Greener choices in fashion

Whenever we talk about our footprint, we always take into account things such as the amount of fuel we use to travel to and from work, the length of time we leave our heating on at home and how much electricity we use on a daily basis; but if we all look a little closer – not to home, but to ourselves – its clear that so much more can be done to reduce our environmental footprint on the planet; in a very literal sense.

Eco Friendly lifestyle

There’s much to be said for eco-friendly alternatives to the things we use in everyday life such as cleaning products, sanitary products and even food that we eat; but it’s the things that we wear that can have a huge impact on our carbon footprint over the years and one area that has seen significant growth in recent times. With issues such as sustainability, chemical use in clothing production and ethical product methods, more and more people are becoming aware of exactly what it takes to make disposable and poor quality high street fashion. Despite a cheaper end cost, it’s not enough to offer a discounted item of clothing or a product and call it ‘organic’ or any other label to attract an eco-conscious crowd as consumers demand to know more about where their clothing has come from and what the effects are on the environment.

Environmental fashion

Organic cotton and natural dyes are just some of the buzzwords you’ll find flying around the fashion industry but to be sure that they are being used, it doesn’t take much to do a little research into the clothing you’re going to buy. Most brands websites are very good at providing information on where and how their products and ingredients are sourced, as well as the ways in which they are produced. Furthermore, these brands are proud of their achievements and will happily explain their methods of manufacturing for all to see and to set an example to others. But of course, it’s not just clothing that’s altering the footprint of the fashion industry, its shoes themselves too. Footwear is amongst the most unethically produced items on the fashion scene thanks to their use of leather, suede and rubber and the methods in which they are reared and retrieved; but many household names are making a big impact with their vegan friendly alternatives which make the most of synthetic alternatives. While aimed at the vegan market these shoes are becoming a popular choice because more people are aware of them and want to ensure that their footprint isn’t as damaging as it perhaps once was. Brands such as Merrell and Macbeth, are making it possible to enjoy a cleaner footprint whatever kind of activity you’re planning on doing, with sports and adventure footwear, walking shoes and boots, sandals and even casual trainers all available without the guilt of bad manufacturing hanging over your head.

Opting for a greener way of living doesn’t always have to involve major cut back in areas of your life that sometimes can’t be helped. After all, heating a house in winter is essential and avoiding it isn’t always possible. But sensible and simple choices in the products that we buy can make a world of difference

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 20, 2014 at 7:16 am

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Vegetable Gardening: Saving the World One Carrot at a Time

Despite the smear campaigns by those who have a lot to lose, the public is finally beginning to realize the scientists’ diagnosis is right: global warming is real and mankind is to blame. Surprisingly enough, there may be some unlikely treatments to at least stop some of the disease from spreading. It’s old news that meat production causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the cars, planes and trains in the world combined. One small thing that consumers can directly control is how much demand there is for the livestock industry’s growth.

Eating vegetarian meals just once a day, or even one day out of the week, can do a lot in the way of stopping climate change. The best way to reduce the impact is to grow our own vegetables to fill our fridges, to stop relying on imported goods with huge carbon emissions, and to buy local when we can.

Growing veggies for dummies

Plan what to plant by thinking about how much of each to vegetable you eat and realize that some plants like tomatoes keep producing throughout most of the summer. Find a place with full sun – only some plants will want partial shade. Make sure you have the supplies for organic vegetable gardening and the seeds you want to sow and then begin planting, either indoors or outdoors after the frost danger has past.

Even those without a yard can still garden by using a few containers and vertical supports for their patios. Snap peas, pole beans and cucumbers can all be grown with vertical supports. Add a tomato in a large container to the corner of the patio with a plant cage around it.

Getting a compost pile started is easier than most people think, and it’s a good way to ensure your soil stays fertile and retains water. Growing vegetables to support a vegetarian diet is also not as hard as it sounds. Yes, one still may need to buy some grains, beans or other food every once in a while, or during the harsh winter months, but keeping a garden when you can will lesson our reliance on the livestock industry

Local foods for dummies

Knowing what is in season is the first step to buying local produce. Planning a monthly menu around which fruits and vegetables are in season in a given month will help put you in the right frame of mind to shop locally. Take your grocery lists to the local farmer’s market – don’t just go to your nearest supercenter and delude yourself that the produce is local because it is in season. You can also find out where and when a local farmer’s market will be by searching a zip code here.

It might sound silly at first to think that you can save the world by growing your own veggies or by shopping locally, but it can make a big impact. Get a garden going, eat more veggies than meat, and buy local. You too can make a difference!

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

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The importance of Energy Star appliances in 2014

Recently, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest general scientific society, released a report on climate change, warning “that the effects of human emissions of heat-trapping gases are already being felt, that the ultimate consequences could be dire, and that the window to do something about it is closing,” The New York Times reports.  Throughout the last few years, people around the world people have felt the increasingly prevalent changes to the Earth’s climate, and these changes are only going to become more drastic as time goes on.

“The evidence is overwhelming: Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are rising,” the report states.  “Temperatures are going up. Springs are arriving earlier. Ice sheets are melting. Sea level is rising. The patterns of rainfall and drought are changing. Heat waves are getting worse, as is extreme precipitation. The oceans are acidifying.”

One of the chief causes of climate change and greenhouse gasses is unfettered carbon dioxide emissions, much of which occurs at power plants across North America and Asia. North America, for this purpose being the United States and Canada, emitted 1.70 billion tons of CO2 in 2008. The highest months of fossil fuel consumption to create energy are from January and March, to heat homes from the cold winter. 2012 was a very mild winter in North America, and had the lowest CO2 emission rate since 1992. However, after the brutally cold winter the U.S. East Coast faced this year, expect those numbers to go sky high and remain that way for years to come.

The damage toll North America’s energy demands are doing to the environment is very real. Despite green initiatives being passed by the Obama presidency, activities like coal burning power plants and hydraulic fracture mining still run amuck. In order to combat the increasing demand for energy, using environmentally conscious appliances needs to become a mainstream event.   These appliances decrease the demand for energy by using it more efficiently, produce fewer harmful by-products and over time cost consumers less money in energy bills.

In the U.S., these appliances go under the Energy Star title, which means that they’re significantly more energy efficient than the government’s minimally required energy consumption standards. They typically include clothes washers and dryers, refrigerators and air conditioning or heating units and some water heaters.

The difference in energy consumption for these appliances is actually quite astounding.

The refrigerator is the single biggest consistent power consumer in most households. A typical refrigerator manufactured around 1990 uses more than 900 kilowatt hours per year—that’s roughly the same amount of energy used by leaving a 1,250 watt hair dryer constantly running for a month. Plus, the older refrigerator is, the more power it burns. Comparatively, an Energy Star fridge uses up to 40 percent less, and has superior building materials. If the refrigerator is an ancient relic built in the 1970’s, an Energy Star one will use 75 percent less electricity. That’s less pull on power plants, which means they won’t need to burn as many fossil fuels and they’ll release less CO2 into the air. Plus, that’s a cheaper electric bill too.

Air conditioning and heating consume the next highest amount of energy, with peak months during winter and summer where they surpass refrigerators.  An energy efficient home climate control unit will use 20 to 50 percent less energy for room air conditioners and up to about 20 percent for home-wide systems.

Lastly, water heaters are the third largest energy consumption appliance, accounting for about 14 percent of the average home’s energy usage. Water heaters can last for quite a while despite being wildly energy inefficient. Replacing a 10-year-old water heater with a conventional or tankless water heater can give up to 20-50 percent increased energy efficiency throughout the year.

Although Energy Star appliances only save about $80 a year in energy bills, if the majority of households adapted to them, they have the potential to help curb the rampant growth of climate change. It won’t solve the problem by any means, but this change will definitely be a step in the right direction.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm

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Deforestation affects essential microbial communities more in sandy soils

A new collaborative study from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the University of Boulder, Colorado and the University of Kentucky highlights how removing trees from a landscape has more worrying consequences for climate change in some soils than others. The report could give vital insights into the ecosystems that need extra careful management, in other words which are most vulnerable to lost biodiversity and which are less affected by the widespread removal of trees.

It’s a soil thing…

Soil was analysed from eleven different regions of the USA, ranging from Hawaii’s to the north of Alaska, revealing the extent to which deforestation disturbs the rich communities of underground microbes whose job it is to regulate the release of carbon. It turns out that the damage done depends almost exclusively on the texture of the soil in question, and sandy soils suffer the most.

It turns out the microbes in sandy soils are worst affected by deforestation, which alters them dramatically, while muddy and clay-rich soils are barely affected at all, even after extensive deforestation.

Astonishing results

The results of the research, which were published in the journal Global Change Biology, astonished lead author Thomas Crowther, who was very surprised to see how strongly changes in biodiversity affects the underlying soil. The texture of the soil was the single most important factor, over-riding the effects of temperature, moisture levels, nutrient concentrations and soil pH.

The effects of deforestation are consistent

The research also explored how deforestation might affect microbial biodiversity over time. But rather than finding a correlation over the course of the past 200 years, there was nothing. This means that the effects of deforestation are consistent, no matter how long ago it happened.

Mapping areas under the most threat

The team have mapped areas where soil ecosystems are most likely to be vulnerable using existing information about soil distribution. This mapping could ultimately inform best land management practice, biodiversity conservation and soil-based carbon sequestration.

Can we avoid exaggerated global warming?

Deforestation was already known to be responsible for dramatic losses of carbon from soil, regulated by remarkably diverse underground microbial life. The more the soil’s microbial community is damaged and disturbed, the more CO2 escapes into the atmosphere. The result, if we’re not careful, could be exaggerated global warming. Thankfully the research goes a long way to providing the tools needed to prioritise rainforest conservation.


Image courtesy of Flickr. For more information on tackling rainforest deforestation, please visit the Rainforest Foundation.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

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Business Sustainability Explained

Sustainability is a trending topic, especially within the business setting. Everybody is talking about it, and everybody alleges that they’re doing it. But some of us are still in the dark, not exactly sure what it all means, why it’s so important, or what it entails. If you’re among this group, worry not: this article means to explain it in simple terms.

So, what does sustainability mean? It is actually an exceptionally simple principle. This planet is made up of resources, but those resources are limited. If we consume these resources at our current (rather alarming) rate, we will be in the precarious position of having none left. These resources are necessary for our survival. It doesn’t take a scientist to recognize the direction in which we are heading, or that this is a problem in dire need of a solution. That solution is sustainability. The EPA puts it like this, “Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” It’s that simple. In order to survive, we need to avoid unnecessary depletion of natural resources.

The beauty of this principle is that it can be applied in every part of our lives, from the way we shop for groceries to the kind of energy we use to power our cities. Fashion lines are choosing to use sustainable fabrics like organic leather, people are steering clear of things like plastic bottles and bags, and things like completely re-usable, recyclable sustainable houses have been built with 3D printers.

Businesses everywhere are paying attention and getting on-board. There are undoubtedly many noble intentions where business sustainability is concerned, but it’s important to remember that sustainable business initiatives don’t only affect people and planet, but also profit. It’s not difficult to understand why that is, either. Resources are not free. If a business can cut down on the resources they use, they spend less money. If a business produces less waste, they don’t have to pay for its disposal.

There’s another side of it, too. Because sustainability is such a hot topic, it’s not just business executives that are taking notice. Customers are becoming more mindful of the subject all the time, and want to do business with companies who express interest in more than their bottom-line. Adopting sustainable business practices gives a company a new advantage; when they are seen as “green”, they enjoy an improved public image and widened public reach.

If a business chooses to go the sustainable route, there are many effective, results-driven options available. Start simple: reduce, reuse, recycle. Conduct a thorough examination of the way your business presently runs. Are you guilty of excessive packaging materials? Does your office burn through resources when there are digital alternatives? Could you do the same job with less resources? Every business is different, so it’s imperative to figure out what would work best for you.

Though the importance of sustainability cannot possibly be overstated, it’s also important to keep in mind that every small act makes a difference. Now that you have a better understanding of this vital principle, you can choose whether or not you want to involve yourself and your business.


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Jessica Hope writes for Hazardous Waste Experts, a subsidiary of Pegasus Sustainability Solutions. She routinely features material focused on recycling, waste minimization techniques and sustainability – and wholeheartedly believes in their efficacy.

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Posted by Guest Author - April 7, 2014 at 7:28 am

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BMW to Start Producing Their Own Carbon Fiber Wheels

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German luxury car maker BMW has showed that it has serious electric vehicle plans with the BMW i3, which went on sale in late 2013, and the i8, which will be available for purchase in June 2014. Both cars are quite innovative and unconventional in many respects, and will undoubtedly shake up the electric vehicles market. They feature dynamic exterior design, and excellent fuel efficiency thanks to the EfficientDynamics technologies. One of the most impressive things about these cars is the fact that their passenger compartments are made of carbon fiber, making them the first mass-produced vehicles to have a carbon-fiber body.

Introducing the Carbon-fiber technology

During the development process of the i3 and the i8, BMW was testing other carbon-fiber technologies, and considered putting carbon-fiber wheels in the production models, but the EU didn’t allow it, as it didn’t think they met safety standards. Now, after BMW made some modifications to the wheels, it announced that they are pretty close to production, and should be offered as standard equipment in the i3 and the i8 by the end of this year. The reason why the automaker has been putting so much effort into developing carbon-fiber parts is that it’s a very effective way to reduce a car’s curb weight, which is particularly important for electric cars, since their large battery packs add a substantial amount of weight.

The carbon-fiber wheels will replace the existing alloy ones, which are 35% heavier. Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) is one of the most lightweight materials – it’s 50% lighter than steel, and 30% lighter than aluminum. In addition to being light, it’s also incredibly strong and durable, and can withstand heavy impacts, as it’s able to absorb much more energy than steel or other materials that are traditionally used for making wheels.

Safety may be the only concern

Franz Storkenmaier, BMW’s lightweight construction manager, who developed the carbon-fiber wheels, said in a statement: “We save 25 percent in weight compared to a forged alloy wheel with the hybrid wheel and another 10 percent if it’s completely carbon.” In addition too the carbon-fiber wheels, he also made hybrid carbon-aluminum ones, which feature alloy spokes and a carbon fiber rim. The main concern about these wheels is whether they are safe enough, with a lot of people wondering how the material reacts to strong impacts, since it contains plastic, which is pretty fragile. But, Storkenmaier is adamant that stress risk for these wheels is negligible, and they are highly unlikely to get shattered in the event of a crash, which is what many people fear.

BMW has large reserves of carbon fiber that was left unused in the production process of the i3 and the i8, and considering that it’s a very expensive material, they wanted to make to most of it, so they decided to make other components from it. They made a carbon fiber steering wheel, that features a carbon frame and a carbon skeleton, as well as a one-piece carbon-fiber propeller shaft, which is supposed to be offered in the new BMW X5. In the future, the German car maker plans to extend the use of carbon-fiber to other brands it owns, such as Mini and Rolls Royce.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm

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Satellite, Cable or Internet TV: Best Eco Friendly Efficient TV Option

Let’s face it. Being Americans, we are practically hardwired (no pun intended) to want to sit down, relax, and watch some TV pretty much every evening when we get home from work. How do we make TV watching more eco friendly and green? Which TV option is the most efficient and best for the environment: satellite TV, cable TV, or internet TV?

Satellite TV, Cable TV, or Internet TV: Which is Best for the Environment?

If you’re trying to come up with ways to be more eco friendly, it is probably obvious to you that the most eco friendly option would be to just to turn your TV off completely. Cutting down your TV watching overall would probably be a great thing in more ways than one, but most people are not going to realistically stop watching television to help the environment.

If you are going to watch TV but still want to be green, you might be interested to know that a certain type of TV service is actually a lot more green and eco friendly than the other two options. Can you guess what type of TV is the best for the environment?

Most Eco Friendly Efficient TV Option: Internet TV

What TV service is the greenest? As it turns out, watching your TV shows over the internet on your computer is generally better for the environment than either cable or satellite TV. Why? Let me give you a few reasons.

You’re Watching TV On a Smaller Screen

If you watch TV on your computer monitor, odds are you’re watching on a much smaller screen. In 2013, the was about 21 inches while the average LCD TV size was about 36 inches. Common sense tells you that the smaller the TV screen, the less electricity you’re going to need to use to power it.

You’re Not Going to Be Using a Cable Box

Making your TV watching experience more eco friendly is all about using the least amount of electricity possible. If you watch TV on a smaller screen, you won’t use as much electricity as you would to power a bigger screen. In addition, if you watch TV on the internet, you probably also won’t have as many extra set-top boxes plugged in and going to facilitate your HD TV viewing experience. Set top boxes come standard with most cable or satellite TV services like DirecTV or Dish Network, but if you switch to watching TV on your computer that’s just one less outlet being used to unnecessarily waste electricity.

You’re Going to Help the Environment & Watch Less TV

If you watch TV online, you’re likely to spend less time watching TV overall. It’s hard to find verifiable data to confirm this, but it’s just not as easy to spend hours in front of a small computer monitor, clicking your mouse and finding new shows as it is to veg out in front of a big screen TV. Beyond that, most computer monitors are programmed to go into power saving sleep mode if the screen is inactive for a certain period of time, so you won’t waste as much energy if you happen to walk away from the computer for a few minutes to do something else.

TV watching may be part of our fiber as Americans, but there are things you can do to save energy even if you stick with your traditional cable or home satellite TV service. If you’re prone to fall asleep with the TV on, set the TV timer (comes standard with most newer TV models) to automatically turn off at a certain time every night so you’re not using energy for hours after you’ve already fallen asleep. There are lots of things you can do, but at the end of the day the most eco friendly option is just to turn your TV off when you’re not using it!

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 1, 2014 at 9:44 am

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Can Haute Couture Sustain the Future?

This year’s Academy Awards once again brought out fashion’s cream of the crop. The likes of Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett not only scooped gilded statues but also the hearts of style mavens.

In this sea of dresses and tuxedos, the best-dressed were arguably Kellan Lutz and Olga Kurylenko. The Twilight star and Bond girl attended the March 2 ceremony as human mannequins for the Red Carpet Green Dress contest organised by James Cameron’s wife, Suzy Amis Cameron.

Now in its fifth year, Red Carpet Green Dress challenges designers to create the most sustainable, ethical, zero-cruelty haute couture for celebrities. If there were any doubts about such clothing’s aesthetic value, they were put to rest on Oscar night.

Lutz made history by wearing a design by winner Jomnarn Dul. Apparently, it is the first sustainable tuxedo at the Oscars. The jacket was made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified silk. The pants were made out of hemp dyed with logwood, while the waistcoat combined hemp with century-old Spitalfields silk dyed with marigold flowers.

Kurylenko cut a ravishing figure in her frock, the winning piece by Alice Elia. Made of GOTS-certified organic peace silk as well as GOTS-certified organic silk, the gown got its crimson colour from madder root and the fast-growing legume known as sappanwood. For good measure, Kurylenko wore a pair of Beyond Skin shoes completely crafted out of recycled bottle tops.

Scarcely lonely

Previous wearers of Red Carpet Green Dress designs include actress Naomie Harris and supermodel Aine Campbell-He.

Mrs. Cameron is hardly lonely in her endeavours, even in wasteful Hollywood. Since 2012, Livia Firth, wife of Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth, has been holding a similar campaign. Called The Green Cut, it dares eight designers to craft low-impact, high-end outfits inspired by eight movies. Stella McCartney and Tom Ford, among other big names, have risen to the challenge.

Even brands accused of fast-fashion practices are moving high-fashion options toward sustainability. Last year, Helen Hunt walked the Oscars red carpet in a stunning blue gown from H&M’s aptly named Conscious Collection. Amanda Seyfried and Kristin Davis have also shown off pieces from the line.

Is Haute couture sustainable fashion?

Haute couture, by default, has more in keeping with sustainable dressing than fast fashion. It is never mass-produced, never cheap. One haute couture gown takes up to 400 hours to create and costs as much as a car. Tailors are paid commensurately.

To be categorised as sustainable, haute couture needs to be more discriminating than it already is in sourcing textiles. Haute couture houses invest in the finest, most expensive silks, linens, leather, cottons, wools, cashmeres, etc. Needless to say, ‘expensive’ and ‘fine’ do not ensure these textiles pass along an irreproachable value chain.

Animals, many endangered, are hunted for many red carpet-grade fabrics. Many designers still turn a blind eye to the suffering of creatures, parting with their skins and furs in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Other fabrics are derived from crops that deplete natural resources and call for vast amounts of chemicals to protect them from disease and pests. These crops are converted into textiles with the intervention of more chemicals, polluting the soil and waterways and contributing to a carbon-laced atmosphere.

Such chemicals seep into the skin of the workers, who often must work long hours in condemned buildings. As insult to injury—and there are a lot of injuries—the workers are underpaid, reducing them to buying food on credit.

Resistance is not futile though. The world is seeing the rise of ‘rebel groups’ devoted to popularising ethical, eco-conscious fashion practices. Atelier Tammam is making waves in London for creating organic bridal gowns, for example. In Australia, High Tea with Mrs. Woo is committed to sustainability by reserving labour to locals, despite the relatively high cost.

All is not lost. The fashion industry has always existed with an awareness of celebrities’ power to set trends loose on the proletariat. Hollywood has taken the initiative by promising not to dye the carpet any redder with blood.

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Posted by Guest Author - March 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm

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University of California Reveals Record-Breaking Rainforest Diversity

The University of California, Berkeley, has recently revealed the results of a shared study revealing Peru’s Manu National Park as a biodiversity record breaker. The forest was already famous for its remarkably rich biodiversity. Now it has been proved to be even more precious than ever.

A remarkable 287 species of amphibians and reptiles

Amphibians and reptiles in the forest, which covers the remote eastern slopes of the breathtaking Andes, enjoys greater biodiversity than any other protected rainforest on the planet. A grand total of 287 species, some completely new, were identified and the findings have knocked the previous record holder, Ecuador, off its perch.

The Manu National Park was created just over four decades ago and has since been officially recognised as irreplaceable and unique. It became a UNESCO Biosphere Preserve in 1977 and a World Heritage Site in ‘87. Now it’s the planet’s most exciting hotspot for reptiles and amphibians.

Varied landscapes, varied wildlife

The area includes lush lowland rainforest, high cloud forest and grassland, and has always been famous for its bird life, already a potent eco- tourist attraction.  The park is home to over 1000 bird species, 10% or so of the planet’s bird species and more than 1200 types of butterfly. And the 287 reptiles and amphibians recorded take the area’s importance to a whole new level.

Manu National Park under threat

The forest and its surroundings are now the most diverse protected area of all for reptiles and amphibians anywhere. But sadly, the deadly chytrid fungus has already blasted the frog population and continued deforestation is threatening the park’s buffer zone as miners, farmers, oil and gas prospecting take their toll.

The number of excellent studies looking at rainforest diversity, composition, wildlife, biodiversity and the impact of human activities keeps stacking up. But our forests are still being denuded, destroyed, flattened, dug up and concreted over at an alarming rate. With your help we are doing everything humanly possible to halt the destruction and protect our heritage.


Post from Kate Goldstone on behalf of the Rainforest Foundation.

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Posted by Kate Naylor - March 19, 2014 at 7:36 am

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How Many Hours Do You Waste In Traffic?

Traffic is the bane of many people’s commutes to and from work, but how much time do we actually spend each year in stuck in traffic?

The answer; 30 hours each year.

In fact, it could be more than this dependant on where you live in the UK. London for example, spend around 82 hours stuck in traffic each year, even with the congestion charge. This shows a rise of 10 hours since 2012.

A recent report, created by the traffic information firm Inrix, shows that London, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and South Nottinghamshire are among the top places affected by traffic.  These statistics are all above the UK national average too, which is staggering.

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If you live in South Yorkshire or North Somerset though, you still have to sit in traffic but not as much as the national average – every silver lining!

Traffic jams are a real problem across the UK, more specifically London, and this looks to continue rising too with the population of the UK likely to grow over the next decade. Recycling Monkey, a car recycling specialist covering the whole of the UK, have said that they are witnessing a growth in the amount of people getting rid of their cars because of this traffic headache.

They said: “With the population of the UK growing, that means more cars and more traffic. Drivers are looking to share lifts, get public transport and cycle because they are fed up with the daily commute.”

The traffic isn’t the only problem affecting many drivers in the UK, the cost of driving is on the increase too. With fuel prices at a premium, insurance costs rising and general maintenance a cause for concern, many drivers are spending too much on their vehicles.

This month sees the turn on the new registration plate and is usually a time for drivers to invest in a new car. Similarly to last year, we could see a huge growth in the sale of new cars, and this could see many people getting rid of their older models for a more economical car to combat the high price of driving costs.

So, if like many of the UK, you are struggling to keep up with the rising running costs of your car and are fed up with the headaches caused by traffic, it could be time you get rid!

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 10, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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