Global warming has been proven to be caused by human production of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide. Coal-powered power generators are widely used, which contribute to these gases. If we were to reduce our reliance on such power supplies, we can change the amount of greenhouse gases that are spewed into the atmosphere.
Changing incandescent light bulbs to more energy efficient alternatives help considerably. Incandescent light bulbs convert 90% of its electricity consumption to heat and last less than 1000 hours. Compact fluorescent (otherwise known as energy saving) light bulbs (CFL) uses chemical reaction of phosphor powder and mercury to produce light. CFLs are 90% energy efficient and last years. A 15 watt CFL luminance output is equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent light bulb, which translates to energy savings of US$30 over the lifetime of the bulb. Light emitting diodes (LED) lighting can last 10 years, are very durable and does not contain poisonous mercury. However, they are still quite expensive and are more suitable for focused lighting as opposed to diffused lighting.
It has been estimated that if there is a worldwide effort to move away from incandescent bulbs, 270 500-megawatt coal power plants can be shut down. The Natural Resources Defense Council of USA estimates that changing to CFLs would reduce greenhouse gases by 1 trillion pounds.
Philips Lighting CEO quoted reports that estimate that if more of Europe use energy efficient lighting, the annual running cost savings would be around 4.3 billion euros or 28 million tons of carbon dioxide reduced per year. This equates to 50 million barrels of oil per year. Using better lighting solutions would lead to less taxes payable for energy use, drive down the use of hazardous chemicals such as mercury.
Several countries and US states are proposing bans on incandescent light bulbs to make way for more energy efficient lighting.
If you are unsure if you are using and buying energy efficient light bulbs (and other electrical and electronic products), look out for the ENERGY STAR logo and label. Products that bear this label have been qualified by the Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
TreeHugger – Ban the Bulb
CNET.com – FAQ Guide to indoor lighting
GE Consumer and Industrial Lighting – GE Lighting ENERGY STAR Program
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Late last month, I started having a itchy throat with phlegm that refused to go. A week later, I went to full blown fever for three days and a nest full of what I call “Bobs”, ulcers at the back of my throat. It was so painful just doing nothing, much less swallow, drink or eat. They were killing my appetite, work, weight and social health, hanging in there around my large tonsils. It has been one of the worst medical problems that are non-major/terminal, I kid you not.
The pain persisted for two weeks, after bags of antibiotics, boxes of Strepsils, and one bottle of Oradet antiseptic mouthwash. I could drink water and eat normally, but I reckoned I lost 2 kg. I also wasted time with my son and wife, not being able to communicate well with them.
Guess what, one Bob came back this week. fR^)@*&+(UFJ# J-($J )FR)@(*&$*(!8&R(F!!
I’ve seen my colleagues, friends and family, from babies to elderly, all down with coughs, flus and headaches.
The main cause of all this pain and sorrow is the brainless burning of plots of land by farmers in Indonesia and Malaysia to make way for planting of new crops every Q3 of the year. What they are not concerned with are their own health, millions of others’ health, visibility of transport systems, overburning into property and innocent lives, and global warming!
You can literally smell it in the air and see the haze and smoke all over the landscape. Air flights are affected. Cars, buildings, flora and animals are affected. Our blatant lack of care for the environment by means of vehicle emissions and dumping of rubbish is not helping either.
Do your bit and voice out your concerns and rights for clean air at the Department of Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia. On its website, it says that “complaints pertaining to the environmental pollutions can be made via mail, phone-call or submitted directly to the relevant Department of Environment State Office’s”.
The complaints line is +60-3-88891972.
Meanwhile, please practice personal hygiene and care for the environment. Make an active effort to constantly think of ways to reduce pollution and spread the news on the effects and solutions for pollution. Keep your kids and yourselves indoors as often as possible, ensure your vehicles do not emit too much smoke (don’t smoke too!), stop open and uncontrolled burning! Earth will not last long if we are to keep our current ways of life and attitudes.
Due to this season of stupidity and heartlessness of these farmers, I’ve taken an active interest in health products that may help combat the air pollution. Air ionizers emit negative ions into the air which can trap or deactivate air pollutants including smoke and dust, leaving the area with clean air. With this kind of device, I don’t even have to open windows for “fresh air” to come in, because the processed air inside is even cleaner than outside!
This ionizer, called MedKlinn, is able to produce lots of negative ions into a room without side effects such as “black wall” and needs no major maintenance and replacing of parts. I’ve started using it and I think we are enjoying some effects already. Go look for it, or any other ionizer, and read the brochures to understand more.
The next place I intend to ionize is the car cabin. More on this in the next blog entry or so.
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Do you realize that Year 2005 was full of weird natural disasters and Just Generally Bad News? Did you feel it was significantly hotter and uncomfortable throughout the year and even until today? Remember these?
- Hurricane Katrina
- Asian Tsunami
- Rising Oil Prices
- Reclining Animal Populations
- African Droughts
Earth is going overtime and getting overused. We have been taking too much and too quickly from it that our ocean food supplies are depleting, sea levels are increasing, energy prices are increasing, more people are starving and getting sick, more disasters occurring in the last decade than in the entire last century. Time is running out for us and our children if we want to continue our human existence on Earth.
Energy demand and supply is one of the root issues of the environmental problems. Because of our growing need of energy, the Earth and our wallets are exploited. Prices of transportation, food, healthcare, public services increase. At the same time, most of us have been ignoring alternative and renewable energy sources, such as solar and chemical recycling.
I drive an automatic petrol car in the city, the Honda City 1.5 VTEC. Among many other reasons, I chose this car because of its fuel efficiency (15KM/L average) and low environmental emissions. The next car my family will drive and what I’ll recommend to others to buy will be hybrid cars. Such cars use less petrol and emit less junk into the atmosphere, and will help in our monthly expenses.
Here are some tips on how you can save using petrol in your vehicles:
- Don’t run the engine idle for more than two minutes.
- Do pump fuel early in the morning or at night when the fuel is more dense.
- Don’t lose the fuel cap.
- Do practise engine braking, avoid braking and accelerating unnecessarily and maintain constant speed.
- Do clean and check the air intake filter and spark plugs regularly.
- Do maintain adequate air pressure in the tyres.
- Don’t carry extra weight, e.g. bags, bottles, boxes.
- Do choose a hybrid as your next vehicle.
On May 24 2006, an excellent movie is opening, called “An Inconvenient Truth”. I’ve watched the trailer and true to its taglines, it shocked me. The movie will reveal and promote awareness of the effects of global warming and how crucial it is for us to take action. Watch it (instead of Mission Impossible III) and do what you can to save our existence.