Burgers on sale in 5 different supermarkets across the UK and Ireland have been tested and found to contain horse meat.
The Green Village is about helping people to be greener, live more self-sufficiently and ethically, and providing people with the information they need to make responsible decisions about how they live their lives. We are a community of like-minded people who know the importance of looking after the only planet we have and celebrating the diversity it contains.
Concerns about bee populations being in decline have been in place for a while now, with research being conducted into why the populations of bees are being reduced so dramatically, and how we can act to turn this around.
A new study published in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal has found that increasing the number of green walls in cities could help reduce levels of pollution.
People who live by green and sustainable values in their everyday life will most likely extend these ideals to the biggest day of their lives – their wedding day.
We were lucky enough to be offered a personal weather station from Netatmo to review. As a quirky concept, we didn't know quite what to expect, but after a month of use, there's lots to report. What is it?
While gardening is an activity that connects and engages us with nature in what seems like a constructive and healthy way, there are aspects of maintaining your garden that can have harmful effects on the environment.
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Revving your engine when waiting at traffic lights or crossings wastes fuel. Cutting your revs can save money and reduce your car's carbon emissions in one go.
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What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable Energy is a term that is applied to energy that is harvested from converting the power generated by natural resources. These resources are mainly wind power, which is collected in wind farms or by micro generation, the sun, whose energy is harvested by solar panels, and water power, which is collected through the use of water turbines/waterwheels and power plants that collect energy from wave power and tidal currents. In addition, other renewable energy sources that are increasing in popularity include biomass, such as bricks made from alpaca manure, and sustainably grown wood.
What is Climate Change?
Climate Change is an issue that has been discussed by scientists for decades. Some scientists believe that the changes to the Earth's climate are changes that would happen anyway; that they are part of a natural cycle. Others however believe climate change is already a reality that will affect everybody on the planet, and is the result of human activity, such as the destruction of carbon sinks like rainforests and tarsands, and the relentless burning of fossil fuels emitting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Results of climate change are likely to include more extreme weather conditions, increases in extinction of species as their natural habitats are lost due to the melting of polar icecaps, and desertification.
Why is Protecting The Environment Important?
The planet we live on has a finite amount of resources. Once these resources have been exhausted, we cannot make more, so we need to make sure we value what we have. In addition, humans have the responsibility to think about their actions. Because we share the Earth with so many other creatures and organisms, we should be stewards of the Earth and work to protect it, not destroy it. Although humans are very good at changing the environment to suit their needs, this often does not benefit other animals and plants native to particular areas. They cannot adapt quickly to changes in their environment, and if there is nowhere for them to go, there will be more endangered species, and more extinction. We should try and work to protect the resources and eco-systems of the planet and promote bio-diversity and low impact living so we live as part of the planet, rather than ruling the planet.
How Can I Be Green?
All too often people are led to believe that it's not easy being green. By taking small steps every day, however, it can be very easy to have a green lifestyle and live a less carbon-dependant life. One of the best west ways to become greener is to reduce how much you use, whether you look at ways of saving energy around the home, to recycling unwanted items and reducing how much you send to landfill. To be even greener, you could try growing your own vegetables, herbs or fruit, cut down on using the car by walking, cycling or using public transport whenever possible and joining local or national environmental groups to find out about campaigns and activities going on in your local area that you can support. So you see, it is easy being green after all, and you reduce your carbon footprint at the same time!
Why is it Important to Save Energy?
Saving energy can be one of the simplest things we can do to reduce our carbon footprints, and there is the added incentive that saving energy saves money. You don't have to be the person paying the bill though to take steps to reduce the demand we have for electricity, gas and the other fuels that power modern life. Supplies of fossil fuels are running out, perhaps enough left to last 40 years at current rates of consumption, but that is not the main reason to save energy. Fossil fuels are dirty and emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere contributing to greenhouse gases and climate change. Reducing our demand for dirty power is therefore as important as reducing how much we rely on energy as a whole. Renewable energy has a greater chance of satisfying our needs if we only use what we need rather than leaving lights on, appliances on standby and heating homes and businesses when we don't need to. It's time for change!