Heat pumps are an integral part of many homes’ HVAC systems, used for heating and cooling. They are found in homes around the globe, but until recently, experts haven’t started looking at heat pump environmental impact. How can your heat pump impact the environment and what can you do to improve your home’s carbon footprint?
There’s something special about having a little bit of green in your home, whether it’s a spider plant hanging from a hook on your patio or some herbs growing in your kitchen window box. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few plant selections that are perfect for each room in your house.
We live in an age of denial. Global climate change, a documented and proven process, is still openly debated in both public and political forums. The few unbiased scientific reports which are released are immediately politicized, making it impossible for the public to determine what is reality. Further, most of us aren’t willing or able to read long and complex reports on the subtle environmental shifts around us, before sculpting them into our understanding. In these cases, documentaries can do wonders.
Documentaries have the amazing benefit of adding video to topics that are otherwise difficult to demonstrate or explain. In the case of environmental matters, documentaries serve two major purposes. First, they can explain the complexities of environmental science through interviews and videos of the environment. Better than trying to explain the science of global warming through written word, documentaries can use animated graphics or experts to weave a narrative the viewer can more easily pick up.
The other major benefit is the ability to show the environment for its beauty and importance. While many people accept the science of climate change and the abstract importance of the greater environment which is at risk, they do not fully grasp the beauty and seismic importance of protecting it. By showing viewers exactly what is at risk, documentaries can inspire a whole new wave of advocates.
Here are a few of the best examples of projects that embody one — or both — of these qualities. The following are five environmental documentaries everyone should watch.
Since 1880, the average temperature of the globe has increased 1.8° Fahrenheit. The amount of Arctic ice has dropped by 13.2 percent each decade. The sea level has increased by 3.2 millimeters every year. These startling statistics from NASA indicate that climate change is not only real, but that it’s happening at a rapid pace. In fact, the earth probably looks a lot different than it did when you were born — so imagine how different it could look when your grandchildren are born.
Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is: how can climate change be stopped? There are many complex answers to this question. However, there’s also a stunningly simple one: the global population needs to stop eating meat. A global shift to eating less meat could save the planet from an 80 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions — and that’s just with less meat. Consider what would happen if the entire planet went vegan or vegetarian!
While it might not be practical to demand that every person on earth suddenly stop eating steak, deciding to cut back on meat would definitely be a positive step for your planet and your health. Keep reading to learn how your diet affects Mother Earth and, by extension, the people who inhabit her.
At first glance, hydroelectricity may seem like the ultimate renewable energy resource. It’s readily available, relatively inexpensive and uses natural resources to produce electricity. On the other hand, it can negatively impact marine life and their habitats, change the landscape and alter natural water flow patterns.
This Hydroelectricity 101 guide explains the basic process of how hydroelectricity works. Basically, hydroelectricity is the result of damming rivers. Water builds in a reservoir, creating a pressure differential. The pressure differential forces water through a penstock, which turns a turbine connected to an electric generator. Higher dams have more energy potential, since steeper penstocks create more energy.
The ocean also represents another potential form of hydroelectric power in the form of tide cycles and waves. In fact, coastal water resources have the potential to generate up to 1,000 terawatts of energy in the United States alone. Some offshore hydroelectric sources are in use, though at a much smaller scale compared to hydroelectric power.
Geothermal heating offers an attractive alternative to traditional fossil fuels. Not only does the price per kilowatt rival that of coal, but geothermal heating also creates significantly less harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The main drawback to this eco-friendly technology is the substantial startup costs of installing the appropriate infrastructure to harness the Earth’s energy.
The initial startup costs are typically what dissuade potential geothermal heating users from implementing the technology. Fortunately, new initiatives are underway which, over time, may make geothermal heating a more affordable and realistic option for multiple consumers.
The environment. A debate rages on in society about it. Whichever side you are on, saving the environment is hugely important. Every day, individuals make a choice. They might make an active choice and try and help clean the environment, or they may choose to do nothing.
But what if you want to do something? Where do you start? Luckily, there’s an app for that!
I’ve compiled a list of five apps to help you live a greener lifestyle.
With Columbus Day just around the corner, now is a good time to take a moment to consider the history of environmental impact in America. The arrival of Columbus is what gave America the chance to start the Industrial Revolution, which changed our country and our planet in unprecedented ways.
Following a monumental hurricane season that brought the climate change discussion to the forefront again, we might want to take a moment to look back and reflect on the past.
Coral reefs are hot dive spots all around the world, and the Great Barrier Reef is among the best of the best. It’s the largest reef system in the world, consisting of about 3,000 separate reefs all clustered together.
Coral reefs are kind of like the rainforests of the ocean. They house the most marine life while taking up the smallest amount of space on the sea floor. This makes them incredibly important for the entire marine ecosystem.
They can be hazards for surfers and ships, but they are life support systems for the rest of the ocean. This is why the coral bleaching events are so worrisome, and what brings us to the question of whether or not we can save the Great Barrier Reef.