We live now in a world that is environmentally conscious, to put it bluntly, every bit of packaging that is thrown away, every tree that is cut down, every aerosol sprayed, somewhere in the back of our minds there are the questions; how big is the hole in the ozone layer, do these emails really need to be printed out, how many trees died to make this brochure?
Wood is one of the greener materials you can use; it is renewable, doesn’t release any harmful emissions (though the products used to treat it can) and can last for years making it easy to reuse. The problem is that using wood from the wrong sources is to take part in a system that leads to deforestation, exploitation of indigenous peoples and shipping tons of wood from all over the world.
This post from Susan Kraemer on the untapped energy available from our great rivers is inspiring for the innovative kind of thinking being explored for tapping renewable energy. Next, some bright electrical engineer or turbine designer might discover the untapped wind energy created around this nation’s expressways that are congested with wind-generating trucks and cars. Anybody who’s ever had to repair a tire beside a highway knows what the wind gusts from passing motorists feel like. Understanding and controlling turbulence…
The quest to capture more electricity from hydroelectric dams along the Amazon is increasing dramatically, spurring negative ecological impacts, reports a recent study led by Matt Finer of the Center for International Environmental Law.
You may believe wholeheartedly in renewable energy and the concept of sustainability that serves as the foundation stone. What kind of renewable energy in which you choose to invest, however, is quite another matter, especially if considering something like biomass. This guest post from the Enerfina in the UK might help with your understanding.
Although you can see (and smell) pollution outside, you are actually more susceptible to these toxins in your own home. Because indoor spaces are unable to provide the same kind of ventilation as the great outdoors, any airborne toxins that enter your home are generally there to stay.
Building green is trendy these days in the construction and remodeling industry. There are environmental experts who point to concrete as a suitable material for green construction, including concrete floors, concrete homes and concrete countertops.