Recycling Medical Equipment To Reduce Medical Waste

January 18, 2021 by  
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Reusing medical devices labeled as single-use sounds sketchy. Especially in … The post Recycling Medical Equipment To Reduce Medical Waste appeared first on Earth 911.

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Latest COVID-19 relief includes legislation on climate change

December 22, 2020 by  
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A $35 billion investment in clean power and other climate initiatives hitched a ride on the latest COVID-19 relief package. Backed by Senate Republicans as well as Democrats, the legislation will be the first significant climate change law in more than a decade — if it gets past President Trump’s desk this week. “This agreement protects both American consumers and American businesses,” said Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, as reported by The New York Times . “We can have clean air without damaging our economy.” Related: Biden promises US-led climate summit in 2021 One of the most important parts of this new legislation is a requirement for manufacturers to phase out coolants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). While HFCs are a small percentage of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, they have a disproportionate effect. HFCs have 1,000 times the ability to trap heat compared to carbon dioxide. In 2016, 197 nations agreed that HFCs had to go. They signed what’s called the Kigali agreement because it was signed in Kigali, Rwanda. Scientists say that if all nations complied with phasing out HFCs, it could prevent an atmospheric temperature increase of almost 1°F. An atmospheric temperature increase of 3.6°F would be catastrophic, so ending HFCs could be of great help in avoiding this. Trump never ratified the Kigali agreement, instead opposing efforts to curb HFCs. This new legislation requires companies to decrease HFC production and consumption to about 15% of the 2012 levels by 2036. The EPA will oversee this phase-out. U.S. chemical companies strongly support phasing out HFCs, and most have already turned to climate-friendlier alternatives. If nobody could use HFCs, those who have already made the responsible choice will be at a more financially competitive advantage. Stephen Yurek was in Kigali in 2016, and, as chief executive of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, has been lobbying lawmakers since. “U.S. companies are already the leaders with the technology that has been developed to replace the less environmentally friendly refrigerants,” he said. “This bill is a victory for the manufacturers of all these products — not just the refrigerants; the equipment and component manufacturers.” Now the legislation’s proponents are crossing their fingers that Trump won’t stall it. Yurek said he didn’t even want to use the word “climate” when discussing the bill. “We didn’t want to give him any excuse to not sign it.” Via The New York Times Image via Tim Hüfner

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Grid-Tied Renewables Savings Outweigh Costs

November 8, 2013 by  
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The additional costs associated with adopting renewable energy are frequently used to argue that it is too expensive to adopt renewables. However, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has taken a look at the costs and offsets from renewable energy use and finds “The answer: the cost is a tiny fraction of the ultimate savings.” Although the costs for the equipment needed to integrate renewables into the existing grid are not insignificant, the associated savings in reduced fuel costs are far greater. Cycling fossil power plants to generate power intermittently also increases wear on the equipment, which leads to increased maintenance costs. But overall, the savings are far more than the increases. The other key finding is that, as renewables continue to be integrated into the grid, the continuing costs will become smaller. Making the systems able to work with renewables connected to the grid is something that gets easier and less expensive. So, in a way, the early adopters have made an even bigger contribution to improving the energy infrastructure. via: Ars Technica

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Is your data center ready for Eco Mode?

February 1, 2013 by  
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Companies need to know a few things about their equipment and power to use energy efficient Eco Mode more effectively.

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Kaiser Gets Green Infusion with Safer IV Equipment

January 19, 2012 by  
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Kaiser Permanente is converting to IV bags that are free of the industrial chemicals PVC and DEHP and DEHP-free tubing in the latest major move to green its medical supply chain.

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Furnlab Open Source CNC Can Make Production Local Again

August 31, 2011 by  
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Four years ago, when we built a whole website around the idea of 3D printing , I predicted a trend toward what I called a 3D Kinko’s, where anyone could get a CNC cutout or a 3D printout at a neighbourhood shop like they get a photocopy now. I thought it would be many years before the equipment was cheap enough that people could actually own it. But things are moving much faster than I ever dreamt; Furnlab is developing a CNC machine that will start at $2500. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Stark Aerial Footage Reveals Extent Of Vermont Hurricane Flooding (Video)

August 31, 2011 by  
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The massive extent of flooding damage in Vermont from Hurricane Irene is becoming even more clear. Many communities are still cut off from public utilities, water, food. Supplies are being airlifted in to some areas. WCAX took to the sky … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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How a Young Activist Revived a Stagnant Legislature

April 8, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Sharon Smith This guest post was written by Sharon Smith, author of The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement . When Alex Lin was just eleven years old, he heard in the news about the growing e-waste crisis.

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Rent your way out of global warming

December 15, 2009 by  
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Data Center Underneath Cathedral Will Heat Finland Homes

November 30, 2009 by  
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Data centers generate a lot of heat.  In fact, over 50 percent of the energy used by data centers is for cooling the servers, not computing.  Almost all efforts to make them more efficient focus on keeping the equipment cool with less energy.  But what if all that heat could be used for good? We recently wrote about the potential of using waste heat to generate electricity, but this time the benefit of the heat is the heat itself. The excess heat generated by a new Finnish data center will be used to warm homes throughout Helsinki.  The data center will be builit under the Uspenski Cathedral, nestled in the bedrock in a former WWII bomb shelter.  The waste heat will be captured and pumped into the city heating network that consists of water-heated pipes that deliver heat to homes

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