The fashion and beauty industry can be hard on Mother Nature. Fabric, raw materials, packaging, processing, production, and shipping can leave a lasting environmental footprint (even if it is in the shape of a six-inch heel). Thankfully, many companies, brands, and retailers are adopting environmentally friendly and sustainable practices in an effort to decrease their impact on the environment. Looking good and doing good has never been so rewarding. Continue reading
Droughts, hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes are the major effects of global warming. Here are the other effects that could increase your awareness with nature and global warming.
Drought causes the livestock of our farmers to decrease in its survival rate. Suicide could be influenced by emotional distress and other social issues. The destruction of their crops could bring them depression and losing a large amount of money could add more to the issues that they are facing. Researchers have published the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences correlating the events that may have caused the farmers to commit suicide. Aside from the destruction of the crops, people could also commit suicide due to the price hike of the major commodities and having no money to buy them, they think committing suicide could end their sufferings.
According to Center for Disease Control, this virus took the lives of 41 people and has infected 1,118 individuals across the country. CDC has detected human and animal infections in 47 states including Texas which have 586 cases and 11 deaths as reported.
Drought can make creeks to stop flowing and this would be the best habitat for mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. Moreover, increased temperature makes these mosquitoes to breed faster and make the incubation period for the virus to shorten which could make the virus to spread rapidly across the country.
3. River Obstruction
Drought could also dry our river banks. In Memphis, water level goes down as low as 12 feet below the normal level. Ships and boats used to transport goods could not travel along the 11 miles of the river, making the river closed for transportation of goods and making the economy to suffer and worst, bag down. Knowing that this river supports a $40 billion worth of goods, the economy would greatly be affected by this river obstruction. Scooping sediments from the river was done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a response to the event. The marine ecosystem on the river could also be devastated due to the drying of the rivers.
4. Nuclear Plant Shutdown
These power plants rely on the cool water to cool their reactors. When water temperature rises, these power plants would have to have other options in cooling their reactors. If there are no other sources, they could opt to shut down the power plant or release some radioactive materials to support their operation. Nuclear meltdown would be the worst possible scenario, knowing that nuclear power plants operate at an optimum temperature.
5. Cows Fed Candy
Drought causes the farming industry to bag down. Nick Smith, the co-owner of United Livestock Commodities in Kentucky, has to feed his cows with expired candy products just to keep the livestock alive. It has made the cows survived but it has increased the possibility of the cows to develop E. coli. Also, human side effects of these candy-fed cows are possible due to ethanol mixture and expired candies which cows are not intended to eat. Rubbish Clearance London
For most people disposing of electronic waste is an afterthought and used devices are often thrown into drawers and forgotten. Few people realize that the unwanted gadgets could be a gold mine.
About 320 metric tons of gold and more than 7,500 tons of silver are used each year in manufacturing electronic devices.
China is the second-largest producer of e-waste, with an estimated 2.3 million tons of such waste generated annually.
“Precious metal ‘deposits’ in e-waste are 40 to 50 times richer than ore mined from the ground,” said Lai Yun, director of the pollution control project at Greenpeace China. “The quantities of gold, silver and other precious metals available for recovery are increasing in tandem with fast-increasing sales of electronic and electrical goods.”
Computers, for example, are 54 percent steel, 20 percent copper and aluminum, 17 percent plastic and 8 percent circuit board, all valuable when they are recycled.
This could be a very lucrative business, said by Lai.
The only problem is the lack of recycling channels and financial incentives such as Clear it waste London .
A study by the E-waste Civil Action Network, a Beijing NGO, found that convenience is the first thing most people take into consideration when disposing of used electronic products.
Without convenient channels for the public to recycle e-waste, most people choose either to put the devices aside somewhere or dispose of them together with other household trash, the study found.
It’s impossible for us to allocate personnel to all households to for rubbish clearance service of e-waste – the cost would simply be too high for us,” said Yuan Jie, manager of the Green Spring Environmental Co, one of the four qualified operations in Beijing that process e-waste.
In China, most e-waste is recycled informally, by scavengers who sort trash by hand. Most electronics contain toxic substances and pose serious threats to health, soil and groundwater when collected and sorted and incinerated outdoors, said by Yuan.
“The electronic gadgets ending up in the hands of the waste collectors do not turn into precious metals, but serious pollution, yet people keep going to them,” added by Yuan.
Mao Da, an expert in solid-waste management at Beijing Normal University, said that all cell phone components contain hazardous substances, including lead, chromium and mercury. When buried in a landfill or incinerated with other household trash, they seriously pollute soil and groundwater with the dioxin and mercury contained in the batteries.
The gadgets like iPhone, iPads, laptops etc. that we used today were made of minerals that we get from the lands riches. To create an electronic device it would consumes lots of gold and silver and only a portion of this mineral goes to the gadgets and the rest is thrown in the garbage as rubbish and sometimes together with the gadget and by throwing them in bins we forget one thing and that is e-recycling.
Every year billions of silver and gold were used to manufacture high tech personal computers, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets. Only a 15% of this is recycled once they were thrown and not needed anymore. Dumping grounds for the electronic are 40 times richer in precious metals than is mined out of the ground because of this serious problems in our minerals many developed countries are actively recycled their e-waste. Also developing countries are following their footsteps in recycling but a much lower success rate due to inefficient processes but it is ok than we don’t do anything about it. In the long run we can resolve this problem and Just we keep on improving our recycling methods.
Recycling of precious metals from discarded electronics is a serious matter because there are toxic or harmful chemicals in the manufacture and operation. It is harmful to everyone if not done with utmost care.
In contrast to the limited success in recovering precious metals, a global recycling firm, MBA Polymers, gives an example of what they have accomplished in the plastics industry. Chris Slijkhuis explained that one ton of plastic created through recycling takes one tenth as much water and energy as new plastic and produces one to three tons less of carbon dioxide (CO2), known as the malevolent greenhouse gas. Alexis Vandendaelen of Umicore Precious Metals Refining in Belgium said, “Rather than looking at e-waste as a burden, we need to see it as an opportunity,”
“We need to recover rare elements to continue manufacturing IT products, batteries for electric cars, solar panels, flat-screen televisions and other increasingly popular products,” said Dr. Kuehr of the United Nations University in Bonn, Germany.
He also pointed out that unrecovered e-waste carries potential environmental and health hazards. Other metals used in networking equipment, circuit boards and other electronics include copper, palladium, platinum, and lesser known materials ruthenium and iridium.
Many organizations are attempting to improve the commercial situation through education and cooperation between industry and government.
It is always been said that great power comes great responsibility. We should be responsible for every act that we do because it will come back to harm us, maybe not now but in the near future. We should be more aware of the harmful effect that it will bring to us once we disposed them the wrong way so make the best of its used before we disposed them.
Hull and East Riding councils are launching a campaign that will make them as the best recycling masters in United Kingdom.
East Riding will be aiming to recycle 65% of their household waste by 2020 and Hull will be aiming 60% by that same year.
With their urban structure it will be a difficult to achieve but their target 6 years ago of 45% have been achieved and a new goal is needed for their council.
East Riding councilor Symon Fraser, environment portfolio holder, said: “Previously, when we set the target of 45 per cent, we couldn’t really imagine how we would achieve that.
“Our residents have been fantastic and now we need another ambitious target to drive that forward.
“The most important thing is that our residents want to do it. They’re up for it.”
Doug Sharp, Hull City Council’s assistant head of service for waste and open spaces, said: “The council currently has one of the best recycling rates of any city in the country, recycling almost half the waste collected in the city.
“The new strategy has set challenging targets for both increasing recycling and diversion of waste from landfill.
“The strategy has also introduced new targets for C02 reduction, which demonstrates the council’s aspiration to enhance Hull’s reputation as a green city.”
Mr Fraser said: “We’re hoping the various providers who are out there will get back to us with proposals, whether they are long-term or short-term proposals.
“The most important thing is there are commercial opportunities locally, nationally and even internationally for material we hitherto considered to be just waste. Companies take it away and there is a pay-off for the taxpayer.”
The East Yorkshire will be using contractors.
Mr. Fraser said: “It is the contractors that carry the risk.
“Everything has a value and, right now, some of those values are high.
“But it can be a volatile market. That’s why we contract out because councils don’t want to carry the risk in a vulnerable market.”