Hello everyone we are already in the middle of the week! (Wednesday) I am pretty surprised the week has gone by this fast! I have always really wondered exactly what constitues toxic waste. Toxic waste comes from a variety of different materials such as plastics, metals, noble gases, etc. But I wanted to have an in depth look at how devastating these byproducts can really be. Especially working for an electronics recycling company it might help me appreciate my job a little more. So I checked out the National Geographic page on Toxic Waste and here is what I found!
Toxic Waste Defined
By definition toxic waste is a “noun poisonous waste materials; can cause injury (especially by chemical means)”. These harmful materials arise from manufacturing processes, agricultural processes, septic system processes, construction processes and other industries. These can come in a variety of forms such as liquids, solids, sludge and contain various toxins like radiation or deadly viruses. Obviously these are all deadly to any living creature, including humans, mercury itself is especially dangerous because it doesn’t really disperse just accumulates.
Ways to “Destroy”Toxic Waste
Believe it or not according to National Geographic, the most COMMON way to get rid of toxic waste is to bury it in barrels in the ground…what?!?!. Yes that is a true statement click the link I provided to see for yourself. Especially when dealing with mercury containing computer monitors how could anyone allow the proper dumping of toxic waste to pass as a bunch of barrels buried in the ground?! It does not make sense and will eventually be re-leaked into the environment surrounding it. If waste is LESS toxic another common way to “destroy” toxic waste is to seal it into the ground by placing hard clay above it… again I don’t see how this is particularly preventive. According to the EPA, if you dump waste illegally (meaning it hurts the environment MORE than putting it in a barrel or forgetting to place hard clay above its resting place) then you run the chance of getting charged very large fines.
Toxic Waste Pictures
Here are a couple pictures of landfill sites:
Here is toxic runoff/ containment:
I myself have had my eyes open with this post and still am a little shocked at what the EPA deems as “acceptable” for toxic waste containment.
Hello ladies and gentlemen. I hope the Starbucks coffee today tasted extra delicious and sufficiently well brewed. I felt that today I could discuss alternatives to just throwing away your old common electronics such as cell phones, dvd players and so on. People usually consider one option when an electronic has died or is old throw it away A.S.A.P. Today working for an electronic recycling company and all I felt it was a nice day to throw in a post actually about recycling (I know very wild concept). So read on for 6 possible alternatives to just dumping your electronics into the trash!
6 Ways to Avoid Illegally Dumping Your Electronics
Give your cell phone to someone who needs it. Have an old cell phone you really don’t need? Something I have never understood is why people don’t consider trading cell phones or giving away old ones. As long as the other person and you are with the same carrier it would not be that big of a hassle plus it saves the other person’s time and money for taking your old cell phone when you get a new one and gets rid of your old phone once and for all.
Retailer Trade-In! There are various retailers out there that offer you cash for your old electronics such as cell phone providers like Verizon Wireless which take older phones while offering a reduced price on a newer model (and an unnecessary contract renewal) or GameStop which takes used games from more recent gaming systems and pays you for them in store credit to apply to newer games.
Contribute Your Electronics to a Charity. This is one of my favorite approaches to older electronics you have laying around the house. There are many people out there that do not have as much as you or I and donating older electronics you no longer use might make their day a little brighter being able to log into the internet and read the international news section on MSN.com to know current events happening in other parts of the world.
Donate Cell Phones for Domestic Abuse Victims. Some charities out there actually take in broken/old cell phones, refurbish them and hand them out to domestic abuse victims just so they have a guaranteed way of dialing 9-1-1 for help when problems arise in their home.
Recycle at a Retailer. In case you don’t want store credit at GameStop or a new plan at Verizon Wireless, retailers such as Best Buy are now starting to accept ANY old electronics you have no use for to make their mark in a better society as well as to participate in yet another aspect of the life of the products they sell. Click here for the Best Buy Recycling Program to find out more!
Recycle with EZPC Recycle! This by far might be the best option for all involved parties. Not only because its an obvious plug for my company, but also because it makes the as much sense as trading in an old cell phone for a newer model at Verizon Wireless or for giving it to Best Buy to not deal with it on your own. In comparison to retailer EZPC Recycle can actually pay you for bringing in old electronic waste that you already are required by law to dump correctly anyways. Essentially payment by a recycling center for your e-waste is based off of how much the government is paying them for e-waste at that specific point in time so, obviously, if bargaining is an option doing your homework on what your selling would always be recommended.
I hope this list has been super informative if not at least somewhat informative! Remember to recycle with a legitimate recycling center that you KNOW will recycle your electronic waste properly through the DTSC (Department of Toxic Substances and Control). Have a great Tuesday!
Today I really wanted to explore the hurricane category classification system and how it became the warning system that we use today. I really feel its interesting to see how the current scale describes and sizes up these hurricanes especially with Hurricane Irene still attacking the East Coast. Hurricanes have always been forces of destruction terrorizing coastal areas such as the Caribbean and parts of the coastal U.S. But it wasn’t until two scientists, Herb Saffir and Robert Simpson, decided that the old building codes structural engineers were using for determining the resistance of structures to wind related factors was out of date. Shockingly these building codes were unchanged since 1926! Basically costing the United States a lot of money just for not upgrading the codes. So they teamed up and designed this super effective and accurate category system that sums up hurricanes accordingly. Click here for info on the classification system.
The 5 Category System
Category One: Very dangerous winds will produce some damage. This category includes winds that are anywhere from 74 to 95 m.p.h. Category one hurricanes have the ability to kill and maim animals and/or people.Not only can they kill your favorite pet, these hurricanes can completely destroy your mobile home or any building built before 1994!. Even swimming pools might suffer heavy casualties as this heavy hitting hurricane rips across your hometown.
Category Two: Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage. So what’s worse than a category one hurricane? A category two. These bad boys traverse the coast at about 96-110 m.p.h.! That is a semi slow Lamborghini Gallardo! These hurricanes tend to kill slightly more people and animals but it probably isn’t as bad as a category three. Mobile homes are also much more likely to be uprooted and destroyed by these barbaric hurricanes (Can there really be civilized ones?) but post-1994 constructed homes can also be severely damaged in these disasters. Surprisingly during category two hurricanes is when filtration systems for viable water sources begin failing. Essentially in a category two much more things are being thrown around.
Category Three: Devastating damage will occur. This is where hurricanes really start making stronger negative impacts on livelihoods. With these hurricanes the average wind speed will be 111-130 m.p.h. That is mind boggling. Many people and animals will now be at high risk of death just from being within the hurricane. Newer homes might not be completely decimated but most likely will have roof and wall collapses. Even well constructed homes are going to suffer extensive destruction if they are still standing. Both electricity and water sources will be unusable for a number of weeks after this deadly type of hurricane passes.
Category Four: Catastrophic damage will occur. Speeds at this level of hurricane ferocity will hit averages of 131-155 m.p.h. These forces of nature will basically do what category threes do except on a category four scale. In other words apartment buildings will most likely have their rooftops ripped off and weeks after this hurricane passes broken glass and shattered windows will still pose threats to passerby and survivors of this calamity. Additionally, many trees are going to be completely uprooted and block off sections of the residential areas they use to line with their beauty along with destroyed telephone poles. Most of the affected area will be uninhabitable for months!!!
Category Five: Catastrophic damage will occur. Basically category four and five hurricanes are very similar in their potential destructive power with the only difference being category fives are a bit more destructive since the rate of speed for these hurricanes need to be at an average higher than 155 m.p.h. This hurricane is what nightmares are made of. Regardless of being in your house or in a skyscraper, your chances of death are always high. This is because of the sheer force of moving debris and the speed of the winds themselves. Pretty much every mobile or bolted down building will be annihilated with the exception of a few apartment buildings. The area would be inhospitable for months.
I hope this descriptive listing of hurricane warnings has enlightened you and opened your eyes to just how devastating a hurricane can really be. I really never knew how the government scaled hurricanes and on what basis they determined the category levels but after researching them for this post they have my respect that’s for sure. Hopefully Hurricane Irene starts dying down so we don’t see anything close to a category 3-5. Currently I believe it is a Category 2. For more information click here.
Hello, hopefully today is a bright and beautiful day for you full of UV ray soaking action!. Or if you’re by chance trapped in a cubicle (like myself) then I hope you have had a chance to step outside for a stretch or a walk according to this other list article, it is healthy for you! (Hurry before you get abducted.) So I love the idea of intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations scattered among the universe. I think the innate human desire to not want to be alone is what gravitates people to pondering this idea. Compounded by the fact that we, as a species, do not consider any animals on Earth as our equals makes this notion all the more widespread among the populous (In my opinion). I really felt these articles were insightful on the speculation of the effects other sentient beings would have on us and our planet: Aliens Might Save Earth? & Aliens Could Attack Earth to End Global Warming, NASA Scientist Frets. They are both covering the recent Penn State/NASA Study. *** If you really want the full scientific breakdown for every scenario here is the full report!.
5 Reason Countdown
1.Destroy us to liberate the terrestrial and intergalactic ecosystem. According to one scenario from the study Extraterrestrials could outright destroy us because of how damage our polluted Earth will cause to other planets in the solar system. Elevated greenhouse gas emissions (from the expanding of the human civilization) are changing the spectral signature of Earth which is detectable from space. I never knew pollution could be THAT bad.
2.Selfishness of wanting the universe all to themselves. This scenario actually made me smirk. It is funny to think you can manipulate gravity to the point of stopping your craft in mid flight to reverse direction or fly up from the atmosphere to space and still not have the common decency to share!.
3. They want to eat our brains. Another scenario pondered in the project was aliens would come to Earth because of their desire to breed and feed on us like we feed on cattle.
4. They need more “lab humans”. In much the same way our scientist use animals to test chemicals and products that might otherwise be harmful to humans, aliens might come to Earth to take people in order to test out their newest ray gun technology. Ouch.
5. (Personal Favorite) To enslave the whole human race. Extraterrestrial intelligence might come land on Earth to collect our species for intergalactic construction projects. I like this one because it would give us an incentive to finally work together. Maybe they’ll offer great retirement benefits.
Hope you enjoyed this brief synopsis on alien invasions on Earth!
This question really bothered me after watching a History Channel documentary on plastic pollution and how drastic of a negative impact it has been having because of marine life thinking it’s food. I am not a “tree hugger”. However ever since getting a dog (Akita/German Shepard Mix; very smart/fun puppy) I have inexplicably gotten more attached to the natural environment. The U.S. Census Bureau has a population clock stating the U.S. & World Population at this very moment. Right now, 2:23 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, the world population is at 6,957,210,733 people. Click here to see how many more babies are born when you start reading this post!
But back to the issue. 83% of the Earth. That’s an unbelievable amount of land. This statistic is from an article on National Geographic’s website, you can see it here. It is very old, 2002, which makes this even more shocking. The article goes on to give more statistics just to wrap your head around the 83%: In Ghana, 98% of discrepancies in extinction numbers over a 30 year period were attributed to the national park’s size and the people affecting it’s ecosystem within 30 miles of it. Ghana is nowhere near as advanced as more privileged countries: the E.U. or the U.S. Yet this footprint shows a reach extended by the technology advancing our civilization from the more advanced countries on Earth. This reach is both direct and indirect. Obviously pollution is an indirect factor and hunting down rare exotic animals is a direct one. But being 83% influential can be a positive thing too. Why don’t we move our weight around to dominate this planet in a good way? (possibly increasing our dominion for a little while longer in the process) It would not hurt to prevent one extra piece of plastic from going into the public drainage system and ending up choking “Nemo” (clown fish) to death because he thought it was delicious food. It’s just something to think about. Hope you don’t feel too bad after all we are only human.
Tell Me how to go from 83%- to 83%+. Share some ideas.