Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Wild Nature?

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In her new book "Rambunctious Garden" author and former Nature magazine correspondent Emma Marris argues that pristine wildness is a myth and that we live on a thoroughly domesticated planet whose management is up to us.

What do you think? Does wilderness still exist? Share your thoughts below.

Our Cool Green Science blog caught up with Marris to learn more about her provocative perspective. Read the full interview here.

 


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Ghazanfar Ali Khokhar
SAVE ENERGY, SAVE PLANET BY: GHAZANFAR ALI (ECT) ghazanfarkhokhar@ymail.com ----------------------------------- PLANT A NOTION "Going green" doesn't have to be a daunting task that means sweeping life changes. Simple things can make a difference. The contents of this list might not be new, but they bear repeating. Sometimes it takes a few reminders for things take root. TURN OFF COMPUTERS AT NIGHT By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode; you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don't want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you're pouring your morning cup 'o Joe. DON'T RINSE Skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load. Plus, you're saving time and the energy used to heat the additional water. BAN BATH TIME! Have a no-bath week, and take showers instead. Baths require almost twice as much water. Not only will you reduce water consumption, but the energy costs associated with heating the water. BUY LOCAL Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers' markets, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in. PLASTIC BAGS SUCK Each year Pakistan uses 4.4 billion plastic bags, a significant portion of the 500 billion used worldwide. They are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available option. TURN OFF LIGHTS Always turn off incandescent bulbs when you leave a room. Fluorescent bulbs are more affected by the number of times it is switched on and off, so turn them off when you leave a room for 15 minutes or more. You'll save energy on the bulb itself, but also on cooling costs, as lights contribute heat to a room. PAY BILLS ONLINE By some estimates, if all households in the Pakistan paid their bills online and received electronic statements instead of paper, we'd save 3.5 million trees every year, 0.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 0.9 billion pounds of solid waste. USE BOTH SIDES OF PAPER For a quick and easy way to halve this, set your printer's default option to print double-sided (duplex printing). And when you're finished with your documents, don't forget to take them to the recycling bin. GO VEGETARIAN ONCE A WEEK One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed. PLANT A TREE It's good for the air, the land, can shade your house and save on cooling (plant on the west side of your home), and they can also improve the value of your property. Make it meaningful for the whole family and plant a tree every year for each member. SHARE! Take what you've learned, and pass the knowledge on to others. If every person you know could take one small step toward being greener, the collective effort could be phenomenal.

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