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GREEN TIPS

GREEN TIPS

  Overlooked suggestions to help you start living GREEN today! Change a LIGHTBULB to energy saving Fluorescent bulb FLIP THE SWITCH when you leave the room WASTE LESS WATER run faucet for short time Take SHORTER SHOWERS SEND GREEN CARDS UNPLUG UNUSED CHARGERS ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT lower in winter, hotter in summer GO COLD use cold water for laundry FILL […]

eCycling Electronic Waste

eCycling Electronic Waste

  Electronic waste, or e-waste, refers to electronic products that are discarded by consumers. Reports estimate that electronic waste is less than 4% of the total solid waste stream in the United States,electronic waste is growing 2-3 times faster than any other waste stream (i.e. paper, yard waste). In 1998, of the 20 million computers taken out of service, only […]

Vegetation Roofs

Vegetation Roofs

  Green roofs mean roofs with green technology such as: cool roof, roof with solar thermal collectors or photovoltaic panels. However, the other growing green roofs concepts is a vegetated roof. It is a roof of a building covered with vegetation over a waterproof membrane and possibly drainage and irrigation layers. Benefits Green Vegetation Roofs provide: Filter pollutants and carbon […]

Kalundborg, Denmark Eco-Park

Kalundborg, Denmark Eco-Park

  An eco-industrial park involves a network of firms and organizations, working together to improve their environmental and economic performance. Companies share each other’s resources and use their “leftover” products. For example, extra energy from the 1500MW coal fired power plant is used for: Heating 3500 local homes. Also heats a fish farm whose sludge is sold as fertilizer. Steam […]

Rizhao “Sunshine” City

Rizhao “Sunshine” City

  Rizhao, a major Chinese seaport city, loads products such as iron ore, coal, cement, nickel, and bauxite.  Ironically Rizhao means “Sunshine” in Chinese and the city is known for its sustainability as it mandates solar-water heaters in all new buildings. 99% of households in the central districts use solar water heaters. Most of the lighting and traffic signals are powered with […]

Calgary #1 Eco-City in 2010

Calgary #1 Eco-City in 2010

  According to Mercer, Calgary, Canada ranked as the #1 Eco City in the world for its optimizing renewable energy sources and generating lowest pollution level possible. A couple steps it took to accomplish this: The City of Calgary opened the new $430-million Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre on Tuesday to meet its growing population for the next decade. Pine […]

Australia’s Zero Carbon Moreland

Australia’s Zero Carbon Moreland

  Globally, the aluminium industry is moving towards countries with low-carbon sources of power, to hedge themselves against future carbon pricing policies. 16% of Australia’s emissions are from land use change, forestry and agriculture including rice. Australia’s abundant solar and wind could be a huge economic advantage in a carbon-constrained world by providing cheap renewable electricity for metals and minerals […]

Google Invests in World’s Largest Wind Farm

Google Invests in World’s Largest Wind Farm

  Besides setting up Google Energy subsidiary to buy and sell wholesale energy, investing in solar project near Berlin, and signing a 20 year power purchasing agreement with an Iowa wind energy company, Google invested $100 million in the world’s largest wind farm. Facts about the World’s Largest Wind Farm: $2 Billion Dollar Sheperds Flat Project. Size of 30 square […]

Coal Reliance & Data Centers

Coal Reliance & Data Centers

  As the internet market is growing, so is the demand for data centers. Greeenpeace researched data transparency to evaluate data consumption of companies relative to the efficiency of their data center locations, and how they’re working to improve their current situation. Currently data centers in the US are responsible for 3 percent of national power supply. North Carolina acts as […]

Largest Solar Panel Factory

Largest Solar Panel Factory

  GE acquired PrimeStar Solar Inc, a thin film solar panels company in Colorado. These panels are certified as most energy efficient by the National Renewable Energy Lab as well as low cost and large scale manufacturing. After spending $600 million on this project, GE hopes to supply 80,000 homes with solar panels.

Developing Countries & Sustainable Energy

Developing Countries & Sustainable Energy

  Renewable resources such as wind and solar power need to be implemented in the fight against global warming. 1.4 Billion people live today without electricity. This is a sweat spot opportunity to deploy renewable energy in their regions. Between 2009 to 2010, renewable energy investment grew from $186 billion to $243 billion. China increased 30% of its renewable energy […]

Entire Chinese Eco-City Under Construction

Entire Chinese Eco-City Under Construction

  The newest trend when building new cities is to build an entire “Eco-City“. In China, the Tianjin Eco City is 30 square kilometers and holds expects completion date of 2020. It features: Solar power, Wind power, Rainwater recycling, and wastewater treatment/ desalination of sea water. Pledged 90 percent public transport traffic. Will have light rail transit system. Estimated 350,000 […]

Eco-Friendly Home Appliances

Eco-Friendly Home Appliances

  Are you interested in upgrading to eco-friendly products? A way to  confirm if an appliance is an eco-appliance is if it is Energy Star and EPEAT certified.   Washing Machines The Haier WasH2O has created a new approach to clothes washing — without detergent. It uses chemistry to rid the need of carcinogenic chemicals that are found in most […]

Chevron vs. Ecuador in Amazon Forest Case

Chevron vs. Ecuador in Amazon Forest Case

  Between 1972 and 1993, Chevron (formerly Texaco) released 18 billion gallons of formation water into the Amazon forest. This sickened thousands of Ecuadorians with many illnesses including cancer. It also killed farm animals and crops. Water and soil samples taken by an Ecuadorean scientific team after 1998 found almost half still contained unsafelevels of petroleum hydrocarbons. This damage led furied victims […]

TOP 20 Oil Producers

TOP 20 Oil Producers

   TOP 20 Countries DAILY Importing and Exporting Barrels of Oil per million Country Exports Imports 1 Russia 9.5 (#2 Exporter) 1.2 (#1 Producer) 2 Saudi Arabia 8.3 (#1 Exporter) 3 United States 5.4 4 Iran 4.0 5 China 3.8 6 Mexico 2.6 1.3 7 Canada 2.6 8 United Arab Emirates 2.4 2.0 9 Iraq 2.4 1.9 10 Kuwait 2.4 (#11 Exporter) […]

Rising Artic Ice Mercury & Sea Levels

Rising Artic Ice Mercury & Sea Levels

  The Artic Ice is melting faster than expected and raising global sea level projection. This is causing Mercury stored under the permafrost to be released. What does this meanto all the coastal areas? According to the international Artic Monitoring and Assessment Program, AMAP,  a few conclusions are made: Artic Temperatures have been the warmest they’ve measured in the past […]