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Current Global Environmental Issues & our Future

Current Global Environmental Issues & our Future

When it comes to global environmental issues, this world is in over its head. Global warming is of course the first thing that comes to mind. Think about the endangered species, diminishing rainforests and more.

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Environmental & Global Sustainability Issues

Environmental & Global Sustainability Issues

The rise of technological advancements and industrialization not only gave rise to our modern civilization, but it also gave rise to a wide range of environmental issues and global challenges. Environmental issues have become a common concern for people around the globe. The growth of factories and businesses has contributed to wide-ranging environmental damages, especially in the past few decades, and has affected the health, ecological balance, and climatic conditions all over the globe. Modern technology has been progressing at exponential rates, making mass production of goods as fast as possible. With rapid expansion of businesses came exploitation and depletion of Earth’s resources and minerals, as well as degradation of the environment.

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The Science Of Climatic Changes – Get A Clear Picture

The Science Of Climatic Changes – Get A Clear Picture

Recently, the Harvard Business Review polished a story called “10 Sustainable Business Stories Too Important to Misswhere the main focus of discussion was how we are impacting the environment and main pressure on business due to social and environmental changes. Some of the world’s largest and innovative companies are already recognizing this and making necessary changes in their policies in order to deal with the climatic changes.

In recent years, our trends of carbon emission continue to increase and so is the global temperature. In another assessment report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) it has become clear that we are the only ones to blame for the current climatic conditions that our planet is facing today. The report also calculated and estimated the amount of carbon we can safely add to the environment to keep the global temperature below the safety levels.

World leaders have agreed on a threshold of 2 degrees of global warming. In the Copenhagen Accord, an agreement was reached among the international climate change negotiators, in 2009. In the United Nations conference for climate change, all the world leaders agreed that the temperature rise of this century should not exceed by more than a 2 degrees Centigrade, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.  Although some scientists and activists like James Hansen believes that even a 2 degree rise in the global temperature is too high.

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The reality of pollution and carbon emission

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Turn Your Trash Into Art – Ideas To Create Art From Recycled Materials

Turn Your Trash Into Art – Ideas To Create Art From Recycled Materials

Benefits of recycling

Recycling makes use of materials that would otherwise be thrown in the landfill by processing and collecting trash or waste materials. Recycling can benefit the environment and community by minimizing the amount of garbage thrown out. It also helps to conserve resources by minimizing mining, cutting down trees, saving energy, water and fertilizers associated with farming and also help to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Recycling also saves the energy needed in mining, and reduces the green house gases. Therefore, recycling your household waste can be an essential element for sustainability.

Turning waste into art

recycle papertowelMany people have the artistic ability to turn junk into art. Some of the artists can really boast about how environmentally conscious they are and how they can make junk beautiful. It is not only for children’s art and craft, but anyone of any age can practice using materials that they would usually throw away and turn them into art. Some of the artists can make incredible master pieces from recycled materials.

Recycled art ideas

We all know the old saying “one man’s junk another man’s treasure.” We could create art form just about anything we want if we have the eye for it. There can be great pleasure found in creating art from the things you would normally throw away. Some of the materials that may be used for creating art are old Christmas wrapping papers that could be recycled, old metal tin, buttons, old metal straps and so on.

If your kitchen could use some extra touch, you can remodel your kitchen or bathroom with old boxes and plastic containers. Make your kitchen more organized with old lunch boxes, make shelves, repaint your old boxes and make them look beautiful.

You can also make good use of your old greeting cards. You can glue your old greeting cards together or use old calendar pages to wrapping paper for new gifts. They are colorful and can become attractive material for wrapping. You can wrap just about anything with them. Use them as wall paper, or wrap old furniture.

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Fabric scrap bags

You can make fabric bags from old fabrics and place candy in them. sew it up to and tie with ribbons to make delightful fabric bags.

What you will need

  1. Old fabrics
  2. scissors
  3. pencil
  4. ruler
  5. sawing needles
  6. candy

What to do

  1. cut fabric into 11 by 7 and half inch piece.
  2. fold fabric in half and make a pocket by sewing long side and one short side. turn it inside out so the seams stay inside.
  3. place candy in it and tie with colorful ribbons

Uses

This can be a cheerful gift bag for kids at any occasion or celebration.

Recycled art and crafts for kids

Kids will have lots of fun creating art from recycled materials. It helps them to build creativity as well as make good use of their time instead of wasting time watching TV.

Recycled art ideas for kids

· Art tubes

This can be made from old paper towel tubes form your kitchen that you would usually throw away. Instead, give it to your kids, and they can turn it into art.

What is needed

  1. old paper towel roll
  2. glue
  3. pencil
  4. crayon
  5. ruler
  6. paper

What to do

  1. wrap the paper towel roll with a letter sized paper
  2. mark the overlapping paper with pencil
  3. cut  out extra paper with scissors
  4. paint it with crayon and glue colorful images from old magazine

 Uses

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After creating this beautiful roll from old paper towel rolls, kids can use it to put their important papers inside it.

The possibilities are endless. You can turn almost everything into art. Look for ideas and things you can do. If you like working with old furniture, try repainting and reusing your old furniture, and make new stuff from them. Make modifications whenever needed to make your old stuff look good. You can try welding metal objects together and turning them into art and making sculptures. Kids can also make bird feeders form milk cartons and so on. Creating art not only helps you improve your creativity but it also satisfies you by spending quality time as well as conserving natural

Source: Environmental Professionals Network

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Nuclear Power Dangers, Benefits & Environmental Concerns

Nuclear Power Dangers, Benefits & Environmental Concerns

We are into the new era of science and technology where we are being forced to look for new and cleaner sources of energy. Our energy resources of fossil fuels are limited and also harmful for the environment because of the carbon emissions and other consequences associated with it.  The future of energy depends on how safely we use the reusable sources of energy like the sun and the wind. Nuclear power, however, could also play a major role if done safely, and might need more involvement from the government to address the safety issues.

Nuclear power – can it be the answer to our energy crisis?

Nuclear energy could be the future of our energy resource and our answer to energy shortages. Many believe that we will become increasingly reliant on nuclear power in the future to maintain our living standards. It would also minimize our carbon footprint and address the global warming issues by minimizing fossil fuel consumptions and carbon dioxide emission. The nuclear power is a powerful source of energy which does require serious safety regulations and measures for safe operation and maintenance.

Nuclear power and global climate change

We, the humans, are responsible for the sudden climatic changes around the globe. All the sudden climatic disasters that we are facing today are due to changes and damages to the earth’s atmospheric composition, imbalance of temperature, and increase in harmful green house gases such as CO2, CFC, and so on from burning the fossil fuels, industrialization, and unsafe methods of sustainable business practices. Even though many of the major companies are already adapting to the climatic changes and starting to minimize our global impacts, the climatic inertia, such as melting of ice caps and changes in ocean water temperature, and rise in our sea levels make our responses to climatic changes more complicated and challenging.

Global demand for safe and clean source of energy is growing rapidly. For decades, scientists have thought of nuclear power as a safe and clean alternative to fossil fuels and if done safely, it does not negatively affect the environment and leaves no carbon footprint. From the age of rapid industrialization to current era of computer and rapid growth of mobile technology, we have been increasing the amount of carbon we use and emit into the environment. We have also been increasing the global temperature by emitting harmful green house gases that deplete the environment and destroy the ozone layer, that protect us from harmful solar radiation. Nuclear power is a huge powerful source of energy that could substitute all our power generating plants that use fossils or of various forms.

Safety concerns – Are the nuclear power plants perfectly safe?

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  Keeping the nuclear power plants safe

The recent designs of the nuclear power plants are very safe, far safer than what they were in the early 1960s and 1970s. We hear about accidents like the one in the Three-Mile Island, or the accident at Fukushima, which was due to a human error as well as caused by a huge natural disaster. Far more studies have been made ever since to make the nuclear power plants safer. No one expected a 45 foot tsunami that overwhelmed the backup generators.

There has been only three major accidents, the Three Mile Island accident, Fukushima, and the  Chernobyl Accident in Russia, which made large part of Soviet Union unlivable back in 1986, among over 14,500 reactor-years of operation collectively around the world in 33 countries.

·      Managing nuclear generator toxic waste

A recent study shows that release of radiation and release of radio isotopes  from a nuclear power plant is far less dangerous than the radio isotopes released from natural gas at home. The cities do not need to worry about radiation from nuclear power plants.

Nuclear power plants are the only large scale power producing plans that takes responsibility in cleaning their own toxic waste and takes the cleaning costs into their production costs. Compared to the power generation and with other forms of fossil fuel base power plants, radioactive waste is relatively small. It is neither hazardous nor very difficult waste to manage. There are proven technology available today to dispose radioactive waste safely.

Economic Factors for developing nuclear power generators

Building, managing and running the nuclear power plants can be expensive and also require precision in technology and skills. USA has more private sector companies produce power from nuclear energy than anywhere else in the world. However the government of the United States has an active role in setting and monitoring the safety standards and the environmental impacts and setting goals for the nuclear power generation. US government also encourages nuclear powered plants to develop, evolve and grow through government funding. The policy makers of our country need to look into the possibilities and right regulations to develop nuclear powered generators in the USA.

Nuclear energy and the future

Nuclear energy is the promising new source of energy and could become our energy source of the future. Nuclear power generators are able to produce huge amounts of energy using very small amount of fuel. However, they are not easy to set up and could become expensive to build, manage and operate safely. It could also contain potential hazards or dangers if a disaster or accident takes place. How we dispose of the nuclear waste is also another concern for the environmentalists around the world. We need to develop all possible ways to replace fossil fuels with cleaner and sustainable resources such as nuclear power, wind and solar energy. We don’t have a choice but to explore every possibility.

Nuclear energy and the Environmental Professional

Because there has been relatively little new nuclear development in decades, there is a shortage of environmental professionals that are trained properly to deal with many aspects of what could be an emerging nuclear industry.  Generally, the majority of working nuclear environmental professionals are over 40 years old and many are closer to retirement than being in the midst of their careers.  There will be a great opportunity for properly trained new and young nuclear scientists in the future, even if nuclear power does not become a major ongoing energy source.

EPN will be conducting webinars and teaching classes for our members to learn more about the opportunities in the nuclear field.  You should watch for these opportunities as you continue to visit our site and as you advance in your training and in your careers.

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