The largest and arguably most important United Nations climate change conference opened Monday, with diplomats from 192 nations attending in what could be the best and last chance to strike a deal to protect the world from the increased effects of global warming. Leading up to the conference was two years of exhausting negotiations, commencing in an upbeat mood after a series of promises by emerging economies to curb their greenhouse gases. Never the less, participants and organizers alike understand that there are major issues yet to be resolved and hope to mitigate these issues in Copenhagen. After December 18th, Copenhagen’s identity may dissolve in the same manner as the Kyoto Protocol did. Unfortunately, most people don’t know that Kyoto is an actual city in Japan and not just an environmental treaty, but since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, ‘Kyoto’ has become synonymous with ‘environmental change.’ With hard work and unilateral agreement, Copenhagen, the energetic capital of Denmark, could within two weeks time become tantamount to the successful signing of the global climate deal. Among the many tasks at hand, the U.N. intends to create a legally binding document to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which regulations expire in 2012.
The agreement will aim to renew a global commitment to cut emissions, find solutions on how to allocate limited resources, and help finance climate change policies in developing countries. The largest obstacle in the way is creating a multilateral agreement acceptable to over 100 countries. The entire world will be keeping a close eye on what happens in Copenhagen and of course we will be filling you in on the latest developments. As always, here are your Green Tips for the week.
Green Tip #1: Run full dishwasher loads! You’ll save up to 20 gallons of water per load, or 7,300 gallons a year. That’s as much water as the average person drinks in a lifetime. You can save even more money by running your dishwasher during off-peak hours, usually from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Many utility companies offer off-peak energy rates. And don’t pre-rinse if your dishwasher can handle it.
Green Tip #2: Switch to cold water! Almost 90% of the energy used to wash clothes is used to heat the water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Save money and energy, wash your clothes in warm or cold water, instead of hot, using a detergent formulated for cold-water use. Turning the dial from hot to warm will cut your energy use by 50% per load, and save you up to $63 a year, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.
Green Tip #3: Use Eco-friendly air fresheners! Most air fresheners contain a host of toxic chemicals that get deposited throughout your home. Try natural alternatives such as 1-2 tsp vanilla extract in small containers around your home.
This article was authored by Sohail Hassan, President & CEO of http://www.InergySolutions.com.