Second Hand(Exhaust)Smoke: Negative Effect Of Car Emissions

Before you rev your engines, keep in mind the negative effects of car emissions.

Cars have become one of the most common possessions on the face of the planet. With the constant growth in the international economy, cars are becoming more affordable and easier for the average person to own. People need transportation in order to go back and forth to work, to take their children to school, and to carry out everyday activities.

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The reality, however, is that this sudden influx in cars on the road has a major side effect. According to the United States Department of Transportation, in 1970, there were 89.9 billion vehicle miles traveled. In 2011, this number almost tripled to 246.3 trillion vehicle miles traveled (www.ucsusa.org). With these high numbers, the negative effects of car emissions is clear.

While vehicle ownership is beneficial and even necessary to those dependent on cars for their primary transportation, recent research done by the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States concluded that emissions from these vehicles are responsible for more than half of air pollution in the U.S. In addition to air pollution, cars carry hazardous fluids and these harmful fluids can drain into and, thus, negatively effecting the local water system. (Image source)

While a car is running, it is emitting chemicals in the form of gas. Some of these chemicals are harmless, but others are not. The amount and type of pollution depends upon what type of gas goes into the car. In the US, all grades of gasoline are unleaded, and the consumer can choose which grade to put into their car. This varies from country to country, as in some places, not all the gasoline is only unleaded.

Gasoline that contains lead is extremely harmful to the environment and to people. When breathed in, leaded gasoline fumes can slow brain development in small children and potentially cause cancer in adults(USEPA). It is important to make sure that the gasoline that is being put in your car does not contain lead, because if it does, it can be very hazardous to you and the surrounding environment. The lead gas being put into many vehicles is just one of the many negative effects of car emissions.

There are certain chemicals, however, that are emitted from all gas-powered vehicles, regardless of the type of gasoline the owner fuels it with. These chemicals are carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, and smaller solid particles such as metal and soot (www.sfgates.com).

These materials are less harmful to humans than lead, but just as harmful to the surrounding environment. Many of these pollutants settle into the soil and find their way into the food supply. Animals that consume these foods can suffer from respiratory, immune, and neurological complications. (image source)

Car pollution is responsible for much more than sickening the wildlife. Nitrogen oxide and sulfur emissions from car pollution have been directly linked to the causation of acid rain. Acid rain is caused when these chemicals are leaked or emitted from car exhaust fumes, then absorbed by the water supply or soil. Once the chemicals are in the water, they evaporate into the clouds and from there, fall to the earth as acid rain. One of the negative effects of car emissions that circulates through the water cycle will continuously harm our environment until changes are made to reduce emissions.

The drastic rise in car ownership has affected the environment in many negative ways, but oddly enough, the emissions released from cars do not have a huge impact on the ozone layer. This is a common misconception and, although car pollution is horrible for humans and wildlife, it does not destroy the ozone.

The automobile is one of man’s greatest inventions, in part because of the freedom that it gives us on the road. It also allows us to prosper economically due to the ease of delivery methods of goods and services. Because of vehicles, we have the advantage of moving across our country faster than ever before.

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However, we must not forget that cars have their disadvantages, such as exhaust fumes and fluid leaks that are potentially harmful to our environment and wildlife. Our responsibility as consumers is to become more conscious of the damage that our car is doing to the environment and the negative effects of car emissions on both humans and animals.

Something we can do to lessen the impact of harmful by-products of car pollution is to promote production of “greener” vehicles. (image source)

When we begin to choose a hybrid or electric car over the standard, the transportation market will be forced to shift their focus to production of hybrid and electric cars. In recent years, the vehicle market has undergone innovation and is moving towards a greener future. In order to make the roads greener and make a reduction in the negative effects of car emissions seen globally, we must follow this example and become more aware of the harm we are causing to the environment.

Now, every one of us has a role to improve society and we need to take action. The first action we take is always to suggest to go green to reduce the negative effects of car emissions. According to Environmental America the amount of pollution emitted in to the environment by fossil fueled generation plants is three times more than all the nation’s cars. [quote_box_center]U.S. power plants released 2.56 billion tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the amount produced by 449 million of today’s cars – that’s more than three times the number of passenger cars registered in the United States[/quote_box_center]. For that reason, if you have not yet switched to green, DO it now. Take Action and Click the link to GO GREEN NOW!

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NEW PLAYER ENTERING THE ENERGY GAME IN NEW JERSEY

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NEW JERSEY – Customers looking to save money on utility bills do not have to look any further in the New Jersey markets. American Power & Gas has become a large player in the energy industry including the state of New Jersey, providing residents the chance to save money with alternative energy and gas options.

They recently launched an alternative energy option for customers of Jersey Central Power & Light and Public Service Enterprise Group in New Jersey.

Providers like American Power & Gas will be offering competitive variable pricing, a rate which changes on a monthly basis with the market value of energy, in the New Jersey area.

“It is a good thing to have variable rates because customers end up paying closer to the cost of energy in the open commodities market. With fixed rates, customers at times, find themselves saving for a couple of months but when the rates go down, they are stuck paying a higher fixed rate,” explained Andrea d’Agostini, vice president of marketing and public relations.

New Jersey residents will have access to standard energy and green energy. Those who prefer environmentally friendly options, such as wind generated energy, will find that American Power & Gas’ green energy program called, The Green Effect, provides a solution.

wind-turbines17“At American Power and Gas we strive to offer the best product on the market to our customers,” said d’Agostini. “We are more than an energy company. Our team is focused and dedicated on helping the planet through our corporate responsibility efforts.”

American Power & Gas is among the larger players in the renewable energy resource market and will be ensuring different options of energy will be presented to all potential clients in the New Jersey market place. Reaching customers to provide the best possible options is a part of what they strive to accomplish in their daily routines.

American Power & Gas is planning to attend future events focusing on green energy campaigns in the greater New Jersey area.  They will also be taking part in a large event focusing on mentoring small businesses owned by veterans, minorities and service disabled veterans, showing how taking part in energy deregulation may benefit the growth of their business.

For more information or to sign up for an alternative energy plan, visit http://www.americanpowerandgas.com or contact American Power & Gas by phone at (888) 815-6971.

About American Power and Gas
Based in Seminole, Florida, American Power and Gas provides alternative options for energy customers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They offer the opportunity to purchase affordable energy and provide innovative solutions for both businesses and homeowners. As a leader in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and the northern United States, they are committed to affordable, renewable energy solutions for all. American Power and Gas prides themselves in their knowledge, service and expertise in providing low cost energy solutions.

For media inquiries, contact our public relations firm at (813) 279-8335 or contact@judgepr.com.

Sources: https://www.americanpowerandgas.com/new-player-entering-the-energy-game-in-new-jersey/

How cities Can Reduce Energy Consumption

American Power and Gas: One of the primary characteristics of cities is population density. The amount of people living per square mile is much greater in urban areas. This is because cities are major centers of commerce and industry. They are the home base for many domestic and international companies.

High concentrations of jobs in cities attract even more people. Many of these folks commute from their homes outside the city to their places of employment. Between the power required to operate city businesses and residences, and the fuel needed for public transportation and vehicles used to get around, energy consumption levels in cities are very high. It is very important that cities start to cut back. Below are 6 ways in which they can do it.

Bicycle Lanes and Sharing

When cities invest in protected bicycle lanes on the roads, people will feel safer riding their bikes in lieu of driving. Cities can also offer bike sharing services. Citi Bike in New York City or Biketown in Portland, Oregon enable people to pay for and temporarily use a local bike. Together, these changes reduce car density on the road, and, in turn, decrease energy consumption.

Public Transit

Public Transit

Arguably one of the more costly and complex solutions to reduce energy consumption in cities is by offering and maintaining a variety of public transportation options. This should dissuade people from driving. Bus, subway or rail lines facilitate better and faster commutes. They simultaneously diminish the reliance on cars and, in effect, the reliance on gasoline.

Hybrid Cars

Since some cities, such as Los Angeles, are more reliant on driving than others. Offering higher and more incentivizing tax breaks to individuals who choose to drive hybrid or electric cars encourages its citizens be more energy conscious. To further reward these drivers, they can encourage certain establishments to offer designated, premium parking spaces for those vehicles in particular.

Green Space

Plants and trees reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the air by utilizing energy from the sun. Creating concentrated pockets of green space throughout a city in the form of parks, playgrounds, urban farms, and open spaces provide a better quality of life for city dwellers. In addition, they will better the atmosphere by cooling the surrounding air, offsetting carbon dioxide.

Solar Panels

Skyscrapers and massive buildings are staples of urban life. By installing solar panels, which absorb light from the sun, on even some of these structures, the city would be able to tap into free energy in the form of generating electricity or heating during daytime hours. This would make the best use of an enormous and pre-existing surface area. It will also cut back on the amount of fossil fuel people use.

Waste Management

Water Conservation

Cities are overflowing with people. As a result, the amount of garbage produced daily is extremely overwhelming. The management and disposal are not always the most efficient. Small efforts can better eliminate waste. One of these efforts is to outlaw plastic bag distribution in stores since they do not decompose. Also, if more opportunities existed for people to recycle, fewer recyclable materials would arrive in landfills and could, instead, be repurposed.

Water Conservation

More people equates to more water consumption. Therefore, there is more water waste. Cities can offer energy-efficient programs. They can help people purchase water-saving devices for their homes. They can also incentivize them to do so with tax breaks. There are low-flow faucets, toilets, and shower heads. There are also water saving dishwashers and washing machines. These appliances use significantly less water than older, more outdated models.

There has been a drastic climate change that has occurred over the past century. It is due to carbon dioxide emissions and diminishes natural resources.  It is imperative that populous regions like cities begin to reduce their consumption of energy.

Offering an array of public transportation options, provide bike sharing services and delineate bike lanes on the roads. They can incentivize drivers of hybrid and electric cars. They can create sustainable green spaces, and install solar panels on the tallest buildings. These things will all reduce waste and conserve water. Although local governments are responsible for implementing these tactics, it is ultimately up to the people to make sure they follow it.

Sources:https://www.americanpowerandgas.com/how-cities-can-reduce-energy-consumption/

Cause And Effect of Climate Change

American Power and Gas: Climate change is real, and it is really something serious that people downplay a whole lot. The problem is that most people don’t really understand what it really is, and what causes it. The truth is, the climate is changing each and every day. There are many different problems that are leading to our climate change, some of them having to do with the Greenhouse Effect, and other changes are occurring due to human activity and solar irradiance. The earth is becoming hotter, whether we want to admit it or not. Here is what is happening.

Causes of Climate Change

Man-made Factors
The Greenhouse Effect

First, we need to take a closer look at the Greenhouse Effect and gain a better understanding of it. When you do this, you will find that this is one of the main causes of the climate changes that are taking place currently. The warming of our atmosphere is actually happening because the atmosphere is continuing to trap the heat that radiates from the earth and traps it between earth and space. There are gases that can play a part in the greenhouse effect, and most of these gases will actually block the heat. This is what happens to force the climate change, and this is the part that we can’t do that much about- other than going green.

Gases that Play a Part in Climate Change

Here are a few of the gases that can play a part in climate change.  First, you will find water vapor. This is the most abundant gas that plays a part in the Greenhouse Effect. It increases because the earth is getting warmer, and it also makes more clouds and precipitation.

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Natural Factors

Volcanic Eruptions
Ocean Currents
Solar Radiations
Earth Orbital Changes

Effects of Climate Change

Climate change can really have a lot of negative consequences. It is important to do something about it to help decrease the amount of change that occurs and make it not happen so fast. At some point, the earth will be too hot for people to live comfortably if we don’t make some changes. It is already having and impact on the plant and animal life, and if you really don’t want to see it get much worse- it is time to go green.

Change in Rainfall Patterns
Depletion of Arctic Ice
Wildfires
Heat Waves
Loss of Wildlife Species
Rise in Sea Level
Shifting Habitat
High Temperatures

Sources:http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-and-effects-of-climate-change.php

Benefits of Biomass Energy

American Power and Gas:  Biomass is one of renewable energy sources and refers to biological material derived from living organisms such as wood and waste. Biomass is not only used to generate electricity as it is also able to produce heat. Among the simplest examples of biomass are the forest residues such as dead trees and wood chips, which have shown very good potential as energy sources. Biomass also includes plant or animal matter used for production of fibers or chemicals. Biomass energy has very long history and has been used in primitive forms since the early days of mankind. Burning wood in a cave is also a form of biomass energy, a simple conversion of an organic material to heat. Putted in even simpler words, a fire converts the organic wood into heat.

The other thing one need to know about biomass is that biomass energy is derived from five distinct energy sources: garbage, wood, waste, landfill gases, and alcohol fuels. Biomass can be relatively easy converted to other usable forms of energy like methane gas or transportation fuels like ethanol and biodiesel. There are several conversion technologies that may release the energy directly, in the form of heat or electricity, or may convert it to another form, such as liquid biofuel or combustible biogas. Biomass is becoming very popular and getting worldwide acceptance day by day.

Biomass is a renewable energy source

The most obvious benefit of biomass energy is that biomass is renewable source of energy, meaning that it cannot be depleted like this is the case with fossil fuels. Biomass mostly derives from plants and plants are needed to support life on this planet. In other words, as long as plants are going to be on this planet, biomass will be available as renewable energy source.

Biomass Helps Climate Change by Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Biomass indeed helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that give more impact to global warming and climate change. Though biomass is connected with certain level of emissions this level is far smaller compared to currently dominant energy sources, fossil fuels. The basic difference between biomass and fossil fuels when it comes to amount of carbon emissions is that all the CO2 which has been absorbed by plant for its growth is going back in the atmosphere during its burning for the production of biomass energy while the CO2 produced from fossil fuels is only going to atmosphere where it increases Earth’s greenhouse effect and adds to global warming. It should be also pointed out that compared to biomass fossil fuels when burning not only produce CO2 but also sulfur dioxide and lead oxide which are very toxic gases.

Cleaner environment

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The third main benefit of biomass energy is that biomass can help clean our environment. World population is constantly increasing, and with the increase in population there is also a problem of increased waste which needs to be properly disposed. Many of garbage ends up in rivers, water streams, oceans harming nearby ecosystems and having negative impact on human health. Instead of pollution our planet with all this garbage we could use it for the production of this energy and it helps cleaning our environment from many different form of pollution.

Biomass is widely available source of energy

Even the opponents of biomass do not argue that biomass is widely available energy source. With biomass, almost everywhere we look we can find the potential source for the production of biomass energy. This is certainly one of the main benefits of biomass energy over fossil fuels. As we all know that fossil fuels are not going to last forever, and once fossil fuels will be depleted world will need to have relatively cheap, readily available energy source, and this is where biomass should step in and make the difference. Many energy experts agree that when you combine economic and environmental character of energy sources biomass will be on top of your list as one of the best energy sources.

Sources: https://www.our-energy.com/benefits_of_biomass.html