Featured Eco Poll: Is boxed water better for the Earth?
Research shows that using boxes to store your water is far eco-friendlier than plastic bottles. In this design, 85% of the box is made from a renewable resource. The ads market the container as simple, sustainable and beautiful, but is this product, when considering all facts, really eco friendly?
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Why do we need to do this?
It is widely known that there are many different environmental issues directly affecting the world we live in. Globalisation and the earth’s own natural evolutionary processes are transforming localised problems into larger international issues which already have an impact on the way we live today.
Today’s globalisational issues include Global Warming, Acid Rain, Hazardous Waste, Air Pollution, Ozone Depletion, Smog, Water Pollution, Overpopulation and Rain Forest Destruction.
What is Ecology?
Ecology (from Greek: οίκος, oikos, “household”; and λόγος, logos, “knowledge”) is the scientific study of the distribution and abundance of life and the interactions between organisms and their environment. The environment of an organism includes physical properties, which can be described as the sum of local abiotic factors such as insolation (sunlight), climate, and geology, and biotic factors, which are other organisms that share its habitat.
The word “ecology” is often used more loosely in such terms as social ecology and deep ecology and in common parlance as a synonym for the natural environment or environmentalism. Likewise “ecologic” or “ecological” is often taken in the sense of environmentally friendly.
The term ecology or oekologie was coined by the German biologist Ernst Haeckel in 1866, when he defined it as “the comprehensive science of the relationship of the organism to the environment.” Haeckel did not elaborate on the concept, and the first significant textbook on the subject (together with the first university course) was written by the Danish botanist, Eugenius Warming. For this early work, Warming is often identified as the founder of ecology.
Environmentally friendly (eco-friendly and nature friendly) are synonyms used to refer to goods and services considered to inflict minimal or no harm on the environment. To make consumers aware, environmentally friendly goods and services often are marked with eco-labels. But because there is no single international standard for this concept, the International Organization for Standardization considers such labels too vague to be meaningful.
Eco Friendly Ideas – An overview of James Lovelock’s Gaia Theory