15 Tips to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Reduce Greenhouse gas emissions is not only a task for the government and big corporations. Every single citizen on earth have to bear in mind that as individuals we have a direct and active impact in the emission of this gases.

If each of us incorporated to our daily routines the following easy guidelines, we would contribute to reduce the impact of one of the world’s most critical issue, Global Warming

  1. Buy energy-efficient appliances with the “Energy Star” label.
  2. Unplug your cell phone charger, TV and other electronics from the wall when you are not using them, because they use energy when plugged in and on standby.
  3. Turn off lights and other energy-sucking devices when they aren’t being used.
  4. Replace older light bulbs with energy-saving fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent light bulbs are a little more expensive, but much more efficient – they use about a seventh of the power and last about twelve times longer.
  5. If you’re leaving your computer for a while, put it on stand-by. You’ll be able to restart it quickly, and it’ll take less energy than shutting it down and then restarting it.
  6. Turn off taps properly. Especially when brushing your teeth – every little bit helps.
  7. Turn down your water heater. The water heater is the second largest energy consumer in the home and using it efficiently can reduce emissions. If your house will be vacant for two or more days, you can lower the temperature of your water heater or even switch it off until you return.
  8. Use appliances efficiently. Running the clothes washer with a full load and using cold water (30 degrees Celsius) whenever possible can lead to big energy savings. Use detergents that clean clothes effectively in colder water.
  9. Use an efficient dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand. The more efficient models of dishwasher use less water and power than washing dishes by hand, which uses many bowls of hot water. Only run it when it’s full.
  10. Buy a bike and use it. With gas prices so high, it will pay for itself. Ride it to work, to run errands, or to have fun. Everyone benefits when you ride a bike. You help conserve our limited oil resources, you are not polluting, and you are exercising.
  11. Walk short distances rather than drive. It may be convenient to drive, but let’s face it, it probably takes longer than walking would, and emits pollutants to boot.
  12. Use public transportation or carpool for long trips.
  13. Buy sustainable or organically-produced food. Conventional farming uses massive quantities of petrochemicals in the manufacture of artificial pesticides and fertilizers and to run farm machinery. Organic and other traditional or natural farmers use minimal fossil fuel inputs. Some even use draft animals instead of internal combustion engines.
  14. Avoid using plastic bags from grocery stores. The 5-cent solution has gone into action in many stores, which is charging a 5 cent fee on a plastic bag. Use reuseable bags, boxes, or just carry your items. If you need a plastic one, make sure you use it again and again!
  15. Buy only post-consumer recycled paper products, including toilet paper and tissues. The paper industry is the third greatest contributor to global warming emissions. Buying recycled is as important as recycling – it’s called “closed loop” recycling.
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Who Comes First, a Tree or a Human Being

Trees are our planet veins; earth’s blood travels across their leaves, roots and branches. They produce the oxygen we need to survive, accumulate the CO2 that damage our lungs and are key players in the water’s live cycle. Without trees, live conditions on earth would not be suitable for humans. Why therefore, we still think that a human being comes always first than a tree? Should not be the other way round?.

This 2 parts documentary produced and broadcasted by the BBC in 2009 reflects perfectly the struggle between human selfishness and conscientiousness.

Part 1

Part 2

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Why 224,000 square miles of rainforest have been deforested in the Brazilian Amazon

Brazilian Amazon Deforestation

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Looking For a Job in Renewable Energy? Check Out This Websites

1.www.renewablescareers.com

RenewablesCareers is a specialist recruitment website matching high calibre candidates with the latest worldwide renewable energy jobs from the industry’s leading recruiters. RenewablesCareers is part of Jobsite Group which includes leading recruitment websites Jobsite and OilCareers – together delivering a combined experience of over 15 years in matching jobs and candidates with exactly the skill sets needed by the green energy industry.

2. www.theladders.co.uk

The world’s largest community catering exclusively to the high-end executive search market. TheLadders.com offers online job search resources and content for senior executives looking for $100k+ and £50k+ jobs and recruiters. Their specialised job search engines are an invaluable asset to top-earning job seekers.

3. www.renewableenergyjobs.com

Renewable Energy Jobs is a global green jobs and career portal for the rapidly developing renewable energy industry. It offers the very latest renewable energy jobs across wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, bioenergy, wave & tidal as well as other emerging sources of renewable energy. Renewable Energy Jobs delivers up to the minute news, reviews, guides and information on green jobs, green collar careers and employment with the renewable energy industry from around the world; as well as topic news on cleantech, climate change, carbon & sustainability & environmental issues through their blog Green Leader.Renewable Energy Jobs has the broadest reach of any green job site focused 100% on renewable energy, anywhere.

4. www.renewablesjobshop.co.uk

RenewablesJobshop.co.uk is a fresh and exciting Job Board for the Renewables industry. The site offers an extremely easy to use and user friendly interface between their clients and their prospective candidates. Incorporated with the Jobshop HQ group of job boards this professional site offers reliable, quality and daily monitored prospective employee’s database, attracting the industries top recruiters and candidates across the hugely diverse and rapidly expanding Renewable energy market.

5. www.hdenergy.co.uk

As energy recruitment specialists HD:Energy is totally dedicated to providing engineering and technical jobs for professionals within the Oil & Gas, Renewables, Nuclear and Power Networks sectors across the UK and internationally.

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10 Twitter Accounts Every Environment Lover Should Follow

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Ian Somerhalder Foundation

 @ISF_Environment

www.isfoundation.com

The IS FOUNDATION aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. They are are a team, a group of people, who view the environment as an interconnected organism of which we are not separate but a part of. There is no differentiation between all living things: trees, rivers, animals and humans.

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Environment News Service

 Environment News Service

 @Environment_New

www.ens-newswire.com

The Environment News Service is the original daily international wire service of the environment. Established in 1990 by Editor-in-Chief Sunny Lewis and Managing Editor Jim Crabtree, it is independently owned and operated. The Environment News Service (ENS) exists to present late-breaking environmental news in a fair and balanced manner.  ENS news reports are indexed by Reuters/Dow Jones Factiva, and KeepMedia. Hundreds of websites feature ENS headlines and story briefs.

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The Environmental Blog  Environmental Blog

  @EnvironmentBlog

www.theenvironmentalblog.org

The Environmental Blog started in early 2007 from an awakening and interest in environmental issues. It strives to provide information on every aspect of green living, green technology, climate change, green energy, etc. Its goal is to provide the readers with a source of knowledge that can be used in everyday life to help make this world a greener place.

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The Huggertree  About TreeHugger

  @TreeHugger

  www.treehugger.com

TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, It strives to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. It publish an up to the minute blog, weekly and daily newsletters, twice-monthly radio interviews, and regularly updated Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Environment Team Environment Team

 @EnvironmentTeam

www.environmentteam.com

EnvironmentTeam.com was launched in 2009 (in December to be exact) as a regular green-tech blog, but has since evolved into a fast growing online gallery with its own unique form, and is now dedicated to showcasing the most exciting environmental designs and developments. They do cover a wide range of topics including futuristic designs, products, arts, innovations, info-graphics, architecture, photography and nature.

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digg-8  Digg Environment

  @digg_enviro

  http://digg.com/environment

Got a thing for nature or green tech? Get the best environment stories from Digg delivered to your Twitter stream.

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UL Environment

 UL Environment

  @ulenvironment

   www.ul.com

UL Environment works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally-preferable products, services, and organizations. Built on UL’s century-long legacy of trust, UL Environment empowers both manufacturers and purchasers to transform their environmental stewardship into true market leadership. It enables manufacturers to create better products in a more environmentally responsible way, and enable customers to make smarter, more environmentally-preferable purchasing decisions.

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Clinton Foundation  Clinton Foundation

  @ClintonTweet

  clintonfoundation.org

Bill Clinton’s Foundation works to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods and protect the environment.

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Nature Conservancy

 Nature Conservancy

 @Nature_org

nature.org

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. It addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale.

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Oceana  Oceana

  @Oceana

  oceana.org

Founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Its offices in North America, South America and Europe work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. They believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Its scientists work closely with its teams of economists, lawyers and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.

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Gashaw Tahir, the man who planted 1 million trees

Gashaw Tahir, the man who planted 1 million trees        Ethiopian-American Gashaw A. Tahir is the CEO for GDF. He is a world peace activist, humanitarian, and a National Green Hero of Ethiopia recognized by the United Nations who has dedicated himself to “reversing global climate change” by “Making Africa Green Again.” He was deeply concerned about the highly degraded environment and impoverished people in his birth place and then moved to work on environmental rehabilitation. He established GDF and started with two acres of land and a few dozen youth in 2006 currently working on over 11,000 acres land in Ethiopia collaborating with over 450 young people and women. Gashaw is inspiring people to believe and know that can make a difference in making our common environmental future that works for humans and biodiversity.

One month ago I read a headline on a newspaper that said, The Man Who Wants to reforest The World. Obviously this headline really hooked me, hence I went through the whole new, and what I read literally impacted me. ‘I want to meet him’ I thought to myself, he is that kind of person who born with a  mission and dedicates his entire live to achieve it.

I contacted Gashaw by email one week ago asking him If he minded to share with me some of the most relevant moments of his live and how he became one of the most remarkable and active protectors of Ethiopia’s Forests. It was yesterday when I received the reply and what he shared with me is absolutely astonishing. here is the summary:

  • He was born in a muslim family in Ethiopia with low incomes that struggled to thrive.
  • Although his parents were extremely poor the had deep-rooted believes and teach him all what he believes in.
  • While he was still a kid and due to a revolution in Ethiopia he was forced to leave his country. He crossed the border with Sudan where he became a refugee.
  • After several years struggling with the visa approval process he managed to travel to The United States where he had to struggle again to continue thriving: he had never seen an plane; never heard about the radio neither; he remembered that one of the things that impressed him the most was the artificial light. Traditions, culture and religion were completely different. Although, language and racism where the most difficult to cope with. However, he managed to get the United States citizenship.
  • When the communist regime in Ethiopia finished, he decided to to go back to share all the knowledge he had acquire while abroad. He wanted to teach how important was to recover the deforested areas.
  • When he arrived he felt desolated, since all the forest that used to surround his little town was absolutely devastated.
  • He tough the community what sustainable development was and encouraged them to reforest their valley.
  • After several years of work he continue making his dream real, he hires 450 people under his organization, Greenland Foundation, and has managed to plant 1,000,000 plants across 11,000 acres.

At the end of his email he added this phrase: ”I always plant a tree en every place I travel to, even if it is in the airport”

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5 Green apps that will help you to save the environment

These are 5 more good examples of conscious individuals who have use their skills and time to contribute to create a sustainable world.

The GoodGuide

The GoodGuide, Green apps

The GoodGuide app is designed to  grade products while you are doing the shopping. Cleaning products, personal care items, packaged food and beverages, household goods, and even clothing based on health concerns, environmental impact, and social responsibility. Just by scanning the bar code of the product you want to check, this app gives you the individual score of this products. Moreover it has also the option of calculating an overall rating.

iViro

iViro, Green app

This user friendly app shows you how much energy is needed to power your home. It also gives tips and suggestions on how you can reduce the environmental impact by providing interesting and useful tips and suggestions.

HootRoot

Hootroot, Green app

You know how to get from point A to point B but you don’t know the way to do that while emitting the least amount of CO2. That’s what HootRoot is for. Taking second place in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Apps for the Environment Challenge, HootRoot pulls its data in from sources like the EPA, the Energy Information Agency, and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to show users how to tackle a route to minimize how much they pollute.

Carticipate

Carticipate, Green app

Sometimes taking public transportation is impractical, but you can still reduce carbon consumption. Carticipate makes car culture more eco-friendly by pairing together riders and drivers to cut down on fuel use. Users post their ride and get matched up with those headed their way.

greenMeter

greenMeter

You might not have a smart car, but if you have a smartphone, your car—and you—can be more intelligent about fuel consumption. The greenMeter takes advantage of an iOS device’s accelerometer to measure any vehicle’s fuel and crude oil consumption, power, and carbon emission. Users enter in a few details about their car, the type of fuel they use, and the weather and the greenMeter is good to go. Drivers can monitor greenMeter and adjust acceleration to get the most mileage out of their tank based on its feedback.

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Electric Cars, the solution or a new problem

2012 is being the year of the electric cars. Manufacturers all over the world are launching 100% electric vehicles and a new world of possibilities is appearing in the industry. The moment has arrived and fortunately the industry is now moving towards the creation of 0% CO2 emission vehicles. So big is the commitment with this new trend that the Giant Toyota is installing 400 charging stations around Europe for free.

Notwithstanding, although electronic cars do not emit CO2 into the atmosphere, the electricity supply required to charge the cars comes from extremely polluting sources such as the combustion of fossil oils. And therefore the pollution process appears during the energy generation. It is important therefore to highlight that ELECTRONIC CARS, CANNOT BE A SOLUTION UNLESS THE POWER SUPPLY COMES FROM GREEN SOURCE .

Some of the new models launched during 2012 are: Mitsubihi iMiEV, Tesla roadster, Nisan Leaf, Renault Fluence.

  1. MITSUBISHI iMiEV 47kW synchronous/Li-ion

Mitsusishi i-miev electronic

  1. CITROEN C-Zero 47kW synchronous/Li-ion

Citroen C-Zero

  1. RENAULT Fluence 54/70 Kw Li-ion

Renault Fluence

  1. NISSAN LEAF 80kW/Li-ion

Nissan leaf

  1. TESLA Roadster 185kW 3-phase 4-pole Electric

Tesla Roadster

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3 effective initiatives to save the rainforests

Deforestation must be considered as a universal issue. No matter where we live in, whether is in the Sahara Desert or in the North Pole, we must be aware that earth’s lungs are being destroyed at a rate that will lead to the complete disappearance of the world’s rainforest in less that 15 years.

Several years ago, when I was 10 years old and a heard on the news headlines such as ‘the Amazon forest is disappearing, trees that have needed hundreds of years to grow up are being literally pull out of the ground in less that 2 minutes’, I was sure that the humanity was going to do something to address deforestation issue. Despite that I never heard news that show an inflection point in the trend I still believed in humanity common sense. However as time passed by I realized that we cannot assume that someone else is going to take care about world’s problems and therefore that we do not have to bother about them. We all live in the same planet and we all should take care of it, people must hands-on urgently. We need to stop thinking as individuals and start behaving as a group, imagine if everyone of us dedicates 10 minutes a day to take care of the environment, that would mean 16,000,000,000 minutes a week dedicate to save the planet.  If we translate this in terms of a company it would be comparable to a full time work of 1.000 employees during more almost 5 years. Do you imagine the impact such a company could have?

These are some good examples of conscious initiatives that have already started to hands-on and whose contributions are saving little bits of our planet.

The Bloomtrigger Project

Bloomtriger step by step process to save the rainforest

This non-profit organization based in the UK, founded by James Sutton in 2011 has developed a funny and engaging way to preserve the Peruvian Rainforests. Using the digital tools they have developed a website where people can buy digital lands and blooms. The money is then used to find alternative ways to help indigenous to thrive without cutting the trees. The have been able to protect almost 40.000 hectares in one year.

Kids Saving the Rainforest

This lovely initiative was started some years ago by two school children in Costa Rica who decided that they had to do something to help to save the Titi monkeys and rainforests of Manuel Antonio are . Their plan was very simple, the decided to sale painted rocks in the roadside. 1 year later, with just 10 years old they opened the Kids Saving the Rainforest store, where the sold handcrafts donated by local artists. after 12 years they have been able to stop the deforestation in the area.

Care 2

Using a very basic model based on sponsorships and crowdfunding this Care2  has created a straightforward way to help the environment. They engage companies to donate money for every click that visitors make on the donation calls to action. In exchange Care 2 offers the companies free advertising in their website. Users can click once a day and every click helps to save 7,4 sq. ft. of rainforest. What are you waiting for… click here and help them continue saving the rainforest.

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