November 26, 2012

NOAA Records Above Average Temperatures

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting that October was the 332nd consecutive month with above average temperatures. While a couple of individual countries experienced cooler than usual temperatures, the combination of land and sea temperatures is further proof that global warming exists.

What can any of us do individually to help save the planet? Make sure your next car is energy efficient, ditto when shopping for large appliances. Turn off anything electrical that you are not using. There are many more ways to help on both a local and national level, but a good start is to visit websites like the Union of Concerned Scientists. Start reading books like their Cooler Smarter and viewing movies like an An Inconvenient Truth to become more aware and find ways to reduce your carbon footstep.

Via NOAA

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November 19, 2012

Solar Lamp Also Hand Cranks

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As another storm seems to be always brewing somewhere, make an effort to be better prepared even if you live elsewhere. One necessity is a portable lamp that can take you out of the dark like this Camping Lantern. The 8.5" tall lamp comes with a rechargeable solar battery that will give 10 hours of sunlight and 12 LEDs can be partially used for lower light. It also has an adjustable brightness for extending the light, can be hand-cranked in case of extended blackouts and yes, even when camping.

Via Solar Lamps

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November 12, 2012

Philips AmbientLED Helps the Planet

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If the extreme weather of late is even partially due to global warming, then now is the time to do your part to help save the planet. When you get around to replacing your light bulbs, start with Philips' AmbientLED 12.5W Bulb. It looks like it is a yellow bulb but when turned on it produces a soft white light. The dimmable light can replace your 60W bulb and be used in any regular socket. The company claims it has a lifespan of over 22 years (25,000 hours) so the savings will be in both energy usage and adding less waste to the planet.

Via Philips LED Bulbs

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November 5, 2012

DIY - Solar Oven Kit

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Make your own Solar Oven with this kit that, when constructed, can heat water or melt chocolate to make fondue. Recommended for kids aged eight all the way up to adult, the 3.25 x 8.5" cooker has fourteen interlocking pieces. This would be great for camping or a trip to the beach.

Via Solar Power Kits

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