May 24th, 2012
There are numerous ways to help limit the amount of city or town water that your garden uses, and doing so can turn your garden from an ecological burden on the area into a beautiful and functional conservation project and success story. Here are some simple steps to get you started.
1. If you are planting or replanting your lawn use drought resistant grass species such as the new eco lawn or others that survive on less water and require less city water to keep green during dry stretches.
2. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants as this will discourage the growth of weeds while also locking in moisture and warmth to keep the soil underneath wet and healthy for the plants there. Pressing the mulch in around the base will help avoid runoff by forming a drain point.
3. Position your sprinklers, when you do need to water your lawn or garden, so that the water falls on your garden and lawn, not paved areas. Don’t sprinkle longer than you need to.
4. Water your lawn and garden during the early portion of the day before the sun is hot and when the wind is typically died down. This will allow you to avoid having your water blown away or evaporated before it reaches the roots of your plants.
5. Wash your car using sponges and avoid leaving your hose running while you are sudsing up your ride. Instead only run the hose while wetting your car, filling your soap bucket, or rinsing off. This will save dozens of gallons of water.
May 13th, 2012
Water conservation is about more than just saving on your utility bill (although that’s a big part of it too!). It is about preventing water pollution in nearby lakes and watersheds, slowing the rate that those watersheds are used, and conserving the global supply of freshwater a few drops at a time. If that seems like a rather grandiose statement, remember that every drop you save adds up over your lifetime, and the lifetimes of everyone else working to conserve our natural resources for future generations. Here is a selection of water conservation tips you can use at home.
1. Don’t use your toilet as a trashcan for cigarette butts, tissues, or all small bits of trash. First of all, flushing those bits is hard on the system as a whole, and second of all flushing for such small causes wastes gallons at a time. Just find a nearby trash can instead.
2. Check your toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait to see if it transfers into the bowl. If it does have your toilet fixed soon as this means your toilet system is leaking continually.
3. Have your leaky faucets fixed. Leaks result in thousands of gallons of wasted water every day, and most can be fixed in only a few minutes with the right tools.
4. Invest in low flow toilets and shower heads.
5. clean your razor with an inch of water in the sink, rather than with continuous running water. The results are the same but you use far less water at a time.
May 20th, 2012
Millions of students visit museums and read magazines on a daily basis, learning that a quarter of all animals look like they are heading towards extinction and that whole swaths of the ocean are having the animals found there wiped out. But the problem seems to be catching as we are starting face not just a loss of species, but a loss of scientists who study species, perform conservation research, and illustrate the biodiversity of the world.
According to Marten Sorenson of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, writing about creatures ranging from kinorhynchs to gnathostomulids, “The number of taxonomists working on these obscure taxa has always been rather low (which explains our limited knowledge about them), but within the last 20 years taxonomy as a discipline has come under even harder pressure which has resulted in a further decline in the number of experts.”
Never heard of kinorhynchs and gnathostomulids? That might be because right now Sorenson is the only persona alive studying them, and he can find and describe new species of them as a fast as he can find them. But one man can only do so much (they are tiny animals living between grains of sand on the sea floor).
Taxonomists have been historically undervalued in the past one hundred years, both in terms of respect and in terms of funding. More and more universities don’t even have chairs for taxonomists, and many of those who are still working are looking to early retirement in part due to the emphasis placed on new technology, over those who actually perform the studies and classify the creatures. Without renewed emphasis on taxonomists, our increased understanding of the biodiversity of the world is at great risk and many of the new technologies and species databases we have developed, may not count for anything at all.
May 17th, 2012
Most recent generations remember constantly being bombarded by magazines and TV shows urging them to recycle, compost, and sending continual dire reports regarding the state of the Amazon rainforest, African wildlife, and endangered animals in their own backyards. But does this intense push to educate children on the perils of reckless living and consumption actually translate into ecologically friendly lifestyles? Or does it wash away over time replaced instead by an almost insensitivity or inoculation to land and animal conservation, and other such concerns?
Of course the effects are individual in basis. Most colleges and universities have thriving recycling organizations staffed by volunteers, evidence of students taking the lessons they learned as children with them and even acting on them during higher education. The American public also recycles more than it ever has before and there is renewed emphasis on composting and other details.
But the effects seem to be temporary, as most college students, after they leave the dorms, recycle less than they tended to before, partial due to the inconvenience (compared to college recycling systems) and partially due to a lack of emphasis or interest.
While studies and data are needed to address and evaluate the true effects of conservation education on individuals attitudes and actions, allow me to suggest that the true effect is all on the surface, even persistently on the surface. The dominant conversation, the right answer, that students grow up with is that animal conservation, recycling, and the lot is necessary and needs to be done at all costs. Thus when it comes to college, or when they join pr firms or companies, recycling programs and eco initiates are accepted as soon as they are explained: but that conviction does not always sink into the individual or affect their day to day choices or convictions.
May 10th, 2012
Household composting is itself proving that land conservation can and should start small, and that individual residences as well as larger organizations can benefit from this incredibly environmentally friendly practice that is keeping thousands of tons of quality organic matter out of landfills every day.
But if your compost pile starts to smell bad, it may seem like hauling it off to the dump is the better choice. Fortunately there are ways to build your compost pile so that there is no more smell than on the forest floor and to correct it if the smell does become a problem in the future.
Most larger cities require that compositing take place in a manufactured composting bin rather than an open pile. However even if your area doesn’t require it you can easily construct a composting bin for yourself using scrap wood, chicken wire, old garbage cans, or snow fencing, or you can look into free composting bin options for your area. Composting bins can help limit smell if it does become a problem, but with proper construction and care it shouldn’t.
In order to avoid compost smell you need to provide the right amount of four ingredients to your pile: nitrogen, carbon, water, and air. The first two come from the compost itself, and the second two require openings and holes in your container. Too much water may trigger the development of smell, while insufficient air may also be a cause. Increase the amount of air getting to the pile or turn it over to solve the onset of smell.
March 1st, 2012
When you’re trying to find cable Austin residents have many companies to choose from for their cable television viewing. Depending on the area you live in, you’ll find several choices. Most cable companies offer new customers a lower price. Go online and search for cable deals in your area and you’ll save money. Bundle packages are a popular choice because purchasing the services individually will cost more.
Determine your needs and your budget when searching for a cable company. Don’t order services that you won’t use because your bill can quickly rise higher than your budget allows. It’s easy to order cable service and a lot of cable companies make it difficult to cancel. Stick with your budget and carefully check your cable bill for accuracy.
Digital television broadcasting has improved with technological advances. The result is improved picture quality and sound. Cable companies have offered digital programming for years and most companies offer a DVR that lets you stop and rewind a show for your convenience. You can also record your favorite programs and change your programming from any computer.
You’re limited to the cable providers located in your area, but you might be able to receive satellite channels. The satellite dish has to be placed in an area of your home where it can receive satellite signals clearly. You can search for local satellite companies on the Internet. Call and compare cost and services, and decide which company will suit your needs. There are a lot of great package deals available, and checking all of your sources will save you money.
July 15th, 2011
Many people are tired of boring old art that you hang just about anywhere, and that is why they are turning to a new alternative of a wall fountain. Even if this is something that you have not really considered before, this is one way to really make a statement that will add a really relaxing and refreshing atmosphere to your office or place of business. More and more people are finding out just how much these types of features add to a space, and you can do the same without much effort at all involved in the process.
Especially if you have a reception area or a lobby that people are able to sit and wait in, adding a wall fountain is one of the quickest ways to add an element of sophistication to a room that may need a bit of improvement. And because the water features makes a pleasant sound, it is not only beautiful to look at but also incredibly soothing as well.
To find one of these mounted water features for your place of business, start browsing online among the vast amount of options that are available to you as an interested party. All it takes is a few minutes out of your busy day and you could be on your way to a really great improvement to your space. And even if you are unsure of which model to purchase, consumer reviews online can help you in making that difficult decision because they have already had the experience that you can benefit from without spending any money beforehand.