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Garbage Glows Green in Placer County Spotlight

Going green has never been more popular. Look around, and it seems that just about every businesses is tripping over itself to showcase their efforts at embracing sustainability. There are many businesses around the country that have been engaged in sustainability practices for many years, and even they are incorporating the greenness of their efforts as they make over their images. As an example, consider Placer County, California's Auburn Placer Disposal Service, also known as Placer County's...

Going green has never been more popular. Look around, and it seems that just about every businesses is tripping over itself to showcase their efforts at embracing sustainability. There are many businesses around the country that have been engaged in sustainability practices for many years, and even they are incorporating the greenness of their efforts as they make over their images. As an example, consider Placer County, California’s Auburn Placer Disposal Service, also known as Placer County’s garbage company.

For decades the business name has been Auburn Placer Disposal Service, but then just in the last couple of years the company has repainted its corporate identity, and now it is known as Recology Auburn Placer. It is the exact same company, doing the exact same thing; however, as it is reinventing its image, it is showcasing its recycling efforts. The company processes more than 100,000 tons of garbage annually, and it has been actively recycling for decades. The company constantly creates new methods for both residential and business customers to participate in recycling programs. With events like residential spring cleanup day, recycling buyback centers and commercial cardboard recycling, Recoloby has very effectively contributed to environmental cleanup efforts. As it continues to help keep the neighborhood clean and the environment healthy, Recology is also taking its bows in the green spotlight.

Going green is good for business, and it is more and more common to find companies announcing when they are acting sustainably. Cities are sponsoring green certification programs to recognize businesses that are doing their part for the environment, and companies that are already in the business of recycling are staking their green claims now. It seems that not only is going green good for the planet, but it is good for business too.

PlacerVerde highlights strides in sustainability in and around Placer County, CA, and in the process it discusses many topics regarding the environment at large including solar power, biofuels, recycling, wind power, and innovations just to name a few. Visit http://placerverde.com/ to see more on green development and innovation.


Renting as a Green Concept

In a era of over consumption and waste its time to think outside of the box and consider Renting certain goods and services as an alternative to buying them. Especially when they are the types of things that we do not use often. Renting things naturally reuses them and therefore recycles a wide variety of consumer products. There are websites out there like www.RentItToday.com that can help you find almost anything for...

Author: Lisa Whitaker

So everyone is talking about going green.  Sure, you’re not tooling a round the suburbs in an armored tank, but are you doing what you can to lower your impact on the environment?

There are lots of industries built around using your guilt over the state of the environment as a catalyst for their profit.  With all the things you can buy, there is almost always a green alternative.  But here’s another alternative – how about if you don’t BUY at all?

Any environmentalist worth their snuff will tell you that reducing your consumption is the best way to reduce your negative effect on our globe.  The less you buy, the less you waste; it’s that simple.

But sometimes, there are things you really need, or that you really want, whether you need them or not.  Here’s a novel idea – Rent!

Do you like spending a few weekends each summer on the lake?  Instead of buying a boat that you have to pay to store during all the times you’re not able to make it to the water, why not rent a boat when you want to get away?  Maybe you’re taking the kids and you need a pontoon boat, or you’re heading out for a waterskiing weekend and you need a high powered ski boat.  If you’ve got enough friends or family, renting a houseboat, might be a great weekend trip, too.  If you’re renting, you can tailor what you’re using to what you need in any given situation.  And, you can feel good about taking steps toward a greener world.

If you’re traveling with a baby, you know how much baggage can come with it.  Now that airlines are charging for everything you want to bring on board, it can get pretty expensive, too.  And, if you buy baby items to use once you reach your destination, a lot of those get thrown away or left behind when you head home.  To avoid that excess consumption, take advantage of companies that you can rent baby equipment like cribs, swings, toys and strollers.  It’s not only less expensive; it also helps keep you greener.

Thinking of throwing a party?  Decorating for a 50th Anniversary or a super sweet sixteen party can be a lot of fun – and a huge strain on your budget.  You can save that money for the food & entertainment when you rent party decorations.  Renting decorations also leads to less cheap, disposable decorations which means your celebration won’t be a downer for the environment.  From some companies, you can even rent Christmas decorations – you can go all out and still afford to actually buy some gifts.

It’s true that we’re a nation of consumers, but we’re also consumers who are starting to take a greater interest in the effect of our consumption on our planet.  It’s a great idea to cut back on purchases, and renting is an option that still lets you enjoy some of the finer things in life.

So the next time you’re considering a purchase, reconsider.  Renting is an option that can save you money, and can do at least a little bit to save the planet.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/environment-articles/renting-as-a-green-concept-771708.html

About the Author

Lisa Whitaker,

Lexington Kentucky


E-Waste Surging in Developing Countries

According to the news of sciencedaily.com, by the year of 1020 electronic waste from old computers will be doubled from 200 to 400 percent in South Africa and China and will increase by 500 percent in India. The most concerning part is that these countries don't have any concrete plan or system to tackle hazardous e-waste and most of them are improperly handled or...

Author: Moli Sk

Escalating demands of used as well as new electronic gadgets in developed as well as developing countries such as the U.S.A, Canada, Australia, Japan, Australia, India, China, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan etc. will be alarming for global environment in near future.

According to the news of sciencedaily.com, by the year of 2020 electronic waste from old computers will be doubled from 200 to 400 percent in South Africa and China and will increase by 500 percent in India. The most concerning part is that these countries don’t have any concrete plan or system to tackle hazardous e-waste and most of them are improperly handled or discarded.

Recent report exposes that china generates about 300,000 tonnes of electronic waste from personal computers, India generates 56,300 tonnes from personal computers and 4,700 tones from printers, Colombia produces 6,500 tonnes from personal computers, 1,300 tonnes from printers, and Kenya generates 2,500 tonnes from personal computers, 500 tonnes from printers. In comparison to producing electronic waste, recycling sector is relatively small. Countries such as China and India lack comprehensive e-waste collection and management network.

Hundreds of research organizations across the world have shown their concern and published reports on the necessity of proper e-waste collection, management as well as recycling system; else the whole world will have to face the greatest ever challenges and will be buried under the gush of e-wastes.

Today, it is encouraging that some countries have begun setting up e-waste management centers of excellence, and inspiring the established organizations to work on improving recycling and waste management systems. Unfortunately, a few countries can’t make much difference; every country’s participation is expected.

A report that was published on 22nd February this year by the UN University (UNU), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), used data of 11 developing countries to predict the level of electronic waste. The report shows that by the end of 2020, e-waste from computer will be five times higher in china (the global leader in generating e-waste), and South Africa, and 18 times higher in India. It clearly shows the urgency of recycling. If immediate measures are not taken, the serious consequences will soon overpower.

Many developing countries are evolving and taking initiatives to reduce electronic waste. Over 35 developed countries have shown their interest in improving e-waste collection and effective electronic waste recycling system.

Recycling is the only option through which global environment and health can be saved. People are advised to use electronics goods until their nearing end of life and give them to recyclers instead of proliferating practices of discarding them for landfills. As a responsible citizen, everybody should play the benevolent role in eliminating the inevitable consequences of electronic waste.

The users can contact recycling companies such as www.Asset-RecoveryServices.com for more information on electronic recycling.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/recycling-articles/e-waste-surging-in-developing-countries-3272215.html

About the Author

I work as a tech-content writer/editor/blogger for Asset-Recovery Services. There are a variety of subjects that make me think and invoke me to write about. I prefer writing on e-wastes since the subject appeals to masses and is related to various health and environment issues.


When the Rivers Run Dry

We tend to think of water as a renewable resource. To a large extent, that is true. On the macro level, the water cycle does ensure that roughly the same amount of water is always on the planet. However, on micro levels, for individual communities, that is a bit of a...

Author: Eric Westerman

We tend to think of water as a renewable resource.  To a large extent, that is true.  On the macro level, the water cycle does ensure that roughly the same amount of water is always on the planet.  However, on micro levels, for individual communities, that is a bit of a fallacy.  In a given area, drinking water can be used up by large enough population much faster than it can be renewed, if at all.  With a world population that is approaching six billion, that is occurring in many areas across the globe.  The same water cycle that ensures a certain level of water also sets an upper limit on its total availability.  As populations rise, that means that the water available to each person is always shrinking.  On the macro level, we are nowhere near the point where there is not enough water for each person, but on the micro level, this availability bears watching.

The problem is most evident in arid areas.  Cities like Phoenix, San Antonio, and Las Vegas are finding their local water supplies dwindling.  Irrigation is still very much an option, but at what point does this importation become too expensive and/or the areas that are being irrigated from begin to start hording their own supplies.  Another major issue is water rights regarding running water.  Some rivers are dammed or diverted for local purposes, thus harming areas that are reliant on this supply downstream.  This happened earlier this decade when some running water was dammed up in Nebraska and had a negative effect on Kansas farmers, resulting in a federal lawsuit.  Issues like these are just the domestic perspective; it does not even take into account the major issues facing areas like Saharan Africa.

Why is this a big deal?  Water truly is the basis for life.  Beyond just drinking water, the liquid is necessary for crop production.  Everything we eat involves heavy use of water somewhere in its production process.  Water is also important to industry.  Whether it be to provide electricity, be an actual ingredient in the production process, or to serve as a cooling element, no manufacturing business would get far without large levels of easily available and inexpensive water.

The best solution to this is conservation.  Unfortunately, a great amount of our current water use is just waste.  There are steps that can be taken on a small scale to use less water for individuals that would add up quickly if taken by the masses.  You have heard the clichés, take showers not baths, do not water your lawns unless absolutely necessary, etc, etc, etc.  This does not provide the end-all-be-all answer though.  Eventually, we will need to find better ways to harness ocean water.  Three fours of the earth is covered by water, but salt water is not usable for the majority of our needs (not drinkable, dries out crops, corrodes machinery, etc).  Desalinization processes are available to remove the salt and leave the water, but unfortunately these are still too expensive to be used for mass production at this time.  Methods will have to be invested that make these processes more efficient, or a completely new invention will need to come along that is much more affordable.  If we do not find solutions, they will be forced upon us whether we like it or not.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/environment-articles/when-the-rivers-run-dry-3286704.html

About the Author

– EW

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The Earth’s Newest Island

By Anthony Ricigliano - Articles And PRs by Anthony Ricigliano: The Earth has a brand new island in the form of a chunk of ice four times the size of Manhattan after it broke off from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland. The ice island is slowly drifting across the Arctic Ocean with the potential to make its way toward oil platforms and busy shipping lanes off of...

Author: Anthony Ricigliano

The Earth has a brand new island in the form of a chunk of ice four times the size of Manhattan after it broke off from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland. The ice island is slowly drifting across the Arctic Ocean with the potential to make its way toward oil platforms and busy shipping lanes off of Newfoundland.

The ice island is approximately one hundred square miles in size and is the largest northern hemisphere ice island since 1962. “It’s so big that you can’t prevent it from drifting. You can’t stop it,” said Jon-Ove Methlie Hagen, a glaciologist at the University of Oslo. The challenge now is to track the likely trajectory of the island to determine the potential danger which could be wreaked in the shipping lanes and Canada’s offshore platforms in the Grand Banks off Newfoundland.

The island is drifting toward the Nares Strait which could feed the island into southbound ocean currents. These currents would carry the island down Canada’s east coast and directly into the busy shipping lanes and oil drilling operations unless the usual winter freeze arrives on time and locks down the Strait. If it gets into the Nares Strait earlier than expected or the winter freeze is late, the floating ice shelf would become problematic.

Besides the obvious problems presented to ships, another complex problem is the threat to the offshore oil platforms in its path. Smaller icebergs can be redirected using water cannons or by towing but this ice shelf is so big that changing its direction would be difficult, if not impossible. If the platforms are threatened, they will probably have to shut down operations and be moved. The logistics of this type of action take time, money, and are very complicated, especially when the rigs are fixed to the ocean floor. The complexities would increase considerably if multiple rigs are threatened at the same time.

At its current size, the island contains the equivalent of the fresh water flowing through the Hudson River for two years. While it’s likely to break into smaller icebergs as it bumps into other icebergs and jagged islands, the bergs will still be huge in comparison to what normally floats out of the Nares Strait. The bergs would also be affected by wind, waves and higher temperatures as they head south.

The ice sheet is already a topic in the global warming discussion and should remain so during its journey. At this point, however, experts are reluctant to attribute the giant ice island to climate change due to all the variables that affect glaciers in the area. The ongoing retreat of Greenland’s glaciers has accelerated in recent years, and is one of the least understood pieces of the climate puzzle.

Despite the variables beyond those directly tied to global warming, the event coincides with worrisome signs of warming in the Arctic. Over the last forty years, Arctic temperatures have risen by 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit and Arctic sea ice measured in June was at its lowest level for the month since records started being kept in 1979.

Whether it’s a result of global warming or other factors, this ice island is likely to be the center of attention for environmentalists as well as the area’s shipping and oil industries.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/environment-articles/the-earths-newest-island-by-anthony-ricigliano-3279156.html

About the Author

Anthony Ricigliano‘s background in information technology, distribution, purchasing and regulatory affairs then gives him an edge with integrating that infrastructure with areas in the company that generate revenues.


How Do Oil Spills Happen?

Author: James Hunt When we hear about an oil spill that has occurred in some part of the world we may be unaware of just how much oil has been spilled into either the water or on land. When we are talking about an oil spill, we are talking about

Author: James Hunt

When we hear about an oil spill that has occurred in some part of the world we may be unaware of just how much oil has been spilled into either the water or on land. When we are talking about an oil spill, we are talking about a huge amount of oil that can do serious damage to the environment in which it was spilled.

How do Oil Spills happen?

Oil spills into rivers; bays and oceans are caused by accidents that usually involve tankers, barges, or refineries. Usually the oil is being transported to another part of the world for various reasons. People who by some form or another make mistakes or are being careless in what they are doing cause the spills themselves. Oil spills are not always caused by human mistake however; sometime machinery can break down which cause oil to spill out into the surrounding environment.

What happens when oil spills occur?

If an oil spill occurs in the ocean, the oil itself will float in salt water. It has been found that if the oil spill occurs in fresh water there is a good chance that the oil will float on top of the water as well. Believe it or not this is a good thing. This means that the oil is confined to the surface of the water, which makes containing the spill a little easier. The problem is that in water the oil will spread out quickly over the surface of the water. The more time the oil is left in the water the more it will spread out to cover a wider surface area, which can have a negative impact on the rate at which it can be contained and corrected.

When oil spills occur in the ocean there is always a chance that the marine life as well as birds and other animals will be negatively affected. Some oil spills have a greater impact on the wildlife then others, but no spill is good. Birds and other animals that are covered in fur, the oil itself actually destroys or breaks down the insulating ability of the fur. For birds, if the fur is covered in oil, the water-repelling abilities of the fur are affected. This exposed the animals to the harsh elements of the environments in which they live. There have been many animals killed as a result of oil spills in the oceans around the world.

Who takes care of Oils Spills?

When an oil spill occurs, who takes care of the problem? There are various, local and federal agencies that can be called upon to take care of oil spills. No matter who is called to take care of the spill the methods employed to clean up the spill are the same. Some agencies will be better equipped to clean up bigger spills whereas local agencies and organizations can handle the smaller, less dangerous spills. It is a criminal offence not to report an oil spill and failure to do so can result in jail time.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/environment-articles/how-do-oil-spills-happen-10934.html

About the Author

James Hunt has spent 15 years as a professional writer and researcher covering stories that cover a whole spectrum of interest.
Read more at www.oil-spills-central.info


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