Friday, 12 October 2007

Global problem...

It is a rising concern and I guess its becoming more and more difficult to chuck it aside especially since its affecting your daily lives. It is a global problem; Global Warming.

Are we waking up to the changes of climate fear?

As per warned by Al Gore, "Global warming will be the greatest environmental challenge in the 21st century."

What can one do to help?

I suppose most of us spend the bulk of our time in the office...hence I had picked up some useful information from the web on how to help reduce the effects of Global Warming at work:

1) Manage office equipment energy use better

Office equipment and electronics use energy even when idle or on stand-by. To save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at work, always activate the power management features on your computer and monitor, unplug laptop power cords when not in use and turn off equipment and lights at the end of the day. Consider using a power strip that can be turned off when you're done using your computers, printers, wireless routers and other electronics.

2) Look for ENERGY STAR qualified products for the Office

When buying new products for your office at work or at home, get the features and performance you want and help reduce greenhouse gases and emissions of air pollutants. Look for ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment, such as computers, copiers, and printers, in addition to more than 50 product categories, including lighting, heating and cooling equipment and commercial appliances.

3) Ask your office building manager if your office building has earned the ENERGY STAR.

ENERGY STAR-labeled buildings provide safe, healthy, and productive environments that use about 35 percent less energy than average buildings. Their efficient use of energy also reduces the total operational cost of the building.

4) Use less energy for your commute

Switch to public transportation, carpooling, biking, telecommuting and other innovative ways to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on your way to and from work. Encourage your employer to offer commuter benefits that address limited or expensive parking, reduce traffic congestion, improve employee recruiting and retention and minimize the environmental impacts associated with drive-alone commuting. If you do drive, find out the fuel efficiency of your vehicle using EPA's and DOE's fuel economy Web site.

The last point was something taught during Primary School Science :) I'm sure everyone of us are familiar with it. The 3 Rs....

5) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Recycle office paper, newspapers, beverage containers, electronic equipment and batteries. Reducing, reusing, and recycling in your office helps conserve energy, and reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from resource extraction, manufacturing, and disposal. You can reduce, reuse and recycle at the office by using two-sided printing and copying; buying supplies made with recycled content; and recycling used printer cartridges. For your old electronics, investigate leasing programs to ensure reuse and recycling or donate used equipment to schools or other organizations.

I know its easier said than done....

I'm sure we all don't want to see this happening.... AHhhhhhhh...scary!

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