Top 5 Ways to Get to Net Zero Emissions

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The top five ways to get to net zero emissions of carbon dioxide is, first, to reduce your personal carbon emissions.

co2 in the climate
co2 in the climate (click here for original source image)

You can do this by deciding which products you buy that are high in carbon dioxide emissions like gasoline and items which you do not use anymore.

By having these types of products at a minimum, you will be contributing to greenhouse gases being burned. When you choose to purchase these products, you may also consider reducing the number of cars you drive and instead buy transit or bicycle trips to work. You may even decide to rent a hybrid car or walk for your transportation needs.

The second way is to replace all your household appliances with energy efficient models. This means buying new appliances that will cut down on your electricity and gas bills. If you really want to go green, you should take the time to research the newer energy saving appliances available that can save as much as 70% in energy costs. While you are at it, you should make sure you have your water heater, clothes dryer, and the furnace cleaned and maintained regularly to help eliminate the buildup of toxic gases in your home.

The third way to go green is to change the types of clothing you buy.

The Mariana Trench Mystery

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Marianas Trench is fast becoming a name and location everyone know about but this time it’s in the news because of a different purpose.

whirlpool
whirlpool (click here for original source image)

With a depth of almost nine hundred feet this is the deepest oceanic trench in the world.

It was believed to be an ocean bed that was later uplifted due to plate movements when the Earth quaked. Scientists were not able to figure out at first why this deep oceanic layer of the planet had suddenly stopped drying up, but now they know. It is believed the sudden drop was caused by the eruption of Mt. volcano, which has an active underground fault line.

With the eruption of the Mariana Trench became a sanctuary for some rare marine species like few reef dwellers and a variety of sponges. This protected zone has since been shrinking due to the increasing amount of sediment. Part of the shrinking is caused by global warming and increased ocean acidity. The shrinking is also causing the Mariana Trench to produce more black corals. These unique creatures were last seen in the depths of the Mexican Pacific Ocean, but now they are found in the total darkness of the Mariana Trench.

There is another interesting thing about the Mariana Trench Mystery.

Renewable Energy quadruples in US in the Past Decade

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With an abundance of renewable energy sources, the United States has been helping pave the way in deploying these and other alternative energy solutions for decades.

wind turbines in sunset
wind turbines in sunset (click here for original source image)

With an increasing focus on preserving our environment and moving our economy away from fossil fuels, those in power have continued to support renewable energy research and development at the state and local level. For example, the latest US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science released a report that shows how much the country can save with expanded use of clean energy resources such as solar, geothermal and bio fuels.

The report estimates that the nation’s electricity supply can reach its annual peak of energy production from a combination of renewable energy sources by 2021.

Renewable energy in the US has quadrupled in the past decade and there are many reasons for this. One is the fact that the world is quickly becoming a global leader in sustainable energy and this has been accelerated by administrations of the past decade. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix, but there are solutions and technologies which may begin to replace fossil fuels over time. In the meantime, we need to begin exploring and utilizing these alternative sources of energy as much as we can.

Can Trees Feel Pain?

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Have you ever wondered can trees feel anything and if so, how?

tree surrounded by water
tree surrounded by water (click here for original source image)

When you think of photosynthesis, which is the process by which plants convert sunlight into energy, you probably think of green leaves and stems bending down to take the sunlight. This is the process that plants use to turn light into oxygen.

Oxygen is vital to living, whether in the water or on land. Without oxygen, a plant’s survival is at risk. Plants get this oxygen from the sun through their photosynthesis process. Photosynthesis is also what causes the Earth to rotate, but plants also release oxygen from the air through respiration. In fact, all living things need oxygen.

Some plants release more than others, though, and some, such as the peepal tree, secrete more than others.

Raising Funds To Build Homes In The Community

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Josh Griffin from Winnipeg is raising funds to construct plastic homes for Humanity.

architect building home
architect building home (click here for original source image)

As you know, Canada has been having their work cut out for them lately with the recent cancellations of the country’s carbon markets. With that, they may be left with virtually no other choice but to build new homes themselves. But, fortunately, there is an excellent solution to this dilemma. They can create a mass amount of money by building lots of homes for less than the cost of building two or more traditional homes.

This is exactly what they plan on doing.

It will be up to the group in Winnipeg to take care of the final details. The first step in the plan is to use the houses as a way to help pay off the debts. These houses can then be rented out for those in need of temporary living accommodations.

The goal is to get people off the streets and into a warm and dry home.