Thursday, December 14, 2006

Super Typhoons and Styrofoams

When you buy anything "to go" the person at the counter, waiter in the resto or even the ordinary carinderia will put your food in a styrofoam.

I get tired telling people-- please do not put my food in styrofoam. I do not use styrofoam. I get these stares as if I am an alien from Mars or whatever. Then I slowly explain about the growing Payatas trash that I do not want that because that is the easiest way for them to recognize why I opt not to use styrofoam.

Well in fact as I hope most people know that styrofoam contributes to greenhouse gas, that contributes to global warming and thus might be causing all these super typhoons.

For more expert opinion please click The Green Office.

just to quote from that website:

Styrofoam, or polystyrene, engenders a host of environmental and health detriments. It’s made from non-renewable fossil fuels, and its production releases the harmful greenhouse gas HCFC-22 into the atmosphere. Heavy exposure to polystyrene is linked to headaches, fatigue, and depression. After use, polystyrene does not biodegrade and is known to choke and clog the digestive systems of animals when improperly disposed of. When burned, polystyrene releases 57 chemical byproducts. Some of these same chemicals can be transferred to food that is stored in Styrofoam containers, especially during microwaving.

It is scary to think noh??? That small styrofoam from which we drink our coffee and put our left overs or take aways can cause these super typhoons.

This just shows that everything on Earth is connected. What we do to our environment goes back to us.

Second hand smoke kills

"usok, usok" as the song of Noel Cabangon goes "usok na nakamamatay".

I hate smokers. I hate inhaling second-hand smoke. It is unfair for those who doesn't smoke that the air is actually getting dirty and un-breathable when you are with people who smoke.

This is fact:

Second-hand smoke is actually more dangerous than directly inhaled smoke. It’s harmful even when you cannot see or smell it. Here’s why:

* Second-hand smoke releases the same 4,000 chemicals (50 are known to cause cancer) as smoke that is directly inhaled, but in even greater quantity. Second-hand smoke contains:
o 2 times more tar which gums up lungs and breathing passages
o 5 times more carbon monoxide, which reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood
* Cigarettes burn for approximately 12 minutes, but smokers usually only inhale for 30 seconds. As a result, cigarettes are spewing second-hand smoke into the air for non-smokers and smokers to breathe.
* Even after a cigarette is out, second-hand smoke remains in your surroundings such as furniture, carpets and toys and is still poisonous.
* Air purifiers, ventilation systems, designated smoking areas or open windows do not provide enough protection from second-hand smoke.

For the complete story please click here.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Super Typhoons 3 in a row

After Typhoon Milenyo, Paeng, Reming and now Seniang. I am really alarmed at how our old house in Alaminos will stay in tact. The roof is almost falling down crumbling to be exact the last time I saw it.

Then this leads me to recall climate change and global warming.

I visited some blogs to look up on this issue and I was led to Grist Blog Environmental News and Commentary discussing about Al Gore.

Then I remembered Elnora raving about the film An Inconvenient Truth.

So guys what do you think about all these Super Typhoons in relation to Climate Change?