Daily Advice

Today’s Advice: Drive smoothly.

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” Today the world burns as much oil in 6 weeks as it did over the course of a year in 1950. Oil reserves are running out and, at current rates of consumption, will be exhausted in less than 50 years. Transportation alone accounts for half the world’s oil consumption.

You can help to preserve the planet’s reserves. In cities, take care to avoid accelerating and braking too hard and too frequently. This manner of aggressive driving increases fuel consumption by 40%, which means spending money needlessly and aggravating urban air pollution. “

-Abrams, “365 Ways To Save The Earth”, 2008

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Today’s Advice: Plant a tree.

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” Eight thousand years ago, when human beings settled and began to grow crops, half the planet’s land mass was covered in thick forest. Today, less than a third is still forested. Worldwide, over the last 10 years, forest cover has been reduced by 2.4%. In order to live, all plants on the planet release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Two acres of mature forest absorb the equivalent of the carbon emissions from 100 midsize cars over a period of a year.

Plant a tree: You will be joining the fight against global warming and the atmospheric pollution caused by carbon dioxide emissions “.

-Abrams, “365 Ways To Save The Earth”, 2008

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Today’s Advice: Kick the gadget habit.

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” Some “innovations” are utterly useless and create complicated machinery meant to perform simple tasks. Do we really need special machines to sort our loose change, a heated bin to warm our bathroom towels, or digital devices (in addition to our computers, TVs, and PDAs) just to give us the weather forecast? Does an able-bodied person even need an electric can-opener?.

Don’t be fooled into replacing functional objects with appliances that require electricity or batteries and may break down quicker-and be harder to fix-than simpler tools.

      Also think twice before purchasing travel-size versions of all your life’s accoutrements. Traveling light is more luxurious anyway. Will the mini ionic air purifier really be that useful? “.

-Abrams, “365 Ways To Save The Earth”, 2008

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Today’s Advice: Do not use chemicals near water.

 

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” A garden is like  miniature field; even on this very small scale, it is essential not to contribute to water and soil pollution by using too many chemicals. Sixty-seven million pounds of lawn pesticides are used in American gardens every year. Homeowners have been found to be much worse about application of pesticides than other users. They apply 3.2 to 9.8 pounds of lawn pesticides per acre; agricultural land generally receives 2.7 pounds of pesticides per acre”.

“Do not use fertilisers, pesticides, or herbicides if you are near water, such as a well, stream, pool, or marsh. After each application, these products soak into the soil, sometimes permanently polluting aquifers”.

-Abrams, “365 Ways To Save The Earth”, 2008

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Today’s Advice: Don’t burn the midnight oil.

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Long exposure to artificial light at night can affect the body’s ability to produce melatonin, which helps to regulate sleep. It can also weaken the immune system and disrupt hormone production. In addition to the detrimental effects it has on our bodies, routinely staying up late also increases the amount of energy our homes use.

So, unless you work the night short, try to maintain reasonable sleep patterns. You will find yourself feeling better and conserve energy at the same time.

-Abrams, “365 Ways To Save The Earth”, 2008

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Today’s Advice: Find a better dry cleaner.

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Traditional dry-cleaning operations use a solvent called perchloroethylene, which is toxic enough to be treated as hazardous waste by the EPA. Millions of pounds of this chemical are used every year. It can cause minor allergic reactions among customers and far more serious health problems for workers who are constantly exposed to it. Small amounts of perchloroethylene can seriously contaminate groundwater.

The best alternative is not to purchase clothes that require dry cleaning. Know that you can often hand wash silk, wool, and linen clothes that are tagged “dry clean only.”. Otherwise look for operations that offer either “wet cleaning” or a system that uses liquid carbon dioxide, both of which are safer treatments.

-Abrams, “365 Ways To Save The Earth”, 2008

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Today’s Advice: Follow the rules in protected areas.

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About 34,000 plant species throughout the world, or a quarter of the total species of flora on the planet, face extinction in the coming years. Nearly 600 plant species in the eUnited States are listed as endangered; 448 animal species are considered endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has also prescribed habitat conservation plans for 480 areas, where measures have been taken to minimise the impact on habitats, restore ecosystems, and sometimes relocate plants and animals.

Observe the instructions displayed at the entrances to parks – they are there for a reason. You will not disturb the wildlife if you keep your dog on  a leash, and by following the marked trails you can avoid accidentally stepping on protected plants.

-Abrams, “365 Ways To Save The Earth”, 2008

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Today’s Advice: Consider using rechargeable batteries.

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The manufacture of a battery uses 50 times as much energy as the battery itself will produce during its life. The only exception is rechargeable batteries. A personal stereo battery lasts 6 days; if you use a rechargeable battery, it can last up to 4 years. Like disposable batteries, some rechargeable ones contain cadmium, but since they can be recharged between 400 and 1,000 times, their impact on the environment is considerably reduced (if they are properly disposed of at the end of their life).

The best alternative for most portable electronics is nickel-metal hydride (NiMH), as these batteries are rechargeable and contain no cadmium. The upfront expense of these and their charger is soon recovered: Their lifetime cost is 3% of the comparable amount of disposable battery power.

-Abrams, “365 Ways To Save The Earth”, 2008

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Today’s Advice: Cook with gas rather than electricity.

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The 1,500 researchers of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCc), set up jointly by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation, now agree that human activity is affecting the world’s climate: Every year, human beings emit more than 30 billion tons of greenhouse gases as they meet their energy needs in transportation, heating, air-conditioning, agriculture, industry, and so forth.

We should be equally aware of this when dealing with the little, day-to-day things in life. On average, a gas cooker uses half the energy of an electric cooker, as long as the burners are regularly cleaned. A clogged burner can use up to 10% more energy than a clean one.

-Abrams, “365 Ways To Save The Earth”, 2008

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Today’s Advice: Avoid noisy motoring activities.

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Some leisure activities seem far from appealing in light of their impact on the environment and landscape. These include off-road driving, hunting, golfing (whose landscaping demands excessive fertiliser and watering), and skiing, the infrastructure of which permanently blots the landscape.

Devotees of these activities should observe certain rules. For example, avoid noisy motorised activities (such as jet skis, 4×4 vehicles, trail bikes, and snowmobiles) that disturb plants and animals outside the areas set aside for them. Never drive on off-road vehicle on a beach, in a marsh, or anywhere near birds’ nests.

-Abrams, “365 Ways To Save The Earth”, 2008

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