Global Climate Change and the Many Questions it Raises
Janet Schlarbaum Climate Change Questions By Kelly Hunter
Everyone’s talking about global warming. A planet (Earth) in peril! But, if there is global warning then there are bound to be global climate changes. So how dangerous can a global climate change be? That global warming is taking place, is a long foregone conclusion. Many of you may even be familiar with some of the reasons for it.
Let’s start with some questions. What impact will global warming have on the world climate? How can, we, humans prevent any further damage to our environment? Can the warming be slowed down or reversed? If yes, how? How much time do we have left now? There are many more questions to be asked and answers to be found but these are some of the most important ones.
All said and done, questions asked, the most important thing to do is spread awareness about global climate change and how it will all affect us and our future generations. An increasingly thirsty and hot world is not far away. But if we act fast, there is much we can do at both individual and community levels. It’s all about timing and taking the right measures to halt global warming in its tracks.
What is global warming?
Global warming can be defined as a steady increase of temperatures of the earth as well as oceans due to an increase in quantity of specific gases that trap heat within the atmosphere. These gases that trap heat are known as ‘green house’ gases. They occur naturally. Also produced naturally, these gases are found in certain regions of our planet. Greenhouse gases are released when fossil fuels are used to produce energy. Over the years these gases are have begun to be produced in significantly large numbers leading to altering the climatic conditions of our planet.
However, despite all this, it is actually quite difficult to pinpoint if global climate change is actually taking place and to figure out the speed of this process. However, it is a fact that ice caps are melting, water tables are receding, climatic conditions across the world are changing, summer temperatures are rising while summer duration is getting longer, winters are getting harsher and shorter etc.
What are the concerns?
Tsunamis, earthquakes, typhoons that have the capability of killing thousands of people, destroying thousands of miles of land are now not unheard of. There are many recent examples of these natural catastrophes like the Katrina, the tsunami of 2005, the recent earthquake in Haiti among others. Also, human produced catastrophes like setting fire to forests, oil wells etc lead to severe impacts on the world climate.
How does global climate change affect me?
As the average temperatures rise world-wide, it will have a devastating effect on the environment. As more greenhouses are released and trapped in the atmosphere, the oceans’ temperatures will also rise, leading to glaciers melting. According to many scientists, this process has already begun. This could only mean one thing, that global climate change though already under process, it’s time to stop it and one of the best ways to do this is by switching to renewable sources of energy.
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March 28 2010 | Janet Schlarbaum Climate Change | Comments Off
Climate Change – Side Effect of Global Warming
Top Janet Schlarbaum Climate Change Side Effect By Yachika Verma
What is Climate Change? Climate change refers to change in the climate and atmospheric conditions of a particular region or area. This change in climate can be because of uncontrollable changes in or around earth or can be caused by human activities. With recent rise in the temperature of earth’s surface due to global warming, it is correct to state that one of the byproducts of Warming is Climate Change.
There is no denial to the fact that the climate of earth all across is changing every day. This is the consequence of continuous warming up of earth and atmosphere around it. The main reason is excess of carbon dioxide and gases like methane and nitrous oxide in the atmosphere. These gases are called greenhouse gases and are the reason for rising green house effect on earth. These gases have the capability to trap the heat and not allow heat to go outside the earth’s atmosphere. Hence, they result in more warming.
Global Warming is increasing day by day because of lot of natural and manmade circumstances. With so much of pollution and deforestation all across the globe, It is rapidly increasing. With more and more release of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere around earth, the temperature is also rising. Is it alarming? Well, the answer is yes.
Let us face it that climate change can be life threatening if earth is not able to adjust to it. Due to deforestation, a lot of species of plants, birds and animals are becoming extinct. Due to water pollution, a lot of water species are vanishing. With so much of imbalance in natural activities around, it is impossible to avoid climate change. Plants and trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; make the air pure for us to breathe. However, we are only cutting them down. We should also grow trees and plants to ensure that the damage done by cutting down the trees is taken care of.
Glaciers are melting due to It and its effect of climate change. With global warming glaciers, lot of places all across the world can get merged under water. We cannot deny the fact that with melting glaciers, the sea levels will also rise. Natural calamities are hints which are given to mankind to beware them of the worst. Are we ready to face this? Well, we are still wondering how to control Global Warming. Global climate change is a threat to all. Countries are trying to invent ways to control it so that we can be healthy and alive in future.
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March 27 2010 | Schlarbaum Capital Management | Comments Off
By: Jerome Exner
Green house gases, are they as big of a problem as people say? People who know little about green house gases, truly are not aware how its effecting our earth, so hopefully this information clears some of this up, and will show you how serious this problem is actually is.
For 2.5 million years, the earths climate has constantly been changing, from our ice ages to warmer years, but in the last century our climate’s temperature has been rising unusually fast, from about 1.3 to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists believe that it is our own human activity, thats driving the temperature up, and this process is called ” global warming”.
Dating back to the times when the industrial revolution began, factories, trains, and eventually cars, have burned fossil fuels such as oil and coal, which were and still are, releasing huge amounts of carbon dioxide, and other gas’s into our earths atmosphere. These green house gases, or trapped heat near the surface of the earth, are formed by a natural process of the sun, and this is called the ” greenhouse effect”. The green house effect, begins with the sun and the energy it radiates to the earth. The Earth and the atmosphere absorb some of this energy, and the rest is radiated back into space. Now with that being said, these naturally occurring gases, in the atmosphere trap some of this energy and reflect it back, thus, warming the earth. Scientists now believe that the green house effect is getting intensified by all the extra green house gases that humans are releasing.
Signs of global warming, include a recent pattern of very warm years. 1998 was one of the warmest years in history, with 2005, a quick runner up. Furthermore, readings taken from ice core samples, Show that green house gas’s, C02, and methane, have hit there highest levels in 420,000 years, and our sea ice is also shrinking.Our sea ice has declined 10% in the last 30 years.
As long as our nations around the globe, consume these energy’s, and increase their fuel consumption, the overall mass of green house gas’s will continue to rise. Researchers predict that our temperature will increase by 2 – 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. What is uncertain is what rising temperatures,will mean for our planet. Some forecast rising sea levels which of coarse would mean floods, along coastal areas around the world. Weather patterns are changing also, making hurricanes more frequent, severe drought is more common in warm areas, and species which are unable to adapt to this change will face a huge drop in numbers and inevitably, extinction.
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September 11 2009 | Mark Schlarbaum and Schlarbaum Capital Management | Comments Off
Climate Change – What is it?
By Richard Chapo
Climate change is an amazingly simple phrase for such a complex subject. Following, we have a go at defining climate change in today’s terms.
Climate Change – What is it?
In the current day lexicon of scientists, climate modification isn’t really a term of use anymore. The reason for this is that we have come to understand that the effect of the changes we make to our environment will increase the temperature in many locations on the planet, but will also cool a few places. In light of this, the thing you know of as climate modification is actually referred to as global climate change. Over all, however, the world is definitely warming.
We need a simple definition for climate change in relation to the warming of the planet, one that gets the gist without excluding the simplicities. The simplest and most accurate definition is that climate change is the effect greenhouse gases have on the earth’s climate. Greenhouse gases include, but are not limited to, carbon dioxide and methane. While this sounds like a simple definition, there are a couple of key things to realize.
First, climate change is both a natural phenomena and one created by man. Put another way, greenhouse gases are a natural part of the biosphere and would exist if man did not. Indeed, they are a critical component to the existence of life on this planet. If greenhouse gases didn’t exist, the temperature on planet earth would average zero degrees! Naturally occurring gases, however, keep the temperature at a much more livable 59 degrees.
So, if climate change occurs naturally, what is the big panic about? The problem we are facing is the volume of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These gases act as thermal blankets for the atmosphere. The more gas in the atmosphere, the thicker the blanket and the less heat escapes. Over the last 80 years, we have been pumping massive amounts of greenhouse gases into the sky. At the same time, we have been reducing forestation around the planet, the primary plant collection that sucks greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. This double whammy is starting to show negative results, the increased heating of our world.
The ultimate question with climate alteration is what will happen as the planet heats up. We are already seeing signs with the retreat of the glaciers. Glacier National Park, for instance, is going to have to be renamed since it has already lost 65 percent of all of its glaciers! While the exact end result of these environmental changes is not clear, we can expect major climatic changes over the next 80 years.
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April 07 2009 | Janet Schlarbaum and Mark Schlarbaum | Comments Off
By Sarah Tavy
It is commonly believed that we live in one gigantic magnetic field, but in fact we live in two, and both are changing at a fast pace, possibly faster than evolution, meaning our bodies cannot keep up with the change of the natural environment that we are designed to live in.
The first of these fields is the earth’s natural magnetic field, generally assumed to be a static field with north at the top of the world and south at the bottom. However, this has not always been the case. The earth’s magnetic field is subjected to geomagnetic reversals which are estimated to occur on average every 250,000 years. This is a natural cycle of time and does not necessarily present any issues as evolution has always coped with this slow change. However, there is a problem. The earth’s magnetic field is fading at an alarming rate, probably faster than at any point in history. Today it is about 10 percent weaker than it was in 1845 when the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss (whose name is now used as a unit of magnetic measurement) started to keep records.
The second field is the earth’s natural electromagnetic field known as the Schumann Resonance. In 1952 Professor W. O. Schumann of the Technical University of Munich proved that the main frequency of the earth’s resonance is 7.83 Hz. This discovery was immediately linked to research that was being carried out on the alpha rhythm of brain waves, which just happened to be about the same as the earth’s resonance. It is not only human brains that have the same frequency as the earth, but all mammalian brains share this common frequency. This phenomenon suggests that the Schumann Resonance is the tuning fork of life.
Any schoolboy will tell you that magnetic fields and electricity are inextricably linked, and our bodies are a mass of bioelectrical activity. Each individual cell is dependant on the electrical resistance of its neighbouring cell and it is this electrical communication combined with the body’s transportation system (blood flow) that controls the efficiency of all cellular functions in the body. An electrical breakdown causes pain, disease, tiredness, etc, etc. Modern medicine relies on this mechanism to provide chemical cocktails that have the ability to change the resistance levels of targeted body cells.
When the first astronauts ventured into space they suffered nausea, dizziness, and vomiting; subsequent flights included a device to produce a pulsed frequency of the Schumann Resonance and the problem disappeared. Volunteer students who lived for four weeks in a bunker hermetically sealed against all magnetic fields suffered physical and emotional disorders, but after only a brief exposure to the Schumann Resonance of 7.83 Hz their health stabilised. Research by E. Jacobi at the University of Duesseldorf showed that one sided use of Schumann wave simulation without the geomagnetic stimulation (the earth’s magnetic field) caused serious health problems. But the bad news is the earth’s frequency is rising (figures suggest the average frequency has jumped to nearly 11 Hz) and science can offer no explanation, but one theory suggests that the continual and growing bombardment of man-made electromagnetic waves around our planet is starting to effect our natural environment.
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By Wendy Pan
An acre of rainforest is lost every second. That is a huge amount and this deforestation is contributing to climate change for the world. Many of the people who are physically responsible for the logging that takes place in the forests are dependent upon the trade for their livelihood. They feel, in many cases, that it is the only option available to them if they wish to support and feed their families. All too often they are kept in the dark regarding the damage that their work is causing. The task of preventing rain forest destruction is not their responsibility and we must not lay the blame at their feet.
Much of the clearing of the rain forest is to satisfy the Western appetite for commercial gain and economy. Reasoning for rain forest clearance is not confined to the harvesting of the trees for their wood. Many areas are cleared so that the land may be used for pasture for the rearing of cattle. This is the case in some areas of Central America such as Costa Rica. In Central America a quarter of the forests have been cleared in order to raise cattle. Much of the meat produced in this way will be for the fast food market and will be used for the manufacture of hamburgers. Facts such as this are rarely considered but if we are to have any strength in preventing rain forest destruction we must make everyone aware of these aspects.
Obviously one of the main reasons for the felling of trees is for the wood. Woods such as ebony, mahogany, rosewood and teak are all rainforest products. Any furniture made of these woods could easily be substituted for pieces made using wood from sustainable sources. There are many other woods available which are now grown for the purpose of non-invasive felling. These are replaced as they are harvested and the balance retained. Sensible purchasing of furniture with a little bit of thought and consideration could go a long way to preventing rain forest destruction throughout the world.
Worldwide boycotts of uncaringly produced consumer goods would aid the battle to a tremendous extent. If we could stop buying burgers from unknown sources and only support responsible farming practices we could end the clearing of many forest areas. If we could limit our furniture buying to items that are made from wood which has been grown in forests where a plan of sustainable forestation and regeneration is practiced then we would help in preventing rain forest destruction.
It is not always easy to know the source and method of production of all the consumer goods that we buy. There may be a great many companies who are responsible for some practices which are detrimental to forest conservation and without running a complete check on each company we are not to know. However, if we want to stand a chance of preventing rain forest destruction we must at least pay heed to the facts that we know and not be complacent in addressing the situation. Every little action helps and every individual boycott of goods and services that we feel may be contributing to deforestation will add up and make the future for the world a little more secure.
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January 10 2009 | Janet Schlarbaum and Mark Schlarbaum and Schlarbaum Capital Management | Comments Off
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By Chris Ralph
Few people know that gold actually forms crystals in nature. While the beauty of natural gold is widely appreciated by both prospectors and mineral collectors, the pinnacle of beautiful natural gold specimens are the spectacular crystalline forms. As a result, these specimens of golden scales, plates, ribbons and crystals are normally saved and treasured. Unfortunately, the natural growth conditions that form most gold deposits only rarely create these very attractive specimens.
At most mines, native gold is more normally found in the form of irregular masses and blobs in quartz or sulfide veins, or as impregnations in the country rock adjacent to mineralized fissures. In fact in most modern mines the gold is in the form of very tiny particles, too small to easily see with the unaided eye. In placer gravels, the wear of the erosion process means gold normally is pounded into the outwardly rounded forms of scales, grains, slugs, and nuggets. While large alluvial nuggets are beautiful and valuable in their own right, the crystalline forms are still the ones most highly valued. In fact, the value of crystalline gold in an attractive matrix specimen can exceed the intrinsic metal value of the gold by a factor of 10 to 100 fold in some cases.
Although gold only rarely shows its attractive crystalline forms, where the geologic conditions are favorable, as in cavities or other locations where growth and expansion is not hindered by a lack of space, gold obeys the natural laws of its crystal growth and crystallizes in various isometric (cubic) forms. This partly explains the rarity of fine crystalline gold specimens. This is because open voids are uncommon in and of themselves. Normally, the walls of the cavity limit the lines of crystal growth, or growth is cut off by the concurrent growth of another mineral, such as calcite or quartz. Often any voids that do exist are later filled with quartz or other materials, including clays.
In addition, large single crystal growth requires stable conditions that support slow growth – at least growth slow enough to lead to the formation of a few large crystals rather than millions of tiny ones. Faster growth will support the development microscopic pieces or at least mossy and dendritic forms. Gold crystallizes in the isometric system, and usually forms crude octahedrons, but specimens showing dodecahedrons, cubes and trapezohedrons are also found. Crystals are rarely perfect, and are normally irregular, sometimes exhibiting unusual wiry, reticulated or dendritic shapes. Many forms also show some sort of distortion of the crystal, some with extreme distortion. Crystal twinning is common in gold.
Between the combined effects of all the different crystal forms, twinning and a range of possible crystal distortions, gold can found a very large variety of crystalline forms, all of which have their own attractive appearance. The number of potential combinations is so large that all the possible combinations are hard to fathom. Beautiful wire forms are found in a number of locations, with one of the most famous locations being Farncomb Hill in the Breckenridge District of Colorado (beautiful leaf and other forms are found there as well).
Many of the dendritic forms are also beautiful, and one of the most beautiful dendritic forms of gold are the herring bone style dendrites, with some of the finest examples of this being the “chevron” gold of northern Nevada. California produces some specimens of ribbons and sheet gold, some with attractive crystal patterns on their surface, and these are also highly sought after.
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October 21 2008 | Janet Schlarbaum and Mark Schlarbaum and Schlarbaum Capital Management | Comments Off
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By Bart Sharp
If we look at our primitive cultures, most or all of these people worshiped or revered the earth. They knew the earth gave to them gifts to help them in their daily lives. In return, they revered the earth as a precious commodity. From this gratitude a bond was formed and each flourished in it.
Today we are still stewards of the planet-although most of us do not know it or accept the job. Regardless, the earth is here for us and we for it. When we study the older pagan cultures we see that the rituals created an effect on the group that practiced them: they felt a communion with the earth. The chanting by Tibetan Monks, or beating of drums in rituals has a purpose of connecting us to the earth, as well as healing the earth. The vibration of the sounds changes us and the lands responds to our growth.
We have a symbiotic relationship with the earth. It is a life form that responds to its inhabitants. As we evolve the earth changes. As millions live out their days angry, sad, depressed, anxious, etc… those feeling and thought forms vibrate within to affect the environment.
Our essence is really energy and it is never just contained within the body. Whatever we are emoting the earth and everything else is absorbing. The more we clarify our core essence, the more clarity we have in ourselves. Through our inner exploration, we become an open vessel to give and receive more in our life. We are more conscious, and connect to everything more. When someone who is conscious brings their attention to the space of nature, it creates an expansion for everyone.
The Hopi Indian elders welcome the sun every morning. They believe the sun would not shine on the earth without this invitation. I perceive this ritual as an acknowledgment that the sun, the earth, and humans in communion creates something much bigger than the individual entities. Tibetans believe their chants create a vibration that goes out across the world to facilitate peace.
We are beginning to see that solving the world’s problems begins with us. People have changed tremendously in the last two thousand years. As we identify and resolve our own inner pains and conflicts, we can let go of our personal chains that bind us to a denser suppressed world. As we create and live in harmony with ourselves, we send out that attunement; and all benefit, including the earth. [----]
As we spend time in prayer, meditation, walking in the woods, or other centering activities, we develop what doctors call parasympathetic nervous system in our active life. Doctors say it is related to sleep but an awake parasympathetic energy expands consciousness. It is a place where creative and psychic abilities can be developed. Most people function in the sympathetic nervous system, which is related to all forms of action. Then, when they sleep the parasympathetic is activated. Functioning in the parasympathetic during waking hours brings more of a magical power within us. It is being in an awareness that is relaxed. Nature is functioning in an energy like the parasympathetic.
Being in harmony does not mean that you should avoid the emotions that you are experiencing. If you are angry, fearful or sad it is important to be present with it, process it, and come to resolution with your feelings. One of the main reasons people stay angry or depressed is that they are not getting in touch with their emotions in their present or their past. Those unresolved feelings are like energetic weights that prevent us from evolving to a lighter vibration.
When we can look at our limitations, do work that centers us and seek an intimate connection to the earth, we open to a possibility of a communion with the earth. We become a clear vessel to receive its messages and energies. We and the earth can be a conduit for the expanded energy that is sent out to every one. It is a process of inviting the connection to happen with our planet, receiving the energy of the planet, and then letting it come out of you. It is sending a more conscious human energy out. With the assistance of the planet, the energy is bigger than what we could do as individuals.
Something that has occurred in several cities in the world is that groups of people would meditate around a clock in neighborhoods that had high rates of crime. In all cases the neighborhood crime rates significantly improved. It is called the ‘Maharishi Effect’: if one percent of the population practiced Transcendental Meditation there would be measurable improvements for the entire population of the planet. I find this concept significantly valuable; it is proof that our intention influences everything around us.
One of the techniques that I practice is inviting the earth’s energy to come up into my pelvis and coccyx. I imagine a vast energy in the center of the earth and a stream of it coming up into my pelvis area. I focus on the energy flowing in while it fills my entire body. When I am full I send the energy out through my heart while at the same time maintaining the intensity inside myself. I will send this energy out to the entire city of Austin; everyplace that I can visualize within the area. Generally when I complete these sessions I am feeling more expanded, more grateful to the earth, the city of Austin and myself. As we evolve, the earth evolves.
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October 20 2008 | Janet Schlarbaum and Mark Schlarbaum and Schlarbaum Capital Management | Comments Off
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By Angela Holland
Don’t you just love this time of year? I do! That feeling inside of knowing something special and beautiful is just around the corner. It’s presence in the air is so strong that you almost feel as if you could reach your arms out to the sky and touch it with your fingertips. What is it that I am referring to you might ask? It’s Spring-time!
Just recently, in my quiet time, I have been watching an old UK sitcom from the Seventies, called ‘Butterflies. I have been thoroughly enjoying this exploration into the life of a bored house wife who, although, she loves her husband and two grown children very much, at the same time has an inner yearning for the excitement and spontaneity that she feels her life is lacking. And so the search begins within her soul to find the answers she is looking for.
I completely understand that wanting feeling and in a way winter being followed by its friend Spring describes the very essence of that inner yearning for more. For three months we feel the coolness that winter offers and as if the chill in the air is not already unpleasant enough, just as we begin to feel relieved and happy at the prospect that the end of winter is nearing, the sharp winds come from nowhere and cut you to the bone. All the while you are longing for something more than goose bumps and shivers and you hope that nature is bringing it your way sooner rather than later.
Then ever so suddenly you get out of bed one morning and you find that you do not have to rush to put your comforting dressing gown and ugg boots on. You look outside and you can see the sun shining; now I know the sun shines in winter too but for me the sun actually begins to take on a different aura at this time of year. It’s as if the sun’s rays are filled with a sense of calm and the gentle ever so slightly warm breeze that surrounds you is like a soft feather pillow caressing you. Can you feel it? Why not head outside and breathe it in while you can, because it only comes but once a year but would you not agree that it is more than worth the wait?!
I will leave you now with some words from the theme song to ‘Butterflies’ which was originally written and performed by Dolly Parton and then recorded by Clare Torry and a band conducted by the BBC’s well-known composer Ronnie Hazlehurst for the series.
Love is like a butterfly
The multicolored moods of love are like its satin wings
Love makes your heart feel strange inside
It flutters like soft wings in flight
Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing
Your laughter brings me sunshine
Everyday is spring time
And I am only happy when you are by my side
How precious is this love we share
How very precious, sweet and rare
Together we belong like daffodils and butterflies
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October 14 2008 | Janet Schlarbaum and Mark Schlarbaum and Schlarbaum Capital Management | Comments Off
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By Jyoti Vangani
It is strange but true! Yes, the leaves and trees breath like humans. They have small holes called stomata. Trees breathe in and out through these holes. They breath a little differently at night than they do during day. We live by breathing the oxygen in the air. This oxygen was made inside the trees and breathed out by them. If all trees were to dry up and die ,there would be no more oxygen and all living things would die.
During winter in the northern countries there are fewer hours of light each day than in spring or summer. It is colder, too. This means that the roots and leaves of certain kinds of trees take a rest. The trees do this by dropping their leaves until spring comes again. Even though its leaves have fallen, a tree dos not rest completely. It is busy making buds that will form new leaves and flowers in spring but there are some trees that can stand the cold better than others. Pine trees are among those that do not mind the cold and do not lose their leaves even in winter. When spring comes and their new leaves come out, the older leaves just drop off which are called evergreen trees.
Trees like the cherry and ginko, which lose their leaves in winter, are known as deciduous trees, while those like the pine, which retain their leaves even in the winter are known as evergreen tress. Tree activity slows down as winter approaches for two reasons: there are fewer hours of daylight and temperatures are lower. Just as frogs and snakes hibernate during the cold season, plants also take measures to reduce the amount of energy they consume.
Trees are like human beings. We should understand their importance and that is why we should plant more trees in our area.
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October 09 2008 | Janet Schlarbaum and Mark Schlarbaum and Schlarbaum Capital Management | Comments Off