Eco-Friendly Approaches to Interior Design to Conserve Energy


When it comes to refreshing, remodelling and redesigning the interiors of our homes we often only consider aesthetics. After all, this is a chance to express ourselves and create an environment that really makes our families feel comfortable. But shouldn’t we also think about the world around us?

In this article we’re going to show that it’s possible to have great looking interiors that are also kind to the planet. You might even find that a green approach saves you money in terms of materials and heating bills as well as saving and expending less energy.

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Rely on Sunlight

One of the biggest mistakes many of us make, when it comes to the environment, is to rely too heavily on artificial or man-made lighting. The way to rectify this is to make as much use of the sun as possible. Choose curtains that aren’t intrusive or heavy. Or, you could install natural and sustainable wooden blinds that can be folded almost completely to the side during the day. If you’re remodelling extensively, you might even consider installing a skylight. This way your home will be flooded with natural light and will save money and converse much less energy.

Change Your Bulbs

The truth is that we can’t always rely on the sun, which is why we also need to consider the type of artificial lighting we use. Switching to LED light bulbs is highly recommended and has been found in a recent study to save the average home up to $1,000 over a 10-year period. These bulbs may cost more initially but they are long-lasting and of a high quality, so they represent an investment worth making.

You could also try and use Energy efficient bulbs these are similar to old incandescent bulbs that respond well to a dimer and emit just as good quality of light however, you can save up to 80% on your electricity bills and waste a lot less energy as they can typically use about 25-80% less energy.

Improve Your Insultation

Another way you can save money in the long run and be kind to the environment, is to improve the insulation in your home. With better insulation, made from natural materials, your home will require less heating. This could be loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, plasterboard and even floor insulation.

Unlike many conventional insulations, natural insulations made from materials such as sheep’s wool, Earth wool, Thermal fleece, Warmcel etc. have low embodied energy and are all fully recyclable and disposable at the end of their natural use. In winter you will be able to really feel the difference, even if this is eco-friendly improvement isn’t always immediately noticeable.

Make Your Own Furniture

Creating your own furniture can be a fun way to give your home an eco-friendly makeover. A good suggestion is to use reclaimed wood for any DIY projects, so that even your materials are kind to the environment. Once again, this is a great way to save money. Plus, reclaimed wood can add a sense of authentic, earthy style to your home. Just be sure to remove any nails or other potentially dangerous pieces of metal from the wood.

Add Plants and Grow Your Own Food

When it comes to your decorations, it can be a good idea to go green – literally. Plants can soften spaces and really add life to your interiors. They can also provide stunning focus points. What’s more, they can help to improve the air quality of rooms and to filter out harmful chemicals. Along with traditional decorative greenery, you could also opt for potted herbs and even vegetables. You can planet seeds and grow your own fruit and vegetables. This way you will have an eco-friendly stock of ingredients for your kitchen.

Pay Attention to Labels

If you need to paint your interior spaces, you might want to carefully read the labels on paint tins or any associated products to make sure that you’re making eco-friendly choices. Products with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) ratings are the ones to look for, as these will contain smaller amounts of harmful air pollutants. VOC ratings can also often be found on furniture, carpets and other household items.

Some product brands such as AFM Safe coat, Benjamin Moore aura and Natura, Yolo Colorhouse, The old fashioned Milk paint company and Sherwin Williams even emit no VOC, making these ideal for eco-friendly redecoration.

Update Your Flooring

It’s also possible to choose eco-friendly options when it comes to the surface beneath your feet. Wooden, stone or marble flooring are all choices that are both natural and beautiful. This type of flooring may be expensive, but in the long-run it could pay for itself in that it might add value to your home. Plus, these materials are usually hard-wearing, which means that they will last longer.

Another advantage is that they are easy to clean, making them a good choice for families with children. Some other options you could consider for eco flooring are Cork (renewable material), reclaimed wool rugs, Bamboo flooring, reclaimed and sustainable hardwood, Linoleum flooring and recycled metal, glass and rubber tiles are all good options for an eco-friendly, durable nontoxic floor.

Maximise Your Space

Our final tip is to make the best use you can of the space in your home. This way you won’t be tempted to buy a bigger home, which won’t be as kind to the environment in terms of its carbon footprint. One way of doing this is to use multi-purpose furniture, such as fold-down couches, to get the most out of living areas. Another approach is to convert your garage, if you have one, into an office or additional living space.

There are many other ways of transforming your home into an eco-friendly haven, and you should consider this list to be a starting point. If you are considering the change to greener, kinder living, then good luck and may your redecoration and remodelling be a success.

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Rinkesh is passionate about clean and green energy. He is running this site since 2009 and writes on various environmental and renewable energy related topics. He lives a green lifestyle and is often looking for ways to improve the environment around him.

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25+ Outstanding Benefits of Living a Minimalist Lifestyle


A minimalism lifestyle is the change in one’s need or desire to own very few material possessions. A minimalist targets to own, on average, about 50-100 things on a quest to own less stuff but most importantly, only those items that are of great value and highly essential. In other words, clutter is eliminated by all means necessary.

Minimalists prefer to survive on fewer things, for instance: not owning a car but instead walk or bike to work; not feeling the need to own big and expensive homes, but instead build a small comfortable home; not owning the newest technology but instead have the functional day-to-day appliances. Minimalism is thus a tool for helping humanity rid themselves of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what is really important in a bid to find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. In this sense, here are 25+ outstanding benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle.

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1. It is an intentional rewarding lifestyle

Minimalism is a self-driven intention that comes from an individual and is not forced down on anyone. It comes from within a person, and that is, it is inspired by an internal decision and not by external forces. Therefore, it rewards by making us place value on only the rewarding things and avoid those that distracts us.

2. Freedom from the passion to possess – consumerism

“See it, buy it!” – This is the number one social disease most of us battle with in day to day life. With a minimalist lifestyle, however, it gives you the power to avoid the passion for material possession. Minimalist lifestyle advocates for minimal material possession and by adopting it, one is freed from the desire to buy things because others are doing it. Minimalism will help you avoid the influence and in the long-run, you get to save your hard earned money and spend it on more meaning things.

3. Freedom from modern mania

The comparison game and the race to own is the in thing in the contemporary era. Regardless, minimalist lifestyle assures that what one owns should not be dictated by advertisements. Therefore, it gives us the freedom to make decisions solely on the basis of needs and not dictated by greed. For this reason, minimalism gives one the freedom from modern mania by helping us purchase only the things that will last and of value.

4. A reliable, dependable and consistent life

A simple life is one that is consistent and dependable, which is very much realizable by living a minimalist lifestyle. With a simple life, it is easy to predict the future by noticing past failures in life and makes us more prepared for them. In the consumerism world, no one purchases a product again after the cons outweigh the pros. Based on this analogy, a minimalist lifestyle will always ensures the need to take responsibility and inculcate the trait of dependability.

5. Individual growth

With a minimalist lifestyle, one tends to appreciate the very little things which eventually address our deepest heart desires and only the ones that impact our lives positively for individual growth. Minimalist lifestyle significantly helps one to focus on his/her troubles. In most cases, we are always in the habit of focusing on the things that distract us instead of focusing on the little good things in our lives, which prevents us from addressing what is wrong.

A good example is dreaming for expensive vacations instead of having a simple nature/adventure tour within our localities. Besides, even personality development experts say that the little things we do like just taking an evening walk promotes well-being and productivity.

6. Minimalism offers dynamism on how we approach life

The approach to minimalist lifestyle differs from one person to another, but with the overriding principle of avoiding wastage and being content. In this sense, it is unique to anyone who adopts the lifestyle and makes it easy to be flexible so as to fit into relationships and other day to day life requirements. This benefit makes it easy for anyone to adopt an approach in life that specifically caters for their needs, without wanting to own the entire universe to prove how important or valuable we are.

7. It gives life meaning

A minimalist lifestyle gives meaning to the things that actually matter in our lives, ultimately providing direction for our entire life. The lifestyle teaches us to principally focus on the things that directly affect our lives and avoid those that are minor and do not directly affect us. This leads to living a life with purpose. For example, people attach too much importance to succeed instead of focusing on why they want to succeed.

8. Time saving and increased efficiency

A minimalist lifestyle is not time consuming. It fills our environment with less emotional and material needs or clutter in general, which makes decision making easier thus reducing time wastage and enhances efficiency. Further, it makes us only make time for what is important and not to waste time on things that do not matter.

9. It effects change

If you need to make change in your life, try a minimalist lifestyle. As discussed in the previous point of ‘time saving,’ minimalist lifestyle makes one more effective and efficient. It involves small changes in running our daily lives right from breaking away from the way we do things. Furthermore, the lifestyle requires minimalism and for this reason, it inculcates the same habit in our daily endeavors thereby changing how we perceive and do things.

10. Can help build better relationships

With the minimalist lifestyle, you’ll tend to spend more time with people that lift you up while you equally lift them up. The lifestyle also makes us contribute beyond our selfish desires and believing in greater purpose other than individual needs. As a result, it helps in building relationships with the people around us, our families, and friends.

11. Enjoy life- live in the moment

The lifestyle makes us focus on our hobbies and creating time to do only the rewarding and enjoyable things, especially the things we never seem to have time for. With all the extra time and less burden that comes with a minimalist lifestyle, it allows one to take risks and do the enjoyable things.

12. It rids you of baggage

In simple terms, the lifestyle makes you throw away what you don’t need in order to focus on what you need. The outcome is less stress and worry; and more peace of mind.

13. Enhances creativity

By consuming less and getting rid of excess clutter, both material and emotional, it gives the power and freedom to be creative. Moreover, minimalist lifestyle champions for creativity in looking for ways to reduce the amount of stuff consumed.

14. Organization benefits

A more organized house hold is easier to clean with less stuff and clutter. Have more space to arrange what you need. A minimalist lifestyle has a more aesthetic value.

15. Reduces fear

We accumulate stuff and give them meaning making us always terrified of losing our stuff. Gain confidence because you don’t have anything to lose by adopting a minimalist lifestyle. Taking back control of your life, for example, one can’t take a leap from a job they find draining and unrewarding to start their own business because most of their finances are tied up in maintaining a lifestyle that does not allow for that kind of risk.

16. Live a comfortable life

A minimalist lifestyle is packaged with a life full of comfort and freedom from stress as well as debt. It creates a calm and peaceful life.

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17. It makes you become self-reliant

Minimalist lifestyle helps you to become less reliant on material things and be more reliant on yourself. Your mood, should not be dictated by what you have, own or what you wish to own. You therefore get things done, and your ability to achieve is not dependent on possessions but on knowledge.

18. Better health

Minimalist lifestyle makes one to appreciate their health and take care of it. It also gives more opportunity for rest by decluttering your schedule to enhance your health, make your food, sleep or even spend time with family. It makes you take time to laugh, smile, and enjoy personal time, and even have time for a small polite conversation with a friend or a stranger. These things might seem trivial but eventually build up to one’s better health and well-being. It also preserves mental health.

19. Extra money

Buying and doing less leads to not spending so much money and eventually saving money and having extra money. You can use the money for emergencies or on things that matter.

20. Quality over quantity

Minimalism advocates for having less crappy stuff. Having crappy stuff means more spending on valuable resources. The lifestyle makes one spend money and time on only the really great stuff!

21. Owning investments instead of liabilities

Owning some things is more of a liability to growth than assets which boost your worth. You can only achieve this through a minimalist lifestyle because it assists you to get rid of the things holding you back from living life at your own terms. An example is owning a car when you are not financially flexible to deal with the expenses of owning a car like regular fuel and maintenance costs, which makes you spend more money on a non-rewarding item. A minimalist lifestyle doesn’t allow this by all means.

22. No Anxiety

Financial security is a huge anxiety relief. De-cluttering your life can help you let go of stress and clear space for the peace of mind. Instead of living with anxiety, a lifestyle of simple living offers happiness.

23. Lets you keep in touch nature and be part of its conservation

Not only is the minimalist lifestyle based on the concept of owning less things but it also reduces resource use which eventually helps the environment.

24. Freedom and feeling liberated

Freedom from stuff is liberating. The sense of freedom that comes from minimalism is truly amazing. A prime example is the freedom to do what you want with your time.

25. Charitable

The passage right to a minimalist lifestyle is getting rid of excess stuff that you don’t need. Nonetheless, because you don’t need it does not mean it is not helpful to someone else. Donating clothes to the homeless or books to library is not only a way to get rid of stuff but it is also a way to give to those people who need it most.

26. Happiness

True happiness is the ultimate benefit of living a minimalist lifestyle. Moreover, it is the best fruits of life that anyone can hope for. It adds a deeper sense of meaning to life and attaches purpose and fruitfulness of life itself.

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Paris Make Plans to Sue the Fossil Fuel Industry


The effects of climate change in most parts of the world are becoming drastic and thus, affecting lives and properties. Due to the present change in the climate, Paris has been experiencing its detrimental effects and on Tuesday, the city has said it is making out plans to sue the fossil industry. As a result of damages from climate change, Paris has also responded to these destructions, including immense recent floods, and it has decided to take this action to follow suit in the footsteps of New York and other cities in the United States.

It is necessary to know that 3 years ago, Paris had made plans to dissociate itself from assisting the fossil industry in the build-up to COP21, where the city itself agreed to sign the Paris Agreement. However, the Paris council has aims to use its power, together with the authority of President Anne Hidalgo within the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group to persuade other big cities to join in the campaign.

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Earlier this month, Paris was a victim of a major disaster pertaining to floods, which according to Anne Hidalgo, poses “a clear question of the city’s adaptation to climate change”. With the advent of the downpours that flooded Paris in May 2016, various research has indicated that climate change doubled the advent of the floods. However, it is important to know that during the course of these floods in 2016, various lives and properties were lost.

Following the announcement on Tuesday by the city, it was also indicated that other cities that have been affected by climate change are following the same action as Paris. However, Clemence Dubois, of 350.org France stated: “it is a welcomed news that other cities such as New York and Paris are mobilizing to shield their residents from climate change and hold various fossil fuel industries accountable for their actions. This major action for the movement against fossil fuel companies and the support of thousands of people all over the world against climate change is a good one in order to protect the planet from being destroyed completely”.

We need to know that big fossil fuel companies like Total, Shell, BP, and Exxon are imposing a big threat to the world by causing floods and increasing the number of heat waves which are intensifying not only in Paris but other areas of the planet. Other detrimental effects caused by these big fossil fuel companies include droughts, forest fires, rising sea levels, etc. The movement will not only help France but other areas of the world.

In addition, on Jan. 10, the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, declared that New York would dissociate from investing on the fossil fuel pension funds of $ 191 billion and he also stepped further to state that the city is making plans to sue BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips.

Bill de Blasio has also made this known: “We want to commence the fight against climate change by tackling big fossil fuel companies that know how dangerous their activities are but go ahead to mislead the public to protect their personal interests. As climate change tends to aggravate, it is left for these fossil fuel companies whose interest in their profits puts us in this situation to take it upon themselves to make New York a safer place to be”.

Various court documents have stated that New York has also suffered from flooding and erosion as a result of climate changes. As a result of future threats, it has also sought to protect its residents from the effects of climate change back on the companies that have done lots of activities in creating changes on our climate – the fossil fuel companies.

Paris and New York are collaborating in the fight against fossil fuel giants due to Tuesday’s statement. Other major cities like Sydney, Cape Town, Berlin, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm are not left out in their support and they have also stated their commitment to the divestment of fossil fuels. Could this be the beginning of the movement against big fossil fuel giants by major cities in the world?

Nevertheless, 33 major local authorities in France have stated their support in the divestment; such authorities include, Bordeaux, Lille, La Rochelle, and Dijon.

Clemence Dubois said: “we will persuade our local authorities to ask other cities to follow our movement. We all know that our local communities have more authority in the resistance against these big fossil fuel companies, comprising through their links with the “Caisse des Depots et Consignation” who manages the pension of the employees. We also request that this public financial institution joins this movement that is happening all over the country.”

With all of these actions, the pressure on the fossil fuel industry is increasing every day. Right now, over 800 institutions including religious and medical groups have given their support to this movements. In order to increase the chances of victory, the Fossil Fuel movement is also making out plans for local action all over the world to increase the change to renewable energy. To be part of this movement- find out how you can take action anywhere you are.

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Greenhouses: The Ultimate Solar Energy Technology


The technology to capture solar energy and use it in a variety of ways is rapidly developing. It is an exciting time in the industry with large scale, efficient solar farms generating power from the sun on a massive scale. Whilst most of these large-scale developments focus on converting the suns energy into electricity, other solar devices are also being designed like the solar powered cooking grill a solar device that generates diesel from the air. In a domestic setting the capture of solar power is still limited but we can expect to see some exciting development in the future.

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Greenhouses

It is worth remembering that plants capture the suns energy all the time and convert it into food in a process called photosynthesis. Our vegetable patches and gardens are therefore one big solar panel. We can capture more of this energy to extend our growing seasons and produce more food by the use of cold frames and greenhouses.

A greenhouse does not increase the suns energy or concentrate the incoming light. A patch of ground under a greenhouse does not receive more light than a neighbouring patch outside the greenhouse. So how does a greenhouse work then? Sunlight is not just light – it also carries heat energy too. When light passes through an object, like glass, some of it becomes heat. The panes of a greenhouse capture this heat energy and hold it inside the structure heating the plants and the soil around the plants roots. It is this increase in temperature that makes the plants inside a greenhouse grow earlier and faster than plants outside.

To maximise the capture of this heat energy a greenhouse needs to have tight joints and glazing so the heat and warm air inside can’t leak out. Glass is not a good insulator but modern thickened glass is more effective at retaining heat when there is no direct sunlight, for example, when there is cloud cover and during the night.

Quality greenhouse manufacturers like Cultivar use gaskets in their frames which allow the greenhouse glazing to expand when it is hot but when the glass cools and shrinks the gaskets also ensure a snug fit with no air gaps. If you have a layer of brick or stone at the base of your greenhouse this will act as a heat store – it will take longer for the greenhouse to heat up but overnight these dense materials will release their heat.

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The further you are away from the equator the less light you will experience in the Winter. For many of us there is not enough sunlight in the Winter to allow us to grow a crop. Of course, you can artificially heat your greenhouse – however this is not very efficient.

A Walipini greenhouse design comes from Bolivia and it has a unique design. It is a large hole (6-8 feet deep) with glazed top level and roof. This design has much less surface area of glass to capture sunlight through so how can it be warmer during the Winter? It uses a secondary source of heat – the Earths crust! The Earths crust is molten metal and magma and it’s very hot. You only have to dig down about 1.2m to benefit from this heat. At this depth the soil temperature is fairly constant at 10 – 16 °C. This steady temperature is found in most places across the globe and it even has it’s own name – The Thermal Constant.

So by digging down into the Thermal Constant layer you ensuring that your plants roots always experience a safe temperature making Winter growing a possibility. It also prevents root temperatures becoming too high in the Summer.

If you want to try this type of greenhouse you need to make sure that it’s base is a good 5 feet above your local water table. This will prevent flooding and root waterlogging.

Sunrooms

You can use the suns energy to heat your home directly. Large panes of glass, sunrooms and skylights can be added to your home to capture the suns heat and reduce or eliminate your need to use artificial heating. If you want to make sure the heat captured during the day does not escape as soon as the sun sets you will need to use quality double glazing, in freezing countries triple glazing is the best option. Without quality glazing the sun room will not be comfortable in the evenings and overnight.

You should pay close attention to the glasses Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). This measures how well the glass converts the sunlight that falls onto it into heat. The scale runs from 0 to 1. The closer the SHGC is to 1 the better it is at generating heat from sunlight.

Fit a ceiling fan which pushes air down towards the floor. Because warm air rises the hottest temperatures will be up near the roof, a ceiling fan will make the air circulate pushing the heat down towards the furniture and people and below.

Of course you can use some clever design to combine the benefits of a sun room with a greenhouse. Several eco communities as well as research institutions are incorporating large glazed sections onto the side of living quarters to provide heat as well as a large area for year round food production. The image below is of the Sirius Community greenhouse.

Domestic Solar Power Adoption

Having solar panels fitted individually to your home can still be expensive and complicated. Some governments have helped the industry by providing grants and incentivising power companies to use domestic solar power. Other countries have done the opposite by levying taxes and imposing restrictive legislation. These two extremes are illustrated by the UK and Spain.

Despite Spain being bathed in constant sunshine, using solar power for anything other than water heating is difficult and expensive. In the UK solar panels are literally everywhere even though there is little strong sunshine for much of the year. In 2016 the UK was in 6th place globally in terms of solar capacity and was generating 12,300 MW of solar power, about 3.5% of the country’s electricity need. In comparison Spain is in 10th place in the world with a capacity of only 5,500 MW.

If you want to find out more about solar power production and usage on a country by country basis you can start here. If you can’t fit solar panels to home don’t despair there are still ways to use the suns energy.

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Rinkesh is passionate about clean and green energy. He is running this site since 2009 and writes on various environmental and renewable energy related topics. He lives a green lifestyle and is often looking for ways to improve the environment around him.

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Famous Climate Skeptic Withdrew From Top Environmental Job by White House


In yet another famous hindrance for the President of the United States, Donald Trump, the white house recently withdrew the appointment of a top climate skeptic to become the chair of the Influential Council on Environmental Quality.

However, it is important to know that the appointment of this top skeptic by name, Kathleen Hartnett White has been delayed due to some of her controversial statements on climate change and other environmental issues in the past. Nevertheless, Kathleen Hartnett has been finding it difficult to get the support of most Republicans in the Senate. The appointment of Kathleen Hartnett had been delayed for over a year now.

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Just like other nominees from the president of the United States, she doesn’t support environmentalism and she’s also in support of the Texas Public Policy Foundation which was a conservative think tank that got huge funds from Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and other big fossil-fuel industries.

Kathleen Hartnett White was declared last October by President Trump to be the chairperson of the Influential Council on Environmental Quality. It is also necessary to know that Kathleen has worked with the former Texas Governor, Rick Perry, who is now Trump’s energy secretary for 6 years to oversee the state environmental agency.

Furthermore, the nomination of White was flagged in the Senate and she is among the group of nominees that have been rejected by the Senate from the White House when the Congress concluded its activities for last year. Nevertheless, President Trump submitted White’s nomination at the beginning of this year again.

Kathleen Harnett White who has never been a researcher linked the work of environmentalists to “the rigid claims of ideologues and clerics”. When called for a Senate hearing last year November, she shielded and stood by her past comments, that environmental pollution which is caused by burning fuels does not cause any detrimental effect on the environment.

White’s opponents were against the nomination of her heading the council and they referred to her past comments on the support of fossil fuels to help improve the standard of living of people. White has often referred to carbon dioxide as not being a polluting agent but a necessity for plant nutrition and sustenance.

In the time when Perry was still the governor of Texas, White had often tagged the past American government headed by Obama as “imperial EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)” and she had constantly opposed several programs and measures on air and water pollution.

However, White has asked for her nomination to be withdrawn, according to a Washington Post. Also, she has also said in a statement: “I would love to thank President Donald Trump for his immense confidence in me. I will always support his policies and leadership on environment and energy issues and make them of critical importance in order to make our nation great, prosperous, and safe once more”.

The present U.S Senator, Tom Carper who is the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said that, “it is totally clear that being the head of the Council on Environmental Quality is not the right job for White” Carper had said that the withdrawal of White’s nomination from the office was the best measure that has been taken; he has advised the government of the United States to choose a considerate environmental and public health personnel to lead this sophisticated position.

Kathleen Hartnett White has said lots of provocative statements in the past, in which she affirmed that “there are no environmental crises anywhere and that there are no major problems concerning the environment in the US”.

Also, White’s statement was also recorded saying that “renewable energy can’t be achieved, rather, it is a fabricated hope” and she called the findings made by researchers “dogmatic claims of ideologies and clerics”.

In addition to all of White’s statements, it is important also to note that September last year, she also stated that believing in “global warming” is a sort of paganism.

White’s opinions concerning global warming were also aired live in a show in November during her appointment hearing at the Senate committee on environment and public works, where she had problems trying to answer vital questions about carbon dioxide and climate. She said, “Carbon dioxide is not a characteristic air pollutant that you know to contaminate the atmosphere, thus, carbon dioxide has a direct impact on human health”. White was asked if she was concerned on the increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, well, she stated that “carbon dioxide is an important gas that adds essential nutrients to plants”.

When she was asked if she knew of any issue on the oceans as a result of the discharges of fossil fuels, she answered: “there are lots of them”. When requested to name a few of them, she stated that she had only a shallow knowledge of these problems. White couldn’t give a good answer to the questions that were asked by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the effects of carbon dioxide on oceans.

However, the news of White’s withdrawal was welcomed by lots of Democrats in the U.S and it is also a cheered one for every thoughtful environmentalist all over the world today.

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30+ Impressive Ways to Reduce Trash in Your Home


There are a lot of items in our homes that are unnecessary and in most cases, regarded as trash. Instead of having them pile up and then imagine of how hectic it is to clean it up, there are easier ways you can implement to reduce the present trash as well as items that are later turned into trash. Besides, having trash at home reduces the quality of life.

For this reason, it is fundamental to engage in appropriate ways of reducing trash to ensure proper sanitation as well as orderliness at home. If you are having problems managing trash at your home, this article gives you a guide on more than 30 impressive ways to reduce trash in your home.

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1. Start recycling plans for items in the house. Items such as plastic bottles and cans can be recycled for other uses such as storages. You can sing up with recycling agencies or trash collectors since most of them are recyclable. You’ll also be helping to better the environment.

2. Possess a fiber or cotton bag for groceries. It is a common feat that groceries acquired from the supermarkets as well as the stores will be packaged in plastic bags that are only used once, after which, they are regarded as trash. To avoid such an instance, it is of essence to acquire a reusable cotton or synthetic fiber bag that you carry with you when heading out for some groceries.

3. Obtain only what is needed for food. It is a shocking fact that there is a lot of food waste and it’s even worse in the U.S. If there is proper accounting for the food purchased, it is easy to avoid food wastage.

4. Proper outdoor composting. There is a lot of trash generated by most households in form of food. Through the use of outdoor compost such that the excess of food (food wastes) are thrown there, it can reduce the amount of trash at your home. The resultant compost manure can then be used to provide nutrients for crops in your home garden.

5. Repair rather than discard broken appliances and electronics. The space occupied by broken appliances in our homes can be astonishing. The fact that they are unused means they are trash waiting for disposal. Instead of having them disposed, they can be repaired and put back into proper use. Moreover, the disposal of such instruments leads to an increase in landfill waste.

6. Reduce mail by canceling subscription of unnecessary mail. Most of the times, we tend to have lots of paper in the name of mails, some of which are not necessary. It simply adds to the paper waste that will be trashed. You can have the bank statements and utility bills sent to you online instead of paper mail.

7. Use permanent plates and cutlery. There is a tendency of people to acquire paper plates to avoid the washing of utensils. It is worth noting that the pollution caused by the paper plates is alarming. People should thus use plates that can be cleaned after use for reuse.

8. Have in your possession a reusable water bottle. Plastic water bottles form a large part of the trash both at home, outside and in our offices. It is necessary to minimize this and the best way to do it is by acquiring a reusable water bottle. Reusable water bottles are portable and easy to refill.

9. Go paperless in the kitchen. It may seem like a small initiative but it will considerably aid in reducing the overall paper trash in your home.

10. Take your own reusable bags when doing shopping. There are a lot of plastic bags that come with shopping, be it at a boutique or the local shop. It is therefore rewarding to have a reusable bag when heading out for shopping.

11. Use homemade cosmetics. By making cosmetics at home, it reduces the trash that would have resulted namely the plastic bottles and packaging if the cosmetics were purchased. Plus, it reduces the budget costs. Cosmetics such as shampoos and cleaning items can easily be made at home with environmentally friendly products.

12. Visit the fresh farm market for groceries. Produce obtained from farmers market is fresh and is free of any packaging. With your shopping bag, you are able to obtain the best produce with minimal packaging and thus, promoting the reduction of trash at home.

13. Ditch processed and packaged foods. It may not be an easy feat but it is a worthy one. Preparing your own food gets rid of the excesses of plastic, paper and board packages that end up trashing your homes.

14. Use cloth diapers. There is an extra coin that is saved from using cloth diapers rather than the disposal diapers. In addition, cloth diapers are reusable.

15. Buy e-books instead of paper books. The evolution of the internet has made life very easy. It is now very easy and fast to download an e-book as well as read online. This is very efficient in trash reduction since there is no chance of paper waste.

16. Use old clothes as cleaning rags. With this strategy, old clothes are put into used as opposed to disposing them as trash. Furthermore, it saves on the purchase of paper towels as well reducing the number of trees cut down to manufacture paper. Also, rags obtained from clothes last much longer than brushes or paper towels.

17. Ensure you own a handkerchief. There are many uses for a handkerchief. It can be used to dry tears, blowing your nose or even wrapping up a snack. For this reason, it saves on paper napkins which are only used once after which, regarded as trash. Handkerchiefs only need cleaning for reuse.

18. Always use reusable cloth napkins. Cloth napkins are easy to come by and are equally easy to make. They have a myriad of uses and can be washed and put to use again.

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19. Obtain and use a non-disposable shaving razor. The use of plastic disposable razors contributes to lots of trash in our homes. The use of a permanent non disposable one will significantly reduce trash in your home.

20. Use rechargeable batteries. The use of rechargeable batteries means reduced disposal of non-rechargeable batteries and it is also economical.

21. Buy detergents and soap in concentrated forms. Detergents in concentrated forms last longer which means you’ll reduce trash in your home if you purchase them as opposed to the conventional ones.

22. Give away old clothes to charities. There are a lot of clothes that are not worn and just occupy space in the house. Because it is impossible to turn old clothes into rags, you can give some to charities to reduce trash in your home.

23. Ladies should have a menstrual cup in their possession. The use of tampons may lead to an increase in trash at home. In a bid to avoid this, the ladies can own a menstrual cup that will go a long way in helping them. It is advantageous as it can be washed and used again and again. Moreover, it is a onetime purchase thus cheaper than monthly purchase of tampons.

24. Refill printer ink cartridges. It prevents purchase of new ones and saves on cost.

25. Buy items in bulk. Purchase of goods in small quantities leads to a higher chance of waste generation. Numerous items in small quantities translate to more disposals of wrappings. Again, once goods are bought in bulk, you can use containers or mason jars to store the items in smaller quantities.

26. Clear things not needed at home. There are a lot of items that we have at homes that only add to the trash but are of no value. Such items should be donated or auctioned.

27. Stop buying CDs and DVDs. There is always need for entertainment. Regardless, the buying of movies and music in CDs and DVDs eventually adds trash in our homes after their usage. Instead, you can opt for downloading or streaming the music/movie online.

28. Borrow instead of buying. There are many items we only need or use for a short time at home. Instead of purchasing these items, we should borrow them, use them for the intended purpose, and then return them. Buying such items will only warrant trashing as they are rarely needed.

29. Have storage containers or mason jars. There are a lot of uses for storage containers or mason jars. For instance, they can be used for storage in fridges thereby discarding the use of plastic containers that often end up as trash.

30. Buy used items whenever possible, particularly for children stuff. There are lots of things we purchase for children that turn out to be trash. Examples include toys, books and clothes. If you buy used and in small quantities, you will certainly reduce trash in your home.

31. Only shop a few times in a year. This initiative will help you reduce compulsive buying – a move that leads to a lot of trashing with things such as clothes you never get to wear or items you’ll rarely use.

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6 Positive Facts About The Global Car Recycling Industry


Advances in the waste management sector – especially in car recycling – don’t get a lot of attention in the mainstream media, which means that lots of people often don’t realize quite how quickly it’s advancing. In particular, vehicle recycling laws and practices in the US, Canada and Europe are all contributing to an ever more sustainable global economy, and we’ve come a long way in just the last few years. To demonstrate, here are six of the most positive facts about the modern car recycling industry!

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The annual amount of hazardous fluids and oils safely reclaimed from recycled vehicles is equal to 8 Exxon Valdez disasters

The Exxon Valdez incident occurred in 1989, when an Exxon-owned oil tanker ran aground in Alaska and spilled over 10 million gallons of crude oil into the water. At the time, that sort of pollution was unheard of, making it one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters in history.

These days there’s a flipside – thanks to advances in the car recycling sector, at least eight times that amount of hazardous liquid is saved from going to landfill every single year. When you consider the scale involved, that’s quite an achievement!

Every year, 27 million cars are recycled across the globe

With those sorts of numbers, it’s easy to see why cars are officially the most recycled product in the world. Most first-world nations are forever evolving their car recycling infrastructure and capabilities, and in the last few months more and more developing nations are working on the issue, too.

This time last year, India announced its intention to remove millions of old cars from its streets, which are collectively responsible for intensive pollution. Many of these cars are only barely in working condition, and virtually none of them meet the environmental standards required of modern cars. India’s plan is to make the original manufacturers responsible for recycling them, which the government hopes will have the extra bonus of allowing for greater regulation and oversight within the country’s car recycling industry.

Millions of tonnes of material is saved by recycling cars every year – and dizzying amounts of energy, too!

When it comes to materials rescued from ELV (end-of-life) vehicles, metal is obviously always going to be the biggest group. Even knowing that, the numbers might surprise you. 14 million tonnes of steel is recycled annually from ELV cars. To put that into perspective, that’s enough to make roughly 2000 Eiffel Towers!

Zinc is another metal that’s heavily used in the construction of cars, mainly for plating protecting the bonnet, the fuel systems or the chassis. It’s chief advantage is that it’s highly resistant to corrosive materials like salt, which means it comes in useful every time salt is sprayed on roads to combat slippery surfaces in freezing conditions. Every year, 2.9 million tonnes of zinc is recovered from scrap vehicles, and 1.5 million of that becomes new scrap or residues.

And the bonuses don’t stop there – there are also massive energy savings, too. Annually, the steel industry is estimated to save enough energy to power about 18 million households for a year. Meanwhile, production for recycled zinc uses 76% less energy than processing virgin material. All in all, that means everyone on the planet gets to collectively enjoy the benefits just recycled material, while the energy savings take off just a bit of environmental pressure, too.

In Europe, 95% of each car is recycled by weight

Here’s something you may not have known: it’s not just the zinc plating, or the steel of the body – almost your entire car is recyclable. In fact, many new cars being manufactured today are estimated to contain around 25% scrap metal! In addition to the metal, windshields, batteries, upholstery and tyres are all other types of car parts that can be easily recycled.

This is largely thanks to the European Union, which is always looking for new ways to help its member nations establish and maintain circular economies. In recent years, its latest legislation has set continuously more ambitious recycling targets for its members to achieve. And speaking of which…

Britain has just exceeded its end-of-life vehicle recycling target from the European Union

Each set of statistics takes about two years to be compiled by the EU, and according to a recently published report, the UK’s 2015 performance in the car recycling sector rose from 90.7% to a record-breaking 96.9% – higher than figures recorded by Germany, France, Norway and Sweden.

This brings the UK well in line with the EU target of 95% we mentioned above, and the country has had two more years since then to build on that improvement. It sets an encouraging precedent for other nations – so let’s see what the stats say in 2020!

Car recycling creates hundreds of thousands of jobs, helping the global economy

These days, solid waste management uses a considerable amount of automated systems to process waste. Recycling, on the other hand, is more labor intensive, as it often requires keen eyes and human judgement (for example, by hand-picking potentially useful waste from a conveyor belt to sort it for re-use).  A report line from the Green Alliance examined the potential for the recycling sector to create 200,000 jobs in the next few years in Britain alone.

Some companies are already leading the way in this regard, most notably a top UK charity called Recycling Lives, based in the North West of England. Alongside its very own residential charity, Recycling Lives also owns and manages several commercial waste management schemes, including Scrap Car Network. The residential charity is closely supported and sustained by these commercial schemes, as they provide valuable work placements, training and often eventual employment for vulnerable people looking to put their lives together.

At the current rate of progress, the future of the car recycling industry still looks impressively optimistic, especially with more countries than ever looking to improve their rate of vehicle recycling. With any luck, we can hope for more of the same from other sectors of the overall recycling industry in years to come!

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White House Has Made Plans to Decrease Renewable Energy Programs By 72%, Report says


It is necessary to note that the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, stated on Tuesday that his government has ended the unreal “battle on clean coal”. The president has also made it known that he wants to make fossil fuel the main trend of the world.

However, the American government have set out plans to instruct the Congress to decrease the Department of Energy’s renewable energy and other agendas that are associated with efficient energy by 72% in 2019, this was stated by a draft budget that was revealed by Washington Post.

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The draft document says that the White House will also ask the congress to stop the weatherization program which has trained lots of people and has helped alleviate bills on different house owners across the country. Also, the budget proposal will obliterate state energy grants and eliminate the study of fuel efficient vehicles.

Furthermore, it is also necessary to note that the level of recent expenditures of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is about $2.04 billion but Trump’s administration is ready to decrease this amount by $575.5 million in 2019, this was also reported by the Post.

In 2018, it was known that Trump wanted $636.1 million to be spent on EERE department, but it was later rejected by the Congress; this was due to the fact that they were in support for an increase in the amount stated by Trump.

The draft budget by the American government decreed a number of cuts and they are aimed to decrease the growth of renewable energy across the country.  Moreover, the draft document stated the reduction of 680 staff in passed budget in 2017 to 450 in 2019. One of the EERE said that, “it is evident that we have made no success in trying to convince the recent government of our value, and if anything, this has also indicated that our value has dropped”

In a statement in response to the Post, the American government said it would not say anything “on any seeped or pre-decisional draft prior to the release of the official document”

We all know that the need for the environment to sustain renewable energy is very important and this is what the EERE supports. The office of the EERE has always been devoted to support the growth of ecological transportation, renewable power, efficient homes and structures across the world and not just the United States alone. It is also vital to know that the EERE program called “SunShot” has drastically decreased the total costs of solar energy in the United States and its environs.

Much of the findings of the EERE is mostly deployed on research and most times at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Co. Also, much of the laboratory’s $293 million budget in 2017 came from the EERE. Sadly, the cut of the budget would be so drastic.

Additionally, the draft has also called for the decrease in the research of fuel efficient vehicles by 82%. This also means that the document has made plans to cut the budget for the production of electric cars from $307 million (which is largest program right now) to $56 million in 2019.

Funds made specifically for bioenergy technologies have been channeled to study renewable fuels from sources which are not from food. Also, this plan will decrease the amount of funds being spent on more efficient building technologies and research into geothermal, hydro, and wind power.

The EERE programs on renewable energy takes about 7% of the Department’s overall budget, majority of the budget is channeled to maintain the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile and take care of different areas that have been adulterated by the country’s nuclear activities.

Trump’s decree on the cuts comes at the same time when he made the decision to enact tariffs on important solar panels and other equipment that are correlated to it. In addition to this, most people have stated that this move will not only suppress the present solar growth, but it will also have bad effect on one of the increasing job sectors of the economy and decrease clean energy innovations.

Although, it is more likely that the draft document might change before the government’s budget is due this month, but as it stands now, the Post has made it clear that the White House will set a preliminary point for certain negotiation to take place; it will also give a statement of resolved and other policy urgencies.

However, the cut under the leadership of President Donald Trump has shown to the world that it is uninterested in fostering renewable energy and producing environmental friendly products. The cut will also lower the funding of research and findings when it comes to knowing more on alternative energy sources like wind, and hydrothermal power. Nevertheless, Trump’s budget will be disclosed later this month, of which everyone is anticipating to see.

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18 Smart and Easy Ways to Reuse Wastewater in 2018


Domestic water consumption makes up 8% of total global water use according to UN-Water 2010. It therefore means that our homes alone generate about 8% of the total global water used. As much as it has been advocated for people to cut back on water use and minimizing wastage to conserve water, it is even more rewarding to collect and reuse waste water as it ultimately saves water even more.

Waste water recycling is one of the most sensible and winning options for promoting water sufficiency and it can range from simple home methods to sophisticated industrial wastewater filtration systems. Reuse of different types of waste water is hence a way to optimize water use at home. It can either be reused directly or treated and reused as discussed in this article. Here are 18 Smart and Easy Ways to Reuse Wastewater in 2018.

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1. Agricultural waste water reuse

Waste water can be used for agricultural purposes such as watering landscape gardens and lawns. It can equally be used to irrigate vegetable and fruit nurseries or flower and fence bushes. As much as irrigation increases crop yield, it should be used according to the WHO (1989) guidelines for the safe use of wastewater in agriculture by monitoring the water contaminant levels of waste water.

If not monitored, humans and animals may end up consuming contaminants from the crops which is not good for health. Also through the monitoring program, it is possible to prevent excessive soil-nutrient runoff and salinity from irrigation by the use of salty water, which inhibits plant growth. Subsurface irrigation systems are designed to spread water evenly around the garden and as such, are recommended for irrigating with untreated water.

2. Redirecting drain water (Grey wastewater systems)

Grey water refers to wastewater from non-toilet plumbing fixtures such as showers, basins and taps from domestic household use. It is slightly used and is not in contact with feces but can contain some elements of household cleaning products, grease, hair, food or dirt. The reuse method involves diverting waste water from the drainage sinks and washing machines then directing it into a grey water collection system.

Showers and sink only require a simple grey water collection system as opposed to trapping used water from washing machines. With the installation of the system, the grey water can be used outdoors for cleaning the veranda and the driveway, watering grass, or even washing the car and doormats.

3. Recycling dirty aquarium water

The water in the fish tanks must be routinely changed to get rid of excess toxic materials and waste dissolved in water that could harm the fish if left to accumulate. When refilling aquarium water, instead of disposing of the dirty water, one can use it for agricultural reuse like watering potted plants, vegetable nurseries or lawn gardens.

As a matter of fact, the water is very good for plants because it contains materials such as nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and ammonium and other microorganisms found in soil sediments, which can act as natural fertilizer. In doing so, however, it is advisable not to water plants with used water from salt water aquariums as it can harm the plants due to high salt content.

4. Collect shower water

Collection of shower water is the easiest and simplest way to reuse water at home. Water from the shower can be reused after a bath by plugging the drain and letting the bath fill up. It can then be manually collected from the bathtub using a bucket. Alternatively, one can stand in a basin or bucket when taking a shower to collect the water. After bath, the collected water can be reused for watering outdoor flowers and lawns.

5. Trap rain water

Collecting rain water is equally part of water reuse that many people do not recognize. The installation of gutters for diverting rain water to where it can be stored does the work. After collection, the water can be used in the garden to water plants, for laundry and many other purposes as rain water is considerably clean and safe compared to other types of used water such as grey water.

6. The use of coarse filtration

Coarse filtration of used water can be done to improve its reuse purposes. It entails the removal of large particles in the used water such as grease, hair, plastic dirt and food just to mention a few. With coarse filtration, the grey water from the house is collectively then directed into the filtration system where the coarse particles are removed. Once removed, the outflow can be connected to an irrigation system for use in watering plants and other purposes such as washing the car and outdoor cleaning.

7. Fine filtration of water for reuse

Just like coarse filtration, fine filtration can as well be used to make waste water more useful. The difference is that fine filtration is majorly used to remove microbes from water. If properly filtered, the water is fit for human consumption and cooking. There is a basic structure recommended for a fine filtration system and once it is set up, the grey water can be filtered then directed to a collection point where it can be used for various purposes.

8. Reuse of water from laundry

Waste water from laundry cleaning can be directed for outdoor use. It can be collected from washing machines by removing the discharge hose from the house drain and connecting it to a longer run off hose that can reach the yard which will enable the collection and use of waste water every time laundry is done.

During laundry the pipe can be moved to different points in the yard to avoid erosion and ensure the lawns are watered evenly. The laundry water can also be used for cleaning the pavements and the driveway.

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9. Save pasta water

One of the most nutrient rich kitchen water is that used to boil vegetables and pasta. It can therefore serve a very good purpose in watering plants. Vegetable and pasta water can be collected in pots and after it has cooled down, it can be used to water the garden.

10. Catch warm-up shower water

This is water that runs from the shower as you wait for it to get to the perfect temperature before starting to take a shower. Instead of letting the water to be wasted down the drain, one can capture this warm up water by simply placing a basin or large bowl under the faucet when the shower is turned on then simply moving it out of the way when the water gets to the preferred temperature for bathing. The water can be used directly around the household because it is very clean or can be used outdoors to water garden plants.

11. Reuse unwanted ice

Instead of dumping ice from over stayed ice trays from the freezers or ice coolers in the drain, spread it on the garden grass or around plants and let the ice melt into liquid.

12. Reuse unused drinking water

Drinking water stored for a long period of time has a stale taste, is murky, and also has a great probability of being contaminated by bacteria. Instead of disposing it by pouring it out, you can use it for washing utensils and other household chores as it is not that dirty. Stale pet water can also be used on potted plants.

13. Employ the use of rain barrels

In most cases, rain from the roofs of our houses is just left to run off into the sewer systems. In a bid to save this water from going to waste, rain barrels can be used to collect the water by placing them under the gutter’s downspout. The water can then be used for various purposes such as laundry, watering plants and general cleaning in the house.

14. Install sink-to-toilet system

A sink-to-toilet system is one that has an adjustable sink toilet top attached to the toilet’s refill cycle. The system works by filtering sink drainage after which it stores it in a reservoir, which is used to flush the toilet. Particularly, it redirects water from the pipe to a valve which then drains the water into the toilet bowl.

15. Collect the overflow from watering plants

Every time when potted plants are watered, there is always water overflow or water running out of the drainage holes of the pots that goes to waste. Instead of letting this water flow away, it can be collected then by placing the plants in deep trays and used to water other smaller plants or the grass.

16. Save water used to wash fruits and vegetables

The water used to wash fruits and veggies can be collected then used for watering potted plants and gardens. The rinse water for utensils can also be saved and used to water houseplants or for other cleaning purposes in the house such as floors, toilets and sinks.

17. Build a rain garden

Rain gardens can be built effortlessly as it does not require any superior skills. It is just a matter of putting up rain gutters that directs rain water to the garden. Several holes at strategic points can be punched under the pipes to simulate overhead irrigation. Alternatively, the gutters can be used to direct the water and run it through plants from hanging baskets after which it flows to other plants in the lower parts. With this easy method, less water is needed for watering the garden.

18. Reuse the water used for washing your car

When washing the car, it can be done in such a way that the water drains into the lawn instead of it being directed down the drain. Soap water cannot harm the grass. So, by moving the car very close to the lawn before washing it is an impressive technique of saving the clean water that would have been used to water the grass.

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35 Amazing Facts About Overpopulation


The earth has a specific carrying capacity that once exceeded, can lead to fewer resources for the globe’s population. If this happens, it equates to overpopulation. Each environment has a limited number of resources that need to be managed carefully for humanity to live comfortably on this earth. However, man has stretched the limit of the environment such that most of the resources are being depleted and overused.

This is caused by the fact that the growth of the population is not proportional to the growth or utilization of the available resources. Over the years, there has been a rapid growth of the population and this article seeks to highlight some of the amazing facts about overpopulation.

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Fact 1. Currently, there are over 7.6 billion people in the world. The steady rate of growth of the population has brought about this huge figure. Asia and Africa constitute the greater share of the world’s overpopulation statistics.

Fact 2. It takes a approximate dozen years for an increase in population by a billion. It has taken 12 years for the population in the world to grow from 6 billion to 7 billion, between 1999 and 2011. This increase is mostly attributed to the developing countries where the growth rate is higher.

Fact 3. The rate of population growth has slowed down. Yes there is overpopulation and it is true that it is increasing. Nonetheless, it is growing at a slower rate than it was about 10 years ago, which is 1.24% then compared to 1.18% now.

Fact 4. Over 108 billion people have lived on earth. This is a revelation that is astonishing since the 7.6 billion currently on earth represents just about 7%. This means that of the 108 billion people ever on earth, only 7% are presently alive.

Fact 5. There are over 230 million immigrants globally. Most move from LDCs to more developed countries. Over time, the trend has shifted and now, some of the immigrants migrant to other LDCs.

Fact 6. There are around 80 million births in the world every year. This is the estimated average number of births recorded per year. This means that there is an addition of at least 80 million people as New Year begins.

Fact 7. In 1985, the demand for resources exceeded its supply. The distribution of the available resources was quite equitable before 1985, where there was equilibrium between the demand and the supply of resources. Nevertheless, the emergence of overpopulation led to disequilibrium where the resources could not cater for the whole population.

Fact 8. Approximately 34% of the population was probably unwanted or accidental. This is universal. It is caused by cases of unwanted pregnancies by young girls as well as poor family planning methods. Absconding of children is also a factor.

Fact 9. Overpopulation is not only attributed to population growth. The increase in the life expectancy level has also played a role in overpopulation. This is brought about by the fact people are living for a longer time than they did, say 50 years ago. For instance, in 1950, males had a life expectancy level of 66 years whereas as of now, it is at 74 years.

Fact 10. There are 3000 births every 20 minutes and a subsequent loss of 27000 species of plant and animal life. The growth in population translates to exploitation of the flora and fauna in the people’s lifetime.

Fact 11. It only took 40 years for the population to double from 3 billion in 1960 to 6 billion in 2000. This is super rapid growth compared to the beginning of the 19th century which had a population of 1 billion and took a whole century to be at 2 billion.

Fact 12. China and India have a combined population of 2.7 billion. These are the most populous countries in the world with over 35% of the world’s population.

Fact 13. Facebook would come third as the most populous country. The number of people logging in to the social network every month translates to a staggering 1.39 billion, coming third after China and India respectively.

Fact 14. There is a difference of approximately 21 years between the life expectancy of the developed and the developing nations. The average life expectancy for the LDCs is 56 compared to that of 77 for the developed nations.

Fact 15. Overconsumption is a greater issue than overpopulation. Despite overpopulation being a pressing global issue, overconsumption has been undermined. It is now being realized that 20% of the extremely rich consume 85% while 20% of those under the poverty line consume 1.3%. The water consumption for both extremes is at 85% and 15% respectively.

Fact 16. Over 50% of the world population is under 30 years. This translates to about 3.8 billion people between the ages of 0-30.

Fact 17. 80% of refugees are women, girls and young children. The globe boasts of 42 million refugees. The above group is the most likely to be affected by intimidation and inhumane incidences like rape.

Fact 18. Over 3 billion people live on less than 2 dollars a day. The consumption levels are minimal due to lack of finances for sustenance. The situation is made even worse by the fact that for every 1 rich individual, there are about 100 poor people.

Fact 19. About 1.8 billion people are between 10 and 24. The reason for this is because there is a higher birthrate. Consequently, there is a large young population.

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Fact 20. About 50% of the world population lives in urban centers. The rise in rural-urban migration in search for jobs and better living conditions has greatly influenced this phenomenon. At the beginning of the 19th century, those living in urban centers were only a meager 3%. It is estimated that the percentage will grow to 70% by 2050.

Fact 21. There are more males than females in the world. The population of males makes 50.4% of the population while females complete the remaining 49.6%.

Fact 22. Over 700 million girls are married before the age of 18. This has caused the rate of births to be on the increase as well as the number of school dropouts.

Fact 23. Majority of the population in LDCs are children and adolescents. In most of the third world nations, those who are 19 and below form a whooping majority attributed to a high birth rate and a low life expectancy.

Fact 24. There are more than 400 cities globally with a population of more than a million. This is a very significant growth since previously only 12 big cities in the world had such a population. Now, these 12 have grown to 19 and have a population of over 10 million each.

Fact 25. There are about 44 countries that have fertility rates lower than the replacement level. This means that for these countries, as other countries increase in population, they will face a decline in their population. In addition, most of these countries are developed countries.

Fact 26. There are 2.5 people born every second. Every second that passes, there are 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths which lead to the plus in population.

Fact 27. Close to 230 million infants below the age of 5 have never been officially registered. This is a third of the current infant population below this age. The number is higher in areas where there is less literacy levels like Sub-Saharan Africa and the South East Asia.

Fact 28. Overpopulation has been realized due to a decrease in death rates rather than birthrates. There have been advancements in the fields of medicine, technology, education and nutrition which have contributed to lower deaths.

Fact 29. Over 750 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. This has contributed greatly to poor sanitation and spread of diseases especially in third world countries.

Fact 30. The median age of the global world is 30 years. This means that half of the population is below 30 and that the remaining half is over 30.

Fact 31. Asia has 60% of the world population. This is posited by the fact that three of the world’s most populous countries come from Asia. These include China (1.38 billion), India (1.32 billion) and Indonesia (260 million).

Fact 32. The population of the world in 10 000 B.C was 5 million. Compared to the current figure of over 7 billion, there has been a rapid growth.

Fact 33. Teaching jobs will be the most viable jobs in the future. This is because there will be an increase of population of over 100 million births who will need to attend school and be taught. Moreover, by the time they are of age to go to school, there will another set of millions born.

Fact 34. To protect the environment, families may be forced to reduce their numbers. This is already happening in some countries where the average number of children per family is 2. This is an initiative with an aim of ensuring that there are enough resources left for survival in the environment.

Fact 35. The population of Nigeria is expected to surpass that of USA by 2050. This is owed to the fact that Nigeria has the largest growing rate and is among the top 10 most populous countries globally.

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