Environmental Pollution Control – Water, Air and Land

Environmental Pollution Control – Water, Air and Land

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Introduction

Pollution prevention is a major global concern because of the harmful effects of pollution on a person’s health and on the environment. Environmental pollution comes in various forms, such as: air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, etc.

Everyone is a stakeholder as we are all inhabitants of this one and only mother earth. Each person can contribute something to advance environmental pollution mitigation measures. Environmental protection means caring for our resources and subsequently for ourselves and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come will have a better environment.

You and I should therefore accept personal responsibility for the success of the environmental protection programs of our respective community by cooperating and actively participating in making the atmosphere pollution free. Help stop pollution today. Although on an individual basis, we can help combat pollution in our own immediate environment, efficient control can be best institutionalized through legislation. Thus, most countries have already addressed the issue by passing some form of pollution prevention measures.

Averting the onset of pollution in any area; i.e. be it on air, water or land, could be a start and

10 Ways to Protect the Environment — and Your Own Health

10 Ways to Protect the Environment — and Your Own Health

hhMore and more people are interested in going green, buying organic, and ultimately protecting the environment, for a number of different reasons.

“The quality of your life can improve, you can save money with green living choices, and you can protect the health of your family,” says Crissy Trask, founder of Greenmatters.com and author of It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living. You can start making easy yet meaningful changes in your life today with the following 10 ideas.

Leave Your Car at Home

Every time you drive solo in an SUV, you’re adding more than 1.5 pounds of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases to the environment with each mile. Change your driving habits and you make an immediate impact on the environment. Take short trips on foot or by bike instead, and you’ll also make an immediate impact on your health. While riding your bike at a leisurely 6 miles per hour, you can burn 240 calories an hour or more. Walking at a normal pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour, you can burn

How to Effectively Use the Space in Your Warehouse

How to Effectively Use the Space in Your Warehouse

Managing a warehouse can be difficult at times. There are so many different products to sort and store that finding space can sometimes be difficult. This is especially true when it comes to more bulky items like carpet or timber. However, if you’re looking to find an efficient way to store these items and maximise on space in your warehouse, there is a fairly simple solution that can help you out!

While there are many different methods that can be used to organise your warehouse, it is quite obvious that some work better than others. If you’re looking to store long and bulky items, cantilever racking will most likely serve as the best possible option to maximise your space. This method allows you to easily organise large and awkward items.

How Does Cantilever Racking Work? 

Unlike traditional shelving and storage, cantilever racking offers more space because it takes up less room. Traditional shelving is typically enclosed, offering a box or rectangle-like shape in which to store items. While this is an effective means of stacking, the space is very confining, and it is difficult to place long, tall, or bulky items in these

Advantages of putting your child in a daycare Hamilton

Advantages of putting your child in a daycare Hamilton

You might be putting off the idea of sending your child to a daycare Hamilton center for several reasons. Once might be the guild that you’re the mother and you should be taking care of your child personally. In an ideal world where bills don’t have to be paid, that can happen. In the real world however, spouses need to help each other earn income just to make ends meet. So here are a few things you will love to know about the right daycare Hamilton center, and how you’re actually helping your child develop better by putting him/her here.

Building their trust. Children usually have separation anxiety when their needs are not met. Without proper child care, this can happen, and this is usually very visible with children who are left alone at home, or who have parents who work from home and forgo childcare. With the proper daycare Hamilton service, you can be sure that all your child’s needs are met in the best way. Whereas if you try to do everything on your own while working from home, your child could feel

Tips to look young and beautiful by reshaping your body

Tips to look young and beautiful by reshaping your body

In the olden days it was so difficult to reshape your body but now day’s nothing is impossible. The advancement in the technology has made every impossible thing possible. You can easily remove the word impossible from your life. You can reshape your body very easily with the help of present technologies that are available in our surrounding. Especially for women look is the biggest matter of concern. Their confidence is completely based on their looks. Women’s lack confidence if they don’t admire them. It reduces the confidence level and self-esteem in them. Women lose their beauty and figure after getting married. In such circumstances it is very important for them to feel good otherwise, they may lack confidence. A confident person can overcome any difficulty so confidence is very important to rule the world. There are two ways to reshape your body by surgical and by natural means. You should adopt the way which does not have any side effect on the body.

Some nutrition tips are mentioned as under to reshape your body:-

Calcium: Intake of calcium is a very good decision to lose your weight and also make your bones strong. It has

Do Eco-Friendly Fireworks Exist?

Do Eco-Friendly Fireworks Exist?

With the 4th of July upon us, many people who are eco-conscious have probably questioned the use of fireworks on the celebration of our country’s birth. Though fireworks have long been a cherished tradition in the United States, one can’t help but notice the massive cloud of smoke left by the burning chemicals after a large city show. On top of that, there are families from coast to coast lighting off smaller fireworks in nearly every backyard which just adds to the foggy haze. Though putting any carbon into the air is not the best decisions, I find myself wondering if any eco-friendly fireworks exist and where I can get my hands on some of them.

After doing some research on what goes into the air when you shoot off fireworks, I discovered that the industry has taken many great strides forward in the last few years in regards to the types of chemicals they use. Many of the most toxic pigments and colors have been removed from the pyrotechnic compounds in the largest brands as well as eliminating or drastically reducing the most questionable components such as perchlorates and barium. Though these measures are a far

Working green 50 tips to reduce your office’s waste

Working green 50 tips to reduce your office’s waste

From daily smog to the rising threat of global warming, it’s pretty obvious that we all need to clean up our act a little. Much has been said about how to go about doing this at home, but what about in the workplace? Copiers, computers, even old floppy disks, can make a huge impact on the environment. Here’s are a few ways to reduce your office’s effect.

Paper and printing products

Nearly every office, large or small, relies on large quantities of paper. Check out these tips to help reduce the amount of paper and printing products that are used at your workplace.

  1. Use both sides of paper: When making copies, set your machine to use both sides of paper and cut your consumption in half.
  2. Shred and reuse unwanted paper: Instead of throwing away old documents, shred them and reuse them as packing material in shipments.
  3. Reuse boxes: When you get shipments in, save your boxes so that you can use them again for shipments out.
  4. Offer paper recycling: Put a paper recycling receptacle next to every printer, copier and fax machine so that employees can deposit unwanted paper in them. Discuss recycling with your cleaning crew or appoint a person to bring your paper

Healthy Ground, Healthy Atmosphere Recarbonizing the Earth’s Soils

Healthy Ground, Healthy Atmosphere Recarbonizing the Earth’s Soils

On a bright October morning Dave Brandt tromps through the middle of his central Ohio wheat field. The grain was harvested months ago, but there isn’t an inch of bare dirt anywhere. Instead, more than 10 varieties of plants, including crimson clover, pearl millet, and Austrian winter peas, form a “cover crop cocktail” that stretches all the way to the road bordering his property. “This will be here all winter,” Brandt says. “And in the spring, we’ll plant corn right into this.”

Brandt hasn’t tilled his soil since 1972, when he rented his first 600 acres of farmland to grow wheat, corn, and soybeans. And by keeping plants on his land in various stages of growth and decomposition, Brandt appears to have increased the amount of carbon in his soil over the years. One study estimated that total organic carbon in the top foot of Brandt’s soil increased by 10% after six years of no-till, 35% after 20 years, and 61% after 35 years.1 (The data on which this estimate was based were not peer reviewed.) Overall, Brandt’s soil stored, or sequestered, an estimated average 960 kg of carbon per hectare per year.1

With figures like those, soil scientists and climate researchers believe

Tips for Owning a Hobby Greenhouse

Tips for Owning a Hobby Greenhouse
  • Automatic vent openers. (Prevents greenhouse from overheating and uses no electricity)
  • Pea gravel over landscape fabric for floor. (Spray water on rocks in summer to help keep greenhouse cooler.)
  • Oscillating fans year round but especially important in winter to prevent cold spots and disease. (Clip on variety frees up shelf space.)
  • Gutters to fill rain barrels (also will help prevent splashing if flowers/crops are planted alongside greenhouse).
  • Shade cloth is essential in summer if greenhouse is situated in full sun. (Vegetables love full sun, but southern full sun in a greenhouse will cook plants.) Many different weaves for desired amount of shade.
  • Keep greenhouse journal. Fun to track high and low temperatures daily for monthly summary. Also write down what seeds were planted, how planted (covered, uncovered…etc) and how long it took to germinate. Will help in deciding what seeds to grow in the future.
  • Propagation mats with thermostat help with successful germination also do not have to depend on heater as much in winter.
  • To prevent pests and disease in greenhouse, DO NOT overwinter plants that have been outside or are already sickly. (People love to ask if they may overwinter their tender plants in greenhouse…learn to say “no”).
  • Water seeds/seedlings from the bottom to prevent damping

Is Environmentalism a Religion

Is Environmentalism a Religion

I recently saw a clip from an anti-environmentalism DVD series called Resisting the Green Dragon put out by the Cornwall Alliance, a religious right group. Its attack on the environmental movement is so over the top that it is hardly worth mention, but its claim that environmentalism is a kind of religion interests me.

The argument is not a new one and typically takes one of two forms. Either it demonizes environmentalism as a false religion—and a menace to the speaker’s own true religion—or it ridicules environmentalism as “just” a religion, unfounded in science or fact. All nastiness aside, could the central assertion be true? Is environmentalism the new religion of our times?

After all, like religion, environmentalism is driven by values, and it has prescriptions for how to maintain those values in the world. For instance, environmentalism prizes biodiversity and prescribes habitat protection, among other things, to maintain it.

Like religion, environmentalism has a culture that includes practices (for example, bringing reusable bags to the store), a literature (including books such as Silent Spring), poets and prophets (John Muir), mantras (“reduce, reuse, recycle”) and dietary rules (local, seasonal, organic greens, anyone?). It even has its own holiday—Earth Day.

And like religion, environmentalism has

Go Green to Save Mother Earth

Go Green to Save Mother Earth

First thing which came to my mind before I sat to write on this topic was ‘Are we extravagant?’

‘Are we?’

Yes, of course, the way which we have used our limited resources and contributed to its loss. On your way to movie theater or activity, it’s easy to grab a cold from the shop, right?

Have you ever imagined the fossil fuel used to make bottle utilizes almost so much of fuel that can be used to cook food for three days? And for every seven water bottle we use, only one make to recycle bin according to the study by National Geographic Channel.

Several other small examples can be set to define us extravagant. Water we let go off in our house hold work mindlessly can contribute to several to several lakh gallons of water a year. Mere wasting of extra food we order in a party takes several acres of cutting down of forest to fill the lands with such waste. Every one of us acts as a ‘point-source’ of pollution in terms of environmental science and measures are mandatory from every citizen on earth to control this.

Environmental pollution is a serious menace to our existence. India has been ranked at

Turf Tips for Spring and Summer

Turf Tips for Spring and Summer

grenIn late Spring, turf grass, depending on the type, will either be coming into its prime, or on its way to decline. Each type has a preferred growing season. In either case, these simple guidelines will help ensure the best chance of looking it’s best this summer.

Mowing Height

Become familiar with the ideal mowing height for your type of lawn and keep it cut to the appropriate level. Avoid cutting off any more than 1/3 of the grass blade each time you mow. More aggressive mowing can add stress to the plant, contribute to turf disease and increase thatch buildup.

Proper Irrigation

All grass types do best when the amount of water applied in one week is between 1 and 1½ inches. In the absence of sufficient rainfall, you’ll need to irrigate. Best long-term results are achieved when water is applied all at once or no more than twice each week. In this way, deep soaking encourages grass roots to grow deeper, making them more drought tolerant. Grass that is watered more often keeps grass roots from having to grow deeply to find moisture. Shallow rooted

Tips for Growing the Perfect Vegetable Garden

Tips for Growing the Perfect Vegetable Garden

It’s official; food gardening is the hottest trend in home gardening right now, for several reasons. Obviously the economy has a lot of us looking for ways to reduce our grocery bills and growing your own can save big money compared to grocery store prices. In addition, we want to know that the food we’re putting in our bodies is as healthy as possible. And the best part is, homegrown food simply tastes better than anything you can buy at the store.

If you’re like the other 21 million people in North America who will be starting a vegetable garden this year for the first time, chances are, a few time-tested tips will come in handy to ensure success. Even seasoned veterans don’t tire of being reminded of the most essential steps to a bountiful garden.

A home vegetable garden is easy to start and doesn’t require as much effort as one might think to keep it growing strong. Following a few simple steps will ensure you’re enjoying the fruits of your labor in no time.

Location is key

Most vegetable plants do best in full sun. Find a location that gets at least six hours of it each day if possible. In order

What You Can Do for Personal Environmental Health

What You Can Do for Personal Environmental Health

What can you do to create a healthier personal environment?

Assess your nest

Working with a home inspector, public health professional, contractor, or other construction expert as a guide, ask yourself some questions to evaluate your current house or apartment’s environmental health:

  • Are you free of the “big three?” Radon, mold, and lead are all common home toxins. Radon testing is widely available, and best practices exist in new construction to minimize radon entry into the property. Check for moisture problems that act as hotbeds for mold growth, and look into mold testing if necessary. Finally, lead is present in many older homes’ paint and pipes. Call your local public health department for information on testing for and eliminating lead in your home.
  • How well-ventilated is your home? While solid construction decreases your home’s energy loss, a home that is too airtight can seal in indoor air pollutants. Proper ventilation also helps control moisture and reduces risk of mold and other environmental health concerns. Simple fixes to increase ventilation include installing ceiling fans and operable skylights and windows.
  • Does your landscaping contribute to your environmental health? Large lawns traditionally require greater pesticide use and increase air and noise pollution generated from mowing. Consider planting perennial

How to Know Which Plants Will Be Best for Your Growing Area

How to Know Which Plants Will Be Best for Your Growing Area

Gardening is the number one hobby in the United States (1), and each year more people are joining the ranks of the green thumbs as they seek to grow their own food and make the planet a little greener. It’s also a great way to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine, and even the littlest kids can be included in digging in the dirt.

If you’re new to gardening, however, getting started can be overwhelming. There are so many types of plants to choose from, and the conditions for gardeners in Minnesota are completely different from those in Arizona. For help understanding how to choose the best plants for your region, follow these tips:

Know Your Zone

Have you heard gardeners talking about zones? It can sound like jargon to the uninitiated, but understanding your growing zone is super important when you’re choosing plants for your garden. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a detailed map of the country’s growing zones (2), which provides a basic idea of how cold your region is. The map itself is based on decades of measurements of daily temperature, the dates of frost and historical weather averages. This handy map takes the guesswork out of choosing plants.

Find your

99 Things YOU Can Do To Make The World A Greener Place to Be

99 Things YOU Can Do To Make The World A Greener Place to Be

To counter-balance the effects of this season of excessive consumption, we thought it appropriate to fill your mind with green thoughts and plenty of suggestions for things you can do to REDUCE your consumption.

Of course, this list is just a start. But we suggest you print it off and circle all the ones you’re currently doing. Cross out all the ones that don’t apply (maybe you don’t have a car, or use dry cleaning, for example). Then get out a nice, big highlighter and highlight all the ones you can start taking steps toward handling.

Then put this list on your energy-efficient fridge, and start making things happen!

Of course, the list just starts here, but if you stick this list on your fridge, you’ll have a constant reminder and motivator to make things happen.

For those of you who would consider passing over this with a perfunctory glance, we’ve hidden a secret word within this list to encourage you to read WHOLE thing and literallly fill your mind with ideas about things you can do to make a difference. Send us an email with the secret word and tell us the next three things you’ll do to start making the world a

What does the accusation mean and how should greens respond

What does the accusation mean and how should greens respond

What should a green make of this charge?

I think it’s strategically brilliant. It’s a way for the leadership on the right to reach two constituencies simultaneously:

  • On the one hand, they’re talking to the religious right. The message is that environmentalism is a form of paganism left over from the ’60s hippies. Greens, the implication goes, worship nature instead of God and value trees over God’s chosen people, i.e., us. No doubt in some dark recesses of the web, this charge is accompanied by implications of sorcery and demonic possession and who knows what else. “Religion,” to these people, is taken literally — environmentalism is an alternative religion.
  • On the other hand, they’re talking to the kind of rightie who fancies himself a tough-minded, rational realist . To this guy they’re saying, look, these greens don’t care about empirical evidence or facts, they just want to control public dialogue and scare everyone and get more funding and pass well-intentioned but utterly impractical big government programs. To this guy, “religion” means “irrational” and “hysterical.”

Quite the rhetorical jujitsu, no?

There’s definitely some truth to the second charge — irrationalism — but that doesn’t particularly set environmentalism apart. Take any issue on which there are strong

How Hotels Are Getting Smarter About Stopping Waste

How Hotels Are Getting Smarter About Stopping Waste

When you plan your vacation getaways, you’re probably scouring the web, checking out Yelp, Trip Advisor, and hotel websites to compare accommodations, activities, spa services, location, and prices. It’s doubtful that you’re looking into a hotel’s environmental initiatives. Nevertheless, behind the scenes the travel industry is getting serious about going green.

True, most hotel companies are not going as far as Leonardo DiCaprio, who recently bought Blackadore, Caye — 104 acres of unpopulated, wild land off the coast of Belize with the intent to restore the island, regenerate “the entire ecosystem to bring it back to its original form,” and create an eco-conscious resort. But they are taking significant steps that go far beyond the greener housekeeping we’ve all come to know: The little card from management left on the hotel bed or bathroom sink advising us what to do if we want our sheets and towels changed. Here, some examples of what’s happening on the hotel green scene:

HYATT

Hyatt has set aggressive goals to increase energy efficiency, reduce water use and waste, and find sustainable alternatives. At the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (shown above) the 4,000-square-foot hydroponic garden produces 120 pounds of lettuce each week — a great way to reduce water, pesticide use,

How to green your cleaning routine

How to green your cleaning routine
  • Employ green cleaning products
    As the health and environmental impacts of conventional cleaning products become more thoroughly understood, more and more brands of healthy, green, and effective cleaning products have started hitting the market and competing for that coveted place of honor under your sink. Many of these products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources (not petroleum). But if designer labels aren’t for you, home-mixed cleaners can get the job done and then some. Vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything. Mix in a little warm water with either of these and you’ve got yourself an all-purpose cleaner.

 

  • Avoid poor indoor air quality
    It is not uncommon for the air inside a home or office to be more toxic than the air outside. This is because of the presence of toxic materials and substances and the fact that homes and buildings are better insulated than ever before (which is a good thing from an energy standpoint). Keeping windows open as often as possible allows fresh air in and keeps toxins flowing out. This is especially important when cleaning your home.

 

  • Be careful with antibacterial cleaners
    The antibacterial and antimicrobial ‘cleaners’ that many people think are necessary,

reparing Your Training Environment

reparing Your Training Environment

Room arrangements

Your room may have significant impact on your training session. Arrange the room to support the learning objectives and the amount of participation you will desire.

Typically you will not have the opportunity to select a room. However, if you do, consider the attributes that will create the best learning environment for your participants.

  • Size: Arrange for a room to accommodate the number of participants. Remember that a room that is too large can be as bad as one that may be too small.
  • Training requirements: If the training session entails many small group activities, determine if there is enough space in the room. If not, arrange for additional breakout rooms to accommodate your needs.
  • Accessible: Ensure that the room is accessible to all, including those who have limited mobility.
  • Location: If participants need to travel (either by foot or vehicle) to the session, the location should not pose a hardship, for example, walking in rain, or parking difficulty.
  • Convenience: Readily accessible restrooms, telephones, snacks, lunch accommodations, and so on help ensure that participants return on time following breaks or lunch.
  • Distractions: Select a room that is free of distractions and noise. Thin walls with a sales convention next door may not create the environment you’re

Classroom Organization The Physical Environment

Classroom Organization The Physical Environment

Warm, well-run classrooms begin with the room’s physical layout — the arrangement of desks and working space, the attractiveness and appeal of bulletin boards, the storage of materials and supplies.

Arranging Space

The physical layout reflects your teaching style. If you want students to collaborate in small groups, for example, organize them around tables or clusters of desks. For frequent whole-group discussions, try a circle or U-shaped desk configuration. If you plan on an individualized, self-paced curriculum, you might set up learning stations.

The physical layout should also reflect you. Don’t hesitate to give the room your personal touch with plants, art, rugs, posters, and maybe some cozy pillows for the reading corner.

“Creating a caring, child-centered environment takes lots of thought and planning,” says fifth-grade teacher Frank Garcia. “Basic bulletin boards are not enough. I believe in a very colorful classroom with posters, functional bulletin boards, and other ‘interesting’ items to enhance the environment, such as a small refrigerator, TV, and a stereo system with a CD player.”

In Reggio Emilia, a northern Italian town whose early childhood programs are internationally acclaimed, classrooms feature displays of children’s work, collections of “found” objects, ample space for supplies (all aesthetically arranged), and clearly designated spaces for