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Hossein Zare Photography, Iranian photographer

Do you coo over pictures of baby animals, become indignant when we see images of pollution running into rivers, and love to see the faces of the people who fight to make our planet better? Like us, we love telling stories in pictures. And taking pictures is an essential way to speak to the human heart and to educate about this place we call home. Have you always dreamed of being a photographer? Shooting the world as it goes by, always striving to grab the perfect shot? This is easier today than ever before thanks digital cameras.

But what to buy?

Sometimes more isn’t better, when you are starting out. So we’ve made a list of 5 cameras that work well for beginners. Of course sometimes a simple cell phone camera will do the trick, but other times when you want to go deeper, get higher resolution, precise details, only technology will do.

Here are our choices.

1. Canon EOS 1200D (Rebel T5)

The bad news is that you might outgrow this camera. The good news is that it should be easy for you to learn on and has the right kind of functionality to see you quite a ways into your journey in photography. It’s small size is a plus (130 x 100 x 78 mm or 5.1x 3.9 x 3 in). Additionally, the EOS 1200D features an 18 megapixel APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) CMOS sensor. This sensor manages extreme swings in lighting. This model also shoots high-quality video in HD 1080p at 30 fps.

The camera’s optical viewfinder will help you compose great photos with its 3-inch LCD monitor on the back of the unit. Unfortunately, you can’t share photos right from the camera with this model. You’ll need a memory card to upload your pictures to a computer for sharing.

However, the creative possibilities enabled by access to the wide range of Canon EF/EF-S lenses, and the ability to shoot RAW images, make up for the absense of social capabilities on the Canon EOS 1200D. These are the real reasons this camera is a winner. A companion app for iOS and Android will walk you through all of this models’ functions and teach you about DSLR photography in general.

You can buy a Canon 1200D (T5) with an 18-55-mm kit lens for under $500.00.

2. Nikon D3300

The D3300’s 24.2MP sensor performs well in many conditions. It produces sharp, crisp images and doesn’t have an anti-aliasing filter. Like the Cannon above, this model’s guide mode is helpful for beginners. It will teach you how to compose and take a great picture as well as how this camera specifically works. The 18-55mm kit lens is collapsible which is incredibly convenient. Most photos happen on the go, after all.

There is no wifi or touchscreen display, just like the Canon EOS 1200D. You can buy a plug-in wifi adaptor if you really want that functionality.

3. Pentax K-S1

You can really make a statement with this camera. It makes an impressive show of itself and comes in a variety of colors for the ultimate in customization. The Pentax K-S1 has a robust 20-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. This means it takes incredibly sharp pictures. It also has an ISO range up to 51200, and can burst shoot at 5.4 fps.

This camera lets you record Full HD 1080p at up to 30 fps and all settings are easy to adjust from the rear interface on the device. Another reason this camera is good for beginner photographers is it also has a guide that will display explanations and instructions for using the camera’s features right on the built in screen. This camera measures 120 x 93 x 70 (4.7 x 3.6 x 2.8 in) and weighs 558 g (19.7 oz). Sorry guys, this one isn’t wireless either, but you can use a Flucard memory card for wireless sharing. The K-S1 costs under $400.00

4. Nikon D5300

Sometimes you just get more bang for your buck if you’re willing to buy a slightly older model. That’s how it is with the Nikon D5300. It has everything you need and many of the same features as the newer Nikon cameras. For instance, it has a 24.2MP sensor with the same maximum ISO25600 sensitivity as the D5500. It also shares EXPEED 4 image processor and 39-point autofocus system with it’s newer family members. It doesn’t give you touchscreen control but you’ll never get lost on a shoot thanks to the on-board GPS. The battery life on this model is a little worse than the D5500, but it can still go harder and longer than many other cameras of comparable quality.

It can be yours for under $600.00 with some savvy online shopping.

5. Sony A58

If you want to try your hand at Translucent Mirror Technology instead of following the DSLR pack, the Sony A58 may be for you. The user experience is pretty similar to a DSLR so you shouldn’t have much trouble adjusting to it.

The tech on the Sony A58 includes a 20.1-megapixel APS-C Exmoor CMOS sensor which works with with Sony’s BIONZ image processor to deliver an impressive ISO range of 100 to 16000. You also get fast burst shooting up to 8 frames per second. Video is no problem for the Sony A58. It can shoot HD video at up to 25 frames per second.

There is also an on board 2.7-inch LCD screen that conveniently tilts for your comfort and an OLED electronic viewfinder. You can make it yours for around $500.00, complete with an 18-55-mm lens.

 Time To Choose
Any of these cameras would be great for you as a beginner. Before you pull the trigger, why not try to save a little money with a coupon website like Frugaa? It’s easy to do. You just visit the coupon site and search or browse for your favorite electronics retailer. You’ll see a list of participating online stores. Find a coupon you want to use and copy it to paste during checkout at the retailer site.

In just a few steps you can save some money. That’s a picture that’s always in focus.

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Gambling cities like Vegas move toward being family friendly http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/gambling-cities-like-vegas-move-toward-being-family-friendly/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/gambling-cities-like-vegas-move-toward-being-family-friendly/#respond Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:05:23 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=112732
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Nevada’s Sin City is slowly shifting from a casino haven to a family destination. Some Middle East cities are also joining in the change.

Las Vegas has always been the greatest chameleon city in the US. Ever since its foundations were laid, it has been branded and re-branded as anything from the ultimate vent and divorce town during the Great Depression to a kid-friendly place full of water slides and whatnots. The city has also just grabbed headlines for opening what will become the city’s most sustainable way of growing food using hydroponics, at Urban Greens

So we know that Vegas contains a lot of contradictions. Like it or not, it’s an attraction that many have on their bucket list. Throughout its constant and often drastic changes, Vegas has always stayed the Mecca for fervent players, even today with the online casino industry running full steam. If you think that’s no big deal, just check out this well written review and you’ll see what the city is competing against.

However, times change as they always will, and with the way things are going we are more likely to plan our next Vegas trip for our family holidays than for our solo escapades. Yet, when you look at the reasons behind this shift, you can’t really say anything else than “it’s only natural”.

Because of Competition

Up until the early 1990s, Vegas was mostly focused on attracting gamblers from around the country. However, changes in gaming laws brought a new era to the Silver State – one which shifted the aim of casino magnates towards another demographic.

The year of 1989 brought a new law in the United States which allowed US cities across the country to open hotel casinos. The law turned Vegas casinos to scratch their heads about how they would keep their customers when everyone else was offering the same product.

The most logical thing to do was to try and attract another prosperous target group – families. The first family resorts were MGM Grand and the Luxor on the Strip, but soon enough even Gulf casinos like the Gold Coast tried to make themselves more kid-friendly.

A Shift of Generations

During the last decades of the past century and through the early 2000s, Vegas was still mostly a gambling city. Most of this success was owed to the “baby boomer” generation born between the 40s and 60s, who were Vegas’ number one customers.

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The baby boomers are more educated and wealthier than past and present generations, but also one that seeks quality entertainment even in their old age. This taste for more expensive leisure was what brought solid profits to Vegas casinos throughout the years.

However, with the turn of the century the X and Y generations became of legal age, thus attracting the interest of casino business. The newer generations were less affluent than their predecessors and often looked for more value for their money. This, in turn, made gambling less of a target activity, and more of a thing you just try for fun.

Change in Demographics

According to a 2015 study for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority, new and old visitors have different ideas in mind when they come to Vegas:

  • Only 12% of recurring visitors in 2015 came with a primary purpose to gamble.
  • 42% of recurring visitors visited the city for vacation or pleasure purposes.
  • Only 1% of first-time visitors in 2015 came with the sole purpose of gambling.
  • 73% of first-time visitors came with vacation or pleasure in mind.
  • 79% of all visitors (new and recurring) were married.

When you consider these numbers, the targeting of family visitors only seems logical, as the demographics aren’t quite what you would call “pro-gambling”:

The Success of Having Both

The bottom line is that the underlying reason for all the changes we’ve seen in Vegas over the past is, naturally, profits. After the early 1990s shift towards families and the 2000s pro-gambling marketing campaigns, Vegas has become this neon hybrid of a family town with a world-class gaming side-show.

This acceptance of the family focus, while keeping the original appeal has proven to be quite successful for a number of Vegas casinos. One example is the Circus Circus, which was always advertised as a family hotel, yet its casino revenue has never suffered. This gives us the final reason as to why Vegas is changing – to equally enjoy the benefits of both worlds.

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The Burj Al Arab and the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort offer luxury around the eco http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/07/the-burj-al-arab-and-the-qasr-al-sarab-desert-resort-offer-luxury-around-the-eco/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/07/the-burj-al-arab-and-the-qasr-al-sarab-desert-resort-offer-luxury-around-the-eco/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:31:08 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=112457

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The United Arab Emirates is a favoured destination of the luxury travel for its unparalleled reputation for offering the ultimate in resort accommodation. While these destinations are very far from green (there are few if any eco hotels in the UAE), one can learn about the history and transformation of the UAE in a very short time by getting close to region’s cultural heart beat.

Whether in search of cosmopolitan opulence or sumptuous traditional suites, the UAE has got it covered. The two of the best examples of luxury accommodation anywhere in the world, Burj Al Arab and the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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The 7 Star Burj Al Arab stands proudly as a symbol of luxury in the Arabian Gulf and is perhaps. The UAE’s most recognisable buildings. Even if you are only on a cost-effective holiday in Dubai, it’s certainly worth a photo opportunity. See above!

Modelled after the traditional Arab sailing vessel once common in the surrounding the hotel, Burj Al Arab focuses on opulence at an incredible scale and an attention to detail unmatched anywhere else in the world.

Accessible only through a private bridge over the beach, rooms at this fabulous resort. Each of the hotel’s 202 duplex suites cozy lavishly furnished over two floors, and came in at spacious 170 square meters. The bathroom is decked with Hermes’ towels, and reservation holders can be escorted to the hotel by Mercedes, Rolls Royce or helicopter.

At the hotel, guests enjoying a holiday to Dubai billeted at the Burj Al Arab can expect to enjoy a wealth of dining options as well as the use of the hotel’s pool and spa facilities.  Use the chance to do some eco exploring outside the city.

While the Burj Al Arab is the crown jewel of modern Dubai, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort in nearby Abu Dhabi represents a different take for your luxury experience. Evoking the wreck-loose of the desert spirit Qasr Al Sarab pays homage to a bygone era and is located on one of the largest expanses of desert in the world. Blending seamlessly into the landscape, each of the luxury resort’s 206 rooms features a jewel encrusted chandelier, high-quality furniture and traditional linens. Rates start at approximately $400 USD, for which guests receive unprecedented views of desert scenery, first-rate service and access to resort to amenities like the swimming pool and library. Luxury excursions in the form of camel trekking, falconry experiences, and desert, walked can also be arranged on site.

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World-renowned hospitality and extravagant hotels in fabulous locations, with superb amenities and exciting activities separate Dubai and Abu Dhabi from other holiday destinations. The Burj Al Arab and Qasr Al Sarab have helped set the modern standard for luxury hotels and resorts, and anyone who has the opportunity to stay takes great deals for your Dubai holidays will be sure to have the perfect luxury holiday.

There are many useful travel websites online that can help you in determining, which is the cheapest and luxury destinations to visit in United Arab Emirates. Find the most suitable Dubai holiday details of what the holiday-maker can expect to see and experience of the lifetime.

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How to recycle or upcycle old mobile phones http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/05/how-to-recycle-or-upcycle-old-mobile-phones/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/05/how-to-recycle-or-upcycle-old-mobile-phones/#comments Sun, 15 May 2016 06:41:41 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=112061

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When a phone dies, or even when it doesn’t, as an environmentally conscious person you’ll want to address the situation appropriately. How do you get rid of electronic devices safely? This is how you can recycle or upcycle your old phone so that you’ll stay in touch with others and still be doing your bit for the planet.

1. Checking the condition

First of all, you’ve got to check the condition if you’re going to pass it on to someone else. There should only be superficial damage to the phone and it should still be in good working order. Can you switch it on, for instance? As ridiculous as that sounds, you need to be able to do this. Nobody wants to buy a phone or use a phone that doesn’t work! If it’s just a question of replacing the battery, do this to secure a higher price for the phone.

2. Reusing your phone

Maybe it’s just a case of the phone no longer having the minutes package that you use. That doesn’t mean you have to get rid of it. You can simply have the phone unlocked, which frees the phone up to use on different networks. Buy a cheap SIM card and use the phone for texting only, keep it for traveling, or keep it for your kids to use.

3. Allowing others to get the use out of your phone

There are number of ways you can recycle your phone by letting others use it. One is to give it to friends or family. Or give it to someone’s grandma. Older people still use Blackberry handsets! Another way is to take it to a mobile phone store, where you might be able it to trade it in for part of the price of a new phone. Failing that, you can donate it to charity so that they can get the money back on the phone, or you may just wish to sell it yourself online and donate the money (this is more beneficial to the charity).

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What happens to a phone when it is passed on for recycling?

You should never just throw your phone out if you do not pass it on. Phones contain harmful chemicals so they must be disposed of correctly. Cadmium batteries, for instance, make water and our bodies toxic. water. The best places to recycle your phone are recycling centers.

When you give up your phone for recycling, the following parts are recovered and reused:

Printed circuit boards (PCBs), connectors, integrated circuits (ICs), keyboards, LCD screens, lenses, microphones, speakers and screws can all be reused.

It’s possible to granulate outer body plastic and then reformulated for use in moldings. The parts of the phone are ground up and then any precious or semi-precious metals are extracted from them. Metal is also extracted from the batteries in some cases.

If you decide to buy a new phone rather than recycle your current one, it’s best to look on the internet and compare mobile phones. It’s easy to grow attached to a phone, but you’ll find one to replace your trusty Nokia easily!

Images by bennylin0724 and malias, used under Creative Commons licenses

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How to prevent negative impacts of any paper-based system http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/05/how-to-prevent-impact-of-paper-based-system/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/05/how-to-prevent-impact-of-paper-based-system/#respond Mon, 09 May 2016 16:09:58 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=112030

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It doesn’t really matter what kind of business you are in. Most businesses in the world still rely on paper. You or people you love are working with paper –– even if they use that paperless declaration in the email signature. Managing a lot of paper is not only bad news for the environment, it’s just a hassle.

New, paperless technologies and document management software can save you from some of these headaches. There are endless solutions out there, but before you make your choice, read up on the impacts of a paper-based system. The infographic below is loaded with nuggets of advice and effective ways to kick the paper habit.

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Climate exodus facing the Middle East http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/05/climate-exodus-facing-the-middle-east/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/05/climate-exodus-facing-the-middle-east/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 05:38:25 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=111956

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The conflict in Syria happening now was predicted six years ago by water and climate scientists. New research from Germany says climate refugees from the Middle East will be fleeing for cover in the near future.

The number of climate refugees will likely increase dramatically in future. Researchers of The Cyprus Institute and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz have calculated that the Middle East and North Africa could become so hot that human habitability is compromised.

The goal of limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius, agreed at the recent UN climate summit in Paris, will not be sufficient to prevent this scenario. The temperature during summer in the already very hot Middle East and North Africa will increase more than two times faster compared to the average global warming.

This means that during hot days temperatures south of the Mediterranean will reach around 46 degrees Celsius (approximately 114 degrees Fahrenheit) by mid-century. Such extremely hot days will occur five times more often than was the case at the turn of the millennium. In combination with increasing air pollution by windblown desert dust, the environmental conditions could become intolerable and may force people to migrate.

More than 500 million people live in the Middle East and North Africa – a region which is very hot in summer and where climate change is already evident. The number of extremely hot days has doubled since 1970. “In future, the climate in large parts of the Middle East and North Africa could change in such a manner that the very existence of its inhabitants is in jeopardy,” says Jos Lelieveld, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and Professor at the Cyprus Institute.

Lelieveld and his colleagues have investigated how temperatures will develop in the Middle East and North Africa over the course of the 21st century. The result is deeply alarming: Even if Earth’s temperature were to increase on average only by two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times, the temperature in summer in these regions will increase more than twofold.

By mid-century, during the warmest periods, temperatures will not fall below 30 degrees at night, and during daytime they could rise to 46 degrees Celsius (approximately 114 degrees Fahrenheit). By the end of the century, midday temperatures on hot days could even climb to 50 degrees Celsius (approximately 122 degrees Fahrenheit). Another finding: Heat waves could occur ten times more often than they do now.

By mid-century, 80 instead of 16 extremely hot days

In addition, the duration of heat waves in North Africa and the Middle East will prolong dramatically. Between 1986 and 2005, it was very hot for an average period of about 16 days, by mid-century it will be unusually hot for 80 days per year.

At the end of the century, up to 118 days could be unusually hot, even if greenhouse gas emissions decline again after 2040. “If mankind continues to release carbon dioxide as it does now, people living in the Middle East and North Africa will have to expect about 200 unusually hot days, according to the model projections,” says Panos Hadjinicolaou, Associate Professor at the Cyprus Institute and climate change expert.

Atmospheric researcher Jos Lelieveld is convinced that climate change will have a major impact on the environment and the health of people in these regions. “Climate change will significantly worsen the living conditions in the Middle East and in North Africa. Prolonged heat waves and desert dust storms can render some regions uninhabitable, which will surely contribute to the pressure to migrate,” says Jos Lelieveld.

The research team recently also published findings on the increase of fine particulate air pollution in the Middle East. It was found that desert dust in the atmosphere over Saudi Arabia, Iraq and in Syria has increased by up to 70 percent since the beginning of this century. This is mainly attributable to an increase of sand storms as a result of prolonged droughts. It is expected that climate change will contribute to further increases, which will worsen environmental conditions in the area.

In the now published study, Lelieveld and his colleagues first compared climate data from 1986 to 2005 with predictions from 26 climate models over the same time period. It was shown that the measurement data and model predictions corresponded extremely well, which is why the scientists used these models to project climate conditions for the period from 2046 to 2065 and the period from 2081 to 2100.

Largest temperature increase in already hot summers

The researchers based their calculations on two future scenarios: The first scenario, called RCP4.5, assumes that the global emissions of greenhouse gases will start decreasing by 2040 and that the Earth will be subjected to warming by 4.5 Watt per square meter by the end of the century. The RCP4.5 scenario roughly corresponds to the target set at the most recent UN climate summit, which means that global warming should be limited to less than two degrees Celsius.

The second scenario (RCP8.5) is based on the assumption that greenhouse gases will continue to increase without further limitations. It is therefore called the “business-as-usual scenario”. According to this scenario, the mean surface temperature of the Earth will increase by more than four degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times.

In both scenarios, the strongest rise in temperature in the Middle East and North Africa is expected during summer, when it is already very hot, and not during winter, which is more common in other parts of the globe. This is primarily attributed to a desert warming amplification in regions such as the Sahara. Deserts do not buffer heat well, which means that the hot and dry surface cannot cool by the evaporation of ground water. Since the surface energy balance is controlled by heat radiation, the greenhouse effect by gases such as carbon dioxide and water vapor will increase disproportionately.

Regardless of which climate change scenario will become reality: both Lelieveld and Hadjinicolaou agree that climate change can result in a significant deterioration of living conditions for people living in North Africa and the Middle East, and consequently, sooner or later, many people may have to leave the region.

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UN values ecosystem loss to trillions of dollars a year http://www.greenprophet.com/2015/09/un-values-ecosystem-loss-to-trillions-of-dollars-a-year/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2015/09/un-values-ecosystem-loss-to-trillions-of-dollars-a-year/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 19:15:46 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=110883

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There are some things that you can’t put a price tag on – and nature is one of them. Unfortunately, in today’s society value is only understood if it is expressed in currency. This might have been a reason for the United Nations University to try to quantify the losses we suffer each year due to land degradation. Their numbers are amazing – according to their recently released report, the world’s loses ecosystem worth up to $10.6 trillion each year. That’s equal to around 1 million Vegas Palms online casino jackpots, or up to 17 percent of the world’s gross domestic product.

According to the report, more than half of the world’s agricultural land is severely degraded. But world degradation is about a lot more than just agriculture. Soil is the second largest carbon sink of the planet, while agriculture and land use changes represent the second largest source of green house gases. These two are closely related, the report states. But the effect of land degradation transcend global warming and agriculture as a whole. It also threatens the livelihood of large masses of people, and could trigger a new mass migration.

The report predicts that land degradation might force up to 50 million people to leave the most affected areas. Does that mean more migrants? According to a UN estimate, about 74% of the poor – 42% of the very and 32% of the moderately poor – are directly affected by land degradation globally. Desertification may drive millions of people from their home land. Women and children will be the most affected by desertification and land degradation, the UN study states, as they bear its burden directly, being the last to leave their land.

The study authors have calculated the cost of the “lost ecosystem services value” our planet has suffered in the last decade and a half. According to their calculations, the loss due to land degradation averages US $43,400 to $72,000 per square km, some US $870 to $1,450 per person, globally each year. The percentage of the world’s land affected by land degradation has grown a lot in the last decades – it has doubled between the late 1970s and the early 2000s. And the process is far from its end.

“This study by ELD shows the immediate and global impact of land degradation and highlights that actions to tackle it pay off,” Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs commented on the paper.

“Increased land degradation is also one of the factors that can lead to migration and it is being exacerbated by climate change. On our planet, the area affected by drought has doubled in 40 years. One third of Africa is threatened by desertification. As President Juncker said in his State of the Union speech last week, climate refugees will become a new challenge – if we do not act swiftly.”

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We hate cancer: 7 ways can you prevent it in your modern world http://www.greenprophet.com/2015/09/we-hate-cancer-7-ways-can-you-prevent-it-in-your-modern-world/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2015/09/we-hate-cancer-7-ways-can-you-prevent-it-in-your-modern-world/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 01:33:02 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=110846

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Few health issues remain at the forefront of minds more than cancer. This deadly disease affects millions daily, and there are many habits in our modern world that contribute to the likelihood of cancer. While no bona fide cure has been located as of yet, there are many easy solutions you can use in your everyday life to reduce your risk of cancer.

1. Quit Tobacco

News flash: tobacco kills, and causes a host of different cancers. No doubt you’re aware, but many still find it hard to put down that cigarette. Luckily, there is a solution for even the most staunch of smokers. In recent years, many smokers have switched to electronic cigarette alternatives, and one study claims using these in place of traditional cigarettes may be 95 percent safer.

Companies who offer e-cigarettes or vape pens offer multiple flavors and a feel that resembles smoking without thousands of toxic chemicals.

Users looking for an alternative to dangerous tobacco products can try NJOY vaping and greatly reduce their intake of cancer-causing agents. Another benefit? Vaping pens and electronic cigarettes don’t form toxic secondhand smoke, meaning those around you are safe.

3. Put Down the Fast Food

Another simple fix to help you avoid cancer is to ensure your BMI is in a healthy range. Certain studies purport that falling in the correct body mass index range for your height can reduce your risk of cancer by a whopping 18 percent. This combines a mixture of lifestyle habits. Fried foods provide no nutritional value, can lead to obesity, and a regular diet of fatty, fried creations can mean a 37 percent higher chance of cancer. Heating foods in oil at high temperatures can cause the creation of carcinogenic compounds. In its place, load your plate with a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, and non-processed foods.

3. Get Active

In today’s world, many jobs revolve around an office, leading workers to sit for hours at a time. It turns out, lack of movement can lead to a higher risk of cancer. There are a variety of ways to combat this unhealthy habit. Set an alarm and walk around for five minutes each hour, ask your boss if you can switch to using a standing desk, or check out a product designed to increase levels of movement and reduce a sedentary lifestyle. Along with your daily movement, add in about an hour of physical exercise every day.

4. Tan Skin Isn’t Worth It

If you’re going to tanning beds to bronze your skin, stop immediately. The UV rays soaked into your skin during even a single session damage the surface of your skin and can quickly lead to cancers like melanoma. The same goes for natural sunlight.

Before venturing out, slather on sunscreen to make sure your skin is protected. Using a sunless tanning spray like Kiehl’s Sun Free Self-tanning formula can provide that bronzed look you crave, without the risk of cancer.

5. Breastfeeding

Mothers who breastfeed their babies are more likely to avoid breast cancer later on in life. Breastfeeding your child for as long as possible reduces the risk of cancerous cells, especially if you do it for over a year. Keeping the breast cells stimulated and active for a longer period of time thwarts their ability to misbehave. Breastfeeding also slows or prevents the menstrual cycle, meaning women have lower levels of estrogen that can result in cancerous activity.

6. Better Rest, Better Life

A bad sleeping pattern and insufficient rest are correlated to a bevy of health issues. One of the most dangerous is severe sleep apnea, and those who suffer from this sleeping issue are five times as likely to die of cancer. If your partner has repeatedly complained about your snoring and you wake up feeling more tired than you did before going to bed, talk to your doctor about a sleep apnea diagnosis. Fixing this health issue can greatly reduce the risk of cancer, and help you finally get a good night’s rest.

7. Screening Sessions

Making cancer screening sessions a priority can mean the difference between life and death. Those who have a family history of cancer, even those experiencing no symptoms at all, can greatly benefit from regular exams and testing for cancerous agents. Earlier detection can mean a better chance of full recovery. Depending on risk factors, whether from genetic and environmental causes, doctors can prescribe a variety of tests to look for early signs of cancer. If you’re eligible for cancer screening, seize the opportunity. It could change your life.

Scientists continue to work on cures for all types of cancer, but in the meantime, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the risk for yourself and for those around you.

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Environmental studies creates crusaders for our planet http://www.greenprophet.com/2015/08/environmental-studies-planet/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2015/08/environmental-studies-planet/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 03:28:01 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=110652

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We know at Green Prophet that environmental sustainability and stewardship is a top issue in our world. With an ever increasing demand for solutions comes a huge number of job opportunities. Choosing to work in environmental science not only opens potential candidates to a secure career with longevity and much potential for progression; it gives the feel good, impact factor and job satisfaction that most spend their whole lives trying to find.

Undergraduate programs in Environmental Science are available at most top universities. Your studies will include examining the consequences of living and non-living things on our environment and look at how to apply biological, physical, and information sciences to fix these issues.

This is a large, varied and fascinating field of study that can lead to many different career paths. Areas of study will usually include: ecology (observing the interaction between plants and the earth), economics (observing how people use the earth), geology (the history and physical elements that make up the earth) and sociology (interactions between societies and the earth).

After these studies, graduates may find themselves working from home as a consultant or traveling around the world with large organisations.

Environmental Policy, Planning, and Management involves a lot of research-heavy work, Environmental Lawyers may find themselves in the exciting confines of a courtroom, Oceanographers and Meteorologists tend to slip their time between the lab and the sea and Microbiologists, Soil and Plant Scientists, and Ecologists might decide to teach in universities or market their knowledge to big name brands. Environmental science is all about identifying problems and creating solutions. This can involve collecting and analysing soil samples to analysing human behaviour data, so there really is a whole host of positions to suit interests and specialised knowledge.

Environmental scientists are future sustainability crusaders for our planet. So what do the people already working within the sector have to say to anyone considering this as a career? Professor Steve Schein talked to big names in the business and said,  “Sustainability executives are both optimistic and frustrated. They have had great successes, but all have run into resistance as well. Most recognise this is part of their job as a sustainability change agent.”

This shows that although much progression has been made, there is still a long way to go. It is the minds of young professionals that can carry on this promising and exciting work.

Both governments and businesses know just how big an issue sustainability is. An encouraging incentive for prospective employees is that governmental jobs offer very similar high salaries as the private sector, and both offer a high volume of vacancies.

With this in mind, a career in environmental science is worth every consideration.

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How the UAE can push eco-friendly energy solutions forward http://www.greenprophet.com/2015/08/how-the-uae-can-push-eco-friendly-energy-solutions-forward/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2015/08/how-the-uae-can-push-eco-friendly-energy-solutions-forward/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:49:11 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=110570

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The pressure for environmentally friendly energy solutions on the globe is now more than ever. With an increased demand for energy supply comes an equally high demand for sustainability and environmental responsibility. In 2013 the Center for Strategic and International Studies released a report that said global energy use will grow by 56% between 2010 and 2040 and that fossil fuels will continue to supply nearly 80 percent of world energy use through 2040.

There is a lot of potential for eco-friendly solutions to be developed in the UAE, which is a promising sign for businesses and the wider economy. The industry needs only to look at the work that Aggreko have done in San Diego. Aggreko is the world’s leading supplier of temporary power, which is always looking at ways to reduce emissions. The Gaslamp Quarter Association requested for the energy suppliers to use alternative fuel for this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations in San Diego as part of their mission to make the event green. One such solution was recycling cooking oil into fuel — a small but extremely effective step.

Director of Aggreko’s Environmental Health and Safety Department, Huey Bourque, said: “At Aggreko, it is our goal to minimize the impact on the environment through careful equipment design, from minimizing spills to implementing the latest emission-control technology.”

With the recent appointment of Dr Sixtus Mulenga as Non-Executive Chairman of Aggreko Zambia, there looks to be a focus on such dedicated projects in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Mulenga, who has over 35 years of experience in the industry said: “As Zambia works to further develop its mining industry, along with the capacity and coverage of its electricity grid, Aggreko can play a key role in supporting these initiatives, while also supporting a growing and diversified industrial sector.”

As global companies take pivotal steps in helping to sustain energy sources, economies can both support and reap the rewards from any advances. The increasing use of technology to create energy only means more demand for an expansion of the field, meaning more employment opportunities and project opportunities. These are worrying yet exciting times for countries that want to show their potential in energy efficient energy sourcing.

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