Did You Know?

Seventy to eighty percent of the oxygen we breathe comes not from trees but from the earth’s oceans. Actually, it is the phytoplankton in the oceans that create so much oxygen. Scientists are looking for ways to increase phytoplankton to help break down greenhouse gases. They must be careful, however, because too much phytoplankton can create Dead Zones in the Ocean. Dead Zones are areas that have so little oxygen, no sea life can live there. These areas can be created by the overproduction of organic matter by phytoplankton, that sinks to bottom and is broken down by bacteria. This releases carbon dioxide. Bacteria also absorbs oxygen so trying to fix the problem can cause it to worsen if scientists are not very precise and observant.

Feeding the Worms (in pictures)

A friend asked me the other day what I fed my worms. When I explained that they got most of our kitchen produce scraps she wanted specifics, so I decided I would let all my readers know through pictures.

Vermicomposting is a green way of getting rid of your kitchen scraps. It is quicker than composting and can be done on a smaller scale indoors.

First, I checked the worms. They looked healthy and happy.

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Next I added some romaine lettuce that had gone smushy.

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Then, four ears of corn that had been pushed to the back of the fridge, forgotten about, and gone soft.

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Finally, I added the contents of my counter compost bin. This included some moldy raspberries, old bean sprouts, a tomato from the garden with a soft spot, a tea bag, and some vegetable peelings that were almost a week old and unrecognizable.

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Before I closed the bin, I added bedding. Our trees drop leaves all year round,

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so naturally this is never a problem for us.

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Did You Know?

In sixty seconds, the Earth absorbs enough sunlight to fulfill the planet’s energy needs for a year! The Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) seeks to find and develop solar technologies that  are cost-competitive in the market by 2015. The program currently focuses on the research and development of photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) as well as system integration and market transformation. Photovoltaics convert sunlight into energy while concentrating solar power uses mirrors to send the solar energy to receivers which convert it into heat which is changed into electricity with steam turbines or other methods.

Looking Through A Green Lens

Book Review of The Green Guide

Are my candles safe to burn? What should I look for and what should I avoid when renovating my home? Is there something better than paper or plastic? These are some questions that may come up in our daily lives. Ten years ago I never would have thought there might be toxic chemicals in my shampoo, but as I am learning each day I need to look at every aspect of my life to live more naturally. In The Green Guide I have finally found a book to answer many of my questions about earth-friendly, eco-conscious green living.

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