Super Car

Last summer Nissan released there new 100 percent electric running car called the Nissan Leaf, LEAF stands for leading, environmentally friendly, affordable, family car.

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 More than 22,000 leafs are now being driven worldwide, it seems as though these reliable cars have been a hit from the start! Customers in Ontario and Quebec are now even eligible for a provincial rebate of 8,500 and 8,000 towards the cost of a Nissan leaf!

 As if the obvious environmental benefits to driving such a car aren’t enough, the cost of operating an all-electric car is significantly less than a fuel-efficient car. Nissan estimates the cost of running a Leaf is about 80 per cent less than that of a gas-powered, fuel-efficient car!

 But technicians in Japan are not stopping there! Nissan is releasing new technology which will allow for Leaf owners not only to draw energy from their owns in order to draw their car, but to use the leaf to power their homes instead!

 Nissan has unveiled a system which enables the Leaf’s battery to supply electricity to households using a connector linked to the car’s quick charging port.  Meaning in the case of a power out one could run off the power reserved in their car.

 The lithium-ion batteries can store up to 24kWh of electricity, sufficient to power an average Japanese household for about two days!

 Nissan has created a whole new meaning to “smart cars.”

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Nissan Leaf

This is potentially one of the greatest commercials I have ever seen

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Shocked citizens of Hawaii

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On the Other Side of the Border

With the increase of carbon emissions, the future of the world is being increasingly jeopardized. The world has been feeling the effects of global warming for quite some time now and man made green house gases have been a major contributor to the warming of the planet.

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Just this last March, the United States broke 15,000 high temperature records nation wide.

Every state within the nation experienced at least one temperature record, and in 21 cases the temperature throughout the night was higher than the previous days recorded peak temperature.

With this lovely experience of warm weather in March, came an environment favorable for tornados and severe thunderstorms. The United States experienced 223 tornados reports in March, up from the annual average of 80 for the month. The majority of these tornadoes occurred in the large outbreak across the Ohio Valley and southeast, this resulted in 40 casualties and 1.5 billion dollars in damages and losses making in the first event in 2012 to exceed 1 billion dollars in damage and losses.

The ridiculously constant tornadoes were only the beginning for the USA, on march 9th a huge storm hit Hawaii, bringing with it a very rare site for the state, a tornado. The tornado hit Lanikai and Kailua bringing with it record breaking sized hail for the state. The fallen hail measuered 4 ¼ inches in diameter!

The video below shows the utter disbelief of shocked citizens of Hawaii

Many records were broken this march, records in which should act as warnings to the USA to start making a difference. It seems as though the earth is taking matters into its own hands. If the government wont listen to environmentalist they will be left with no choice but to see reality for themselves

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Why Plant a Tree When You Can Plant a Forest?

I came across an inspiring article about a man who lives in India and he single-handedly planted a 1,360-acre forest.   He lived in isolation for 30 years and spent time planting and taking care of his plants.

I thought if ONE man could plant a whole forest… why can’t we all plant one tree?  There are so many benefits to planting trees, and there is lots of room on this planet for planting.

The average person emits 26 tonnes of CO2 per year. It only takes 6 Twenty-Five year old pine trees absorb 1 ton of CO2.  Urban street trees are the trees that you see growing on the boulevard walking down the street; these trees play a major role in the city.

They help lower urban air temperatures. Asphalt and concrete streets and parking lots are known to increase urban temperatures 3-7 degrees. These temperature increases significantly impact energy costs to homeowners and consumers. A properly shaded neighborhood, mostly from urban street trees, can reduce energy bills for a household from 15-35%. Trees in street proximity also absorb 9 times more pollutants than more distant trees, converting harmful gasses back into oxygen and other useful and natural gasses.

Urban trees also provide natural shelter from rain, sun, and heat. For light or moderate rains, pedestrians find less need for rain protection. In cities with good tree coverage there is less need for chemical sun blocking agents. Temperature differentials of 5-15 degrees are felt when walking under tree canopied streets.

Planting trees within our city help improve air quality as well as lower our carbon footprint.

 

Another great thing about planting them is that it is easy to do! Here is a link that explains how you can plant a tree in 12 easy steps.

 

 

 

 

It would be great if every other person in this world could take 30 years of their life to grow a new forest, but even if one 8th of the world population planted one single tree this year it would do amazing things for our Earth!

-Jocelyn

 

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Canada’s Economy Need Help!!

According to Natural Resources Canada, “There is some evidence and much speculation on ways that climate change may affect climate-sensitive sectors of an economy.” (2007)

So,  as we read and discussed all the blogs, we understand that mostly all the planet affected by climate change. Nowadays, Canadian’s economy facing a high cost from the consequences of climate change which happening right now. Moreover, the government and the country have to do anything quickly to help their economy and to reduce the financial price.

As we know that Canada is a country that depends mostly on its own natural resources, so the economy impact might be severe; and there are many consequences that happen in Canada’s economy right now and here are some examples:

* In the West of the country, rising the temperatures in the ocean have weakened economically on the quality of the salmon species there. 

* * According to a study done by University of Manitoba in 2001, the drought cost the Canadian economy more than 5 billion $ in the losses of its agriculture. 

* * * In British Columbia the forests there have been destructed by the mountain pine beetle, which due to unusually mild winters. According to the BC Ministry of Forests and Range, as of 2009 the cumulative area of provincial Crown forest affected was about 163,000 square kilometres, an area of timber more than five-times the size of Vancouver Island. The value of these trees is in the billions of dollars. 

* * * * Furthermore, the mining industry in Canada is also susceptible to climate change, and reduced water levels is an example of it.

To sum up, in order to save Canada’s economy from destroying, we have to have a great solution for climate change that we are facing today which will lead Canada to receive lots of economic benefits.

Thank you!

Afnan

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Albedo who?

Albedo who?

 

Ill tell you who! Albedo is another word for reflectance, a simple word in which could make a huge difference in stopping climate change! 

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Researches at Concordia University have discovered that a global increase in surface reflectance will make a large dent in the global temperature and our carbon dioxide emissions.

We’ve all heard the typical solution to climate change, the ride your bike instead of driving to work pitch, but the reality of it is, that won’t always happen. Thankfully researchers have now found away to get the same results without the added hassle!

The researches at Concordia University discovered that increasing the reflectance of every urban area by 0.1 will give a CO2  offset between 130 and 150 billion tons! That’s the equivalent to taking every car in the world off the road for 50 years.

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Over 50% of the worlds population currently lives in urban areas, and this is expected to increase to 70% by 2040. Throughout these urban areas, roofs and pavement take up 60%, which shows why simply changing the albedo of a surface can make a huge difference.

 “The albedo of all roofs can be increased, on average, by 0.25 and all paved surfaces can be increased by about 0.15. We believe this will increase a city’s overall albedo by about 0.10.”

So how do we start? 

  • Spread the word
  • Let people know of the benefits of solar panels
  • Talk about albedo

 We are being presented with many alternate ways to make a difference, its time we finally take those suggestions and turn them into action!

-Ngryph 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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