Category Archive: Enviroment

  1. Will the World Ever Stop Using Fossil Fuels?

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    Fossil fuels cause major environmental problems that had previously not been recognized. We now know that using it has dire consequences for the planet. (more…)

  2. How Plastic Waste Ruins the Planet

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    The war against plastic started around 50 years ago. Even back then people realized that it is one of the most dangerous types of waste we produce. Now we see more and more policies being introduced all over the planet to reduce our consumption and to penalize its use. The bad effects can be seen in our daily lives and something has to be done. There are many people and governments that are fighting for this but not many people fully understand why plastic is so harmful. We have listed some of the main reasons why plastic debris is ruining the planet in order to help you better understand this danger.

    Danger to Marine Life

    Principally, large amounts of plastic waste hurts marine life by interfering with the normal life of these species. We have seen countless cases of fish and water mammals that have choked to death on bottles or straws. In other cases, we have seen plastic pile up on the beaches where many sea birds have their nesting areas. This is a tragedy because there are more and more endangered species every year due to our lack of understanding and respect for nature.

    Waves of floating garbage also hinders small fish from following their usual migration routes. This interferes with the normal ocean ecosystem and leads to the death of many other species that are dependent to these small types of fish.

    Micro Plastic

    Another type of plastic that is actually harming us directly is micro plastic. These are a type of sphere commonly found in cosmetic products all over the world and that, more often than not, end up in the water. They are very bad because they are ingested directly by fish and other types of water species. As they can’t be digested, they end up in the flesh of these species, and then on our plates. Curiously, these particles are also found in the air; from evaporated water or thrown up from large dumping grounds and they are one of the main reasons for airway irritations in urban areas. In fact, they are the source of the worst lung and airway irritation by any allergen and are particularly dangerous for children.

    Toxic Effects

    Plastic is also extremely toxic. It is produced artificially and is well-known as a magnet for other toxic compounds. Once in the water, it slowly decomposes releasing potent toxins that are very harmful for the fish and other smaller marine wildlife that are crucial to the well-being of our ecosystem.  Whether in the soil or on the ground, the effect is the same – plastic causes plants to stop growing and so no matter where it is dumped, the impact is disastrous to say the least.

    This material is a source of toxins that is slowly poisoning the marine life. We can see this in the deaths of various animals and the rising sea temperatures. Pieces of this non-biodegradable material are some of the deadliest types of waste found in the water, directly interfering with marine life and killing our precious seas.

  3. Why Our Oceans Need Cleaning

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    Nature around us is extremely beautiful but also very sensitive to changes. Humans are, unfortunately, the main source of contamination and so we need to fight to keep the planet as clean as possible. Most of our waste goes directly into the water, harming the seas and oceans and the life within them. There are many organizations that fight for marine life and for its well-being, but many people don’t really understand why it is so necessary. Here are several reasons and explanations for why the oceans should be kept clean.

    Protect the Fish

    First of all, the ocean is the home of some of the rarest species on the planet. There are many species of fish, mammals and turtles that can only live in saltwater. Too much dirt and pollution are life-threatening for these animals. Plastic poses another great problem for these rare specimens – waste usually becomes microplastic that is deadly for most small animals as they mistake it for food and die. Just as humans would not be able to thrive in an environment full of smoke and volatile chemicals, marine life cannot thrive in dirty, waste-filled waters.

    The ocean is the basis of the food chain. Even if you are not a great fan of fish, you still must be aware of the ocean´s vital role on the planet and in our lives. For example, polluted waters that are full of plastic and waste don’t evaporate as well as clean water, which leads to lack of rain in very distant areas.  There are many small indigenous communities that rely on fish production; pollution of the ocean will plummet these small, vulnerable groups into hunger and poverty. It is of note that unclean waters lead to many diseases and an accumulation of heavy metals, like lead and mercury, in fish and other water mammals.

    This can also have an adverse effect on us when we consume them. The high toxicity in fish can provoke many illnesses that are very difficult to diagnose and treat. Sadly, this has even lead to neurological problems in small children. The solution is simple – keep the waters clean so that fish remain healthy and we can maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

    Safeguard the Birds

    Polluted waters not only affect fish and humans, but also many bird species that live on the shore. There are far too many pictures of birds that have died due to large pieces of plastic that have choked them or they have mistaken for food. This causes a great imbalance in the ecosystems that later lead to the extinction of other land animals and species.

    The animal world is very sensitive, and this is why even a small change can snowball to an ecological disaster hundreds of miles away from the original change. The oceans are some of the most dynamic and precious ecosystems on the planet and our indifference to its plight is destroying it.  We must keep it clean so that we can have a better planet for us, our future generations and for the animals.

  4. How to Be Eco-friendlier in Your Day to Day Life

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    Being Eco-friendly is one of the best and healthiest trends of the last few years. Many people that have come to the realization that we are the main source of pollution and that we must change our habits in order to preserve the planet for ourselves and future generations. The governments of many states have already started to implement Eco-friendly policies but the truth is that we all have to contribute by making small changes in our daily lives. They may seem insignificant, but they ultimately have a huge impact.

    Reduce Waste

    The main source of pollution today is waste. We are producing so much waste that dumping grounds can’t handle it anymore. The processes used to destroy refuse is extremely harmful for the environment because it usually consists of burning everything, releasing toxins into the atmosphere. A good step in the right direction is to buy products made from recycled materials. One of the best examples is the travel coffee cup most of us use every day. Try switching to one made from recycled materials and carry it around with you. When you go to the coffee shop you ask them to fill it directly instead of using a single-use cup. The same principle applies to water bottles. Buy a durable water can, preferably made of recycled plastic and use that one. You will prevent a lot of waste and you will also have water with you at all times.

    Preserve Water

    While you are brushing your teeth turn on the water only when you really need it. And who doesn’t love a hot bath? They are very relaxing but, in the interest of water conservation, try to have one as seldom as possible. One bath consumes hundreds of liters of water that is usually not reused and goes directly into the ground and then into water sources. Switch to short showers instead and try buying some Eco-friendly toilets that consume much less water than regular ones.

    Travel Wisely

    Transportation is another source of pollution. We are too dependent on our cars and this is so detrimental to nature. Try carpooling with some of your neighbors or co-workers if your workplace is too far away to bike to or you can use public transportation. Biking is the best option, however, as not only is it completely Eco-friendly, it is also an exceptional workout.

    Eat Smart

    Food is something we don’t consider too much when talking about saving the environment, but the food industry is actually one of the most harmful. A lot of products have to be transported for hundreds of miles to get to your plate. Instead, try buying locally sourced fruits and vegetables in season.  This is the best choice because you will get better quality food while helping local farmers. There are many places in which you can find markets with a huge variety of fruit and vegetables and it is also fun to go shopping there.

  5. Eco-Friendly Electronics

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    Technology is advancing at an ever-increasing pace and we know that we can expect new and innovative gadgets to come out very quickly. Today though, many of these new products are being designed to be more ecologically friendly. This is because product developers and innovators have finally recognized the importance of the environmental movement and many consumers care more about the impact a product has on the climate.

    The effect of an electronic device on the environment includes not only the raw materials that it is made of but also the amount of energy it uses. An energy efficient device will also translate to a lower electricity bill which is something that would be very attractive to any consumer and is also a thing that most manufacturers are striving for.

    Rechargeable Batteries

    An example of an eco-friendly product that most everyone will benefit from is the USBCell rechargeable batteries. These AA batteries have a USB port which allows them to be recharged using a computer. This reduces waste and will help stop the number of batteries being thrown out each year. Batteries are very harmful to the environment, so this is a major step towards reducing our impact on the environment. Goal Zero’s Nomad 13 is a portable solar panel which will charge your laptop computer, phone or lights. The disadvantage is that people living in countries where there is little sunlight will probably not be able to use it as much.

    Eco-Friendly Computers

    Some companies are now also designing eco-friendly computers. In fact, Asus and Lenovo are at the forefront of this movement and are committed to manufacturing laptops and tablets that use organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) instead of the usual LEDs. These types of lights use up much less energy than regular LEDs, which makes these devices even more energy efficient.

    Instead of buying a computer keyboard made of plastic you can buy one made out of bamboo. Bamboo is a plant which grows quickly and easily and is adaptable to many different climates. You can buy the iZen Bluetooth bamboo keyboard for your PC online.

    Energy Efficient Devices

    Today many electronic devices are more energy efficient than their predecessors. For instance, an LCD television set is far more energy efficient than the old cathode ray types. A further advancement is that LED lighting for television is being investigated so as to make these new sets even more energy efficient. Many electronics factories are being more careful about how much waste they produce. For example, Sharp factories recycle all the water that they use when making their products. Computers today are thinner than in the past which means less material is used to make them, which is also a reason why they can be considered to be more eco-friendly than previous models.

    Some computer companies are investigating ways to use less harmful materials to produce their computers. This means that computers release fewer toxic substances if they do end up in a landfill. Many businesses are also accepting old computers to recycle which also helps in the drive to have eco-friendly electronics.

  6. Politics and Environment

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    The environmental movement started more than a century ago when people started to realize that our interference is actually hurting the nature. There were many major names that fought for the well-being of the wild animals and one of the most famous of them was the American president Teddy Roosevelt. Ever since, the battle for a better and safer environment was usually fought by some brave individuals and NGOs that tried to make a better world for tomorrow. But the truth is that without the support of a government, the battle of a few is futile. This is why the environmental battle was soon moved from the forests and oceans to the rooms of the governmental buildings and in the parliament.

    Working Together

    We first realized the necessity of a common work when the first evidence about the Ozone Hole appeared sometimes in the 50s. In that moment various governments realized that it is no longer a problem of some polluting states and factories and that it should be a common battle. That is the moment when the production process started to be regulated by the federal laws and the first international meetings began to take place. There were many problems in putting many nations together because they started to blame each other for the environmental impact.

    The first major international meeting happened during the 90s in Rio de Janeiro where almost all the countries on the planet met to decide some common rules to protect the planet. This is the time when politics started to use the environmental change more and more during the campaign and speeches. We see that some of the laws like the CO2 emission regulations for cars are adopted by many countries in order to make a better future. The idea started at the activists, but it took the political power to really implement it.

    Modern Advancements

    We see that nowadays there are more and more countries that fight for the environment and the citizens start to look more and more to the politicians that propose laws and regulations that would protect the nature. The problem is when politics has other targets. We see that major changes usually happened in developed countries because they had enough funds for major infrastructure projects and that they had negotiation power with the polluting factory owners. Countries that are still developing have to sometimes let go of the environmental battle for the immediate wellness of the citizens.

    But this thing is also changing and the best time to see it was the 2016 Paris summit in which American companies granted special credits for India in order to have better sustainable energy sources. This is a very good example that politics play a major role in the global environment change and that the majority of the work is now done at the negotiating table. Politics will always play a major role in the environmental movement and vice-versa. People realized the importance of a change and they now choose candidates by taking the environment battle into count too.

  7. How to Educate Coming Generations About Eco-friendly Lifestyle

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    Our constant struggles to become friendlier to the environment led to a great change in our mindsets. For example, a few years ago recycling was considered a niche thing that was done solely by the strong environmentalists and now we see more and more people taking their plastic bottles to be recycled. We have new regulations and laws in most of the countries that forbid us from destroying the planet and this is for sure a great thing. But we see that a new generation appears and the main question is how we can educate them in order to ensure that our hard work will be continued.

    Lead by Example

    First of all, we have to be a good model ourselves. A child has as a main role model in the parent and the closest relatives, at least during the early years. If a kid sees that we throw plastic bottles in the water when we go to the seaside, that child will understand that this is totally fine. This is very problematic because most of our behavior are copied from our parents and close relations. A good way to start the teaching process is to show the child that the family is Eco-friendly and respects the nature.

    Involve

    Another great tip is to involve the children as soon as possible in Eco-friendly activities like recycling or planting trees. This way they not only see that the family does something but can also get involved. And that’s how you create a very good habit that will ensure that the child will continue your work. There are also many Eco-friendly children summer camps in which they can get involved in saving the planet while they play with their friends. This way these activities will not be considered unpleasant or even a burden and you will manage to ensure the continuity in the battle for the planet.

    Take your child into nature and explain the marvels of it. Just talking about it and environmental issues with a child can be quite an abstract discussion for most of them and this is why going in the nature itself as much as possible is extraordinary. This way the child will get the importance and beauty of the nature and this is how you will be able to create a healthy mentality. In these trips try to involve children as much as possible so this way they can also have fun while learning about the nature.

    Teach your children to recycle and save energy. There are many kids who are attached to old clothes and toys that they no longer use. Try to explain to them the importance of recycling and how they will get a new life. Teach them to switch off the lights when they no longer need it and explain why leaving running water while brushing their teeth is a very bad thing. This way you will build a very healthy behavior that they will have for the rest of their lives.

  8. How to Properly Recycle Old Appliances and Furniture

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    We have all faced the moment in which we wanted to change the appliances and furniture in our homes. The main problem is not finding the right products to buy, it is rather the way you get rid of the old ones. Most of the people tend to just throw them away in front of their building in order to be picked-up by the garbage service in their city. This is very problematic because most of the stuff we throw away can actually still be used or refurbished. This unconscious waste is one of the main reasons why we have huge amounts of rubbish all over the place. There are many people that want to be as Eco-friendly as possible when disposing of their old appliances and furniture in order to give them a new life.

    Appliances

    First of all, let’s start with the appliances. There are many people that have appliances that still work, and they just dump them. Instead, you could try to sell them in order to also get some extra cash. There are many big websites like Craigslist or even Ebay where you can sell them. Plenty of people have need for cheap appliances and if they are living nearby, they will often come to pick them up themselves. Another great choice is to call second-hand appliance shops in order for them to pick them up. This is a great choice to get some extra money, too.

    If the appliance is simply dead and it is never going to work again, you can always call the recycling centers to come and pick them up. This is the most responsible way to get rid of old and unwanted appliances. The main pros are that you will not to pay the dumping fee and will also contribute to the recycling of the old parts in order to give life to new products.

    Furniture

    Furniture is really one of the main products that can easily be recycled. You can choose to recycle it yourself by painting or modifying it, but if you really want to get rid of it forever, there are many options. You can organize a garage sale in order to get rid of them. This kind of event is also very nice to get rid of old clothes and old appliances that still work. The garage sale will not make you extremely rich but at least you will know that your old furniture has a new home.

    Another great choice is to call the local thrift shops or second-hand shops. This way you will get rid of the old furniture and also get some money. Another great thing is to sell it online for some extra bucks. But one of the nicest ways to recycle both of these products is to donate them to charity. There are many NGOs that look for these products and they often don’t have the money to buy them. This way you can also help the local NGOs build their structure.