The Environmental Effect of Bottled Water
Created 11/14/2008 7:48:25 AM 
Bottled water is healthy than tap water? Thatís what marketers would have us believe. Just look at the labels or the bottled water ads: deep, pristine pools of spring water; majestic alpine peaks; healthy, active people gulping down icy bottled water between biking in the park and a trip to the yoga studio. Whether bottled water is better than tap water, and justifies its expense, remains under debate.
Bottled vs. Tap Water
Created 10/22/2008 7:39:56 AM 
Once, most Americans got their water only from the tap. Now, they're often buying their water in a bottle. At work, after a workout, or just about any time, they're drinking bottled water in record numbers--a whopping 5 billion gallons in 2001 alone, according to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), an industry trade group. That's about the same amount of water that falls from the American Falls at Niagara Falls in two hours!
Renter's Guide to Green Properties
Created 9/15/2008 9:24:47 AM 
GreenRenter offers a guide to the green commercial and residential property in the Portland, Ore., area. Separate sections for residential and commercial offerings list a variety of homes, offices, restaurants and retail space with integrated Google Maps to show prospective tenants where they are all located. Buildings included need not be LEED certified, but they must include at least one feature in any of seven key green areas: energy, water, building materials, operations, building surroundings, certifications and awards or other innovative green features.
The Wave of the Future
Created 8/22/2008 8:36:02 AM 
Wave power refers to the energy of ocean surface waves and the capture of that energy to do useful work ó including electricity generation, desalination, and the pumping of water into reservoirs. Wave energy will be part of the renewable energy mix. Itís not going to take over from wind, but it does have certain advantages. Waves are continuous; wind stops. Waves are predictable; wind isnít. Water is much denser than air, so the amount of energy you can generate is potentially much greater.
Fish Pedicure: The New Sensation of the Spa World
Created 7/28/2008 7:46:28 AM 
What would you do to beautify your feet? The scenario is common across America. You walk into the nail shop or spa, request a pedicure and take your seat. Shortly thereafter, you are escorted to the massage chair and your feet are placed a warm tub of scented water while your lower back receives much deserved attention.
Squeeze Water out of Rocks. Myth or Magic?
Created 6/25/2008 7:27:00 AM 
Water resources in the world are scarce and unevenly distributed. In deserts, the only source of water is groundwater, often saline and of poor quality. This limits agricultural activities. In those places where farming does occur, groundwater levels have dropped dangerously due to overexploitation. However, a group of European scientists has come up with a method to green deserts. Gypsum, a rocky mineral abundant in desert regions where fresh water is usually in very short supply, could become a new resource out of which trillions of liters of clean drinking water can be extracted.
Does Size Really Matter?
Created 5/19/2008 7:30:27 AM 
We've used wind as an energy source for a long time. The Babylonians and Chinese were using it to pump water for irrigating crops 4,000 years ago, and sailing boats were around long before that. Wind power was used in the Middle Ages to grind corn, which is where the term "windmill" comes from. Although wind currently produces just over 1% of world-wide electricity use, it accounts for approximately 5-20% of electricity production in some European countries.
The Pee-Cycling Business
Created 5/9/2008 7:58:30 AM 
Urine is the main source of some of the chemical nutrients that have to be removed in sewage treatment plants if they are not to wreck ecosystems downstream. Despite making up only 1 per cent of the volume of waste water, urine contributes about 80 per cent of the nitrogen and 45 per cent of all the phosphate. Peeing into the pan immediately dilutes these chemicals with vast quantities of water, making the removal process unnecessarily inefficient.
What Everybody Ought to Know About Pool Cleaning
Created 4/25/2008 7:32:02 AM 
There is no magic way to clean a pool easily. It usually takes a lot of time, effort and money to clear up a typical "swampy" pool. It is certainly best if you never let your water get this dirty, however most pool owners experience problems from time to time. If you, like most pool owners, hate to clean them, this is the best sustainable, inexpensive and cost effective solution today.
Recycle CO2 into DVDs and Get Rich
Created 4/21/2008 7:27:15 AM 
Many of the things that we do increase the emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Whenever we burn a fossil fuel to drive our car, heat our homes, make hot water, or provide the electricity, we inject it into the atmosphere. Other industrial activities, such as manufacturing cement, emit significant amounts as well. What if we could take the CO2 from a power plant, and sequester it into commonly used, and quite resilient, products? Carbon based plastics are already sold each year, so they are not a new product. However, using emissions to create those plastics is a new and exciting idea.


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