Keeping Water Clean With Turbidity Curtains

June 11th, 2012 -- Posted in Environment | No Comments »

Nowadays, it is becoming increasingly common for construction projects to be built alongside water. These locations are popular for many types of buildings, from apartment blocks to vacation homes. Yet building close to bodies of water can result in negatively affecting the water. This is why floating turbidity curtains should be employed whenever work will be carried out near to water. The overall goal being to prevent anything harmful from contaminating the water and in turn potentially ruining living organisms and plants.

Silt curtains, also known as silt barriers, provide a multitude of benefits to the environment. Once installed, there is no reason to worry about debris spoiling the surrounding water at all. It is important to understand that small amounts of debris will not cause detrimental harm to the water, as usually the water itself can quickly correct this issue and return to its natural state. However, when these quantities of debris begin to increase, the water alone cannot resolve the situation, and certainly not efficiently. Read the rest of this entry »

Green power applications: a solution for the environment?

February 21st, 2012 -- Posted in Environment | No Comments »

When thinking about environment, one of the most delicate subject is related to the energy we all use. Lately, specialists have found several alternative methods in order to minimize the pollution. Green power application seems to be one of the best ways to replace normal electricity. For example, green power application refers to renewable energy, which is considered as non-conventional one. Solar energy, wind energy, bio-energy and hydropower are just a few types of energy included in the green power application program. There are special systems that convert natural forces into usable energy. There for, the wind, the Sun, the water, these are all elements can be used in order to create a new world.

Solar energy as part of green power applications program

Solar energy is a part of the green power application. The best part about it is that it can not end and it’s for free. There are certain regions in the world where people understood this is a perfect way to create energy, so the solar energy is used for everything. Even if there are some money to spend in the first place for the system that converts the energy to be built, the investment is completely worthy.Indiais one of the best examples to offer in this case. Read the rest of this entry »

Global warming – people’s responsibility

February 15th, 2012 -- Posted in Environment | No Comments »

Global warming refers to the increase of the temperatures and ice-melting due to several factors created by the human being. This has become a serious problem for people in general because everybody can see the effects through changes such as the seasons that can not be separated anymore or the level of the water from any sea. In the last 100 years the temperatures have increased with about 0.8 degrees. The Arctic region is the most dangerous because if the glaciers will melt, the world will change its appearance.

What effects can cause global warming?

In time, scientists have made research about the causes of global warming and the result leads to the fact that the human being is responsible. Greenhouse gases lead to wear thin the ozone coating. Combustion of fossil fuels in cars, factories and electricity production are very dangerous and affect the whole world. The principal negative gas is carbon dioxide, which is also called CO2. Also, global warming is caused by actions taken in the agricultural domaine: fertilizers are used in order to help some plants grow, but they affect people by causing changes, such as global warming.
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How green are you ?

January 22nd, 2012 -- Posted in Environment | No Comments »

Everyone wishes for a green tomorrow but, in order to have that, shouldn’t we start working on it today (there is nothing we can do about yesterday, unfortunately)? Also, a green planet requires for each one of its inhabitants to live green. So I am asking you: how green are you?

There are plenty of articles written about how to have a ‘green’ house or, even better, how to have an entire city ‘green’. But it all begins from the persons. If we manage to adapt our habits and our way of thinking to a more healthy way of living, then we might be able to get together in a big ‘green’ city. But this requires a bit of effort from each one of us.

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Eco cars or green vehicles

January 10th, 2012 -- Posted in Environment | No Comments »

 

Everybody heard lately about eco cars, but what is one exactly? Well, an eco car or green vehicle how people calls it, is a friendly vehicle with the environment because it produces less harm in comparison to the normal automobiles. This type of eco car is powered by alternative fuels which scientists worked at for a few years, in order to reduce negative effects on environment. In the eco car series are included the following: hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, compressed-air gas vehicles, clean diesel and others too. It seems that there is a solution for everything and responsible people have found some to replace the normal cars which produce a high level of pollution. Also, there are green cars with high fuel economy and the drivers don’t have to think that much about the costs of driving such a vehicle.

When and how did the first eco car appeared?

Everything began long time ago, when people were talking about the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, which produced Stanley Streamer from 1896 to 1924. Between 1832 and 1839 was invented the first crude electric carriage and soon electric cars began to appear in Europe due to the fact that they were quieter and smoother than other cars. By the end of XVII century, the idea spread in America too. Eco cars reappeared in the late 1950s and early 1960s and the first one came as the Vespa 400, produced in 5 years (1956-1961). There were 28.000 models sold that time. Several eco cars with small engines were designed in the 1960s, including the Austin Healey Sprite. Read the rest of this entry »

EU Battery Directive: Types of Battery Covered

July 19th, 2011 -- Posted in Environment | No Comments »

The Batteries Directive (91/157/EEC) was adopted by the European Union in March 1991. The Directive introduced restrictions on the use of mercury in most batteries and also encouraged the collection and recycling of disused batteries.

On the 26th September 2008, however, a new battery directive (2006/66/EC) came into force which repealed the previous Directive. The reason behind the change was that it was found that the majority of the objectives of the first Directive were not achieved as most portable batteries were still sent to landfill (although some countries did have efficient collection schemes in place) rather than being collected and recycled.

Portable

Portable batteries are used by both consumers and by industry. These are sold as individual batteries and also in equipment. Primary batteries reach end-of-life (when discharged) before the equipment and so many waste primary batteries will be available for recycling. Rechargeable batteries are sold as individual batteries or in electrical equipment and so many will reach end-of-life when the equipment’s life ends. As a result, the user will remove some and others would be removed by WEEE recycling schemes. Therefore any system for collection of portable batteries will need to account for all of these routes.

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How to Recycle Metal and Metal Products

April 11th, 2011 -- Posted in Environment | No Comments »

The scrap metal industry is, admittedly, getting very popular, especially for amateurs (Which I suspect you may be). Don’t worry! I was too, but I wrote down these 10 simple things quickly, saving you some embarrassing moments!

    Know The Metals

    The metal scrap industry is full of all types of metals, of all types of grades, and every type of “flavour”. It is your job as a scrap metal “artist” to know the difference between red brass and yellow brass… (hint hint It’s the color!) but also much more subtle things like the difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel. You will learn very quickly by taking things to a scrap yard. Ask questions, and be curious! Scrap yard crew are the best people to ask, and should be more than willing to help.

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How Sustainable Are Your Shoes?

March 9th, 2011 -- Posted in Environment | No Comments »

Ethical and eco fashion have become big news in recent years with plenty of coverage of the environmental and ethical impacts of clothes manufacture and waste. But shoes and their sustainability is something that is not considered so often.

Have you ever considered how sustainable your shoes are? As a fashion item, whilst we expect our shoes to look great and be comfortable and functional, they are often considered throw away products which are discarded after just a few wears purely because they have gone out of fashion. The most sustainable shoes are not only incredibly comfortable but are also well made so that they will last for a long time. Classic and versatile styles are also the most sustainable as they won’t go out of fashion.

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The Politics of Water Management and Conservation

October 6th, 2010 -- Posted in Environment | No Comments »

It is unfortunate, as water is quickly becoming a resource that currently and will continue to drive political and economic interests across the globe. More concerning, the finite sources of freshwater (less than one half of one per cent of the world’s total water stock) are being depleted at a fast rate – it is projected by the year 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in a state of serious water deprivation. The issue of water management and conservation has received special attention this month as the South-East of England is experiencing one of its worst droughts since the 1920s. After 15 months of below average rainfall some parts of the country will be suffering water supply controls during the summer – which raises the question of who manages water supplies.

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Ill Effects on the Oil Spill Volunteers

July 19th, 2010 -- Posted in Environment | No Comments »

Do you really want to help clean up the spill in the Gulf of Mexico and join the party of the oil spill volunteers? Many online articles have been documented regarding the numerous health hazards resulting from the oil spill that many experts have warned us, and now CNN has announced that the vast majority of cleaners that of the Exxon Valdez in 1989, Alaska, are now dead. In fact, an expert guest on the sets of CNN had said that the life expectancy of oil spill volunteers of the Exxon Valdez was only about 51 years. Since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is now immeasurably worse than the Exxon Valdez one, do you really want to volunteer to join the team of cleaners out there? After all, the American dream, not to enrich a few months in helping BP to clean up their mess and then drop dead 20 or 30 years earlier.

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