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Do you know of anyone who has one of those Clean Energy jobs Resident Hussame promised during the campaign?

Posted by admin on August 29, 2012 in Clean Energy with 6 Comments


The only jobs I’m hearing about are the Dirty Energy jobs We The People are saving for Hussame’s UAW pals in Detroit to build more gas guzzlers. Except for the one going to China with the Hummer brand.

Pew Finds Clean Energy Economy Generates Significant Job Growth

"Washington, DC – 06/10/2009 – The number of jobs in America’s emerging Clean Energy economy grew nearly two and a half times faster than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007, according to a report (PDF) released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

"…[J]obs in the clean energy economy grew at a national rate of 9.1 percent, while traditional jobs grew by only 3.7 percent between 1998 and 2007. "

What Is a REC?

Posted by admin on August 29, 2012 in Renewable Energy with No Comments


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An animated explaination of Renewable Energy Certificate.
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Arctic sea ice shrinks to record low – NewsX

Posted by admin on August 29, 2012 in Global Warming with 1 Comment


The Arctic ice cap has shrunk to lowest extent ever, surpassing a record set only five years ago, signalling the long-term impact of Global Warming. With possibly two weeks’ further melt likely before the ice reaches its minimum extent and starts to refreeze ahead of the winter, satellites showed it had shrunk to 4.1 million sq km on Sunday. The record is widely seen by scientists at the NSIDC and elsewhere as a strong signal of long-term climate warming. Arctic sea ice follows an annual cycle of melting through the warm summer months and refreezing in the winter. It has shown a dramatic overall decline over the past 30 years.

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Green Pedestrian Crossing – China Environmental Protection Fund (2010 Campaign)

Posted by admin on August 29, 2012 in Environment Protection with 5 Comments


http://advertising.chinasmack.com The multi-award winning, ‘Green Pedestrian Crossing’ campaign for the China Environmental Protection Fund.

Agency credit to: DDB China (Shanghai Branch)

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Scotland’s clean energy challenge to the world

Posted by admin on August 29, 2012 in Clean Energy with No Comments


The Saltire Prize was created to accelerate the commercial development of wave and tidal energy technology in Scotland.

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Renewable Energy Resources versus Fossil Fuels

Posted by admin on August 28, 2012 in Renewable Energy with No Comments


In modern western world the demand for energy has increased dramatically in the past century and it will grow even further and harder in the near future than ever before. The need for energy rises with upcoming markets that also need more energy. Energy is needed for cars, buses, and other means of transportation, but also to run our appliances and provides us light. Energy is also important for our safety. At night or in the dark a lot can be stolen without proper lightning. Energy is therefore needed for our development and safety.

The way we use energy today comes from knowledge that has it’s foundations in the past century and before. Great men like Newton and Philips have set the path for us today to make proper use of energy. The sources which we use for our energy demand are known as non-renewable energy resources. These sources will be discussed here in the article.

Definition of Non-Renewable Energy Resources

The name really explains it very well. Non-renewable energy resources are natural resources that cannot be recycled or re-grown. These natural resources are fossil fuels like coal, petroleum, and natural gas. It also includes mined resources such as the elements used in the production of electricity (uranium and plutonium, for instance). These resources replenish itself in a quicker rate.

Fossil fuels are very versatile. One of their functions is to generate electricity. In order to generate electricity, fossil fuels are burned through the process of combustion. The energy produced from the combustion process is used to power a turbine. The turbine is responsible for the conversion of energy produced from combusted fossil fuels into electricity.

Coal

Coal is one the most used fossil fuels. It is consider too be the most important energy source to produce electricity. The U.S. produces 50% of its energy supply through the combustion of coal. The coal itself is a brownish-black sedimentary rock which contains carbon and other assorted elements. It is extracted from the ground through underground mining or open-pit mining.

Natural Gas

Natural gas is also used to produce electricity. The electricity is produced through steam turbines and gas turbines. Because the gas contains methane the combustion emits less harmful gasses that have a negative effect on Global Warming. Thus natural gasses are better for the environment compared to petroleum and coal.

There is also another use for it and that is as fuel for cars. It is much cheaper that gasoline and produces less harmful gasses. The disadvantage of running your car on natural gas is that you need more fuel compared to gasoline and the car needs more maintenance. In countries like Argentina, Brazil, Pakistan, Italy, The Netherlands and India it is used as a fuel for cars.

Crude oil

This fuel is the most talk about for the past year(s). The prices for crude oil have gone through the roof and will be rising even more. The demand is increasing while there is less crude oil available. The term black gold is now more applicable than ever before.
The oil itself is very think in consistency and has a dark brown or greenish colour characteristic. It is a complex mixture of different hydrocarbons.
Crude oil or petroleum has various uses. It can be used as fuel or cars and different industrial machines. It is also used as a raw material for products like plastics, solvents, fertilizers and pesticides.
Although the need for crude oil is high and the demand is rising the available crude oil is decreasing. That leaves us no other option than to look for alternatives.

Non-renewable energy plays a very important role in our daily lives. Non-Renewable Energy will be needed today and in the future. Because this energy source cannot be recycled or re-grown the reserves are limited. The consequences of the shortages of fossil fuels are experienced today and tomorrow. We will need to use these fossil fuels wisely and will need to shift our focus to other renewable energy source. These are the sources that we need to focus on today and years to come.

Bryan Wong
http://www.articlesbase.com/environment-articles/renewable-energy-resources-versus-fossil-fuels-50132.html

Global Warming: Burning My Island

Posted by admin on August 28, 2012 in Global Warming with 7 Comments


It’s just a little valley on a tropical island, sitting just on top of the equator in the west Pacific Ocean.  It’s on weathered volcanic soil with a steep little mountain range on one side and the main highway on the other passing high above it.  I live along the southern rim of that valley and I’ve known it my whole life. 

Hiking at a nice leisurely pace up the steep ravine hills for a few hundred feet is entirely worth it when I choose a spot near the summit to just be.  It’s a true blessing to be able to do that.  It’s a wonderful workout, too.  The tops of the steep hills all the way down to nearly its base are covered with savanna grasslands.  The really steep slopes and all along their base are covered with ravine forests.  More like raving jungles.  If you look up into those hills from a distance, the golden color of the grasslands are a fantastic contrast to the dark green jungles of the foothills.  It staggers my mind to know that a hundred years ago, nearly all of these hills were dark green.  Jungles all the way to the top.  Wow.  And what a reason why it’s no longer that way.

Fire has been used as a tool for man’s purposes practically from the moment of its discovery.  So too has it been done here.  And it has become one of the greatest weapons for deer hunting here in the southern jungles.  What they do is set a fire.  Just set a fire to blaze and let her rip.  Help it if it’s having some trouble getting going.  Because once it’s gone and burning acres along the land, a fantastic thing called life happens after.  New grass shoots come out of the burned and blackened hills.  And the deer will come to eat those tender shoots with the fierce hunter in waiting.

Oh, but all the other things that happen because a fire was set loose in the hills.  Surely, not things the arsonist would have thought about.  Let’s just move in the direction as things happen.  The fire is set and it’s burning.  First thing then is the atmosphere.  A powerful green house gas (carbon dioxide), a direct byproduct of burning vegetation, is set forth into the atmosphere.  But wait.  We won’t actually feel its effects for a long time anyway.  No, that’s not right.  Global Warming.  That’s right.  Isn’t it amazing that the collective burning of vegetation all over the world is still a major contributor to global warming?  Strike one.

While it’s burning, a stray fire will often run into a jungle.  So the fire will stop then, right?  That’s true.  It will—at an eventual time.  But the fire won’t just stop once it meets the jungle.  It’s got to burn its way into it a bit, to run into the water and the bulk of the jungle.  That’ll take a few feet at least.  So fires reduce the size of jungles if allowed to burn out on their own.  The more you burn, the smaller your jungles.  Strike two.

Now the fire has died and the hills are bare.  When the rain comes, and they will, so much soil will wash away.  I’ve never seen a burnt hillside escape from being washed down by the rains.  Soil erosion to sedimentation in the water.  But that doesn’t matter.  The ocean is a big place.  It won’t hurt.  In the grand scheme of oceans, not too much.  To the aquatic creatures in the rivers, the living coral reefs, and the enormous marine population that feed and live on those reefs, the damage is absolutely life-threatening.  Strike three.  

Let’s add it all up.  We’ve got the pros on one side, that being that the new shoot growth immediately following a fire is enticing to deer.  They could be easier to catch.  It only benefits the hunter.  We’ve got the cons on the other side and the list is awesome. 

– The air, our atmosphere, receives an infusion of a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.  We know, without doubt, that extensive and continuing global warming has caused, and is accelerating, a climate change that could very well end our days.

– There is the land.  Our jungles do get smaller.  This already results in loss of habitat for wildlife.  The vibrant green of our jungles and the golden sea of our savannas are replaced by burnt and blackened hills.  Any wildlife, nests or burrows caught in the fire, any food supply, well, that’s just their loss.  And when the rains come, we lose our topsoil.  No more roots to hold it in place.  Accelerated soil erosion, I do despise it.

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– There is the sea, to include the rivers.  Immediately following soil erosion is the impact of sedimentation.  This transported soil spreads.  It blankets and suffocates when at last it settles.  Sedimentation is the bringer of death to microscopic organisms, to vegetation, to fish and corals, to say the least.  In aquatic environments, destruction is great and long-lasting.  Imagine that your air is filled with ash all of the time.  What would the quality of your life be like then? 

The actions of man introduces hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every single day.  (It hurts to even write it down.)  There is no question, no debate.  A good percentage of that comes from the constant burning of the natural landscape.  We have to change how we do things. 

For the survival of our race, global warming has to stop.  The climate change must be arrested, if not reversed.  If we refuse to make it happen, will anything matter in fifty or a hundred years?  Spread the word.  Take your part.  We can still save ourselves.

Len Q.

Using Technology for Protection, Insurance

Posted by admin on August 28, 2012 in Environment Protection with 4 Comments


We spend an important part of your life trying to build a home. The thought that all could vanish in just a second is terrifying and people do all they can to protect themselves and their environment. Purchasing a home insurance policy grants a certain degree of protection and this is why more and more people choose to do buy it.

A home insurance is a guarantee which pays the cost of your house if it is destroyed in natural or man-made disasters such as fire, floods or storms. Insurance agents search constantly for home insurance leads which they can convert into businesses. They locate home insurance leads using technological approaches and research methods such as the Internet.

In order to obtain home insurance leads from any company, the agent must provide them appropriate information and the coverage area. There are special offers which include among others: free home insurance leads, competitive prices and advanced filtering options.

It is known fact that buying a house is a major acquisition and getting home insurance is vital. When shopping for insurance, don’t be hasty. Research, research and research. Find a reliable source in terms of security and affordability. There are many websites which offer free insurance quotes and also impartial insurance information to customers.

Home insurance leads are not only for insurance agents but also for consumers. Various websites receive free insurance quotes requests from consumers who are looking for coverage. Through the Internet, the information necessary for free insurance quotes will be available immediately. In other words, home insurance leads are delivered in real time, filling the consumer’s needs.

You must try to find a smart and affordable home insurance leads service on the Internet. The insurance leads must be 100% guaranteed and most importantly you only have to pay when you receive a qualified lead. High quality of home insurance leads should be your first priority.

When you decide to purchase a home insurance policy, you have two options: contents and buildings insurance. Basically, the two types of insurance protect your house and its contents against damage and theft buy on different levels. You must always consider the balance between coverage and cost.

Browsing insurance websites, you have two options: live instant home insurance leads or the lead shop. Neither requires contracts or setup fees. Home insurance leads are based on current and comprehensive information. Good providers offer real-time home insurance leads and allow you to place filters on your leads.

The competition on the home insurance market is at its peak due to more and more calamities cause by man but also by nature. There are various nuances in terms of coverage details and that is why an increasingly number of people are confused when it comes to purchasing an home insurance policy.

Online home insurance shopping is fast, easy and convenient. Agents are able to find home insurance leads and consumers discover the policy that best suits their needs. They get to compare free insurance quotes from many of the leading home insurance providers.

Free insurance quotes posted on the insurance websites are always accompanied by personalized insurance assistance not to mention policy placement services. There are always up-to-date and accurate and there is always a wide selection of free insurance quotes to choose from. Still, it is one of the agent’s responsibilities to offer free insurance quotes to interested prospects.

If you can put a price on one’s life, than you can put one on a home for sure. In order to purchase a home insurance policy, you have to complete a form and tick the quote box in order to receive free insurance quotes. After you receive a careful selection from the available options, you just have to fill out an application and the whole process is over.

All the information you provide is used exclusively for the purpose of giving you accurate free insurance quotes. The information will pass only to the insurance agent and not to anyone else. You have to find a reliable source in order to ensure that the free insurance quotes you receive are the best possible.

Locating home insurance leads and offering free insurance quotes are two of the main responsibilities of an insurance agent. He has to be a true professional, an expert in the field and provide you with free insurance quotes in a fast and efficient manner.

Amelie Mag
http://www.articlesbase.com/insurance-articles/using-technology-for-protection-insurance-68464.html

Advantages and Disadvantages of SOLAR ENERGY

Posted by admin on August 28, 2012 in Clean Energy with 3 Comments


Many of us know that solar energy is good, but few really
understand why.

Therefore, I compiled a comprehensive list of solar energy
advantages and disadvantages that will enable you to make an
educated decision whether on not Solar Power is right for YOU.
Solar Energy Advantages

1. Saves you money

  • After the initial investment has been recovered, the
    energy from the sun is practically FREE.
  • The recovery/
    payback period for this investment can be very short depending
    on how much electricity your household uses.
  • Financial
    incentives are available form the government that will reduce
    your cost.
  • If your system produce more energy than you
    use, your utility company can buy it from you, building up a
    credit on your account! This is called net metering.
  • It
    will save you money on your electricity bill if you have one at
    all.
  • Solar energy does not require any fuel.
  • It’s not affected by the supply and demand of fuel and is
    therefore not subjected to the ever-increasing price of
    gasoline.
  • The savings are immediate and for many years
    to come.
  • The use of solar energy indirectly reduces
    health costs.

2. Environmentally friendly

  • Solar Energy is clean, renewable (unlike gas, oil and
    coal) and sustainable, helping to protect our environment.
  • It does not pollute our air by releasing carbon dioxide,
    nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide or mercury into the atmosphere
    like many traditional forms of electrical generations does.
  • Therefore Solar Energy does not contribute to global
    warming, acid rain or smog.
  • It actively contributes to
    the decrease of harmful green house gas emissions.
  • It’s
    generated where it is needed.
  • By not using any fuel,
    Solar Energy does not contribute to the cost and problems of the
    recovery and transportation of fuel or the storage of
    radioactive waste.

3. Independent/ semi-independent

  • Solar Energy can be utilized to offset utility-supplied
    energy consumption. It does not only reduce your electricity
    bill, but will also continue to supply your home/ business with
    electricity in the event of a power outage.
  • A Solar
    Energy system can operate entirely independent, not requiring a
    connection to a power or gas grid at all. Systems can therefore
    be installed in remote locations (like holiday log cabins),
    making it more practical and cost-effective than the supply of
    utility electricity to a new site.
  • The use of Solar
    Energy reduces our dependence on foreign and/or centralized
    sources of energy, influenced by natural disasters or
    international events and so contributes to a sustainable
    future.
  • Solar Energy supports local job and wealth
    creation, fuelling local economies.

4. Low/ no maintenance

  • Solar Energy systems are virtually maintenance free and
    will last for decades.
  • Once installed, there are no
    recurring costs.
  • They operate silently, have no moving
    parts, do not release offensive smells and do not require you to
    add any fuel.
  • More solar panels can easily be added in
    the future when your family’s needs grow.

Solar Energy Disadvantages

  • The initial cost is the main disadvantage of installing
    a solar energy system, largely because of the high cost of the
    semi-conducting materials used in building one.
  • The
    cost of solar energy is also high compared to non-renewable
    utility-supplied electricity. As energy shortages are becoming
    more common, solar energy is becoming more
    price-competitive.
  • Solar panels require quite a large
    area for installation to achieve a good level of
    efficiency.
  • The efficiency of the system also relies on
    the location of the sun, although this problem can be overcome
    with the installation of certain components.
  • The
    production of solar energy is influenced by the presence of
    clouds or pollution in the air.
  • Similarly, no solar
    energy will be produced during nighttime although a battery
    backup system and/or net metering will solve this problem. See
    www.dsireusa.org for details on how net metering allows you to
    save electricity and money.
  • As far as solar powered
    cars go – their slower speed might not appeal to everyone caught
    up in today’s rat race.

To learn more about solar energy, go to http://facts-about-so
lar-energy.com/

You’ll discover …

  • what solar energy is
  • how solar energy works
  • interesting facts about
    solar energy
  • how much solar energy costs
  • passive solar energy for homes, and
  • how to build
    solar energy systems
  • There’s a whole section for students, teachers and parents;
    whiles homeowners can obtain FREE QUOTES for their solar energy
    projects. You’ll find book and product reviews plus some helpful
    energy saving tips.

    Please email any questions to info@facts-about-
    solar-energy.com

    Anita Van Wyk
    http://www.articlesbase.com/environment-articles/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-solar-energy-1279.html

Community Shared Solar with Solarize

Posted by admin on August 26, 2012 in Renewable Energy with 1 Comment


An overview of the concept behind The Solarize Guidebook, which offers neighborhoods a plan for getting volume discounts when making group purchases of rooftop solar energy systems.

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