Source: Master of Engineering Degrees
The green movement continues around the world and a growing number of people are now conscious of doing their share in preserving Mother Nature. It’s a relief to see people using more eco-friendly alternatives in running their vehicles and homes and in performing their jobs.
Unfortunately, not many are seeing the other side of the coin. Here’s an infographic entitled “The Green Fail” that highlights the downsides of some green practices.
For instance, the waste from mercury present in compact flourescent light (CFL) bulbs is predicted to be greater than the energy saved from using the CFLs. Mercury is a poisonous chemical and most CFL bulbs contain from three to five milligrams of mercury. When disposed of in landfills, even small amounts of this chemical can contribute to air and water pollution.
Bio-fuels are a concern as well. A study by Princeton University found that clearing untouched lands to grow biofuel crops actually releases carbon emissions. Efforts to convert rainforests, savannas and grasslands to produce biofuel in the U.S., Brazil and Southeast Asia releases from 17 to 420 more carbon dioxide.
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