Archive for May, 2009

Recycling- The Simplest Miracle

ist2_4501975_globe_with_recycling_sign_on_environmental_backgroundSure, you’re told to recycling – you’re actually told several things to do in order to make Earth “greener”, but how in depth are you aware of your impact? Chances are, if you’re recycling, the impact is significant. Information provided by several resources show evidence that recycling overlooked everyday objects can do wonders for Earth! What’s best is that recycling is probably the most practical way to try and make the planet a bit better and “greener.” All it usually takes is a few steps to a recycling bin rather a garbage can, and on occasion, to specialty recycling centers for less common objects. If we would all simply make an effort and try to recycle, it would save tons of money, delay the speed at which we’re consuming natural resources, promote a healthier environment, which will therefore make everyone healthier and significantly reduce the chance of catastrophes such as hurricanes and wild fires. Various conservation facts are compiled in the following list to show just how recycling everyday, common objects can affect the planet:
Aluminum
• Recycled aluminum reduces pollution by 95 percent; recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours (Reynolds Metal Company)
• Four pounds of bauxite are saved for every pound of aluminum recycled (Reynolds Metal Company)
• Enough aluminum is thrown away to rebuild the commercial air fleet four times every year. (Earth 911)
Glass
• Recycling of one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours (EPA)
• Recycled glass generates 20 percent less air pollution and 50 percent less water pollution (NASA)
• One ton of glass made from 50 percent recycled materials saves 250 pounds of mining waste (EPA)
• Glass can be reused an infinite number of times (EPA)
Paper
• A ton of recycled paper equals or saves 17 trees in paper production. (Earth 911)
• Recycled paper saves 60 percent energy vs. virgin paper (Center for Ecological Technology)
• Recycled paper generates 95 percent less air pollution: each ton saves 60 pounds of air pollution (Center for Ecological Technology)
• Recycling of each ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water (EPA)
• Every year enough paper is thrown away to make a 12 foot wall from New York to California
Plastic
• If we recycled every plastic bottle we used, we would keep two billion tons of plastic out of landfills (Penn State)
• Recycling a pound of plastic saves approximately 12,000 BTU’s (and 1 BTU is equivalent to 1055.056 joules!) (EPA)

-Hong Doan

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Saving Money With Your Roof

domestic-home-solar-panelsIn our society today, Global Warming is starting to affect our planet, the earth. Major leaders of major countries put their heads together and try to think of ways to prevent and/or save out planet for ending soon then it has to be. So far our leaders and their economic team have thought of wind turbines, electric cars, recycling, saving electricity light bulb, solar power and many more. I am here today to talk about solar power, because I think the solar power idea was the coolest idea being thought of.

Solar power is promoting people to “go green” According to an article that I have read called “ Europe’s way of encouraging solar power Arrives in the U.S”, it said “This month Gainesville, Fla., became the first city in the United States to introduce higher payments for solar power, which is otherwise too expensive for many families or businesses to install. City leaders, who control their electric utility, unanimously approved the policy after studying Germany’s solar-power expansion. Hawaii, where sky-high prices for electricity have stirred interest in alternative forms of power like solar, hopes to have a similar policy in place before the end of the year. The mayor of Los Angeles wants to introduce higher payouts for solar power. California is considering a stronger policy as well, and bills have also been introduced in other states, including Washington and Oregon.”  Those words are showing us that our nations is moving as one and thinking as one nation to achieves a life- long goal of saving our planet form the dangers of Global warming. This also wrote “I’m seeing it with my own eyes — it’s really having a good effect on our local economy, particularly in these hard times,” said Edward J. Regan, the assistant general manager for strategic planning at Gainesville Regional Utilities in Florida. He said he had gotten calls from other cities and states since announcing the policy.” Even to me if really amazing to see that city leaders and its citizen are trying to think and proceed as one United Nations.

Solar power is expensive, but the most benefit way. In the same article, it says the “   Wind power and other sources of renewable energy are generally included in the European payment systems, but solar — as one of the costliest renewable — has benefited the most. Payment rates in Europe for wind are substantially lowered than for solar, according to Christian Kjaer, chief executive of the European Wind Energy Association.

In the United States, solar panels remain prohibitively expensive — a big reason that the panels account for far less than 1 percent of electricity generation. Generating power from the sun using rooftop panels can cost four times as much as coal, the largest and cheapest source of electricity in this country.” Being said there, solar power has benefited us the most. People spend thousands of dollars for solar panels to be put on their roofs, and thinks that it is a waste of money, but I beg a differ. According to this article, it said “If a utility commits to paying a higher rate for renewable power over a period of years, it can offer those with solar panels or wind turbines a steady return that helps defray the initial cost of the equipment. “If you put your money in, you know you’re going to get it back,” Mr. Rickerson said, referring to Germany.” So the solar panels really helpful toward the global warming that is happening to us, right now. And also you can power your house when a storms hits, when everyone has no power at all during a storm.

So from solar power benefiting us to the cost of solar panels being on our roofs, we are trying to make a difference as a nation. But we can’t do it with your help, so ask your parents, friends and teacher what they are doing to save our home planet from global warming.  There is that I remember, the quote said “Don’t ask what your country could do for you, but you could do for your country”  Thank you.

-Nancy Ton

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W is For Wind

windpowerWind energy can be great energy resource. Imagine homes being supplied electricity without having to burn any fossil fuels. Wind energy is highly beneficial for it can be used to power many things, it is renewable and doesn’t run out, and most of all it produces no carbon dioxide. This form of energy requires windy areas to make the wind blades move. This form of energy might not be applied in the entire world but could cover some parts of the world.

Wind energy is generated from big wind turbines. The wind makes the wind blades turn which makes friction and converts the wind energy into kinetic energy. Then, the kinetic energy causes a rotor inside the generator to spin, making electricity. The electricity then moves through cables, down the turbine tower, and then goes to local electricity networks to supply homes and buildings with electricity.

Wind energy can be used to power a variety of things. And most of these things can be powered by one small wind turbine or a system of turbines that work together. Houses, businesses, farms, and ranches can be powered by this alternative energy resource. It can also be used to pump water, make ice, and even powering telecommunication sites. A small wind turbine that can be kept in the back yard can produce up to 50 kilowatts, enough to power a home.

This alternative source of energy never runs out. Wind energy only uses the wind to produce electricity, and the wind supply doesn’t run out. These wind turbines can be working day and night without running out of wind to supply it with. Unlike fossil fuels, which create harmful gasses and on top of that have a limited supply, wind energy doesn’t run out and doesn’t pollute the air.

The most beneficial reason of all is that wind energy doesn’t need any sort of fossil fuels or petroleum. You may think that all alternative forms of energy don’t produce any sort of harmful gasses but that is not always the case. Take ethanol for example, in some ethanol mixtures, 15% contain petroleum, which eventually pollutes the air.

Wind power can make a big difference in our world. It can also save people some money. These wind turbines can generate electricity for an estimated five cents per kilowatt hour, and the price is estimated to decline as this new technology improves and becomes more common.

by Ricardo Romero

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Cars of the Future

hybridvehicledealerhybridcarhybridau-fullIn the world, today we are trying to find ways to prevent or help stop the global warming problem that we have now. We trying to solve that problem by making a change the way we see things, like we could use wind turbines, water sources, solar energy, and recycle things that we could recycle, instead of the fossil fuels to power our home and our cars. So basically we are putting dangerous gas into our earth’s ozone, and without the ozone we could have skin cancer or any other dangerous diseases that could hurt us and our families.

One of the ways that help and prevent the global problem is reducing the fossil fuels in our cars. I bet everyone heard about how the major car corporations are trying to reducing the fossil fuel by building cars that run on water or ethanol or some other fuel. Water as a replacing fuel for a car sound a little crazy, but nothing is impossible, unless you don’t try. Unfortunately I heard it on the news and found out that didn’t work very well. An article call “No longer the next big thing, green automobiles are here now” by Dan Carney of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote something interesting that caught for a moment. The article wrote” GM Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz. Said “Electricity makes a lot of sense because it almost completely displaces gasoline,”. This article was really interesting about how the car corporations are trying to replace the fossil fuels with electricity to power the car. Just think about it. Vision yourself connecting your car into a outlet and letting it charge for an hour, isn’t it cool? Instead of drive your car, which wastes more gas, and fill it up and drive back home; you could be doing something else other than wasting time driving to the gas station and back. With this idea getting accomplished, car corporations are saving you money and time, except that your electricity bill could be a little high than you think. Petty interesting, right?  So that is basically what the government and the companies are trying to do as replacement for the fossil fuels that they are trying to reduce in order to save our planet from the global warming that we currently  in. If you want to read the article that I read then click on this website: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/02/15/MTGK15RDSR.DTL

So this one of the ideas that the car companies have come up with in order to save and stop global warming from harming us any longer and from ours love ones. I bet there many ideas that aren’t discovered yet by anyone who cares the world, I would say to those who has a great idea to speak up for the world’s sake or your or their children to get a chance to do something great for the world. So from picking up a piece paper and throw it in the recycling bin or out in the world trying to come with ideas to save our pitiful, yet delicate planet, we all trying to make a difference. Like our principle Mr. Lowery always said “Be the differences that makes a difference.

-Nancy Ton

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Kerr Places Top 3 in Nation for TPS – Wins trip to New York

246Kerr’s Green Debate team, with support from BP Energy is proud to announce their year long education efforts and participation in the United Nations Foundation’s The People Speak project has resulted with them placing third in the nation with over 27,000 credit points.
Participating students and schools received credit for holding public debates, creating public service announcements, submitting letters to the editor in their local newspaper or engaging with elected officials. Multi-media content, including PSAs produced by participants, can be downloaded at: http://thepeoplespeak.org/activities/global-debates/. Or visit our Climate Pledge Wiki at: http://youthclimatepledge.scribblewiki.com/Main_Page.
For more information, or to speak with conference organizers and participants, please contact Kaitlin Barry via email at kbarry@unfoundation.org.

2009 Winners of the Global Debates contest are:

International
Prometeu-Prim, Moldova
Liceul Academiei de Stiinte, Moldova
Hobby School, Mongolia
School of Mathematics “Baba Tonka”, Bulgaria
CheongShim International Academy, Korea
Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar, Malaysia

United States
Madison Central, Madison, MS
Brother Rice High School, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Kerr High School, Houston, TX
Santee High School, Los Angeles, CA
NUAMES, Layton, UT
Princeton High School, Princeton, TX
Del Valle High School, Del Valle, TX
Monsignor Kelly HS, Beaumont, TX
Norman High School, Norman, OK
Kearney High School, Kearney, NE

On top of that, four students plus coach Derek Davis will be attending the upcoming UN Youth Leadership Summit, taking place in NYC. They will meet policy makers and influential experts on the topic of global warming and climate change from around the world, and partake in activities that will help them educate their peers and take action for years to come.

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