In more tangible terms, more people have access to a portable phone today than to a toilet.
But when these little buddies – portable electronic devices – lose power, they’re about as useful as dead wood.
Now, however, you can throw your worry out the window. Because Powerocks has invented the genius PowerBank and Magic Cubes.
“The Attitude of Free Life” i.e. never be in an emergency or miss a call when away from home.
By Liz Nelson/ Guest Blogger
Above the Surface: Our Trash Satellites
We live in a world where we purposely load tons of discarded trash into the planet’s crust as a method of getting rid of what we don’t want or have no method of reusing. As humans look for additional places on Earth to store various forms of waste, have you ever stopped to think about that which is orbiting our planet? According to NASA, there are over 21,000 pieces of trash that measure approximately four-inches in diameter floating above our heads at this very moment – which is only a small portion of the whole.
Although most of these pieces of trash are simply metal components from various remnants of space launches, they can pose as much of a treat to humankind as the trash here on Earth. One of the more disturbing facts is that the debris is estimated to triple in density by 2030. What does this mean for the future of humanity?
1. Telecommunications – A vast majority of our communications come from a satellite network in space. Although the density of orbiting trash isn’t enough to disrupt signals that are broadcast yet, these bits of trash pose a threat as projectiles that can damage sensitive equipment. If one of these satellites is damaged to the point of rendering it inoperable, we simply send another one to replace it – increasing the amount of debris yet again.
2. Astronaut Safety – If you figure in that there are roughly half a million pieces of debris that are floating around Earth in various sizes all traveling at 17,500 miles per hour, the threat to human life while in orbit is amazingly high. For example, the Winchester .223 Super Short Magnum bullet can travel at speeds surpassing 4000 feet per second. These bullets deliver a deadly amount of force from the sheer velocity alone. Now take into consideration that these pieces of debris in space are traveling at 25,700 feet per second. The force delivered on impact wouldn’t be anything short of devastating regardless of the size of the debris. An astronaut performing operations in space would have very little chance of survival if struck by one of these pieces.
3. Future Endeavors – With the amount of deadly metal trash circling our planet, future projects may be far more difficult to accomplish as time goes on. Every time we send a new satellite or shuttle into space, more debris is left behind in low orbit. As the shuttle needs to approach speeds of more than 17,000 miles per hour, it is already traveling at amazing speeds in order to achieve an orbital position. What if one of these four-inch diameter pieces of debris flies into the shuttle’s window as it is achieving those speeds? It may be like the shuttle hitting a solid surface at more than 25,000 miles per hour.
4. Earth Bound – Unlike the trash that is buried in landfills here on Earth, space debris can cause a great deal of immediate damage should it be pulled in by the planet’s gravitational pull. Various places around the globe have experienced close encounters of the trash kind. Sometimes, the debris that lands in the United States doesn’t even belong to the country. In March of 2011, a tank from a Russian Zenit-3 rocket made an impact crater in the hills of Colorado.
Yes, even American trash can make an unexpected re-entry. In 1997, a 580-pound US Delta II rocket fuel tank nearly impacted an occupied farmhouse. If it’s expected that the trash in orbit is to triple, the threat to life on the planet will triple as well. Without warning, one of these larger pieces of debris could re-enter the atmosphere and cause a great deal of damage on impact. Although the only report of space debris actually hitting someone only "brushed" her shoulder, an inch in the wrong direction could possibly have torn her arm out of its socket.
While it’s imperative that we monitor our waste materials here on the planet’s surface, we need to also pay attention to that which is over our heads. While much of the debris can burn up in the atmosphere, large pieces have no problem barreling towards the surface of Earth at incredible speeds. If we want to enjoy the technological nuances of today’s society, effort needs to be put into cleaning up our planet both on and off of its surface.
This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from WhiteFence.com. She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston.
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Guest post by Susan Chambers
On more than one occasion over the last couple of years, I’ve heard heart-centred business owners declare that they’d love to make a positive difference in the world through their business—if they only knew how to get started transforming their business into a socially responsible entity. I’ve also encountered microentrepreneurs who express fears that going green will send them broke, and yet others who believe that their companies are too small to make a positive difference in the world.
I believe that everyone has the capacity to be a change agent and lead by example when (1) they have the information and resources (a network of like-minded individuals to call on for support or inspiration) to guide their actions, (2) they start from where they are and with what’s available to them, and (3) they make changes through small, incremental steps. I also believe that with some thoughtful planning beforehand and along the way, adopting more planet-friendly business processes ultimately contributes to the overall value of a business; it enhances the sustainability of both the company and the planet.
You wouldn’t set out on a journey without doing some planning beforehand, and the same wisdom applies to greening your company’s environmental footprint (the overall impact your business has on the planet as a result of greenhouse gas emissions, waste production, and usage patterns for resources such as energy, water, renewable and non-renewable resources). Yes, the information gathering, decision making and planning take a bit of time, but in the long run it will keep you within your budget and on track, contribute to some small and encouraging successes, and keep you engaged in the process. Here are a few strategies to get you started.
1. Do a mini appraisal of your business so you have a clear idea of your motives, readiness, and capacity to go green. What financial, material, intellectual, and human resources do you have available to you? Are your investors, partners, employees, customers, vendors, etc, on board with your decision to green your business operations?
2. Do an inventory of the environmentally friendly business processes you already have in place. Give yourself some recognition and appreciation for what you’ve already accomplished: it’s a better motivator than focusing on what you’re not doing or dong well.
3. Measure your environmental footprint. You can either take DIY approach, or call in an expert to do the assessment, depending on the type and location of your business.
4. Based on the results of your actions in steps 2 and 3, write a list of the green business practices you want to implement, then look at the resources (money, time, people) that are currently available to you right now. Based on the resources available to you right now, choose two or three actions that are easy to implement immediately, won’t cost you a cent, and will help you to start saving resources and money. (For example, using less energy translates into lower electricity bills; banishing bottled water saves both money and precious resources.)
5. You may discover that you have one or two “big ticket” items on your list that are not affordable in the short run—and you’re not so sure how you are going to afford them in the longer run, either. If this is the case, set up a “green fund”: direct the money saved from the cost-saving green strategies into a specially designated savings account, and use the money saved in that account to pay for those big ticket items.
Start from where you are, and take small steps that will yield some early successes on your path to greening your company’s footprint. You’ll find that the small steps add up to big changes– and you didn’t go broke in the process. So, are you ready, now, to step up as a change agent and lead by example?
Susan Chambers is the author of Small Business, Big Change: A Microentrepreneur’s Guide to Social Responsibility (Night Owls Press / 2012).
Eco.Luxury.Style – quarterly Sustainable Magazine
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The interactive dog feeder improves on the original design with reversible toecaps that allow customers to modify the pressure needed to open the food compartments, thereby making it more challenging and exciting for your pet. The new design also makes it easier to fill the dish and is slightly shorter which allowed for a 15% reduction in production greenhouse gas. The Aikiou dog bowl helps with weight control, digestive issues and stimulates your dog’s brain. It is suited to dogs of all sizes.
The Aikiou Junior is a 3-in-one product serving as a food bowl, slow feeder and puzzle for your pet.
The BPA-free Aikiou Junior has six food openings and lets dogs use their sense of smell to find the food. This allows Fido to eat in a way that is more natural to him.
Because your dog has to “hunt” for his food, it encourages slower eating patterns that help reduce bloating and overweight issues in dog.
The Stimulo feeder improves on the original design with an easier to clean base and a new tube design that makes it even more fun for cats to get their food. The product is made using only food grade BPA plastics.
The Stimulo is designed to allow cats to be their natural predator self and “hunt” for food. The prior version of the Stimulo bowl was featured on Good Morning America and won Best in Show at the Global Pet Expo in 2012.
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In the acclaimed documentary CHASING ICE, filmmaker Jeff Orlowski follows environmental photographer James Balog as he brings to life the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) – a massive photography project that placed 30 time-lapse cameras across three continents to gather visual evidence of the Earth’s melting ice.
The doc film has won over 30 awards at film festivals around the world, including Best Documentary at the 2012 Environmental Media Awards and Excellence in Cinematography (Documentary) at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Other titles on Netflix aimed to raise environmental awareness include: AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, NO IMPACT MAN, DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX and many others.
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by Paige Donner
What do panda bears and wine have to do one another? Now that’s a question I never imagined I’d be posing here on myLocal Food And Wine blog. But, according to the recently released (April 8th, 2013) study from the Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences (Lee Hannah, lead scientist) panda bears will be one more species that is affected by adaptations humans will likely undertake in response to global climate change impacting wine-producing regions.
Let me explain…
In the PNAS.org study of 4/8/’13, Wine, Climate Change and Conservation, several scenarios are outlined as to how our current trajectory of global warming i.e. climate change is impacting the earth’s wine regions by 2050. In one scenario they state that the,
Area suitable for viticulture decreases 25% to 73% in major wine producing regions by 2050.
Alarming? They seem to think so. The 6-page report further reports that the areas most affected will be wine regions in a Mediterranean or Mediterranean-like climate zone. That means parts of southern Europe, Australia, parts of Chile and Northern California. The study does state that the areas that will suffer least, at least by 2050, will be higher elevation zones, coastal zones, and more Northern latitude areas – areas like New Zealand, Northern Europe and Canada’s British Columbia.
OK… so what about the Panda Bears?
This PNAS report includes discussion of how adaptation can mitigate some of these climate change effects on wine regions. Adaptation can take the form of tailored viticultural practices, adaptive irrigation techniques, and also planting at higher elevations to name a few.
In China, where viticulture and the planting of vineyards are firmly in a development phase, this could mean rapid adaptation so as to anticipate regional climate change. In plain English what this means is that some of the areas that are most suitable for high-quality wine grape cultivation in China are the same areas that are the natural habitat for giant panda bears.
… China is not known for its European-style wines, but it
is among the fastest growing wine-producing regions in the
world. It has significant areas suitable for viticulture (Fig. 1), and these areas are in the same mountains that are habitat for the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Future conservation efforts for the giant panda need to incorporate consideration of viticulture as a potential land use and viticultural suitability trends in response to climate change. – PNAS.org April 8, ’13 Hannah
It seems that we may be seeing pictures of Panda Bears popping up everywhere in the coming decades as the new poster child of climate change, just as we’ve seen polar bears and melting ice caps in the past decade.
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