The rewards of making your home eco-friendly are energy savings and a healthier environment. Even small eco-friendly home ideas, like insulating and composting, are important steps. Larger projects, like switching to domestic solar or wind power, are becoming more attractive all the time, and if you’re thinking about remodeling, use eco-friendly materials for long-lasting results. Making your home eco-friendly not only helps slow climate change, but it also lowers your power bills. Plus, some pretty significant government incentives mean being eco-friendly is more affordable than ever. Continue reading “Why You Should Consider Creating an Eco-Friendly Home and How to Go About It”
If you care about climate change, I have some good news. According to the latest statistics, the cost of wind power is now on a par with the price of traditional power from fossil fuels. Solar energy is also more reasonably priced and becoming more affordable all the time. Meanwhile, the cost of coal-fired and gas-powered energy is trending upward.
Internationally, investments in alternative energy are growing as wind and solar become more cost-effective. All this is good news for the environment. More clean power means less fossil fuel consumption, and as a result, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Continue reading “Cheaper Wind and Solar Energy Promise a Healthier Future”
The evidence supporting global warming theory is overwhelmingly conclusive. Human-driven expansion of the greenhouse effect is rapidly changing the planet you and I call home. Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapor blanket the earth’s atmosphere, holding in the heat. This causes widespread effects in the environment that, if left unchecked, will make the earth uninhabitable in a few decades. For businesses and individuals alike, now is the time to take action, as the following five going green facts illustrate. Continue reading “5 Environmental Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Going Green”
Together, the glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica hold three-quarters of the world’s fresh water. Due to the greenhouse effect and global warming, these glaciers are melting at an accelerated rate. If the trend continues, glacial melt could raise the sea level worldwide as much as 250 feet – enough to swamp coastal communities on every shore.
Also, many areas are already experiencing water shortages that threaten the health of their communities. The shrinking of glaciers only worsens the problem. When glacial ice melts into the ocean, it becomes non-potable, further diminishing the overall supply of fresh drinking water.
As the effects of global warming become increasingly severe, climate scientists are paying close attention to the migration and melting of Earth’s glaciers. They are also monitoring the volume of sea ice, those chunks that break from glaciers in “calving” events. This data provides a reliable measure of how quickly the climate is changing.
The annual event that raises the consciousness of the environment in people’s minds across the world is fast approaching again. Earth Day has been a pivotal expression of our concern for the planet we share since it was started 45 years ago this coming April 22nd. Perhaps no secular event has ever had a bigger impact on people’s lives in terms of its influence on environmental laws and how people behave with respect to the environment in their daily decisions. Here are some of the 10 coolest facts about this important day and how it has influenced us all.
1. It Is the Largest Secular Holiday in the World
It is the largest secular holiday in the world. The Earth Day Network works with over 20,000 partner organizations in 192 countries to coordinate events for this day. It is estimated that over a billion people take part in Earth Day activities around the world, which makes it the largest secular event on the planet.