How You Can Fight Climate Change

Despite what you might have heard, climate change is very real and very serious. Scientific studies have proven the planet is getting warmer and warmer. Storms like hurricanes are getting more and more severe. We’re seeing normally warm weather events like tornadoes in the middle of winter. The polar ice caps are melting and as a result, sea levels are rising. If the trend continues, we face the very real possibility of several east coast cities eventually being partially or completely under water.

So what can you do? Plenty. Write to your representatives and senators to urge them to support climate change regulations. Donate to scientific organizations dedicated to fighting and educating about climate change. Talk to your friends and get them involved as well.

Other ways you can help include changing your commute. Cars contribute a tremendous carbon footprint, which contributes to climate change. Take public transportation, ride a bike, or get together with coworkers to create a carpool. Even better, see if you can work from home a few days a week.

Buy environmentally friendly products. Avoid those with excess or non-recyclable packaging. Avoid all types of Styrofoam, including packing peanuts. The manufacturing process contributes greatly to air pollution and the product itself is not biodegradable. Instead it sits in landfills for many years. Landfills are a huge contributor to climate change due to the massive amounts of methane gas they produce. To avoid adding to them, recycle as much as possible. Many cities encourage and even require recycling of paper, plastic, glass and metal. If you have a baby, consider using cloth diapers instead of disposable. Buy a steel or plastic water bottle that you can refill instead of buying packs of bottled water. Those plastic bottles build up in landfills and take many years to breakdown.

If you are really serious about fighting climate change, consider getting a degree in environmental science, meteorology or engineering and make climate change research your career. You can get started at online-engineering.case.edu. If you don’t want to make that kind of commitment, volunteer for non-profit organizations dedicated to environmental protection or climate change. Education is the strongest weapon of all.

Talk about climate change on social media. Direct people to solid, legit information sources and away from the plethora of fake news and propaganda sites. Don’t be afraid to correct misinformation or educate people.

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U.S. Solar Power Generation Grows at Rapid Speed

Energy from the sun is a highly sustainable source adopted by many countries around the world. The United States is one of the top countries generating solar power, ranking fourth after China, Germany and Japan. The range of solar installation is wide and includes both the industrial and the private sector. Most popular is the use of rooftops for solar power generation, but utilities, manufacturers and other institutions also increasingly generate solar power.

The most solar power systems installed are in California, Arizona, and Massachusetts. When it comes to generation capacity, California also leads, followed by New Jersey and Massachusetts. California requires utilities to generate one third of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.

Photovoltaic power generation has grown with a rapid pace and is projected to continue its growth in many states as the cost for producing solar panels has gone down significantly, partly because of highly efficient tools to monitor solar cell production. Many manufacturers and researchers refer to k-Space, a leading supplier of analysis tools, that measure thin-film deposition rate, stress, and surface roughness in real time. It is estimated that by 2025, approximately 10 percent of power generated in the United States will come from solar energy.

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Solar Panels Become Increasingly Affordable

The cost of solar panels today is approximately one-hundred times lower than 40 years ago and is expected to continue to fall in coming years. There are a number of reasons for this development, such as technological advancements and increased large-scale manufacturing that both result in lower production costs for solar panel components. For example, semiconductor wafers are a major component in solar cell manufacturing and advancements in their production, such as self-calibrating absolute temperature measurement, are a major factor in making high-quality and long-lasting solar panels.

This in turn leads to lowering consumer costs of purchasing and installing solar panels. Other factors, of course, are increased mass production and widespread implementation as well as attractive tax incentives around the world. All of this will shorten the time it takes until the installed solar panels pay for themselves, which will make them a good investment for more and more home and business owners and therefore increase production and lower costs even more.

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Sandling Industrial Services

If your business uses water in its process in any way, it is likely that you have a wastewater discharge permit that gives you maximum amounts of certain parameters that can be contained in your discharge water. The permit will likely contain requirements for periodic sampling to ensure the limitations are met. Meeting these requirements often means facilities must install a pretreatment system to get the water to acceptable levels.

Companies that are newly formed or have recently added operations that cause them to be impacted by more stringent wastewater discharge permit requirements can find themselves struggling to come up with the required capital to install a system. This is in addition to coming up with trained people who are able to operate the system. One option that may be a feasible alternative to raising with the necessary capital is to rent the equipment. Wastewater treatment companies like Sandling Industrial Services can provide rental equipment to help businesses comply with their requirements.

Another benefit of renting equipment to aid in treating the wastewater comes in the area of sludge dewatering. This can benefit businesses in a number of ways. Sludge from treatment operations frequently is hauled to a local landfill for disposal. Landfill requirements are usually such that materials with high liquid content are not accepted. The term “free liquids” is typically used to describe those liquids that can drip out of a material like sludge on its own. As part of the treatment process, companies must often use presses to squeeze out the water before putting in into a container in preparation for transport. Removing the water is necessary in order to meet landfill requirements.

Another way dewatering sludge can be beneficial is that it reduces the weight. Landfills typically charge by the ton so removing the water means companies are not paying tonnage charges of the portion of the material that is nothing but water. In addition, removing the water saves money on the transportation costs since weight impacts them also.

If you are looking for cost savings ideas to make your organization more profitable, you might want to look into the option of renting some of your treatment equipment. When you rent, it is likely that you will save on maintenance costs because that responsibility will fall on the equipment provider. In addition, you will be able to draw on the expertise of the folks that work for the rental company.

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