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Recycling Because Of Our Changing Climate

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Oceans are becoming warmer, sea levels are rising, the hole of the ozone layer is getting increased day by day, the glaciers are getting melted – so, our climate is changing, and no doubt, this is not a progressive change – a change that we are not looking forward to!

Right from the polar bears of the Arctic to the marine turtle and the elephants of the coast of Africa, the diversity of life of our planet, which we used to boast off, is now exposed to utter risks.

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Places, species, human lives and of course, the environment itself, are extremely vulnerable to the changing climate and in spite of the huge number of campaigns and awareness programs about global warming, benefits of recycling, arranged at all the corners of the globe, we are just not enough bothered!

So first let’s look at some of the prime reasons for such climate change –

One of the main greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, traps the heat of the atmosphere and impacts our environment. Well, green house gases exist in the environment from the very beginning; but we are adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere – how? The smoke that emits from our car, the huge number of trees that are cleared out for making homes and shopping malls, the huge amount of fossil fuels that are burnt every day – all contribute to add to the greenhouse gases.

Since these greenhouse gases operate like a blanket, the thicker the blanket is our planet becomes warmer. As the oceans also absorb some amount of this additional carbon dioxide, they become more acidic, turning the sea into a less hospitable place for the animal living there.

According to the leading scientific research centers of the world, like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), National Academy of Science and World Meteorological Association (WMO)

climate change is a sheer threat caused mainly by human activities and needs to be addressed seriously. It has been found that burning fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, oil, which is done in order to generate energy, is hugely responsible for affecting the environment.

According to the reports by World Wild Life, power generation, across the globe, is responsible for almost 23 billion tons of carbon dioxide emission every year.

Well, after learning about the causes of climate change let’s look at some of its major impacts –

During the 20th century, it has been observed that the sea level rose about 6 inches mainly due to the melting glaciers and the expansion of warm seawater. Now it has been predicted that during the 21st century, the sea levels may increase almost by 23 inches causing absolute risks to the coral reefs, wetlands and the coastal communities. In fact, the warmer water of the oceans has already caused death to about a quarter of the world’s coral reefs in the past decades.

Again, it has been monitored that the summer thickness of the Arctic Sea is almost half of what it used to be 60 years ago! Sometimes the heavier rainfall causes flood and destroys thousands of lives and property; and sometimes it’s the lack of rainfall that causes droughts and crop withering. Incidents like earthquakes, hurricanes, heat waves, Tsunamis have become more frequent. So, it’s the high time to take some initiatives if we really want to make the world a better place to live.

In this article Adam Wilson discussed about environmental benefits of recycling because of our changing climate. Article by Manville Metal Recycling.

Around the United States, homes are using up 23 percent of the total energy use, and are also responsible for 18 percent of our carbon emissions. Those living in cities like Chicago, where they are confronted with great extremes in temperature, often find heating and cooling bills to be as unbearable as the weather itself.

The urban design team from Farr Associates was given the challenge of solving these problems, and in response they constructed 2,600 square foot home that is at the point of being able to generate and provide all of its own energy needs.

As the housing designers and the owners continue improving the design, they expect to reach their goal of net-zero energy use by end of the next year. Take a look at how they’ve managed it:

Water Recycling – The uniquely designed roof has an “upside down” configuration that conceals a large array of solar panels and also traps rainwater to be used for irrigation of the native plants in the garden. The house also has a clever system of treating grey water from the washing machine with UV light and chlorine; the water is then used for flushing the dual tank toilets in the home.

Solar Panels – Speaking of that solar array, there are a total of 48 panels which provide 10KW of electrical generation capability. The roof is treated with a reflective surface, making even more sunlight available to the panels, which increases the energy production by about 10 percent. The home’s hot water is provided by thermal collection panels which also help support the home’s heating and cooling.

Geothermal Wells – There are three geothermal wells located one hundred yards below the garden. They’re used to store warm water (which has been heated in part by those thermal panels on the roof) and circulate it through the house for climate control. In warm weather, the system works as a heat-exchange system, and can cool as well as an air-conditioning system.

Radiant Heat – In cooler weather, the warm water from the underground wells is circulated through the concrete floors via a system of tubing. It will heat the floors to as much as 60 degrees; then air pumped up from the wells will increase the room temperatures to a comfortable 70 degrees.

Thick Walls – It’s no secret that thick walls make for good insulation, and the walls here consist of two eight-inch concrete layers that sandwich a layer of insulation. The combination protects the house well from the extreme temperatures outside. During the day, the concrete will absorb the sun’s heat, keeping rooms from overheating. At night, the concrete slowly releases that heat to help maintain comfortable temperatures.

Ultra-Efficient Windows – While glass lets in warmth with the sunlight, it also lets heat escape in cold weather. This home’s windows have three coats of glaze on each of the three layers which give them more than double the insulating powers of a regular double paned window. Additional custom window shades help retain even more heat.

Rob is a sustainable technology enthusiast working for weekend break specialist Hotelshop UK. As well as investigating eco-friendly technology for the home he loves seeking out the best ‘green’ and sustainable holidays all over the work.

Recycling is an important part of modern life. You can teach your students about the three Rs of recycling utilizing Young Scientists Club Curriculum. These kits will walk you through the science behind recycling and ecological preservation.