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Sustainability Is Not Always Good For the Environment

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It sounds like the worst thing any environmentally conscious human being could say, but it is true in a way. We are doing a bad thing for the environment by being sustainability-oriented.

This is because when most people use the term “sustainable” they are not thinking about the world’s most beautiful and untouched natural places and keeping them in tact. They are thinking more about maintaining their level of comfort.

In other words, if I throw a plastic cup into a recycle bin, I feel good about myself because I am conserving resources that will be able to go back into serving my needs on this planet. I’m not thinking about the future of the ocean and how its shorelines will be utterly destroyed by so-called environmentally friendly turbines for natural power sources that I will end up using. These power sources will not serve to help the deserts or rain forests, they will only serve me.

The rainforests themselves are going to wind up being where we get all our bio-fuel from so that we can power our sustainable cars. The more I think about it, the more I think sustainability is bad for the environment.

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Updating The Service Fabric Development Environment

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Since Service Fabric constantly provides new releases or updates of the SDK, runtime as well as tools used in local development, it is imperative that you keep up to date with these new releases. This ensures that you have access to new features, performance improvements and bug fixes when building or testing your apps locally.

First and foremost, you will need to clean up your local cluster. Service Fabric currently does nor support upgrading the runtime while running a local cluster. As such, it is imperative that you clean up the local cluster first.
To clean the local cluster, follow the following steps:
1. End any other PowerShell windows and start a new one with the administrator option.
2. Navigate to the directory in which the cluster set up is located. For that, go to ProgramW6432\Microsoft SDKs\Service Fabric\ClusterSetup

3. Once you have located the directory, run the .\CleanCluster.ps1

Updating the SDK, runtime and development tools

You should proceed with the upgrades as follows:
1. Start the installer on the web to update to the new release.

2. Once it has finished, launch a new PowerShell window, again as an administrator and navigate to the directory where the cluster setup is located. Use the same method as earlier

3. Now run the .\DevClusterSetup.ps1 to set up the local cluster.

Now that you are done with the upgrade, you can launch visual studio and commence building your applications.

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Why Our Native Forest Regulations Need to Move With The Times

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The RFAs that currently govern forestry activities have failed in their attempts to protect the environment, and they have also failed to protect the industries that rely on the forests. The RFAs were drawn up around 20 years ago, and this means that they are woefully out of date. The forestry industry has changed significantly in the last two decades, and we need to accept that if we are to ensure a bright future for subsequent generations.

One example of this is the renewable energy target. The most recent deal reduced the target by more than 20 percent, and introduced a new wind farm commissioner. It also means that wood taken from native forests may be burned to produce energy that is still classifiable as renewable. This policy is short-sighted; it takes decades, if not hundreds of years, to grow those forests and they can now be burned in minutes. We cannot afford to allow this, because of the lasting impact that it will have on the ecosystem. The new policies will pollute our atmosphere and deplete our carbon reserves. Any suggestion that it will be about ‘waste’ not whole trees, is shortsighted given the wording of the regulations.

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Why We Need a New Convention to Protect Africa’s Environment

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Africa is a continent that is popular with tourists and that has a diverse ecosystem. Unfortunately, that ecosystem is under threat because of miners, basic materials companies, the very tourists that come to see the nature that they are destroying, and land owners looking to develop some of the last unspoilt areas of land in the world.

We need a convention in order to protect the environment in Africa, because if those developers are allowed to go unchecked, the damage that they could do to the world may be irreversible and cause the extinction of so much flora and fauna.

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Why We Need a Green Revolution

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The world is in need of a green revolution. We have been debating issues like peak oil, CO2 emissions and climate change for so long now that we have reached crisis point. While climate change deniers believe that the problems we are being warned about would happen anyway, regardless of the improvements to efficiency and emissions that are being proposed, it should be clear that the work we are doing is important to the world regardless – why not build a better world, even if global warming is not man made? This is our chance to end pollution, reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and revolutionise the world.

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The Middle East Wars Are Improving The Air

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Could it be possible that something good is coming out of the civil war that is raging on in the Middle East? Apparently there is. Scientists have discovered that the air in Damascus has shown a 50% drop in nitrogen dioxide over the last 10 years.

The reason for this drop is because of the refugees fleeing the area. In turn, this has caused cities like Syria to show an increase in nitrogen dioxide, seeing as it has been a haven for refugees. With less people burning fossil fuels it’s only natural that the air will become cleaner.

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Becoming Energy Efficient And Save The Environment

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One of the best ways a homeowner can become energy efficient is by generating their own natural electricity. By powering our homes with solar power, we will be saving the environment and saving on utility bills at the same time.
Basically, this is a winning situation for everyone that is involved. When you choose to use solar energy power, you will be relying on the sun as the driving force for generating your power. The sun gives us natural energy and when it is combined with solar panels, it can be used to generate electricity for our homes. Become energy efficient today and save the environment.

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Different Effective Study Environments

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It’s hard to pin-point exactly what makes up an effective study environment. All students are different and they have different habits. Even though it might sound a little hard to believe, there are students who hate studying while it’s too quiet. Strange as it may seem, students that like a noisy environment don’t want isolated movements, which ultimately leads to distraction.

Our logic tells us that an effective surrounding involves silence and this is true in some cases. There are students who simply can’t concentrate when there is movement around them. In conclusion, the best place to study is where you feel comfortable.

Environmental Management System

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In recent times it has been accepted by scientists that climate change and man made emissions are causing climate changes throughout the world.

The ten most warmest years recorded globally since records began have occurred from 1994 onwards with considerable carbon dioxide concentrations increasing considerably. Carbon dioxide from the business sector is responsible for 40% of the UK’s total carbon dioxide emissions.
If we do not take immediate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the global average temperatures could raise as much as 5. 8 centigrade higher than average by the end of the century.

This will result in devastating effects on human society and the natural environment. Scientists have predicted that this climate change will lead to increased drought, extreme rainfall which will have a dramatic effect on agriculture particular in vulnerable under developed countries around the world.

Businesses are one of the main sources of these damaging greenhouse gas emissions which in recent years have been targeted by government legislation to tackle climate change including a levy placed on the use of energy by businesses. Environmental legislation requires all businesses to make certain their work activities do not harm the environment.

It is estimated that in 2002/ 03 industry in the UK produced around 68 millions tonnes of waste which without action the figure is expected to rise to 85 million tonnes by 2020.

The environmental agency estimates that there were over 25,000 pollution incidents which affected air, land and water in the UK in 2003. With 1,100 recorded has having a significant serious impact on the environment. Business was accountable for over half of the serious reported pollution incidents in 2004.

45% of the 68 million tonnes of industrial and commercial waste produced in the UK in 2002/ 03 was recycled. The UK is however on course to meet its target set by Government for reducing the amount of industrial waste sent to landfill which is 15% against 1998 recorded figures.

To prevent further damage to the environment companies must become responsible for Environmental management. This will include recycling as much waste produced, conserving energy, reducing waste to landfill and reducing carbon dioxide emissions produced by your company’s activities.

In my next article I will expand on what a company needs to do in more detail to fulfil their legal requirements in environmental management. If you are concerned or interested about what your employer can do to manage environmental issues at work, please feel free to use my articles as guidance on how to manage environmental issues.

Environmental Problems

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There is enormous talk about there being an environmental problem. Is it effecting you or your children? Will it effect your children and grand children? You be the judge. The jury say there sure is.

The U. S. Census Bureau states that the world population is expanding at an alarming rate. In 1800 the world population was estimated at one billion people and two billion by the year 1922. In the year 2000 population was at six billion worldwide. Researcher are estimating that this will grow by one half time to nine billion in the year 2050.

Now what do those numbers mean to our environment?

Simply put that in 2050 we will have 25% less natural resources per capita than people had in 1950. So with the growth of population our fixed amount of natural resources will have to be stretched further. What will that growth do to our greenhouse gas emissions? So if we keep living as we are, changing nothing, what kind of world are our children and grand children going to live in?

We want our children to have a better lifestyle, or at least comparable to ours. We save to further their education, their weddings and yes sometimes even what they will inherit. What we are not saving for them are the most important things, clean air,water, land, and an abundance of natural resources. We are not saving their health or the planet they live on. Instead we are leaving them a huge environmental problem full of health risks.

Fact: A carrot grown in 2002 has about a seventh of the beta-carotene as a carrot grown in 1950?

Some of the biggest threats to our future stems from the home and our family. From the dangerous chemicals used when cleaning your house to what you put in your trash bag.

Fact: House hold batteries can leak dangerous chemicals over time and should not be sent to landfills.

What happens to those Household chemicals that you pour down the drain or out behind the house. They can pollute the ground water that will eventually make it to aquifers and turn into tap water. This can also contaminate the soil in which our food is grown. Many of these chemical can not be removed from drinking water or from crops harvested in contaminated fields. Ever wonder where your waters been or what was in the field that potato was grown in.

Fact: Indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air.

So, what can you do to help solve the environmental problem we all face. You can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. I know you have heard it for years, but its time to take it seriously. Be aware of what you do. One person can make a difference.