Climate change is a long-term change in thestatistical distribution of weather patterns overperiods of time that range from decades tomillions of years.The United Nations Framework Convention onClimate Change defines climate change as "achange of climate which is attributed directly orindirectly to human activity that alters thecomposition of the global atmosphere."
• Global warming is the increase in the average temperature of Earths near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation.• Global dimming, a result of increasing concentrations of atmospheric aerosols that block sunlight from reaching the surface, has partially countered the effects of warming induced by greenhouse gases.
• Sea levels to rise and will change the amount and pattern of precipitation• Expansion of subtropical deserts.• Continuing retreat of glaciers, permafrost and sea ice.• Species extinctions,• Changes in agricultural yields,• As a result of contemporary increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, the oceans have become more acidic; a result that is predicted to continue.
Did you know?• With your help, we can reduce global CO2 emissions from the operation of computers by 54 million tons a year by 2010. That’s like taking 11 million cars off the road each year• The Climate Group that quantifies the potential role technology can play in helping enable, as they say, a “low carbon economy.” According to their findings, by using technology we have the opportunity to reduce global emissions by 15 percent before 2020, that’s equivalent in today’s currency to U.S.$800 billion.
1) using information technology to improveenergy efficiency,2) accelerating research breakthroughs, and3) reducing the impact of our global operationsthrough responsible environmental leadership.
• Forging global partnerships that address complex environmental challenges.Example: – Globally: Clinton Foundation and Project 2 Degree – Locally: Green ICT initiative launched by MCIT & MESA
The average desktop PC wastes nearly half of the energy itconsumes as heat. This wasted electricity translates to higherelectricity bills and increased greenhouse gas emissions.Fun Fact: Using power management features on yourcomputer can save nearly half a ton of CO2 and more than$60 a year in energy costs.What you can do: Making some simple changes to your computer’spower management settings is an easy and inexpensive way to makea difference in your environmental impact. With a few mouse clicks,your computer can be set to automatically go to “sleep” when it’snot in use.
Windows 7 reduces 30% energy consumptionCheck Power Options in the ControlPanel in Windows 7 and select“Balanced plan”.Microsoft recommends that you customize theBalance plan settings to the screen sleeps after 5minutes of inactivity, the CPU sleeps after 30minutes.
• Did you know? As long as they are plugged in, your computer and other electronic devices continue to use electricity – even when they are turned off or in standby mode. A computer uses up to 10 watts when it is turned off but still plugged in.2• Fun Fact: You can reduce your electricity bills by as much as 10% by unplugging appliances and electronics when they are not in use.3• What you can do: Plug all your electronics into one power strip so you can easily switch them all off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
Flick the Switch! Switch on lights and aircon/heating only when requiredToo hot? Too cold? Adjust the thermostat up inthe summer and down in the winter as much aspossible, wear adequate clothes and encouragea “cool biz” campaign to decrease the airconditioned temperature in summer.Shut that door! Ensure fridge doors are closed
• REMOVE the Screen Saver from your computers and those in your team• Flick the Switch! Switch on lights and air con/heating only when required• Too hot? Too cold? Adjust the thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter as much as possible• Shut that door! Ensure fridge doors are closed
Did you know? A new ENERGY STAR compliantPC or laptop uses 15 to 25 percent less energy onaverage than a standard new computer.Fun Fact: ENERGY STAR 4.0 is expected to save consumers andbusinesses more than $1.8 billion in energy costs over the next 5years and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annualemissions of 2.7 million vehicles.What you can do: Choose an ENERGY STAR compliant computerthe next time you’re in the market for a new PC. Look for theENERGY STAR label or visit the online product catalog to browsefor an efficient PC
• Buy a laptop instead of a desktop PC.• Purchase a smart power strip.• Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
Recycle electronics properly:Donate your old PCs and equipment that are still useable tocharity of your choice and recycle those you can’t use.How do you do it?Contact Spirit of Youth Association for EnvironmentalServices, Manshiat Nasser,Cairo, Tel/Fax: 4343851; Mob.: 017-6236531, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
PAPER• Use OneNote• Think before you print! Do You have to?• Use Paper saving Templates• Re-use and Recycle!Contact Resalah to recycle your papers.
• TRAVEL, – Use the technology! Communicate with your friends electronically; meet through Live Meeting, travel less – Travel Green! Reduce the number of miles you drive by walking, carpooling, using collage shuttles, or taking mass transit wherever possible.• WATER – Keep the time for running water to minimum when washing – Minimize the use of bottled water.• Plants are Green! – Keep green plants in your home– they can improve indoor air quality, save energy, reduce stress , productivity and creativity.• Go local – Use local products to reduce pollution generated during transportation