Why the Circle of Life Depends on Ecosystem Management

Ecosystem Circle of Life

Conscientious ecosystem management is vital to the survival of the earth’s environment. Marine life, deserts, rain forests, oceans, and coral reefs all rely on the management of ecosystems to maintain their survival. Plants, insect, animals and bacteria all play a role in a principle called the circle of life. If just one of these becomes extinct, then the earth’s life-support system becomes compromised

Evidence of Global Warming Is All Around Us

Is Global Warming Climate Change Real

If, like many people, you are unsure how much of an effect global warming has on our planet, or even on the area where you live, here are some facts that you may not even be aware of. There is significant evidence of global warming all around us, and the signs that you can recognize will help you to make informed decisions about how you and your family can conserve the earth’s energy resources.

Common Global Warming Myths Exposed

Global Warming

The affluent multinationals out there with all sorts of money invested in the fuels that are slowly killing us, have a stake in demoting Global Warming as a problem. Here are some global warming myths that you might hear from the evil and the ignorant alike.

Comparing the Costs for Alternative Energy Resources

Cost Comparison of Alternative Energy Sources

As the need for alternative forms of energy increases, the need for cost effective alternatives increases as well and cost is one of the biggest concerns that most nations have with alternative energy resources. The majority of alternatives have relatively high start-up and maintenance costs, which can make them unsuitable as a cost effective energy source.

Solar Home Systems – Residential Solar Power Systems

For environmentally conscious homeowners, sun energy is a way to take advantage of a renewable resource while reducing their utility bills. Solar home systems require an investment up front, but the payoff on saved fuel expenses and reduced use of fossil fuels is priceless. Read on to discover some of the pros and cons of residential solar power systems.

Why We Need to Stop Destroying Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services

When drinking mountain water, or while eating wild blueberries, you probably do not think about how these things came about. Actually, a natural ecosystem is usually responsible for the water you drink or food you eat. Ecosystems provide “ecosystem services” that are the main cause of agricultural growth and many other processes that benefit humans.

How Waste Collection Recycling Affects You

Home Recycling

Even though you probably do not think twice about waste collection and disposal, it has turned into a key environmental matter over recent years. It becomes an issue when landfills start running out of space and new locations are required to house the rubbish.

Ways to Recycle Reuse Reduce

Ways to Recycle Reuse Reduce

The three “R’s” are something you need to remember when it comes to environmental services. As well, it is important to understand how improper waste disposal impacts our planet. No, it is not “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic.” It actually is Recycle Reuse Reduce and all three are valuable parts to the bigger solution, which begins at home with you. Once you know the ways to recycle reuse reduce, you will be able do your part to help keep landfills free of recyclable materials and other waste products that could be put to better use.

How to Buy Products Made From Recycled Materials

Recycle Shopping Bag

Concern for the environment is continuing to grow, and if you want to know how you can do your part, you can start by taking a trip to the grocery store. When you buy products made from recycled materials, you are supporting other environmentalists just like you who believe that we can save the planet by making wise consumer choices.

How to Save Water with Composting Toilets

Composting Toilet for Recycling Human Waste

If you brought up the subject of  composting toilets with most people in North America, you would very likely be greeted with blank stares or perhaps smirks. Nevertheless, composting toilet systems are a solution to deal with human waste and they have been in use throughout civilizations since the dawn of time. Only in very recent history has modern plumbing displaced the use of this method of managing the waste produced by humans.

The Real Effects and Consequences of Global Warming

Global Warming Globe

Despite what you may hear or read, the effects and consequences of global warming are very real and not just a figment of imagination. However, there are many folks out there, who would rather bury their heads in the sand and hope that the problem will go away by itself.

Why Drive a Hybrid Car

Toyota Prius Hybrid Car

In the 21st century, there is no doubt about it – it is cool to be green. Kermit the Frog’s infamous line about it not being easy to be green, well, that is outdated. Many Hollywood celebrities are driving around in a hybrid car, talking about organic, whole and slow foods, eating little red meat and going to yoga almost daily. Of course, their houses are ridiculously large and they engage in shameless consumerism, but the appearance of being green is certainly there. However, is this appearance of being green the best thing that hybrid cars have going for them?

Composting Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Fresh Compost

By its very nature, compost is extremely dynamic. Constantly transforming, mixing, flourishing and decomposing each of the components to produce exceptional enrichment for the soils of your gardens, fields, shrubs and trees plus much more. While there is no real secret to keeping a compost pile active, dynamic and flourishing, there are several tips and tricks you might find very useful in helping to make sure the compost pile is performing at its absolute best.

Nuclear Power as an Alternative Energy Source

Nuclear Power Plant

The very idea of using nuclear power as an alternative source of energy is frightening for many folks. Along with its troubled past as well as current issues, it is unlikely that nuclear power could be used to power any country. Nuclear power has numerous problems, but the most obvious and the most noted, are the issues with the safety and cleanliness of the power source.

Does Home Solar Power Generation Work on Cloudy Days

Solar Power in Cloudy Conditions

With just about every country in the world looking for creative ways to power our homes and businesses, it is no wonder that the issue of producing solar power would come up frequently. While most people understand the basics of how solar panels work and what can be done with storing the energy, there are still many people who do not understand some of the intricacies of how solar power is produced. Here is some information that will help clear up some of the myths about what can and cannot be accomplished when it comes to the production and use of solar power

Recycled Glass Mulch

Recycled Glass Mulch

If you are looking for a unique way of upping the aesthetics of your landscape, have you considered using recycled glass mulch as an alternative to traditional bark and gravel mulches?

How to Become Energy Efficient with Solar Home Products

Solar Powered Lighting for the Home

Today’s market is full of solar products, which facilitate the energy of sunlight, to help homes become energy efficient. However, there are some solar home products that may appear to be useless or that may serve the same purpose as conventional products that are much cheaper. That being said, most solar products perform well and serve great purposes, so consumers do not have to be concerned about wasting money on useless devices.

Solar Home Heating Systems With a Modern Twist

Home Heating Solar Panels

The idea of using solar power for heating your home is hardly a new concept. Since the dawn of mankind sun energy has been used to provide much needed warmth. However, modern technology has completely transformed the way that it can be done, even from the methods used several generations ago.

Landfills – Is There a Solution for Landfill Problems

Landfill Site

Ever wonder where your trash goes after it’s picked up at your front door? More than likely, it is taken to landfills, where it is packed down and stored underground. Hopefully, the majority of the trash will decompose, but there are some materials that will be buried in the landfills forever. Here’s how you can make trash disposal safer in your area.

Why Ecosystem Conservation is so Important

Ecosystem Conservation

Before even beginning to discuss ecosystem conservation, clear definitions of an ecosystem need to be explained. An ecosystem is a natural unit of plants, animals, and microorganisms functioning together with all non-living environmental factors. To conserve this delicate balance, it is important to know what part each piece of the natural ecosystem does for all the others.

Why Rainforest Ecosystems Are So Important

Amazon Tropical Rainforest

The tropical rainforest ecosystems are one of the most important ecosystems on earth. There are literally thousands of different species of plants and animals that inhabit the tropical rain forests. Unfortunately, what you know about rain forests may be limited to movies that you have seen, with hundred foot snakes and large tropical plants devouring people in one fell swoop. While there can be dangers in a rain forest environment, what you see in a movie theater is not always what is real.

Solar Energy Storage Systems

Solar Energy Storage Battery

Any solar power system that is used to provide electricity consists of two main components. These are the photovoltaic panels, which generate the electricity and a system to store excess generated energy for later use. Solar energy storage systems are required so that you have a continuous supply of electricity during the hours of darkness or when there is insufficient sunlight to power all of your needs, as on a cloudy or overcast day.

How Recycling Bins Can Reduce Global Warming

Recycling Bins

Are you concerned about the amount of products that are thrown away in your neighborhood, but could be used again? Do you feel that the waste that is collected in your city on a weekly basis is extremely excessive? You may not be able to change the spending or disposing habits of everyone in your neighborhood overnight, but there is one thing you can do to start making a difference and that is getting yourself a curbside recycling bin.

Why Our Children Will Suffer the Effects of Global Warming

Global Warming Globe

Over the past few years, everyone has been learning more about the effects of global warming. This phenomenon is being taught and explained in schools, and many environmental scientists are doing their part to spread the word to the public about climate change and what can be done to stop it. However, what exactly are the effects of global warming and are they detrimental enough for us to be concerned about?

How You Can Help End The Climate Crisis

Melting Glaciers and Climate Change

If you are uncertain about how global warming and the climate crisis are impacting the part of the world you live in, all you have to do is look around. Factors such as smog, landfills, and even litter can tell you a great deal about global warming, and what you are able to do in order to save the planet from global warming and the greenhouse effect. Read on for some tips on how you can help to end the climate crisis.

How is the Environment Affected by Greenhouse Emissions

Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse gases, or the gases in the atmosphere that are primarily responsible for the greenhouse effect, usually are created under natural circumstances. However, in recent years, global greenhouse emissions have been the result of human activity, such as burning fossil fuel or coal. But how does this affect the health of our planet? What do these things mean for the future?

Why Ocean Ecosystems are Important

If you have ever looked out across the ocean and wondered about the thousands of species that live underneath, you will want to learn more about ocean ecosystems. The plants and animals that live in this environment require special ‘living arrangements’ and there are many things that humans can do, in order to make sure that the oceans are around, in their healthy state, for longer.

UK Running Out of Landfill Space

Landfills Running Out of Space

Based on a recent report from the Local Government Association in the United Kingdom, Britain as a whole will exhaust landfill space by 2018 unless much more effort is put into increasing recycling rates. Official statistics reveal that the UK is top of the European league when it comes to the volume of garbage that households send to land fill every year.

Methane Hydrates as an Alternative Energy Source

Gas Hydrate in Sediment

Gas hydrate is an ice like solid that results from the trapping of methane molecules, the main component of natural gas, within a lattice like cage of water molecules. Also known as fire ice or ice that burns, it releases methane gas when it melts.

Eco Friendly Bags Made of Recycled Plastic Bottles

Plastic Bottles For Recycling

Recycling plastic soda bottles and transforming them into a high quality eco friendly bags may sound a little far fetched but that is exactly what California based GreenSmart are doing with the introduction of an innovative new line of backpacks and messenger bags.

Wind and Solar Power Can Save You Money

Wind and Solar Power

To satisfy their energy needs, reduce energy costs and safeguard the environment, many homeowners are considering the benefits of wind and solar power. These clean and cost efficient sources of power are shifting the way in which the world looks at energy. Read on to discover the pros and cons of each system to determine which one works best for you.

How to Teach Global Warming Facts to Children

Would you like to know how you can get your kids involved in reducing the harsh effects of global warming? Although the technicalities of global warming facts and the greenhouse effect may be difficult for children to understand, the following tips and facts will help you to explain why green living together with the adoption of a few lifestyle changes is a great way to help the environment.

How is Waste Management an Issue

Home Waste Management

Several things affect waste management resources. You are the biggest impact of all and without you, the environmental services they provide would simply not exist. They rely on you, the customer, to do your part to participate in their recycling program

Is Waste to Energy Incineration a Viable Option

Waste to Energy Plant in Oberhausen, Germany

Waste incineration has been around for a long time.  From the time that humans first discovered fire, people have tended to burn what was not needed.  During the 20th century, people began to understand that they could in effect kill two birds with one stone.  People could rely on waste incineration as a means of disposing of refuse they did not need, rather than creating larger landfills, and they could also use the process of incineration itself to create energy.

Why Solar Power Used As Energy Is Here To Stay

The sun may be millions of miles away, but we can harness its energy to perform a multitude of functions. Unlike fossil fuels, solar power is a clean energy source that will not pollute our planet. The solar industry has made giant leaps forward and average families can now use solar energy as a part of their everyday lives.

Why Onshore and Offshore Wind Farms are Needed for the UK

Offshore Wind Farm

The UK is becoming a world leader in the use of wind as a power source. This clean, efficient, and renewable resource for electric power has become a huge part of the electricity produced in the entire UK. In fact, in early 2007, the capacity of power from wind farms in the UK went over the amount of electricity that can be produced by two traditional coal fired power stations. The UK is now the seventh country in the world to reach the 2 GW milestones.

Different Ways of Conserving Energy in Homes

Most folks recognize the challenges that we all face in trying to make our lives more sustainable. We need to make a difference today for the future of our planet, and part of making a difference is looking at more energy efficient ways to run our homes. There are several different ways of conserving energy and even the smallest things can go a long way when enough people make them into a habit.

Power Your Trip With Portable Solar Power

Portable solar power is the answer for anybody who will be away from electrical outlets when they need to run or charge their electronic gadgets. Visualize being able to recharge your laptop computer or cellular phone while out hiking! This technology harnesses sun energy so that you will be able to benefit from the comforts of home in remote locations. Read on to discover how portable solar power works and how you can use it to your benefit.

Environmental Protection – Every Little Bit Counts

Environmental Protection Recycling

It is a sad fact but the United States is the number one garbage-producing nation in the world. Australia comes in at second with eighteen million tons of rubbish but that does not compare to what the United States is generating. Sure, more people are recycling and are worried about environmental protection but it is just not enough, with a little over twenty five percent of folks actively doing their part.

Importance of Coral Reef Ecosystems

Coral Reef Ecosystems

If you are thinking about getting a fish tank for your home, or already have a few underwater pets, you may be looking for some coral reefs to make your fish’s home complete. However, did you know that coral reefs are more than just decorations for your aquarium?

Promoting Renewable Energy in the UK

Improving the Use of Renewable Energy in Buildings

Green or renewable energy is fast becoming a source of great concern in the United Kingdom. The National Energy Foundation is actively seeking ways that it can widely promote renewable energy and sustainable development. Several different projects are currently underway in the area of renewable energy.