Thursday, June 9, 2011

Global Warming Technology? - #2970 - Report Says 'Green Buildings May Be Hazardous to Your Health - The Blaze (2) Biodegradable Products May Contribute to Global Warming? - The Blaze

Last week, we covered a new study that claims that biodegradable products may actually be damaging to the environment. Now, another interesting bit of research has emerged that questions whether green buildings are hazardous to human health. Those who don’t buy into the global warming or climate change mantra, though, won‘t find vindication in the report’s fndings. In it, researchers embrace climate change and examine the potential impact that it has on the indoors. According to FOX News: The report cautions that climate change can negatively and directly affect indoor air quality in several ways. But the scientists behind the study warn that homeowners and businesses could also be making the problem worse by pursuing untested or risky energy-efficiency upgrades.  “Even with the best intentions, indoor environmental quality issues may emerge with interventions that have not been sufficiently well screened for their effects on occupant safety and health,” the report said. When buildings are made more airtight — a seemingly beneficial undertaking — there may be negative moisture and air problems that result. Additionally, asbestos and other harmful materials may emerge when homes and businesses are made more “green” (though FOX notes that these issues aren’t limited to environmentally-beneficial changes to buildings).  The report doesn’t try to convince the public not to make their homes and businesses more energy efficient. Instead, it calls for organizations to begin tracking the side effects that these green upgrades may have. Then, the public can make more educated decisions on the matter.

Biodegradable Products May Be Contribute to Global Warming? - The Blaze - The battle continues to rage over the existence and potential human perpetuation of global warming (or “climate change,” depending on who you’re talking to). But, regardless of where one stands on the wide spectrum of environmental belief, the results of a new study by North Carolina State University will surely be of intrigue.  According to researchers, the feel-good biodegradable products that so many Americans purchase to avoid contributing negatively to the ecosystem, may actually do more harm than good. Once these items make their way into landfills, they allegedly begin to release a “powerful greenhouse gas” as they decay:  “Biodegradable materials, such as disposable cups and utensils, are broken down in landfills by microorganisms that then produce methane,” says Dr. Morton Barlaz, co-author of a paper describing the research and professor and head of NC State’s Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. “Methane can be a valuable energy source when captured, but is a potent greenhouse gas when released into the atmosphere.”  Read more.........

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