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2017 Will Be Green!

 

 

2017 Will Be Green!

by Amy Lignor

 

This statement is not a “hopeful” imagination talking; it is actually quite true. Very recently the Pantone Color Institute declared that green will most definitely be THE color for 2017. This is a company that calls global color authority, trending, save the planet, renewable energy sources, Google, Facebook, Amazonthemselves the “global color authority,” and states that everything from high fashion to trends will be on the green path throughout next year.

So…when we look at a “green” trend that is all about saving the planet: who do you think will be the leader when it comes to jumping on the “green” machine in 2017? Right now, it seems that the well-known company, Google, is looking at changing the times completely and finding a brand new “clean” way in which to run their business.

For those unaware of the facts and statistics, it seems that Google in the last year consumed as much energy as the entire city of San Francisco. When they came out with a recent statement, they did not proclaim that they were “cutting” these statistics, they actually proclaimed that all of the energy Google uses in 2017 to run its data centers located around the world will come entirely from renewable energy sources: wind farms and solar panels.

 

Google is the epitome of an online giant. They are also a bit of a quiet giant, seeing as that they have over the past decade – without building up media fanfare – made deals (extremely large deals) with renewable energy producers. Google has basically guaranteed these producers that they will buy their energy from them which then, in turn, will allow these renewable energy companies the money to build even more turbines to service the country.

 

Unlike carbon-based power, wind supply prices do not fluctuate, which will allow Google to make even more money by helping the planet, itself. Are they the only mega-company doing this? Not at all. But Google’s large computer centers are among the world’s fastest-growing new consumers of electricity. And by working with wind farms, Google hopes that they will increase the development of the renewable energy industry. With their purchase, Google’s huge deal will also lower the costs of both solar and wind energy, allowing them to look better to other companies because they will save them money in the long run.

 

It did not take long for Facebook and Amazon to step up to the plate after Google made their announcement. Facebook has already entered into similar deals with wind producers, and Amazon has announced five more solar projects on their horizon. Microsoft states that it has been 100% carbon neutral for the last two years. This means they have invested in things like planting trees and other projects meant to compensate for the fossil fuels a company eats up. Microsoft hopes to have at least 50% of its electric power supplied from renewable sources by 2018.

 

Is this all a gimmick, as some have stated? Well…Google certainly has had an imagination when it comes to alternative energy in the past. It was in 2007, Google patented an idea to build a floating data center powered by waves, and nothing else. Although a cool idea, it was never built. However, Google has shown proof of the renewable deals now in place, and has never wavered in its commitment to bring the best energy efficiency to its data centers.

 

From business and industry to fashion to politics, it seems that “green” will most definitely be at the center of many projects in 2017. In the next year, people will hear a great deal about “The Paris Agreement” which is now in force. Germany is closing all its nuclear power plants, so the need for investing in renewable, clean energy sources will grow almost overnight.

 

If things keep moving forward the way they are, 2017 may just go down in history as being the glorious year dedicated to all the good things “green” stands for!

Source:  Baret News

Forecasting Climate Change

 

Forecasting Climate Change

by Amy Lignor

As with anything in this world, it depends on whose opinion or observations you trust as to just how bad climate change is becoming.

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As 2016 begins to wrap up, climate scientists, atmospheric physicists, chemists, oceanographers – you name it – no one can come up with any other explanation for climate change and the warming of our planet other than human activity. How fast is it happening? What impacts will occur next year? There are a list of questions, as always, but the only fact that never changes is that humans and the trouble we are causing is the main source of global warming.

Evidence is produced showing that changes in weather, oceans and ecosystems/habitats, come from natural causes, but the evidence is not prevalent. Human activities include releasing billions of tons of carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases, into the atmosphere each and every year. Climate changes will not cease, seeing as that the more greenhouse gases we emit, the larger future climate change problems will become.

It’s important to note that the global average temperature has increased by more than 1.5°F, with some regions of the world warming more than twice that amount. Greenhouse gases and their build-up are responsible for a list of troubles: from temperatures and precipitation patterns to the melting of glaciers to shifts in ecosystems that have negatively affected the length of growing seasons and the migration of birds.

The EPA is not uncaring or silent about this problem. It was just recently, in 2016, that the EPA launched an online portal that actually provides local leaders with information and tools that will better equip them to handle climate changes. Based on the area they live in, this online service (Adaptation Resource Center/ARC-X) provides users with the info pertaining to their specific areas and concerns.

People may roll their eyes at this –i.e., “more useless government spending.” But the fact is this site is more than necessary. Recent statistics proved that the federal government incurred more than $357 billion in direct costs due to extreme weather conditions, storms, and fires over the past 10 years. Climate change is also expected to bring about highly significant financial challenges to everyone. Which is why the EPA designed ARC-X to help all local government officials.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, stated that: “From floods and droughts to dangerous heat islands and other public health effects, communities are facing the very real impacts of climate change. ARC-X is a powerful new tool that can help local governments continue to deliver reliable, cost-effective services even as the climate changes.”

The system is not only about telling people what is coming in regards to dangerous weather or the ill effects of climate change, it actually guides people through the process of how best to adapt to the changes that have already come about. They can adapt and address their specific risks and problems, and read case studies done on towns and communities that have already successfully adapted, so others may learn from them.

Yes, no matter who sits in the chair in The White House, climate change and ecosystem issues will continue. And, yes, there will be money spent in many areas in an attempt to stop what seems to be a constantly-increasing problem that will continue to get worse until we learn how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We have done good work, thus far. From wind energy to solar shields to environmental projects that are saving trees, forests and better serving industry, work is most certainly being done correctly. But more has to happen. Global warming was projected to not only continue during the 21st century, but intensify. Therefore, the most aggressive action needs to be taken by us – the world’s population – in order to literally save this planet for the next generation to be able to “breathe” a little easier.

Source:  Baret News

 

Climate Change Issue Reveals a “Turn” of Events

 

Climate Change Issue Reveals a “Turn” of Events

by Amy Lignor

 

The lessons, theories and actually proof given in regards to climate change and how it is becoming more and more frightening, are being talked about everywhere. There are still those who believe that “climate change” is actually not real; that nothing is truly getting worse, whether it be by nature’s hand, expanding human climate change, Earth wobble, NASA, green tipspopulations, or increasing industry. NASA, however, has just come out with a statement that may turn those disbelievers into ones who want to know more.

 

A dramatic shift in the Earth’s axis, the polar motion that is actually attributed to the impact humans are having by not coming together and doing their part to stop climate change, has been seen. With the irresponsibility of some, global warming is actually changing the way the Earth “wobbles” on its axis.

 

With the bulk being in Greenland, the constantly melting masses of ice are slowly changing the distribution of weight upon the planet. This action has caused the North Pole’s motion to change course. There are scientists who say the shift is harmless: a scientist who was not actually part of the NASA study says it is, “just another interesting effect of climate change.” But it most definitely has meaning to a great many others.

 

Since 2003, Greenland has seen the loss of more than 272 trillion kgs of ice a year. Added to that, West Antarctica loses 124 trillion while East Antarctica gains about 74 trillion kgs of ice annually, causing the “wobble” to tilt even more. Although science has not found the answers as this world watches and wonders exactly what would occur if the globe tilted in a new direction or at a new angle, each human can most definitely do small jobs to keep anything that may be bad from happening. Make sure to understand that with each “oddity” that climate change brings, weather forecasts turn even stranger. Perhaps during our great-grandchildren’s lifetimes the facts may be that the East Coast knows nothing about snow, whereas the Hawaiian Islands are being buried in it.

 

Burning fossil fuels (natural gas, coal, oil and gasoline) raises the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is a huge contributor to the greenhouse effect and global warming. Each one of us can help reduce the demand for fossil fuels by using energy more wisely.

 

Recycling is something a majority does, everything from aluminum cans to newspaper, plastic and glass. If there isn’t a recycling program available at your place of work, school, or in your neighborhood, ask about starting one up. It is a fact that by recycling only half of your household waste, 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide can be saved annually just by you and the family.

 

Heating and air conditioning units are also impossible. The bills become astronomical to the point where most beg to see the spring and fall in hopes that the temperatures give them a break. But, with a planet actually “wobbling” on its axis, those temperatures may just turn into a new horror. Just by adding insulation to both walls and attic, and installing weather stripping around doors and windows, heating costs drop more than 25 percent. Turning down the heat and/or air conditioning while sleeping at night or away during the day can keep temperatures moderate at all times, and save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

 

An easy thing to do? You know the old joke about the lightbulb? Well, replacing just one 60-watt regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light (CFL) or LED bulb, can give back on average $15 in savings annually.

 

Driving smart and driving less means giving off fewer emissions, saving gasoline, getting some exercise and easily reducing your carbon footprint. And when you do have to take the car, make sure it’s efficient on the roads. Good tires improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent, and every gallon of gas saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

 

Saving on hot water in the house, and planting a tree outside, are also two easy ways to do a huge job to help stop global warming. In the end, sharing information and encouraging your neighborhood to do their own small piece for the world is the best thing.

 

Like the old children’s toy, our globe can “wobble,” but with our help and support we can come together to make sure it doesn’t “fall down.”

Source:  Baret News