5 Reasons Why Rainforests Are Vital To Human Existence

The plight of the rainforests

As March the 12th approaches we are reminded of the ruthless way man is destroying the rain forests.  The clearing of millions of acres of rainforests each year is fast becoming a problem for our planet.  They span one-third of the earth’s surface and are the life support for countless creatures and organic infrastructures including that of human life.

5 Reasons why rainforests are vital for human existence

#1 The air we breathe

One tree provides a full day’s oxygen supply for up to ten people whilst absorbing the carbon dioxide we breathe out.   They are the key to keeping us breathing clean healthy air.

#2 Help fight global warming

Trees keep the earth cool by absorbing harmful CO2 that is rapidly becoming thicker and thicker aiding in the heating of the earth.  Without a canopy of dense forest to absorb it the earth will start to heat even faster than it currently is.

#3 They bring the precious rain

The Amazon forest alone can produce a microclimate large enough to ensure rain for as far afield as the Great Plains of North America.  Rainforests have the power to influence the weather patterns by generating a lot of atmospheric pressure.

#4 Prevent flooding

Just as they bring rain they help prevent flooding conditions too.
The trees with the deeper roots can absorb a lot of ground water, especially in flash floods which can drastically reduce property damage and soil loss.

#5 They are a source of food and medicine

They provide the food such as berries, nuts and fruits for deer, birds and other critters.  The supply a haven of various food sources on the forest floors such as mushrooms that various beetles and animals can feed off.  They also supply us with various medicines.

Conclusion

March the 21st was declared International Day of Forests in 2012 by the UN.  This was a global effort to try and restore some balance to our ecosystem and stop the tyrannous destruction of our rain forests.

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How To Build An Eco-friendly House

Building a new house in the 21st century

When it comes to building a new house in today’s world you want to ensure it is environmentally friendly.  At the same, it must be a sound structure that will last you well into the future.

Here are some tips on how to build an eco-friendly house

  • Invest in good quality windows and doorsA poorly sealed window or door will cost you on electric bills in the long due to having to use more energy to either heat or cool the house.
  • Use high-end quality environmentally friendly insulationUse good quality insulation that will last and will adequately control your home’s temperature. Poor insulation is both bad for the environment and your pocket in that your home will require more energy to heat or cool.
  • Dual-flush toiletsOpting for dual flush toilets, they have two flush levels. One for liquid waste the other for solid waste.  These toilets can save up to eighty percent on water consumption.  Which also saves on your water bill down the line.
  • Use EnergyStar certified lighting productsWhen choosing your lighting fixtures make sure you choose ones that are energy efficient. The bulbs last up to twenty-five times longer than regular bulbs and use around seventy-five percent less energy.
  • Choose you faucets with water preservation in mindThe seas may be rising but the water we use is fast become scarcer. To do your bit for the water shortage when it comes to building your new eco-friendly home is choose efficient faucets.  A low-flow shower head, the new electronic faucets for your bath and kitchen are designed to only allow necessary water flow through.  It may be wise to ensure these faucets are fitted for your appliances such as your dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Use recycled materialWherever possible try using recycled materials.

Conclusion

Choose a builder that has all the necessary environmental compliance certifications.

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Eco-friendly Living For The Eco-conscious From The Eco-living Experts

What is eco-friendly living?

With the threat of global warming becoming a daily concern more people are wanting to know about eco-friendly living.

Here are some ways we can each contribute to moving towards a greener future

  • Stop using plastic bagsRather used canvas bags that most stores offer these days. They may be a bit pricier, but they are quite useful on top of being greener.  They are also a lot sturdier than the average plastic bag.For those plastic bags still in use in the house try to reuse them as much as possible.  They come in hand as inserts for the small bathroom and bedroom bins.
  • Stop wasting waterMake a conscious effort to conserve water. Take shorter showers and install a low-flow showerhead.  This will also reduce your water bill, so it is a good investment.  Bottle water is something else to cut down on instead buy a filter for your tap.  You may also be surprised at the monthly savings the water filter brings.  Check the water consumption on your dishwasher and clothes washing machines most brands these days have good economic models.
  • What is eco-friendly living?

    With the threat of global warming becoming a daily concern more people are wanting to know about eco-friendly living.

    Here are some ways we can each contribute to moving towards a greener future

    • Stop using plastic bags

      Rather used canvas bags that most stores offer these days. They may be a bit pricier, but they are quite useful on top of being greener.  They are also a lot sturdier than the average plastic bag.For those plastic bags still in use in the house try to reuse them as much as possible.  They come in hand as inserts for the small bathroom and bedroom bins.
    • Stop wasting water

      Make a conscious effort to conserve water. Take shorter showers and install a low-flow showerhead.  This will also reduce your water bill, so it is a good investment.  Bottle water is something else to cut down on instead buy a filter for your tap.  You may also be surprised at the monthly savings the water filter brings.  Check the water consumption on your dishwasher and clothes washing machines most brands these days have good economic models.
    • Recycle

      It is well worth buying those extra bins and sorting out the trash. You can recycle glass, plastic, paper and even your compost.  Most stores and gas stations have huge recycling bins for glass and plastic.Don’t forget to look for the battery recycling bin for all those old remote control and torch batteries.  They too harm the environment and animals so please recycle them!
    • Cut down on paper

      Even though they seem to line every avenue trees are fast becoming scarce. If you need to use paper rather go for recycled paper.  Remember to recycle paper, books, etc. that you no longer require.

    Conclusion

    These are great simple starting points that go a long way to helping the environment.

    It is well worth buying those extra bins and sorting out the trash. You can recycle glass, plastic, paper and even your compost.  Most stores and gas stations have huge recycling bins for glass and plastic.
    Don’t forget to look for the battery recycling bin for all those old remote control and torch batteries.  They too harm the environment and animals so please recycle them!

  • Cut down on paper
    Even though they seem to line every avenue trees are fast becoming scarce. If you need to use paper rather go for recycled paper.  Remember to recycle paper, books, etc. that you no longer require.

Conclusion

These are great simple starting points that go a long way to helping the environment.

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