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Kahnawà:ke Environment Protection Office Announces Trash Initiatives

Posted by admin on February 24, 2013 in Environment Protection with No Comments

The Kahnawà:ke Environment Protection Office has announced there will be some changes on how we deal with our garbage in the community. The KEPO’s Eva Johnson and Chief Clinton Philips tell us what to expect.

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6th graders hold clean energy expo

Posted by admin on February 24, 2013 in Clean Energy with No Comments

Students at Enfield’s John F. Kennedy Middle School spent their Saturday helping grown ups learn about energy saving.

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I am looking for a motto for a new trust. The activities will be environment, solar, water saving, wild life .?

Posted by admin on February 24, 2013 in Environment Protection with 3 Comments

Main objectives are advocacy for Environment Protection, pollution control, saving green cover and wild life, developing green techs, replacing fossil fuels with solar, wind power. Making earth more clean and improve quality of life without wastage. People must learn to change their life styles and take the degradation of Earth,s limited resources seriously. They should get involved in such activities. New technologies should be developed and adopted to save fossil fuels.

Hey Kishore, it looks to me like your mantra is making the earth a more fit place to live for our kids. I couldn’t agree more. Here are a couple qoutes you might find interesting:

The problems facing humanity cannot be solved with the same level on conciousness that created them…Albert Einstein

The path we take today could ease anothers journey tomorrow….Rejendra Pachauri

A motto is a bit more complicated than a quote obviously, but I think the answer you’re looking for is buried somewere in your question above. You just need to extract it. I’ll list a couple sources below that might help out. Best of luck in your search…Rudydoo

Are conservatives working for the Chinese when it comes to green energy?

Posted by admin on February 22, 2013 in Clean Energy with 11 Comments

Conservatives hate Green and Clean Energy. They love coal and diesel trucks in their homes and around their children as long as there is money in it. But in their ignorance, the chinese are development clean green technology for the world. They are learning from their pollution using central planning and intelligence to help instead of knee jerk reactions.

We will be buying old Chinese technology soon at Walmart with our wal-mart health care and wages.
We have a word for that: TRAITORS.

Hey ACS, I can’t buy the name, "average college student," here, I’ll explain. Most college level people post their renewable energy questions under environment, green living. In my experience, the ones posted under "politics" are not looking for answers, just a fight. In your quesion, "the chinese are developement clean green technology…" is a bit below most English 101 standards. Most the college students I teach solar power to have a fairly clear idea where the Chinese are on their green technology scale, and how it relates to ours. The Chinese are dramatically ramping up solar panel construction, but using last decades technology to do it. This is why the warranties on the panels in places like Harbor Freight are so short, and the ones from American Producers all meet or exceed 25 years for panel performance and replacement. The Japanese are another story on panels. While the production quotas are smaller per capita than ours, the technology is slightly ahead of the US, and wavelengths ahead of the Chinese. The Germans are the ones to watch as far as the future of solar power. Do you know how efficient a solar panel is? Average is about 12%, but the Germans solar-thermal-electric Desertec technology will lift that to over 60% overnight once their experimental plant is on line in the Sahara Desert. I’m guessing you’ve not heard of that one. Even a conservative will like the price of solar power once we start heading that way in a few years.

We live in a home that is completely powered by the wind and sun, and has been for over a decade now. The panels at my home are a mix of American and Japanese by the way. So the whole concept of renewable energy not being able to power our country is absurd if I can do it with ordinary hand tools and a few thousand dollars. Up until a few years ago, nobody here wanted to pay for it. Now we do, but many people who don’t understand it, even some liberals, are complaining about it.

If I live in a single family dwelling powered by solar and wind, capturing rain water and heating with solar and wood, can you tell who I voted for? Am I a conservative or a liberal? I work as an airline pilot, have a 4 year college degree, but am covered by a union contract, who am I now? You have to remember that it is not the conservatives or liberals that connect renewable or fossil powered societies to their party, it is the party leaders, intelligent respectful people like Rush Limbaugh and Al Franken. Most people just get pulled along in their thinking. It is the downfall of modern day politics, us voting for parties that in turn tell us what to think. We can think for ourselves, if we bother to take the time.

I’m guessing that of the 10 responses you have here ahead of me, none of them uses solar or wind power, and have probably never laid a hand on a turbine or panel. Yet, they are happy to impart their knowledge on the subject. This has been the downfall of Renewable Energy, a few people who don’t know better, telling everyone else how they think it works. Many people who I work with, even liberals, think renewable energy is a waste of time and money. Then when I tell them my electric bill is less than $5 a month, they pretty much stop talking. How many people have they "enlightened" before they met me? If you’re having a problem with your blood sugar, talk to a doctor about it, not your hairdresser. If you want to know how solar power works, who is building the best products, and which countries are ahead, pick up a copy of Home Power Magazine, not the online political forum. Forget about the Chinese, they are busy loading coal, by hand, into their passenger rail cars to get it to the power plant ( I’m not making this up, you can see pictures of it in USA today articles). Their solar "technology" is born of the same cutting edge thinking. Stick with your homework for now, and I’ll keep watching the skies, and let the political loudmouths talk amongst themselves. Take care, Rudydoo

Earth Focus Episode 49 – Meeting Renewable Energy Needs in Southern Africa

Posted by admin on February 22, 2013 in Renewable Energy with 1 Comment

The people and technologies shaping Africa’s energy future. Correspondent Jeff Barbee reports from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Malawi on how energy from the sun, wind, water, and even garbage not only helps the environment but is just good business.

Watch more at http://www.linktv.org/earthfocus.

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The ATM for Climate Denial: Secretive Donors Trust Funds Vast Network of Global Warming Skeptics

Posted by admin on February 22, 2013 in Global Warming with 23 Comments

DemocracyNow.org – While the secretive Donors Trust has given millions to a variety of right-wing causes, denying climate change appears to be its top priority. An analysis by the environmentalist group Greenpeace reveals Donors Trust has funneled more than one-third of its donations — at least $146 million — to more than 100 climate change denial groups over the past decade. In 2010, 12 of these groups received between 30 to 70 percent of their funding from Donors Trust. We’re joined by Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. environment correspondent for The Guardian, who has written a series of articles detailing the ties between Donors Trust and opponents of climate change science. “The goal here is to create this illusion that there is a really strong movement against the science of climate change and against action on climate change,” Goldenberg says. “And in fact, that has become a reality now: You see that opposition to action on climate change is essential to Republican thinking.”

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Posted by admin on February 22, 2013 in Environment Protection with No Comments

SRB-CT KAPPAX, a novelty on our market, is an innovative product placed in the floor coverings. It is a unique floor ventilation system beneath the removable flloor tiles.
The major benefits of this system are its simple and easy assembly and disassembly, possibility of mounting various installation systems inside of it as well as enviromental protection from harmful Radon gas. Using KAPPAX system prevents build-up of Radon gas which is ,although natural, very dangerous, radioactive gas known to be carcinogen. It often causes lung cancer, especially among miners. Many states have regulations limiting the concentration of Radon in the air and provide for mandatory installation of such a system in the floor tile to protect against this cancer-causing gas. One of the advantages with KAPPAX system is that it can be used wherever you have a minimum available depth.
Installation on site is easy thanks to the coupling system, and it can also be installed on only partially prepared surfaces. The ultimate expression of this product is as an alternative to floating floors for the distribution of technological plants and systems (electrical lines, waterworks, data connections, etc.). The shape and structure are crucial, not only to support the weight of the screed or tiles, but also to provide suitable thermal and acoustic insulation.

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SC Johnson Releases New Public Sustainability Report: Making Sustainable Green Choices

Posted by admin on February 22, 2013 in Clean Energy with No Comments

RACINE, Wis., Feb. 19, 2013 /3BL Media /PRNewswire/ – Privately-held SC Johnson released today its 2012 annual public sustainability report (www.scjohnson.com/report) which shares the latest information on the family company’s ongoing work to achieve its 2016 environmental goals by using more clean energy, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and creating innovative products that use fewer resources.

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“Over the past year, we’ve progressed many environmental efforts that are detailed in this report — from our ongoing work to continually select better ingredients, to innovative new programs related to reducing waste,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “The goal of these and other advances is to make the world a better place for future generations. That’s the inspiration behind our holistic commitment to the environment, and it’s something we work to live up to every day.”

The SC Johnson commitment to sustainability is based on a focus to make a positive impact at every stage of a product’s lifecycle. Beginning with efforts to make responsible supply chain decisions, the company also works to increase its use of clean energy and package products that use less material. The company’s dedication to help consumers make green choices through education and engagement brings this commitment full circle.

For more than 20 years, SC Johnson has set five-year environmental goals to guide this 360-degree approach. Progress and results are publicly shared on a regular basis, along with the latest information about exciting, innovative ways the company is reducing its environmental footprint. This past year marked the first year of SC Johnson’s newest five-year environmental strategy, which aims to expand its greenhouse gas focus, explore new ways to minimize landfill impact and continue improving product chemistry.

2012 SC Johnson Public Sustainability Report Highlights

The company has already made great progress towards its 2016 environmental goals as detailed in the report; highlights include:

Using its internally developed and patented Greenlist™ process, SC Johnson continued to phase out less-desirable ingredients in its product formulations in favor of better choices that have a lesser impact on the environment.
As part of its award-winning ingredient disclosure program, the company launched an industry-leading Fragrance Palette in North America, providing consumers with an online resource that discloses fragrance ingredients used in SC Johnson products.
SC Johnson launched a consumer initiative to study and increase recycling by families.
The company continued progress against its goal of becoming landfill neutral by 2016, which includes using less packaging and more post-consumer-recycled content.
SC Johnson also increased Clean Energy use with innovative technologies.
In December 2012, SC Johnson completed work on two 415-foot-tall wind turbines at the company’s largest global manufacturing facility, Waxdale, in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin. The turbines will allow SC Johnson to generate on average 100 percent of electrical energy on-site to manufacture trusted brands such as Windex® and Glade® that are produced at Waxdale.
Three SWIFT mini wind turbines on the roof of its Lowell, Ark., sales office, which are capable of generating as much as 3,600 KWH of electricity annually, reducing carbon dioxide emissions equal to about 280 gallons of consumed gasoline.
A new biofuel initiative at its factory in Surabaya, Indonesia – by using waste husks from rice grains as a fuel source, is projected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,800 tons each year.
SC Johnson expanded its concentrated cleaner refills to five of the company’s brands: fantastik®, Pledge®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, Shout® and Windex® in an effort to save millions of pounds of plastic ending up in landfills nationwide.
SC Johnson continued to support communities around the world through philanthropy and volunteerism. In the last 10 years, SC Johnson contributions have exceeded $200 million.
About SC Johnson’s Public Sustainability Report
To minimize waste, SC Johnson limits the number of printed editions and encourages readers to view the report atwww.scjohnson.com/report

Learn more about green choices on Twitter at @SCJGreenChoices

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Renewable Energy – Lesson 6 – Home Solar Panels

Posted by admin on February 20, 2013 in Renewable Energy with 1 Comment

With the state of the current economy, countless people are looking for ways to cut costs and to become more efficient. There are countless articles in print and online that detail various ways to shop for food cheaper, to find low cost methods of entertainment, to save money by downsizing vehicles and even houses. While these are just a few of the predictable and traditional money saving tactics in a bad economy, there are a few new ways to save money on utility bills and to do the environment a favor at the same time.

Home solar panels are about to become a part of the average mainstream residential home in this country. Historically, home solar panels were limited to the affluent due to the high cost of the components of the system. In addition, solar panels of the past have not been very energy efficient and have not produced a large savings relative to the up-front costs. Now, with advances in solar panel technology, home solar panels have become dramatically more efficient and affordable. Now, the cost of a complete home solar panel system can be recouped in less than a year in the savings that it generates.

The home solar panel system is fairly uncomplicated. A number of solar panels, the more the better, are installed on the roof of the house or the garage and are securely bolted or nailed down. The panels are connected to each other and to the house’s electrical system. While the actual wiring of the system should be completed by a licensed electrician, the task is a quick one, and the rest of the installation can be accomplished by anyone who is reasonably familiar with tools.

Once the system is installed, many are sunrise by how much power it can generate even on fairly cloudy days. Some people are even able to go off the grid, or disconnect from the electric company entirely, with solar power. However, it is probably more prudent to remain connected to the electric grid and to let the solar panels simply reduce or cancel out the monthly electric bill. This alone can be a savings of thousands of dollars per year. The electric companies will simply track the amount of power the home solar panel system is putting back into the grid and credit that account accordingly. It is not uncommon for efficient systems to be able to more than pay for all the power used in an average household.

Installing a home solar panel system is a good thing to do on a number of levels. It supports vital green industries that are vital to reducing pollution from fossil fuels, it allows people to save significant amounts of money in utility bills and raises the collective environmental consciousness. With the new increased efficiency and afford ability of home solar panel systems there is no reason why almost every household shouldn’t have one, especially considering the fact that almost any system pays for itself in the first year.

David J Hughes

Global Warming – Views for the Week

Posted by admin on February 20, 2013 in Global Warming with 9 Comments

Copyright (c) 2008 Mervyn Rees

Why is the second biggest producer of CO2 emissions, China, exempt from any of the regulations in the Kyoto Protocol? China’s emissions have increased 40% from 1990 to 2003, but because the country was classified as a third world nation and the Kyoto Protocol was never changed to address any rapid industrial development, China gets a free pass.

Is opening the Anwar National Preserve the answer to the USA’s prayers for reducing dependency on foreign oil producers? Yes and No – in 1948 when the Anwar was made into a National Preserve, the US consumption of oil was far less and based upon those figures, there was enough oil to last for more than 50 years.

However, in today’s economy and consumption rate – there is enough oil to last the US for 10 months. Yes – 10 months. Now, here is some more food for thought; rather than drill in Alaska, why don’t we reopen all those producing oil wells that were shut down in the 1980’s because crude oil prices were too low.

P.S. New technology has an answer to that and I will tell you about this soon. . .

Besides, more oil is not the solution; it is just a repair to the predicament we now face. We should surely begin now to use, not just research, alternative fuel sources. The reason should be to help our planet and our lives. We have become a society of convenience and ease; we need to be willing to forgo some of our modern luxuries in order to preserve the Earth.

Let’s think for a moment – in the present way of doing things, can anything be environmentally friendly? What I mean by that is, as long as we use the same manufacturing techniques and resources, can anything truly be considered energy conscious?

Take a solar powered vehicle for example – if at any point in the manufacture it required the use of electricity, then all though the product is environmentally safe, the manufacture of it was not.

During the holidays, why not purchase a living tree to decorate, and then plant it in the garden/yard afterwards? Not only will you have less pine needles to pick up, but you will be doing your part to help remove CO2 from our air – trees love it! And guess what they produce with it? Oxygen!

Always research any information concerning Global Warning, or anything for that matter. You need both sides of the picture before you can judge the validity of the issue.

Hold on to your shorts – I just read where the next big “toxic gas” to rid the world of is – “new car interior smell”! That’s correct – it seems somebody has decided that the wonderful aroma of a new car is hazardous to breathe and needs to be reduced or done away with all together. Next, car air fresheners will be deemed unsafe to breathe as well.

Well – Are they?

Mervyn Rees

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