Meet for paper on environment

SIVAGANGA: The south zone Vice-Chancellors conference on “Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Global Impact – Role of Higher Education Institutions” held at Alagappa University with the Association of Indian Universities has recommended that a paper on environment should be taught in Under Graduate programmes in order to create more awareness among the people.

One unit could be on energy and climate change and three units could be on environment and one could be on disaster management, the resolution added. Energy consumption and wastage should be reduced. The students should be sensitized so as to disseminate to the people the need to reduce energy consumption and avoid wastage of energy.

The Vice-Chancellors said that energy consumption was essential to maximize the production so as to enable India become a super power by 2020. Research should be undertaken to find ways to reduce the cost of producing power from solar energy and hydrogen fuel cells so that it becomes cost effective. Scientific research could also be undertaken to find out new bio-diesel resources and solar cells research could also be pursued. Research on production of hydrogen from water and aqueous solutions in presence of catalyst and solar radiation should be undertaken.

They urged the higher education institutions and others should carry out extensive research on Solar Energy Induced Photo-catalytic Reactions. The conference also urged the government and other agencies to reduce the cost of production so as to encourage the people to take to producing electricity through non-conventional energy sources.

The conference felt that climate change was caused by emission of green gas while producing energy. Higher consumption of energy was directly related to higher emission of these green gases. However, higher consumption was also an indicator for growth of economy and of well-being of a society. Thus, energy should be provided controlling the emission of the green gases, preferably by alternate sources of energy.

From THE HINDU

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Report – Paper versus Plastic ?

Bring your own Bag

The new green trend dictates that you should bring your own bags to the market rather than use paper or plastic. Everyone is guilty of leaving them home, in the back of the car, or not bringing enough. So, to reinforce the idea, here is a debate on paper versus plastic:

Paper Vs Plastic

Paper Vs Plastic

Paper: Kraft paper (Kraft origination from the German language meaning strong) is made from virgin wood. Paper mills release toxic chemicals that contribute to air pollution, acid rain and water pollution, not to mention the horrific stench they give off.

Plastic: Made of polyethylene (an oil-based product). 80% of polyethylene is produced from natural gas – an abundant, yet non-renewable resource. It can be recycled but is not considered “cradle to cradle” meaning it cannot be recycled over and over nor returned to an organic state.

Paper: It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture plastic. The impact of paper bag production on forests is enormous.

Plastic: Plastic experts agree that it’s a long, long time for plastic to break down. Arguments range from 500-1000 years. Most likely, every single piece of plastic created is still on this planet. That’s a lot of plastic.

Paper: Generates 70% more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags.

Plastic: Is a significant source of litter all over the world. Unlike a paper bag, which will biodegrade quickly when exposed to the elements, the lowly plastic bag will simply soar with the wind until it becomes entangled in a tree or dangles from a shrub in your flower bed. Nice.

Nothing completely degrades in modern landfills because of the lack of water, light, oxygen and other important elements necessary for the degradation process. Both paper and plastic gobble up natural resources and cause significant pollution.

A little extra incentive:
The listserv Macaroni Kid will send a free re-usable bag to the first 50 who ask. Just email name and mailing address to Joyce@macaronikid.com.

By EXAMINER

Stop the madness of wasteful paper consumption

Around the world we use around 1 million tonnes of paper every day, with half of the trees cut down commercially ending up in paper products. Yet much of this paper use is wasteful and unnecessary.

Much of our paper use is wasteful and unnecessary

Much of our paper use is wasteful and unnecessary

Paper is an extremely valuable product with many important uses for society.

But despite advances in digital technology we have become careless in our use of paper and too often take it for granted. Europeans and North Americans, only 10% of the world’s population, use half of the world’s paper products, 6 times the world average.

Expanding production and harvesting of pulp wood for paper threatens some of the last remaining natural forests, and the people and wildlife that depend on them. Paper production and consumption also create significant climate change emissions.

But there is a lot you can do as an individual to reduce your paper consumption. From taking simple actions such as printing double sided to buying recycled paper you can make a real difference. And not only will this help save the planet, but it will also save you money at the same time!

From WWF – International