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Making our Vehicles Cleaner

Transportation is the major source of U.S. dependence on imported oil and the sector that has had the fastest growth in greenhouse gas emissions over the past two decades. Yet the efficiency of our light duty vehicle fleet is at a 20-year low and efforts to promote alternative fuel vehicles in the marketplace have largely failed. Nonetheless, the urgent need to reverse the business-as-usual growth path in greenhouse gas emissions in the next two decades to avoid serious if not catastrophic climate change necessitates action to make our vehicles cleaner according to a study done by Energy And Climate Transportation .When buying a new or used motor vehicle consider fuel economy and the option of hybrid vehicles.Besides helping the environment, you may also be able to get a car insurance discount for a hybrid car as some companies offer "green" discounts..

Changing Our Climate

The sun's heat is the source of energy for life on earth. Although some heat radiating from the sun is reflected back out of the earth's atmosphere, much is absorbed by heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxides. The concentration of these "greenhouse gases" is increasing because of human activity and the result is the "enhanced greenhouse effect".

When burned for fuel, the carbon stored in fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal is released in the form of carbon dioxide. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by 30%. If emissions continue at today's rate, concentrations will double by the middle of the next century.

Now a days even automated devices such as home security systems are on our side, by reducing the usage of home owners energy. People can simply set a timer when heating and cooling can go on and is backed up by home security.

Greenhouse Gas

Naturally occurring greenhouse gases (such as water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide) keep the Earth warm enough to support life. Scientific studies show that a variety of human activities release greenhouse gases. These include the burning of fossil fuels for electrical energy, heat and transportation. By increasing the concentration of present greenhouse gases and by adding new ones like CFCs, humankind is capable of raising the average global temperature. Alternative energy information source describes these issues in more detail.

Individual Emissions

Most carbon emissions, in fact 75 percent, come from industrial, commercial and agricultural sources. These are called "common emissions" because no single individual is responsible for them. North America individually account for 30 percent of emissions. These "individual emissions" are what you directly influence by your personal transportation choices, recreational interests and energy use in the home. Of course, the choices you're able to make are also affected by the standards and regulations set by governments and the commitment of industry to use energy-efficient technology. Power companies are the source of a lot of peoples power. With their help they can assist you in knowing the right choices in order to help save electricity, your bills along with the environment. There are now online websites such as www.businesselectricityprices.co.uk that help you compare and choose the best supply company with the cheapest power prices. Consumers are no longer held hostage by having only one source of supply and changing suppliers has become very quick and easy. We recommend you check your options available to you.

Increase your MPG to save fuel.

When buying a new or used cars, please take into consideration, the fuel effeciency of the vehicle. Common sense is a big help for saving fuel and to increase your mile per gallon (MPG), some of the other things you can do to help are to empty out your boot so your car is lighter, do not leave your air-con on continuously (same goes for any other devices), inflate your tyres, do not speed, and avoid idling by turning off the engine. All these tips should help you to save a pretty penny and keep you from the petrol station that bit longer!


A lot of drivers complain about inner city driving but you can still be fuel efficient driving in urban areas, for example if you are driving your children to and from school then it is a great idea to try to combine it with your shopping.Making small trips into one journey will save you time as well as money.

Tackling Our Clean Air problems


Our environment is composed of interdependent parts. In tackling climate change, you're also making an important contribution to solving other environmental problems. By taking a bus or bike, or buying more efficient appliances, such as and economical used cars, you not only reduce carbon emissions, but you also reduce toxic air pollutants and acid precipitation - which damage the health of humans, crops, forests and water by using solar energy where possible. Consider your options on your power suppliers.Energy suppliers that use gas powered electricity rather than coal powered maybe more environmentally friendly.Also some gas suppliers have green energy options which can be a further consideration to minimise your footprint on our earth's atmosphere.

By redirecting your biodegradable waste from the garbage to the compost, you not only reduce methane emissions (another significant greenhouse gas), you also enrich your soil - eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers - and reduce the land demands of your local landfill.

Reduce our Pollution

One proactive step we can take to clean our air is to plant more trees.


 


Clean Air News

  • Ban on 64,000 Auckland woodburners
    In a bid to clean up Auckland's air the council has banned open fireplaces and old woodburners in over 80,000 households.
  • Utah forecast: Sunny skies, warm days, clean air
    Utah has a couple of sunny and moderately warm days ahead, with clean air to boot. Salt Lake City can expect a high temperature Sunday of 74 degrees, followed by 76 degrees on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. St. George, meanwhile, ...
  • QC rep backs plan to use incinerators
    A House leader yesterday underscored the need to revise the existing Clean Air Act to rule out potential problems that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) could encounter once it starts using "smokeless" incinerators to mitigate the metropolis' garbage woes. Quezon City 2nd district Rep. Winston "Winnie" Castelo expressed his support behind the use of incinerators that had ...
  • Bill Would Obstruct Clean Air Act Protections
    By Elena Craft, PhD Air quality signboard indicating an ozone watch ? Harris County Courthouse Annex 19 ? Gulfton, Houston. Earlier this year, close to 20 Texas counties received a grade of "F" from the American Lung Association for ozone pollution (up from 15 counties in 2013). Ozone is one of the most ubiquitous and harmful air pollutants on the planet and has been linked to premature deaths ...
  • Fairbanks Air Quality Regulation Now In Local Lawmakers? Control
    Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have rejected a ballot initiative that would have continued a ban on local regulation of area clean air standards. Download Audio
  • Man indicted for violating clean air act
    A federal indictment has been filed charging Christopher L. Gattarello and another Cleveland man with violating the Clean Air Act by failing to remove asbestos prior to demolishing a former factory in Cleveland, law enforcement officials said.
  • Electrolux Design Lab 2014: Flying Jellyfish 'Air Purifiers' To Sweep Future Cities Clean
    A concept for a swarm of futuristic flying jellyfish has been selected as a finalist for a design award dedicated to inventing the (currently) impossible. The Urban Cone concept by Micha? Po?piech from Poland imagines a future where cities with polluted air are swept clean by flying robots. His idea is among five others competing for the ElectroLux Design Lab award , which this year include a 3D ...
  • Herbert's clean air team: Move to clean fuels for cars immediately
    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's Clean Air Action team says the most effective way to cut down on air pollution is to make low sulfur...
  • After Fairbanks voters reject Prop 2, it?s unclear how much effect borough will have on air quality policy
    FAIRBANKS ? The failure of Proposition 2 means the Fairbanks North Star Borough has the chance to regulate air pollution for the first time in four years, but a cautious approach aimed at involving th
  • Pennsylvania State Senate Passes Climate Action Roadblock; Bill Passed Today Will Interfere With Keystone State ...
    HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Moms Clean Air Force, PennEnvironment, ConservationPA, Sierra Club, PennFuture and Clean Air Council today slammed Pennsylvania State Senators for passing a bill that will hinder state efforts to reduce carbon pollution.The Senate voted 31-to-17 today to pass HB 2354. The bill, which has already ...

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