Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Eco-Summer Towels............

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Look for eco-friendly products like clothing, swimsuits, sandals, towels, and skin care.
Each of them is a step in the right direction, and you might just fall in love with a product
or style you never knew existed.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Summer.............

Happy Summer..............Xing xia ji. (Pronounced jing jia g)

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Summer begins Monday, which is officially summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere.

Earth is tilted on its axis 23.5 degrees, so it leans one way as it spins around its axis while orbiting the sun. On June 21 this year (some years it's June 20), the North Pole is pointing toward the sun as much as is possible. (Winter solstice occurs when the top half of our planet, everything north of the equator, faces directly away from the sun, leaving the North Pole in complete darkness.)

The sun will be as high in the sky as it can go at 7:28 a.m. EDT (11:45 UTC) and will stay in the sky for a fraction of a second longer than the day prior or the day after.

Since Monday marks the sun’s peak, you might wonder why June 21 doesn't typically mark summer's peak heat. The reason has to do with the slow pace at which oceans heat up and cool down. By mid-June the oceans of the Northern Hemisphere are still cool from winter's chill, delaying the peak air temperatures by a month and a half, according to NASA.

Happy Father's Day.............

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Father's Day is a day to honour all the fathers,
uncles, grandpa's, brothers, and all the men
in your lives for everything they did for their children.
This is an occasion to express gratitude towards
your dad for all his love and support. Father's Day
is celebrated on different dates in different countries.
Most countries like US, UK, Canada and India celebrate
this festival on the third Sunday of June.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

BBQ............

Did You Know????????

“Three out of four U.S. households own at least one barbecue grill. Among grill owners, 48 percent fire up with charcoal, 61 percent with propane, and 7 percent with electricity.

“Nationwide, the estimated 60 million barbecues held on the Fourth of July alone consume enough energy in the form of charcoal, lighter fluid, gas, and electricity to power 20,000 households for a year. That one day of fun, food, and celebration, says Tristram West, a research scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy, burns the equivalent of 2,300 acres of forest and releases 225,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.”

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There are a couple of ways to improve the friendliness of your barbecue:

  • Grill Power: Traditional charcoal briquettes give off more carbon monoxide, particulate matter and soot than other grilling methods.
  • In combination with charcoal, lighter fluids contribute more to ground-level ozone. If you really can’t give up the lovely smoky flavor produced from grilling with charcoal, use lump coal instead of briquettes.
  • If you’re in the market for a new grill, consider a cleaner burning propane or electric grill. To be truly green, you can look at solar ovens or stoves to avoid most emissions altogether.
  • You can also switch from using lighter fluids to a chimney starter.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Flag Day...............

Celebrate the American flag on
June 14th and every day!

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Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation.....one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon.

As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Green Grilling This Summer........

Preparing for your annual July 4th barbecue and fireworks extravaganza? Celebrate with “green” grilling this Independence Day and all Summer Long.



1. Avoid disposable plates and forks at your barbecue. Bonus points if your dinnerware and silverware is made of sustainable or recycled materials, like the bamboo dinnerware and recycled glass wine glasses.

2. If you must use disposables, consider biodegradable dinnerware from companies like Biocorp or Earth Shell.

3. This is a no-brainer, but recycle! If you serve bottled or canned beverages, try to purchase family-size drinks instead of multiple individual-size cans or bottles.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

World Ocean Day....

On June 8th, the international community observes, for only the second time, World Ocean Day.



The world's ocean covers 71 percent of the Earth's surface and contains 97 percent of the planet's water. It regulates our climate and weather. Nearly half of all species on Earth depend on the ocean for survival, and for many of the rest, including for people, the ocean improves the quality of life: it supplies 20 percent of the animal protein and five percent of the total protein in our diet, and generates most of the oxygen we breathe.

The ocean is also indispensable to the world's economy, because it is key to transportation and recreation. And inasmuch as over 95 percent of the underwater realm remains unexplored, it is nearly a certainty that its depths may hold the cure to many a disease, the resolution to many a problem.

On June 8th, the international community observes, for only the second time, World Ocean Day. It was first proposed on June 8th 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and formally adopted by the United Nations in December 2008. This year's theme is "Our oceans: opportunities and challenges."

One of the chief reasons for the establishment of World Ocean Day was to bring attention to the "terrible toll that human activities are taking on the world’s oceans and seas," said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during the Day's first observance in 2009:

"Vulnerable marine ecosystems, such as corals, and important fisheries are being damaged by over-exploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing practices, invasive alien species and marine pollution, especially from land-based sources. Increased sea temperatures, sea-level rise and ocean acidification caused by climate change pose a further threat to marine life, coastal and island communities and national economies," said Secretary General Ban.

But the oceans are also affected by criminal activity such as piracy, smuggling of illegal drugs and trafficking in persons by sea. Such activities threaten lives and the safety of international shipping, which transports 90 per cent of the world’s goods, said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

As the world’s attention is focused on the situation currently unfolding in our own Gulf of Mexico, World Ocean Day reminds us that the health and security of our oceans is our collective responsibility, one that we cannot afford to neglect.

Voice of America Copyright Agent, 2010




World Ocean Day...June 8th

More than 245 marine scientists from 35 countries say the world needs a system of large, protected marine reserves, the Global Ocean Legacy, a project of the Pew Environment Group, said today. In honor of World Oceans Day, the group released a statement saying overfishing, pollution and climate change are harming the world's oceans. The oceanic whitetip shark, shown here, is among the threatened marine wildlife found in the waters around the Chagos Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean. In April, the Global Ocean Legacy announcd that the British government had designated the area as the world's largest marine reserve. (Julian Stein, Marine Photobank)

Endangered Species

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Beat the Heat

Different Things Work Best For Different Situations, remember all things help big or small.


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  • Electric fans use 90 percent less energy than centralized air conditioning, and Energy Star-rated ceiling fans are 50 percent more efficient than conventional fan/light units.
  • Too hot for a fan? Ease your eco-guilt by opting for a solar-powered air conditioner.
  • Turn off all cooling devices when there is no one in the room to increase energy savings.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Welcome June..........

We will be posting Summer Eco Tips for the month of June.


Traveling Eco-Friendly
Use the bus or train instead of flying.
Travel with a group. These packages can be found with any travel agent.

National Doughnut Day....

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June 5th, is National Doughnut Day. The first Friday of June each year and follows on the Donut Day event created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.The holiday celebrates the doughnut (a.k.a "donut") — an edible, ring-shaped piece of dough which is deep-fried and sweetened. Many American doughnut stores offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day.

In honor of National Doughnut Day, participating Krispy Kremes are offering one free doughnut per customer, no purchase necessary.

Dunkin' Donuts also has a deal -- participating locations will give every customer a free doughnut of their choice, with the purchase of any beverage, limit one per customer.