proven fertilizer application product that help give your lawn the appropriate nutrients it needs; as well as strengthen grass roots in the soil.

Clear any dead grasses

Dead grasses are just dead. Take them out with a rake and replace with seeds. You can spread a few of the dead grasses and water appropriately.

Uproot any weeds

Though this step is last here, it can even be done first, considering how important it is to the growth of the grasses in your lawn. Watch and make sure that weeds are uprooted. Also don’t allow plants from your plant bed to begin appearing on your lawns.

Generally, it is important to take care of your lawns and prevent any of the above from the outset. This will give the grasses longer life, and eliminate the stress of repairing a damaged lawn.

Apr 1, 2013
Sally

Eco-friendly and Healthy living

When we say a something is eco-friendly, it means that it does not cause damage to the environment. Put in another way, eco-friendly means earth friendly, or environment friendly.

We can be eco-friendly, both in our activities and habits at home, work and especially in the way we make use of the resources we have in our environment.

Eco-friendly habits in our homes

There are so several things we can do to preserve resources in our homes, offices and businesses.

In our homes, we can turn off the lights in empty rooms. Likewise, the use of automatic thermostats should only be used when people are around. Regulating electrical gadgets this way goes a long way to preventing the release and wasting of energy from them.

Eco-friendly Products

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Basically, when we see eco-friendly on products, it suggests that the product is non-toxic. It also means that the ingredients that were used in the production process of the product were prepared in such a way that conserves resources and preserves the ecosystem.

If organic ingredients were used, it means that they were grown naturally without the use of pesticides that could be toxic at some levels. Recycled materials, contain glass, plastic or wood extracted from wasted materials; and converted into another product.

There are also products that are biodegradable, which suggests that after use they naturally break down in the soil.

So with this you can improve healthy living and manage resources in the ecosystem.

Jul 29, 2012
Penny

Eco-conscious: Reduce fuel costs with vehicle tracking

Technology has brought with it several perks and in case of GPS systems and business solutions, Vehicle Tracking Systems have brought about a mini-revolution in which large fleets are managed and have helped firms in cutting back on both costs and reducing wastage of resources. Irrespective of whether your business is big or small, the latest tracking systems help you in tracking vehicle speed, position and every other parameter in real time and implementing necessary reforms.

Here are ways in which vehicle tracking can cut down your business costs.
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Jul 4, 2012
Julia

More Than 50 Workers Resume Cleanup in Areas Affected by Fuel in Asturias

 

More than fifty workers have resumed this morning, cleaning areas affected by the fuel spill detected on June 26 in Aboño, Asturias. Principality sources have reported that the sanitation operating on this day is composed of 56 operators, in addition to staff working with cleaners.

For its part, the sands of Rejoice in Perlora were clean and there are minimal contributions to La Palmera, Candas. Moreover, in the port of this town, there are remains, therefore, work is being done to clean the rails and wetlands.

Finally, in Playa Spain in Gijon, the minimum contribution and the operators are busy cleaning the fuel removal zone rocks.

The operation will continue to be coordinated by the Advanced Command Post at the Candas port. It reminds people that since Tuesday,  June 26, Carreño beaches are closed due to cleaning work being carried out on them.

Jun 23, 2012
Julia

Waste: The Proceeding on Lazio

 

In 2007, the European Court of Justice ruled that Italy had failed to adopt its plan, necessary to protect human health and the environment. On the recommendation of Environment Commissioner, Janez Potočnik, the Commission has decided to close the case.

The adoption of the plan is a very important first step, but the Commission remains concerned about its implementation and urges the Italian authorities to continue their efforts to ensure a proper waste management in the region. In a judgment as a result of Commission’s appeal (Case C-82/06) in June 2007, the European Court of Justice condemned Italy for the absence of plans for waste management in some regions and provinces, including the Lazio Region.

These plans are required under the Waste Framework Directive and the Directive on hazardous waste. Italy had adopted waste management plans to these directives to all affected areas (the regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Puglia and the provinces of Bolzano and Rimini), except for Lazio. The Italian authorities had notified the Commission several times to take steps to adopt the plan for Lazio. But, the Commission remained concerned about the slowness of this process.

As the judgment had not been respected, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice on May 8, 2008, and warned Italy that a second action could result in the imposition of financial penalties. On March 16, 2012, Italy finally submitted on waste management plan for Lazio adopted on January 18, 2012.

Based on the evaluation of the plan made ​​by the Commission, it shall comply with EU legislation. Although this is an important first step, the Commission expects that the authorities ensure the effective implementation of the plan. Overall, waste management in Lazio continues to cause concern, among other things, because a sufficient capacity for the proper treatment of waste before putting into landfill has yet to be created.

Jun 13, 2012
Julia

Australia Will Create Largest Network of Marine Reserves

 

The Australian Government will create the largest network of marine reserves in the world and limit the exploitation of oil and fishing in sensitive areas to help protect the oceans.

The network will increase the number of reservations from 27 to 60 and will cover about 3.1 million square kilometers, more than a third of the ocean surrounding the country-continent.

“It is time that the world take a turn in the protection of our oceans,” announced the Minister of Environment , Tony Burke, noting that “Australia will lead the course” in favor of a more responsible management of marine and resources.

The minister stressed that many Pacific Island countries are concerned about the impact of mining activities and other resources in the oceans, so far not only responds to the need to “protect the environment” but is linked also to food security.

Under this plan, which must be subjected to a final consultation process before implementation in Australia, will expand the protection of animals such as whales, turtles and other endangered species including the gray nurse shark and dugong (sea mammal relative of the manatee).

Also, it aims to limit the oil and gas exploration, an activity that represents the engine of the Australian economy, and increase the protection of the reefs in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, which is home to the green turtles.

The initiative, announced a few days after the Rio Earth Summit +20, opens the possibility that the fishing industry in compensation claims around a $99.7 million.

According to the Executive in Canberra, the measure will affect only one percent of commercial fishing in the country.

But while there are “many interests at stake,” Australia has a “responsibility” as a country to lead global efforts to protect the oceans, said Burke.

The announcement sent alarm bells ringing in the fishing industry, which warned that the increase of protected areas will mean a greater volume of fish imported to the detriment of local industry.

For its part, the representative of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Chris Smyth, welcomed the measure, although he emphasized that the protected area will not be as extensive as he would have liked.

“There are many interests involved, the industry of oil and gas, commercial fishermen and amateurs as well as environmental groups,” he told ABC .

The new marine reserves announced by the Minister included the Perth Canyon, southwest of the country, “which is larger than the Grand Canyon,” although “the jewel in the crown” is the Coral Sea, northeast Australia .

The Coral Sea area and the adjacent Great Barrier Reef marine reserve representing the world’s largest, said the minister.

The director of the Australian Marine Conservation Society, Darren Kindleysides, said that in the Coral Sea can not be carried out activities such as oil and gas exploration, mining on the seabed and trawling.

The Coral Sea “has a long chain of coral atolls that are important for various species of fish and sharks,” said Kindleysides, who recalled that marine reserves help protect wildlife and biodiversity.

The creation of marine reserves is the highest level of protection and excludes extractive activities, although the movement of ships, tourism and recreational activities such as scuba diving are permitted.

In 2010, the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Nagoya (Japan) agreed that 10 percent of the world’s seas should be protected in 2020.

Jun 8, 2012
Julia

Nature Takes its Place

 

MONTREAL – Small treasures are hiding in the streets of Plateau Mont-Royal. Agency tours in Montreal begins to unravel these unsung green gems.

During the weekends of June, Ivan Drouin will discover some curious alleys green with the City of Montreal and its citizens.

“It’s an exploration that begins with the history of the urban metropolis. I explain to people how the development of gardens and alleyways has changed since the French colonial houses, the English country houses, and homes of the industrial era,” Drouin spreads.

From this small back alleys of the explorers learn how over time, the alley, which was used by various services such as delivery drivers and sellers of coal in rags, will lose its practical nature. Neglected by the workers, the alley was somewhat deserted during the year.

Snowball effect

However, since the 1970s, some citizens decided to break down the fences of their backyard, but still extends to the alley. Thus, it is a community movement that was born and has snowballed into the neighborhoods.

“When people see a beautiful green lane, the desire to beautify their takes to turn the public space. Obviously, we need people precursors, ready to lead the movement because it is a lot of work, “says Drouin.

This is indeed the sweat of their brow as private citizens undertake to transform their driveway. For the district is involved, it often takes only two owners offer the project through their eco-neighborhood. The district may request a signed agreement from 60% to 90% of owners of buildings in the alley in question.

“We have a management plan, a timeline, a section of concrete. The process takes at least two years. And once all this is done, it’s not over, it is necessary that a committee Lane takes care of its maintenance,” said Drouin.

Social networks have facilitated the process, however, since a simple click on Facebook now allows members of these groups to know when will the next big semaison or watering periods. It is with trial and error that they have sometimes turned into their driveway concreted true way to blush with envy the Irish valleys.

Better quality of life

Beyond aesthetics, these managed lanes appear to improve the quality of life for residents.

“When they are clean and greened, motorists are less likely to pass through the narrow streets, reducing traffic and noise. In addition, there is less crime, fewer people use drugs at night, because they see that residents monitor and hold to their small passage, “says Drouin.

Jun 7, 2012
Julia

Quebec Wants to Reduce Emissions by 20%

 

Quebec will provide the bulk of investment in its Action Plan 2013-2020 on Climate Change (PACC 2020) to the transport sector, which alone emits 43% of all emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the province.

Of the $ 2.7 billion investment that will be granted at PACC 2020, two thirds, or about $ 1.8 billion will be spent on transport sector, including to promote public transit or carpooling develop.

The PACC 2020 will be self-financed from the carbon market and the fuel levy and fossil fuels, which has been extended until 2014.

“It works as a formula. The proof is done. There will revaluations to be made, but we are committed to a policy that can not stop, “said Premier Jean Charest.

The plan sets 30 priorities for action, particularly in the field of sustainable mobility, land use and energy.

Grants to spend oil heating to geothermal, wind, hydroelectric and solar power are also provided for.

The overall objective is to reduce 20% GHG emissions by 2020 compared to the reference year of 1990.

GHG emissions in Quebec have reached a historic peak in 2003 to 6.8% above the 1990 level. The level of GHG then decreased by 8.7% to in 2009 to 2.5% below the 1990 level, according to information from the government.

Reactions

Équiterre and the David Suzuki Foundation have found that this plan is “interesting, but incomplete” and that he will not, in their view, to achieve the goals by 2020.

The PACC 2020, however, contain in their opinion of “interesting things”, as Quebec’s participation in the carbon market and a commitment to devote two-thirds of this funding to the development of public transit. The Société de transport de Montreal (STM) for its part welcomed the measures announced.

“By dedicating two-thirds of the Green Fund, including public transit, the Quebec government confirms one of the components of the cocktail of measures that will enable us to provide funding for public transit, said Michel Labrecque, Chairman of Directors of the STM. This is good news confirming the central role of public transportation in reducing GHG emissions in Québec. ”

WWF was pleased “to see that Quebec wants to retain its role as a leader in Canada in regards to the fight against climate change, said Marie-Claude Lemieux, Director for Quebec WWF-Canada. It is imperative for Quebec to reduce emissions from the transport sector if it wants to achieve the 2020 target. ”

The Quebec Association of fight against air pollution (AQLPA), Greenpeace Quebec and Nature Québec have however said “overall disappointment” of this action plan.

The government is to “miss the boat,” according to André Bélisle, president of AQLPA plan since it identifies only the third of measures to achieve these targets.

“After missing the Kyoto targets for 2008-2012, the Quebec government is mired in contradictions and may miss its 2020 target,” he said.

 

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