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Big Bad Corn Infographic

Big Bad Corn

Have you ever thought what corn is really used for in the United States? The U.S. Government began to subsidize corn in the late 1970s in an attempt to replace fossil fuels. However, ethanol from corn is not very efficient for fuel. In fact the ethanol made from corn increases the greenhouse gases when compared to standard gasoline. Yet the United States continues spending $10 to $30 billion dollars each year to corn farmers to grow even more. Take a look at this corn infographic to learn the facts about corn. Share your discoveries in the comments.

Big Bad Corn Infographic

Courtesy of LearnStuff.com.

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UK's Landfill Crisis Infographic

The UK’s Landfill Crisis

If you do not currently take environmental factors into consideration at work or at home, now is the time to start doing so. With UK landfills bursting at the seams, we all need to be doing our bit to keep as much waste as possible from ending up in landfill and there are so many ways you can help.

At home, keep two separate bins and clearly label waste and recycling. Familiarise yourself with what can and cannot be recycled and make sure all the household are aware of this too.

At work, try and reduce the amount of paper used and send emails out instead wherever possible. Make sure your team are all recycling as much as possible and when new office supplies are ordered, ensure they can be recycled later on when they are no longer in use.

If we all play our part and take action today, we can have a truly positive effect on the environment for tomorrow’s world.

Sophie works alongside ecotileflooring.com and has a strong passion for the environment, working hard to ensure at both home and work she does all she can to avoid sending unnecessary waste to landfill.

UK's Landfill Crisis Infographic

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Recycling Rates on the Rise in the U.S.

Recycling Rates on the Rise in the U.S.

Since 1960, the amount of trash generated annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled. EPA data shows that in 2010, Americans created about 250 tons of trash. They produced just 88 tons 50 years earlier. Part of this increase is due to a growth in population. However, the average amount of trash that each American creates has not kept pace with the expansion of the heap at large.

In 1960, each American’s share of the year’s trash total was 2.68 pounds. In 2010, that amount had risen to 4.43 pounds per person. This is not even double the numbers 50 years earlier. This could be due to the recycling, reuse and repurposing habits that are far more commonplace in the 21st century. Due to high-profile recycling campaigns, Americans today are far more environmentally conscious than their 1960 counterparts.

In 1960, the U.S. recycled only 5.4 percent of the garbage it created; in 2010, the nation recycled fully 34.1 percent. In terms of tonnage, the 85.1 tons of trash recycled in 2010 is more than 15 times the 5.6 tons recycled in the earlier era.

With a continued national effort to recycle as much trash as possible, Americans can keep more garbage out of already overtaxed landfills. As technology finds new and more cost effective ways to recycle all sorts of trash, the U.S. can lead the world toward a significant reduction in resource consumption.

The computer recycling professionals at ROUND2 INC., an Avnet Company, brought you this infographic.

Recycling Rates on the Rise in the U.S.

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Hurricane Tree Jocke Berglund

Aerial Photo of “The Hurricane Tree” by Jocke Berglund

Hurricane Gudrun wreaked havoc across southern Sweden and Denmark on January 8, 2005. Sustained wind speeds were measured up to 126 km/h. Gusts reached 165 km/h. It was a severe storm  Gudrun left a few hundred thousand people isolated, without electricity in deep snow.

The most severe damage took place among the forests. This was evident by the sheer number of trees falling from the skies. “It’s just raining trees,” Mats Antonsson, a Jönköping police officer, told Aftonbladet. “They’re lying like skittles in the roads.” (Source) And with this forest damage Mother Nature created a surprising ‘oak tree print’, with the help of loggers.

Hurricane Tree Jocke Berglund

The Hurricane Tree (photography by Jocke Berglund)

After the hurricane passed southern Sweden Jocke Berglund, an aerial photographer, was taking photographs of the damage. Flying over Småland he spotted this ‘remarkable oak tree print’.

Forests were damaged after Hurricane Gudrun and the fallen trees were removed by loggers so they didn’t go to waste. The route the loggers created and clear-cut limber formed the landscape for this image. Quite surprising that something this beautiful can come of clear-cut logging and damaging winds.

The British National History Museum says, “It formed partly by the storm brush of nature and partly by the impact on the soil of the forestry machines retrieving logs. ‘It’s as if the heavens had sent a message to the forest industry reminding them that, in this area, deciduous trees would have withstood the winds much better than pine.”

The image earned Berglund first prize in the 2006 The World in Our Hands category for the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year. This was in the Adult awards. It has since become used occasionally by the logging industry to better inform people what trees they plant matter. In Sweden the replanted trees couldn’t withstand the forceful gusts of Gudrun.

For more breathtaking images by Jocke Berglund, please visit his website. This photograph is also available to buy as a print from the British National History Museum.

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Infographic: How to Make Compost Work for You

Here's a great graphical representation of how to get started composting. It's an infographic by WellHome, a leader in home energy retrofitting, and the cartoons are light and fun.

You might learn something new about composting.

We learned that some people run water pipes through their compost piles as a natural water heater. That's clever.

From TreeHugger:

​8 Ways to Compost and Which One You Should Try

That slideshow has now inspired an awesome infographic that walks you through why you should compost, what the methods are for doing it, and which one best fits your lifestyle.

Check it out. Created by our friends at home energy specialists WellHome, it's certainly a pretty comprehensive run through for your basic would-be composter. Just be sure that the scroll function on your computer is working…

How to Make Compost Work for You Infographic

If you're looking to create a composting bin, check out our ebook the Beginner's Guide to Composting. Learn more about the Beginner's Guide to Composting.

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