Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day 09: Climate Change – what can be done

Today is Blog Action Day 2009 so it’s a good day to consider the theme Climate Change and what can be done to be more environmentally friendly.

Here is a study Microsoft did on the environmental benefits to provide software to consumers online instead of shipping DVD’s.
The study concluded that downloading Office 2007 avoided 8 times the amount of carbon emissions compared to producing and shipping a DVD and its associated packaging through traditional retail distribution channels.
The study determined that carbon emissions avoided through online purchasing of 10 million copies is equivalent to:
  • the electric consumption of 7,715 US households, or
  • 13,008 passengers cars driven in one year, or
  • 231 acres of avoided Amazon rainforest deforestation.
Software Downloads Help Microsoft and Customers Reduce Carbon Footprint
At JTB World we only provide our software electronically via download or email.
In the summer of 2007, sea ice was roughly 39% below the summer average for 1979-2000, a loss of area equal to nearly five United Kingdoms. Many scientists now believe the Arctic will be completely ice free in the summertime between 2011 and 2015, some 80 years ahead of what scientists had predicted just a few years ago. Read more about highest safe level of CO2 to 350 parts per million.
1979 vs 2007
In 2009 the sea ice was
1979 vs 2009 
This is what it looked like in September 2009. Via NSIDC that has a lot more info.

A pair of German merchant ships traverse the fabled Northeast Passage. Ironically melting of the Arctic can help to lower fuel usage and carbon emissions for some ships.  Read more.

Sustainable design and building, green building, LEED, are things that will help.
Autodesk’s sustainability site and guide to sustainable design.
Yesterday I was reading about a house that produces more energy than it consumes. The article is in Swedish though. Three layers of insulation on the walls and two layers on the roof.



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