Green Living

Consuming products that are environmentally-friendly. These include products that do not produce CFC's and do not harm the ozone layer.

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Global Warming
Pollution
Climatology and Climate Changes
Green Living

What are the predicted results of global warming?

It's pretty simple if you think about it. We are outgrowing the Earth that we live in. We are grossly overpopulated . We are using up all of our natural resources at an alarming rate Global warming is the reason why storms like hurricanes and tornados are so powerful now not to mention the polar ice caps are melting at an alarming rate. They say that in 10 years Florida will be under water.

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Ecology and Bionomics

What is the greatest environmental problem today?

Global warming. Our weather is changed and this changes how we live and what we grow. The oceans are rising and coastal areas are flooding. The ice caps are melting and polar bears are drowning. The massive forest fires that now happen threatens cities, houses, and national parks. We are getting to a tipping point of no return if something is not done.

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Al Gore

What does Al Gore say about global warming?

Al Gore says that global warming is happening, we CAN stop it, and we have to stop putting greenhouse gases into the air and conserve energy and resources.

Al Gore believes strongly that global warming is a very serious and dangerous effect that man is causing. He is a outspoken leader on our need to curb our greenhouse emissions. His comments and leadership is unquestionably for serious action. In April 2014, speaking at the University of Hawaii, he warned, "the future of civilization is at stake!"

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Punjab Pakistan

What is the importance of green revolution?

The Green Revolution was the notable increase in cereal-grains production in Mexico, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and other developing countries in the 1960s and 1970s. This trend resulted from the introduction of hybrid strains of wheat, rice, and corn (maize) and the adoption of modern agricultural technologies, including irrigation and heavy doses of chemical fertilizer. The Green Revolution was launched by research establishments in Mexico and the Philippines that were funded by the governments of those nations, international donor organizations, and the U.S. government. Similar work is still being carried out by a network of institutes around the world.

The Green Revolution was based on years of painstaking scientific research, but when it was deployed in the field, it yielded dramatic results, nearly doubling wheat production in a few.

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Worms

Why do people have worm farms?

People have worm farms because worms help plants and other living things such as: food for birds. Worms soften the soil for the trees so water can get into the ground easier and can reach the tree roots. They can also have worm farms for fishing bait.

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Computer History
Salary and Pay Rates
Green Living

What did the tree suggest to the lumberjack?

Bury the hat Chet

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Waste and Recycling
Green Living

Who many times do you flush your toilet?

The question is missing some commas. Let's correct it.

Who, many times, do you flush your toilet?

Answer: Yes, I do flush the toilet, but usually I wait till I need to use it again before doing so, cause I like to watch the flies.

Yes, many times...yep....sure do...often...

Yes, who....?

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Waste and Recycling
Green Living

Are paper plates recyclable?

Yes, however once the plates have held food they should be discarded or composted. The food residue interferes with recycling and makes them a bad candidate for recycling systems.

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Paper

Is toilet paper bio degradable?

yes it is (dosent mean it cant clog still)

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Does all natural mean organic?

No. Organic food refers to food items that are produced, manufactured and handled using organic means defined by certifying bodies such as the (USDA) under its Organic Food Products Act. Natural food, on the other hand, generally refers to food items that are not altered chemically or synthesized in any form.

They're both similar, but different. Either way, they both benefit your health more than chemically enhanced products.

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How do you make a small lantern with recycled materials?

You can easily make a lantern from a used piece of paper. Turn it over to the blank side and draw a design if you wish. Then, fold it in half lengthwise, and make a series of slits about an inch apart across the fold. Then, unfold the piece of paper, and form a circle with the paper, this time holding it horizontally. Tape the circle closed, and fluff your slits so they are more pronounced and it is possible to see through them. Then, put your lantern aroud a light source.

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How can you convince a stubborn friend to go green?

Unfortunately, you can't. Stubborn friends are hard to sway. If you want them to go green, you just have to watch after them closely and do it for them. Eventually, if he or she has a heart, they'll get tired of watching you work so hard for them and just do it out of guilt. I'm guessing your friend must be a Republican though, and they are pretty into the idea of killing the world. So good luck!

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Green Living

What is green consciousness?

Mainly being conscious of the environment, clean sources of power and sustainable uses of the planet that don't waste resources. Not just conscious, but including such considerations in your action, being involved at some level in the environmental movement.

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What is a renewable resource?

A renewable resource is something that we can use, and it's still there after we've used it. Solar power, geothermal power (heat from deep under the ground), wave and tidal power and wind power are all renewable.

Renewable resources can also be resources that need some effort to use up like oxygen, wood, fish, insects.

The definition written in the dictionary :any natural resource (as wood or solar energy) that can be replenished naturally with the passage of time.

Coal, oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels like wood that we burn once are finished and are non-renewable.

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Is canvas bag biodegradable?

Yes

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Green Living

What are two drawbacks of solar energy?

1. It has not higher output

2. It is not possible to use this everywhere

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Al Gore

Is anyone famous besides Al Gore involved in the movement for global warming?

Yes, Al Gore has spurred many celebrities to join in the battle to save our Earth. Here are just a few celebrities that partnered with Mr. Gore and showed their support by performing at the Live Earth concert on July 7, 2007: * Leonardo DiCaprio * Madonna * John Mayer * Roger Waters * Keane * Jon Bon Jovi * James Blunt * Chris Cornell * Lenny Kravitz * KT Tunstall * Corinne Bailey Rae * John Legend * Damien Rice * David Gray * Phil Collins * Paolo Nutini * Duran Duran * Melissa Etheridge * Dave Matthews * Kelly Clarkson * Angelique Kidjo * Joss Stone * Keith Urban * Alicia Keys * Enrique Iglesias * Missy Higgins * Rihanna Other known actors who support the 'green' initiative include: * Matt Damon * Brad Pitt * Angelina Jolie * Orlando Bloom * Sienna Miller * Bono Campaigners involved in the movement for global warming: * Laurie David * Louise Burfitt-Dons * Trudie Styler * Prince Albert of Monaco

Other celebrities include: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cameron Diaz, Michael Crichton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sting, Alanis Morisette, Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies, Harrison Ford, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Margaret Atwood, Oprah, Christina Aguilera, and Tom Hanks to name a few.

David Suzuki is an environmental god!

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How many trees makes one sheet of paper?

One tree would yield around 90,000 sheets !

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What are the factors which contribute to global warming?

  1. Burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas). This releases carbon dioxide that had been stored underground for millions of years. This extra CO2 is causing the enhanced greenhouse effect.
  2. Cutting down the earth's forests without replanting. Deforestation removes trees and vegetation that absorb and store carbon. Half a tree's weight is carbon, but when trees die they release their carbon and absorb no more.
  3. Releasing other greenhouse gases. Methane, a greenhouse gas twenty times more powerful than CO2, is belched by cattle. The world's demand for red meat means more and more cattle, and sometimes forests cut down for pasture. As tundra (frozen arctic land) warms from global warming, more methane is released in a feedback loop.
  4. The world's growing demand for electricity. 500 million homes in India, for example, have no electricity. As the world's population grows, the demand for power grows too. At present most of the world's electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels.

More details:

Global warming is a rise in average global temperature. There is a natural heating and cooling cycle which take place over many thousands of years and causes gradual rises and falls of sea level and encroachment and retreat of glaciers and the ice caps. These temperature variations are dominantly driven by orbital variations affecting the angle of the earth to the sun. This is the energy basis for the changes in seasons and average global variations in temperature. The timing and extent of these global cycles can be roughly predicted using Milankovich Cycles, which identify our planet's position, orientation, and movement relative to the sun. A great deal of interest and concern has been raised in recent years over the impact on global temperatures by man. While (at present) these may be minor temperature perturbations relative to those caused by orbital variation, they will likely result in changes to living conditions which could greatly effect the human population. Current climate change is happening far too fast to be the result of any known natural phenomenon.

Carbon Dioxide from Power Plants.

In 2002 about 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions stem from the burning of fossil fuels for the purpose of electricity generation. Coal accounts for 93 percent of the emissions from the electric utility industry.

Coal emits around 1.7 times as much carbon per unit of energy when burned as does natural gas and 1.25 times as much as oil. Natural gas gives off 50% of the carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, released by coal and 25% less carbon dioxide than oil, for the same amount of energy produced. Coal contains about 80 percent more carbon per unit of energy than gas does, and oil contains about 40 percent more. For the typical U.S. household, a metric ton of carbon equals about 10,000 miles of driving at 25 miles per gallon of gasoline or about one year of home heating using a natural gas-fired furnace or about four months of electricity from coal-fired generation.

Carbon Dioxide Emitted from Cars

About 20% of U.S carbon dioxide emissions comes from the burning of gasoline in internal-combustion engines of cars and light trucks (minivans, sport utility vehicles, pick-up trucks, jeeps).

US Emissions Inventory 2004

Vehicles with poor gas mileage contribute much to global warming. For example, according to the E.P.A's 2000 Fuel Economy Guide, a new Dodge Durango sports utility vehicle (with a 5.9 liter engine) that gets 12 miles per gallon in the city will emit an estimated 800 pounds of carbon dioxide over a distance of 500 city miles. In other words for each gallon of gas a vehicle consumes, 19.6 pounds of carbon dioxide are emitted into the air, even though that same gallon of fuel weighed only 6 pounds in total weight. A new Honda Insight that gets 61 miles to the gallon will only emit about 161 pounds of carbon dioxide over the same distance of 500 city miles. Sports utility vehicles were designed for rough terrain, off road driving in mountains and deserts, but most of them rarely leave pavement.

The United States is the largest consumer of oil.

Senator Joseph Lieberman says, "If we can get 3 miles more per gallon from our cars, we'll save 1 million barrels of oil a day, which is exactly what the (Arctic National Wildlife) Refuge at its best in Alaska would produce."

The gas mileage of 2000 model vehicles averaged 28.1 miles per gallon, worst fuel economy since 1980. The main reason for the decline in gas mileage was the popularity of the SUV, garnering about 50% of car sales in 2000. If car manufacturers were to increase their fleets' average gas mileage about 3 miles per gallon, this country could save a million barrels of oil every day, while US drivers would save $25 billion in fuel costs annually.

Carbon Dioxide from Trucks

About another 13% of U.S carbon dioxide emissions comes from trucks used mostly for commercial purposes.

Carbon Dioxide from Airplanes

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that aviation causes 3.5 percent of global warming, and that the figure could rise to 15 percent by 2050.

Carbon Dioxide from Buildings

Buildings structure account for about 12% of carbon dioxide emissions.

Methane

While carbon dioxide is the principal greenhouse gas, methane is second most important. According to the IPCC, Methane is more than 20 times as effective as CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere. CO2 makes up 0.03% and methane less then 1% of that!

Levels of atmospheric methane have risen 145% in the last 100 years. Methane is derived from sources such as rice paddies, bovine eructations, bacteria in bogs and fossil fuel production. Most of the world's rice, and all of the rice in the United States, is grown on flooded fields. When fields are flooded, anaerobic conditions develop and the organic matter in the soil decomposes, releasing CH4 to the atmosphere, primarily through the rice plants.

Nitrous oxide

Another greenhouse gas is Nitrous oxide (N2O), a colourless, non-flammable gas with a sweetish odour, commonly known as "laughing gas", and sometimes used as an anesthetic. Nitrous oxide is naturally produced by oceans and rain forests. Man-made sources of nitrous oxide include nylon and nitric acid production, the use of fertilisers in agriculture, cars with catalytic converters and the burning of organic matter. Nitrous oxide is broken down in the atmosphere by chemical reactions that involve sunlight.

Deforestation

After carbon emissions caused by humans, deforestation is the second principle cause of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Deforestation is responsible for 25% of all carbon emissions entering the atmosphere, by the burning and cutting of about 34 million acres of trees each year.

We are losing millions of acres of rain forests each year, the equivalent in area to the size of Italy.

The destroying of tropical forests alone is throwing hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. We are also losing temperate forests. The temperate forests of the world account for an absorption rate of 2 billion tons of carbon annually. In the temperate forests of Siberia alone, the earth is losing 10 million acres per year.

City Gridlock:

Cities are tolerating gridlock. In 1996 according to an annual study by traffic engineers [as reported in the San Francisco Chronicle December 10, 1996] from Texas A and M University, it was found that drivers in Los Angeles and New York City alone wasted 600 million gallons of gas annually while just sitting in traffic. The 600 million gallons of gas translates to about 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide in just those two cities.

Carbon in Atmosphere and Ocean:

The atmosphere contains about 750 billion tons of carbon, while 800 billion tons are dissolved in the surface layers of the world's oceans.

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The Earth tilts ever so slightly every year, causing the sun to be at a different angle than normal. Milankovich calculated these effects in the early 1900's showing this and future warming trends to be cyclic (125K years) There are three natural variables that are shown to cause this and previous warming cycles. This cycle started just over 6000 years ago. We have warmed 11 degrees C since 4000 BC! Since the start of man's use of fuel we have warmed 0.6 (as of 1998) and cooled to a total warming of 0.202 as of 4/09.

Total factors include solar flares, distance to the sun, angle of planet and points where measurement occur.

Carbon dioxide from industries Gaseous exhausted from millions of automobiles and industries.

Solar variation is undisputed the primary cause of the variations in temperature that is currently called global warming or climate change. Many people believe that the actions of man are contributing to the current increase in temperature that started 10,200 years ago.

Water and air pollution.

A:The temperature of any planet is the result of the (radiant) energy that comes from the sun MINUS the amount of energy that the planet radiates into space.

Therefore anything that changes the amount of energy that reaches the planet (clouds, dust) or anything that blocks heat from escaping is a factor that contributes to global warming. This last is where "green house gases" come in; they (partially) block the heat that radiates from the planet.

Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring greenhouse gas. At normal concentrations, it, along with other greenhouse gases, helps maintain global temperatures at a level that is comfortable for humans and other animals that have adapted to the present climate. This is the natural part of global warming.

By adding new carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, which we do by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, and by cement manufacture, we interfere with the natural process and create enhanced global warming. Throughout human history until the Industrial Age, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were in the range 260-280 parts per million (ppm) and never higher than this. The increase in concentrations of carbon dioxide to the present level of 380 ppm is accepted by research scientists as principally the result of human activity and so the resultant enhanced global warming is anthropogenic.

A:The main issues are encompassed with the Milankovich Theory. They include distance from the sun, the angle at which the planet is aimed at the sun and the solar activity of the sun as we near it twice each year.

Another vital factor is the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere caused by our burning of fossil fuels over the past 200 years.

Currently man produces almost 0.3% of all green house emissions. We produce almost 6% of the world's output of CO2 causing the atmosphere to change, according to some alarmist groups, by 0.01% in terms of total atmospheric content. (278 ppm to 360 ppm)

The current warming cycle started 6000 years ago and should have recently crested when the bulk of the planets that affect our orbit were on the same side of the sun. Voyager had the ability to view so many planets due to this rare occurrence, which happens only once every 100K years. The planet has warmed roughly 11 degrees during the past 6000 years. 0.2 degrees of this since 1850. The warmest period, which is now appearing to be the crest, occurred in 1998. Since then we have seen zero record years and a trend towards cooling.

A:The last ten years have been the hottest in the past 200 years. A:The past 100 years have indeed been warmer then the years preceding this time period, which scientists and climate experts refer to as the mini ice age, because of the extraordinary cool temps during this period. Since 1850 we have seen less then a half degree of warming. Ice is growing in the Antarctic at a rate of 1% a year (as Milankovich theory would suggest) while we see a rate of decline in ice in the North of about 3%. The data for this ice change is very sketchy as we have only started watching it for a few years. Last fall (Oct.. 2008) showed the largest ice growth ever recorded in the North. The ice sheet issue may well be ending as a possible scare tactic. Raw data from NASA also shows that our oceans have cooled by 0.2 degrees over the past decade.

Glacial samples of the past 600K years show we are in temps that are within normals cyclic changes currently. I included the links for Vostok. You may also wish to notice that CO2 always follows temperature and has NEVER led it.

What we do know about the planets warming is that it has been cyclic and occurring for over 600K years (on and off). We know this is due to the planets orbits being variables. What some science experts are concerned about is the fact that the planet may be getting some amount of help from man. Most science experts agree this is a possible issue. This agreement is misconstrued as agreeing that man is a contributor. No honest scientist would ever close the door to any possible concept. That does not mean that most (or many) agree we know man is doing anything.

A:Earth's atmosphere comprises of "green-house gases". This allows heat to penetrate the Earth and keep us warm. Water vapor and carbon dioxide are examples of the green-house gases. Without them, the Earth would be about 60 degrees cooler than it is now, so they are essential for survival on Earth. However, over the past few decades, more and more green-house gases are being released by the people. The burning of coal and oil results in more heat being trapped inside of the Earth by the atmosphere. Deforestation (the cutting down of trees) is also a reason for global warming because trees absorb the carbon dioxide.
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Kidneys

Is lemon water good for you?

Lemon Water is Good for You! Who Knew?

The following is another interesting item I received from cyberspace. I had no idea there were any significant health benefits in lemons. Go figure!

Health Benefits of Lemon Water

Lemon water is rich in several essential nutrients. It is known to have antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-aging, anti-fatigue and anti-inflammatory properties. It boosts immune system, improves digestion and maintains overall health. It can be used to treat various health conditions and prevent infections. Traditional Chinese medicine suggest that you begin your day with refreshing lemon water.

  • Lemon water is the best source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It removes harmful, free radicals from the body and improves immune systems. Lemon water also acts as a blood purifier.
  • Lemon water is used to prevent and treat different infections as well as to control allergies. Due to its antiseptic properties, it is effective in healing wounds. Lemon water is helpful in relieving symptoms of sore throat, tonsillitis or asthma.
  • Lemon water plays an important role in maintaining digestive health. It boosts metabolism and improves functioning of digestive systems and prevents various digestive problems like constipation, indigestion, nausea, heartburn and parasites. It also helps dissolve gallstones.
  • Lemon water is effective in body cleansing and detoxification. It maintains good health by eliminating harmful toxins from the body.
  • Another important benefit of lemon water is that it strengthens liver functioning and stimulates it to produce more enzymes essential for different body processes. A well-functioning liver is the key to a healthy body.
  • Since lemon water has a diuretic effect, it is beneficial for people with urinary tract infections.
  • Lemon water is helpful in treating arthritis and rheumatism.
  • Daily consumption of warm lemon water is one of the effective remedies to get rid of obesity and belly fat.
  • Lemon water is one of the most effective regimens for skin and hair care. Daily consumption of lemon water can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. It rejuvenates the skin and gives a clear, radiant, glowing complexion. Lemon juice is one of the best home remedies for acne control. It can also be used to treat various skin diseases like eczema. Application of lemon juice on the skin is effective in preventing sunburn. If you apply lemon water to your hair for a few minutes and then rinse with water, it will make your hair clean and shiny.
  • Lemon juice externally applied on the nostrils can help stop nosebleeds and when massaged onto the gums control bleeding gums . Lemon juice combined with glycerin is effective to heal chapped lips.
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What are renewable and non renewable resources and their uses?

Uses:All these resources are being mainly used to generate electricity. Oil is also used for transport and the production of plastics. Minerals like iron ore and gold are nonrenewable, but may be recycled and reused. Renewable ResourcesA renewable resource is something that is being continually replaced faster than we use it up.
  • Solar energy is considered a renewable source of energy because the sun's energy is continuous. (Note that the rest of this list are all forms of solar power.)
  • Wind Power
  • Water Power (Hydro-electricity from dammed rivers, tidal streams and ocean waves)
  • Thermal Power from the earth (Geothermal: Using the earth's heat to generate electricity)
  • Thermal Power from the ocean
  • Biomass, the burning of plant material, is a renewable resource. Even though the burning puts carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, it also prevents a much greater amount of methane being released by the decomposing vegetation, so it is rated as positive.
  • Trees are renewable because we can replant them.
Non-Renewable ResourcesA non-renewable resource is something that is not being replaced as we consume it.
  • Oil is a good example of a non-renewable resource. It is used to make gasoline and other fuels, as well as plastics, such as grocery bags. We are using billions of gallons of oil every year, but it takes millions of years to be replace. We are using up oil much much faster than it is being produced. Once we use up oil from the earth, it's gone. We can't wait millions of years for some more.
  • Coal is non-renewable.
  • Peat is non-renewable.
  • Uranium is non-renewable.

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Most of the time the two terms are referring to sources of energy:

Renewable sources are sources of energy that can be reused or that will continue regardless of you using them: power from the Sun, power from waves, power from wind.

Nonrenewable sources are sources of energy that have a limited supply and will run out, and not be able to be used in the future: Oil, Coal, Gas.

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Renewable energy sources are wind, solar, and hydro-power, and biomass. They will never run out. Nonrenewable energy sources are coal, oil, and other fossil fuels. The similarities are that most of them have a relation with the Sun. A nonrenewable energy source and a renewable energy source are similar in the way some of them are used to transform energy (you cannot create energy, it can only be transformed from one energy form to another.) The similarities are few but there are many differences, most of the positives are on the renewable energy's side.

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When you use petrol, gas, coal... basically anything you burn to produce heat and then turn this energy into electricity of mechanical energy (a car engine) you are using a raw material that is not going to be replaced. In fact petrol, gas, and coal take million of years to be naturally produced.

When you are burning wood (from trees), the tree grows again... eventually if you let it do so. This energy can be "kind of renewable" as long as another tree grows as fast in order to replace the one you cut.

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Green Living

How can trees be both renewable and nonrenewable resources?

Trees are not renewable when Humans(so Humans are bad living things) clear cut.

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Green Living

Why would the water and everything come out of the downstairs toilet when you flush the upstairs toilet?

Answer The waste line from the downstairs toilet is not vented (or not vented properly, or the vent is plugged up). Flushing the upstairs toilet creates a vacuum in the main line which sucks the water out of the one downstairs. Answer your waste lines for both toilets may be on the same branch off the sewer main. Either you have a stoppage in the branch line or you have a stoppage in the main line. (If it's the main line your downstairs toilet would have to be the lowest fixture, ie If you have a floor drain downstairs and it's a stoppage in your main line it would backup through the floor drain. If there is no floor drain the toilet downstairs is probably your lowest fixture.) Your best bet is to snake out the system through the toilet downstairs.

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How can timber a renewable resource could become limited?

Trees may not grow back in an area of deforestation.

As always, our Corporations put Cash ahead of Casualties. Clear-Planting cannot keep up with Clear-Cutting.

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How do renewable and nonrenewable resources different?

Renewable resources are resources that you can use again, like water. It always evaporates, then condenses back into water. Solar energy is aloso a renewable resource. When the sun's rays gets transfered into energy, the sun ain't goin nowhere for a while!

Unrenewable resources are resources you'll never get back, like oil for cars. Once you burn them, they're gone.

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