TAG: Greenhouse gas emissions

Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

A nonprofit called Rainforest Connection has proposed a unique use for recycled smartphones. Just funded on Kickstarter, their campaign seeks to use old phones and turn them into live listening devices for rainforest areas. They take the secondhand phones and turn them into devices that can be used to detect the unlawful poaching activity and logging that occurs in the rainforest. Illegal deforestation and poaching is an issue that contributes to many other problems. Unlawful logging is responsible for reducing rainforest habitats and further endangering some species. The damages extend beyond the rainforest also. As much as 10% of greenhouse… read more

Coffee Grounds Making Fires Eco Friendly

Friendly Fires

What could be more romantic than a cozy fire? A crackling fireplace has long been embedded in our ideal of a home. The only downside to this woodsy comfort is the numerous pollutants released when the lumber is burned. One of these pollutants is carbon monoxide. Among many things, carbon monoxide can contribute to the development of cancer. It has no odor or color, which makes it hard for people to detect until they have been harmfully affected by it. But for those who still wish to benefit from fire’s warmth and whimsy, there are other ways to go about it…. read more

Climate Change is on the Agenda

Climate Change Discussions

Climate change issues are definitely on the agenda, both the personal and political. The U.S. Government Accountability Office who studies payments made by congress has even recently included in a report that climate change is a concrete risk. The report asserted that increasing extreme weather events carry high threats to our entire ecological infrastructure, affecting the environment as well as posing a financial hazard to the federal government. The United States Global Change Research Program detects that severe weather is on the increase and will have lasting effects, such as those from rising sea levels caused by climate change. Additionally,… read more