Potential Harm of Used Oil

The potential harm that improperly disposed of used oil may cause is staggering. 

One gallon of used motor oil improperly disposed of may contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water – enough to supply 50 people with drinking water for one year. 

One pint of used motor oil improperly disposed of can create a one-acre slick on the surface of a body of water and kill floating aquatic organisms.

Two gallons of used motor oil can generate 36-kilowatt hours of electricity. That’s enough to run an average household for a day, cook 36 meals in a microwave, blow dry your hair 216 times, vacuum your house for 15 months or run your TV for 180 hours.

The 10 commandments for saving this planet...

1. Do not dump your used oil into the ground!
2. Do not throw your used Oil Filters into the garbage;
3. If you feel the urge to really change your oil... please contain them in a suitable Oil Container with a cap;
4. Contain your used oil filter in a plastic container.
5. If you notice that your favorite motor shop or garage is dumping lube oils into the ground and into their garbage... please make them stop;
6. Use Synthetic Oils only for your engine since they require less maintenance and replacement;
7. Use high quality oil filters only;
8. Always check the smell of your oil as well as its' level, see to it that you have no fuel dilution occurring;
9. Do not be anxious if your oil turns too dark, smell and feel if it is still good;
10. Use GTO and stop your bad oil change habit NOW!

For those interested about recycling use motor oil... here's a good link which is part source of this article.

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Notes to ponder

NASA claims that the government could slow down worldwide global warming by cutting down on soot emissions. Studies by NASA show that cutting down on soot would not only have an immediate cooling effect, but would also put a stop to many of the deaths caused by air pollution. When soot is formed, it typically travels through the air absorbing and releasing solar radiation which in turn begins to warm the atmosphere. Cutting soot emissions would be an immediate help against global warming, as the soot would quickly fall out of the atmosphere and begin to cool it down.

Cutting back on soot emissions would buy us time in our fight against global warming. Soot is caused by the partial burning of fossil fuels, wood and vegetation. Soot is known to contain over forty different cancer causing chemicals, and a complete cut would offer untold health benefits worldwide.

Environmental conservation has always been a topic for lengthy discussions, but up until recent times, global warming and climate changes were vague subjects, with no hard proof. Not surprisingly, the previous lack of attention to these issues have created a very gloomy outlook on our future. So, considering all this, what could be the biggest contributor to climate changes through global warming? Transportation - the man-made iron horses, flying machines and sea monsters, so to speak.

The question we have now is how green is our transportation? The majority of the worlds' vehicles are fueled by oil (petrol, diesel and kerosene). Even if they rely on electricity, the stations used to generate this electricity use fossil fuels for power! Excluding vehicle manufacture, transportation is responsible for 14% of the artificially created greenhouse emissions, mostly carbondioxide.

Automobiles, trains and planes are all responsible for this problem, but cars are the highest impact-makers. They release approximately six times more carbondioxide than a plane and seven times more than sea vessels.

What is Air Pollution?

Air pollution is somewhat difficult to define because many air pollutants, at low concentrations, are essential nutrients for the sustainable development of ecosystems. So, air pollution could be defined as:A state of the atmosphere, which leads to the exposure of human beings and/or ecosystems to such high levels or loads of specific compounds or mixtures thereof, that damage is caused. With very few exceptions, all compounds that are considered air pollutants have both natural as well as human-made origins.

Air pollution is not a new phenomenon; in Medieval times, the burning of coal was forbidden in London while Parliament was in session. Air pollution problems have dramatically increased in intensity as well as scale due to the increase in emissions since the Industrial Revolution.