Climate Change Myths We Should Ignore and the Ones We Shouldn’t

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Environment News, Green Goods | 0 comments

climate change, global warmingClimate change is an emotive and hotly debated topic, with scientists and climate change deniers never wasting an opportunity to put forward their case. There is a strong scientific consensus which states that climate change is real, and that it is too dangerous a force to ignore. Many climate change deniers, including Koch brothers-funded Richard Muller, are now changing their stance in the face of powerful evidence for climate change.

No matter how much we want to believe that our current lifestyle is sustainable, current scientific evidence says otherwise. We need to clean up our acts before we run out of time.

Myth 1: It’s not Our fault.

Fact: As tempting as it is to blame high density populations such as China for climate change, the truth is that all countries share the blame. China may be lagging when it comes to cleaning up their current emissions, but if you total up emissions produced since 1850, the USA has produced 28.8% of that carbon dioxide, Germany is responsible for 6.9%, the UK produced 5.8%, and France produced 3.87%. As of 2010, the world average for CO2 emissions if 4.5 tonnes per capita. The UK, Germany, Australia and Russia all produce significantly more emissions than that average.

Myth 2: Cutting emissions is going to kill the economy.

Fact: Investing in green energy will cost some money in the short term, but in the long run it will encourage technological investment and innovation, which can only be good for the economy.

Myth 3: If climate change is happening, why is it so cold right now?

Fact: Global warming has not stopped, and it is not slowing down. This myth is often repeated because Republican Rep. David McKinley from West Virginia, USA quoted surface temperature figures and stated that in the last 40 years the world had seen almost no increase in temperature. McKinley cherry picked some figures to support his case, but the fact is that global warming is still happening. Figures gathered by the World Meteorological Organization show that the global average surface temperature is increasing over time. The difference between their figures and McKinley’s figures is that McKinley tracked land temperatures only. Around 30 percent of the new heat is being absorbed deep into the oceans. Arctic sea ice is shrinking steadily, and the world is getting warmer.

Myth 4: Climate change is going to happen no matter what we do.

Fact: It’s true that the earth goes through its own cycles of warming and cooling, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot influence what is happening. Man made climate change is not unstoppable. A paper published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2009 highlighted how any climate change that takes place in our lifetime will be “largely irreversible for a thousand years”, and this paper is often cited as proof that trying to change our climate is futile. Any damage we do is damage that we will be stuck with for several lifetimes. Isn’t that sufficient reason for us to act now and stop more damage?

Myth 5: Who cares about climate change? We could do with a warmer summer!

Fact: Climate change doesn’t simply mean “the world will get a bit warmer”. That extra heat is melting ice at the poles, increasing water levels worldwide. In addition, a global increase in temperatures will alter weather patterns, leading to extreme and unpredictable weather patterns, hampering crop growth and displacing entire populations. No matter where you live, global warming will affect your way of life in unpredictable and extreme ways.

This post was written by Crispin Jones for Juice Electrical Supplies – suppliers of energy saving products and other electrical goods.

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How Climate Change Started

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Environment News | 0 comments

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The history of climate change is a storied one, and those not already in the know can very easily be intimidated if they try to get a look at how it all falls together. Because climate change has become a politically-charged issue and a major matter of policy, trying to find a historical source is more than a little tricky. However, understanding the history behind climate change isn’t too difficult when it’s broken down to the basics, and this means going back a good long time on the historical record.

The origin of climate change study actually stretches back a lot farther than people think. Most young people today have parents that remember the discussions of climate change in the 1970s, which are often used for political leverage today, but this isn’t actually where climate change originated as a topic of study. Climate change has been on the radar of inquisitive academics for centuries.

Climate change study can be most-cleanly linked to originating studies in the late 1700s. In the late 1770s, a Swiss scientist suggested that the atmosphere operated like a greenhouse. While this is commonly-accepted today, it was revolutionary at the time, and the ramifications weren’t well-understood. Greenhouses operate by using gases to trap thermal energy from the sun. They take in more heat than they radiate and thus stay warmer even in the winter months. As we grew more aware of how our planet’s ecology worked, we realized that this was a necessary component of life on the planet.

In the 1800s, this hypothesis was confirmed by John Tyndall, a British scientist. In 1894, just before the turn of the century, a chemist from Switzerland named Svante Arrhenius elaborated on the effects of carbon dioxide on the “greenhouse effect”, something you’ll probably remember from modern policy discourse. Carbon dioxide is one of the key acting gases in the function of the atmosphere as a greenhouse, alongside nitrogen.

Then, in the 1950s, actual progress was made in analyzing the climate history of the world. In the 50s we developed the ability to properly gauge the information that could be gotten from analyzing ice cores from the frozen north. Ice cores are deep bores of ancient ice, and their layers can be used to make judgments about the state of the climate at the time each layer was frozen. It’s similar in this way to geology, where information can be determined from the different layers.

These made the biggest splashes in terms of scientific progress through history. Then, in the 1970s, the subject came forward as a matter of policy debate. This is when the now-infamous “global cooling” scare was drawn up, and ultimately exemplified all of the things that can go wrong in a policy debate about a scientific matter.

Now, of course, climate change is an area of research and open debate. For the most part, there is a division between the policy aspects and the scientific aspects. The former are argued about, while the latter are generally-accepted within the community of academic professionals. Many are working actively to chronicle the goings-on, such as Daniel Yergin, a Pulitzer-award winner who has recently authored “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World”, which is incidentally excellent reading if you want a more in-depth look. While climate change history can be intimidating from square one, a few of the right sources will send you on your way to understanding it.

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Top Eco-Friendly Jobs

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Environment News, green living, Save our Planet | 0 comments

In the past few decades being eco-friendly has become more important than ever. It is because of the devastating effects of climate change has emerged globally. Majority of the people are aware of global warming and there are several measures taken to address the problems with proper waste management and recycling. The increase of awareness to prevent worsening climate change, there are eco-friendly jobs that have been created and they have new roles to portray.

  • Climatologist – it is the person who practices in assessing the weather conditions. They play a very important role because they help in evaluating and predicting future climate. Climatologists also help predict how human activities can affect the earth.
  • Hydrologist – is the one in-charge to manage the efficient flow of water into every home. They also cover waste water treatment and sewers to make sure that clean water is available in every house in a cost effective manner.
  • Forester – it is very unfortunate that more and more trees are being used to supply the human needs such as paper, toilet roll and furniture. Foresters help manage and care for the forest ensuring biodiversity and good air quality is maintained at all time.

If you wish to apply on any of these jobs, be ready for the usual employment background checks. It is because they also wanted to make sure that people who will be given the task to take care of the environment are trusted individuals too.

 

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What Makes Musicians Eco-friendly

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Environment News, green living, Green News, Save our Planet | 0 comments

Everyone is doing their part to save Mother Earth there are even eco-friendly musicians. If you have not heard of these eco-friendly musicians or bands and you wonder how they help in greening the music industry; well here are some characteristics of eco-friendly musicians/bands.

  • Musicians drive most of the time especially if they have tours. Instead of spending much money on regular fuel these musicians/bands use vegetable oil to run their vehicles. Some even collect and filter the used vegetable oil from their favorite restaurants.
  • Eco-friendly musicians power the batteries of his gadgets with the help of solar panels. They save a lot in electricity because they use the natural source.
  • CDs are handprinted on recycled cardboards and they do not use plastic.
  • Guitar picks are made of bio-compostable and eco-friendly materials. These guitar picks offer the same strength and durability as the standard guitar picks.

As you listen to your favorite bands/musician sing over the  mxl microphones, it is best to know if they are one of the very few eco-friendly musicians that we have. If so, help them spread their advocacy towards saving and preserving mother Earth.

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Growing Tomatoes

Posted by on Aug 25, 2012 in Environment News | 0 comments

Part of the reason behind their continuous popularity as a garden plant is that tomatoes are so versatile. They can be used in sauces, salads, sandwiches, as pizza toppings or in soups and casseroles. While they can be hard to perfect, growing red, juicy and fragrant tomato vines is much easier than you think.

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Soil preparation is vital before you start growing. Whether you do it in advance with a compost heap or do it just before you begin planting doesn’t matter too much, but as long as it’s done, you’re fine.  The soil needs to be halfway between clay-heavy and sandy, with enough room for water to permeate it. Anything that’s either too sandy or has too much clay won’t do it, whereas plain dirt needs plenty of nutrients for you to grow a tomato plant.

To grow them, begin by doing so indoors, be it in your kitchen or in a greenhouse. Do this between March and mid-April, when frost outdoors is still prevalent. Give them plenty of sunlight and water, and keep them warm.

From late April onwards, you can transfer them outdoors. Dig a hole in your soil of around six inches or so, and plant them in it. This will allow for greater access to the soil’s nutrients. It’s also worth putting a cage over each plant, as they will lean onto the cages, keeping them fairly upright. If you want to prevent them from being attacked by weeds, perhaps growing them in a raised bed could be the solution, as they are widely believed to grow better that way.

As for maintenance, if your plants have plenty of greenery but few tomatoes, it’s worth clipping some of the leaves to allow the tomatoes to grow better. Also, it’s worth checking them daily once they appear fully-grown, as they ripen very quickly.

About the Author:

Nicola Burns is a gardening expert who shares her knowledge with Bridgman and is a big fan of their range of rattan garden furniture. Her specialities include growing plants and designing items of patio furniture.

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How to Make Recycling Fun for Kids

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Environment News, Green Goods, green living | 0 comments

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Protecting and saving the planet is not the sole responsibility of adults. Kids can also take part in preserving the planet by teaching them how to recycle. However, as parents we have to make sure that recycling activities should not be pushed as a chore.

You need to find ways to make recycling fun for kids in order to encourage them to do it. Here are some recycling activities and projects that you may want to consider:

  • Invent games that would involve recycling. For instance, you can sort recyclable stuff with the little ones and to make it more fun, ask them to toss the non-breakable recyclable items into a bin. The best recyclable item shooter gets a prize.
  • Do some recyclable art crafts. You can use plastic bottles, aluminium and tin cans, newspapers and the custom challenge coins too. This will help you to come up with a recycled art masterpiece. This will also help your child to come up with creative recycled art ideas.
  • Donating old stuff is another way of reusing or recycling items. You will also teach your little ones the value of sharing and charity.
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