The process by which an organic material, such as biomass, is converted into synthetic gas, a mixture of hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide. The synthetic gas can then be used to produce various synthetic fuel constituents.Search the Web for Gassification
The portion of charge current that goes into electrolytical production of hydrogen and oxygen from the electrolytic liquid. This current increases with increasing voltage and temperature.Search the Web for Gassing Current
A global, three-dimensional computer model of the climate system; GCM's are highly
complex and they represent the effects of such factors as reflective and
absorptive properties of atmospheric water vapor, greenhouse gas
concentrations, clouds, annual and daily solar heating, ocean
temperatures and ice boundaries. The most recent GCM's include global
representations of the atmosphere, oceans, and land surface.
They are often used to model the effects of human induced climate change into the future; but the accuracy of the models are highly dependent upon:
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are organisms whose genetic materials have been
altered using genetic engineering.
There are concerns that GMOs contribute to environmental concerns such as increased cancer risk, allergens, toxins, and contamination.
A geoexchange system is an electrically powered heating and cooling system for interior spaces. This system utilizes the earth (or a pond or lake) is both a heat source and a heat sink. Components of the system include a heat pump, a hydronic pump, a ground heat exchanger and a distribution subsystem. Most geoexchange systems utilize air ducting for the distribution system and polyethylene piping in the earth for the heat exchanger.Search the Web for GeoExchange System
Pertaining to those processes that affect the form or shape of the surface of the earth.Search the Web for Geomorphic
The soils, sediments, and rock layers of the Earth's crust, both continental and beneath the ocean floors.Search the Web for Geosphere
A theoretical horizontal wind blowing in a straight path, parallel to the isobars or contours, at a constant speed. The geostrophic wind results when the Coriolis force exactly balances the horizontal pressure gradient force.Search the Web for Geostrophic Wind
A variety of fabrics made from recycled materials used in soil containment and stabilization.Search the Web for Geotextiles
Heat energy from within the earth. Often extracted as steam to either produce electricity or heat buildings.Search the Web for Geothermal Energy
A Geothermal heat pump is the pump system used in a ground heat transfer system to heat a property using the latent heat in the earth.Search the Web for Geothermal Heat Pump
Land used to grow feed for animals being reared for meat and dairy production. Ghost acres are often in poorer countries, used to grow feed for cattle in richer nations, and so are not seen by consumers in rich countries, hence the term.Search the Web for Ghost Acres
Goddard Institute of Space Studies – a US NASA unit.Search the Web for GISS
A multi-year surplus accumulation of snowfall in excess of snowmelt on land and resulting in a very large mass of ice.Search the Web for Glacier
Glass bottles and jars can be recycled endlessly. Which means that unlike some other recycled products, a recycled bottle can be recycled into another glass bottle, and another, and so on forever.Search the Web for Glass Recycling
The ratio of interior illuminance at a given point on a given plane to the exterior illuminance under overcast sky conditions.Search the Web for Glazing Factor
The balance of the exchanges (incomes and losses) of carbon between the carbon reservoirs or between one specific loop (e.g., atmosphere biosphere) of the carbon cycle. An examination of the carbon budget of a pool or reservoir can provide information about whether the pool or reservoir is functioning as a source or sink for CO2.Search the Web for Global Carbon Budget
A balance, which implies that globally the amount of incoming solar radiation must on average be equal to the sum of outgoing reflected solar radiation and outgoing infrared radiation emitted by the climate system.Search the Web for Global Radiation Balance
The average of the sea temperature in the first few meters of the oceans
and the temperature 1.5 m above ground on land surfaces.
Note: This is very subjective, the method of calculation and extrapolation to synthesis temperature for regions where there is scant direct temperature measurement (such as at the Poles), varies a lot.
Global warming is the name given to the theory that there is increase in the average temperature of the Earth surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation.
The exact mechanism of warming is not precisely understood, although it is strongly suspected that Greenhouse gases are to blame, as increasing concentrations of such gases help trap heat in the atmosphere and so raise mean temperatures.Search the Web for Global Warming
The GWP is the ratio of the warming caused by a substance to the warming caused by a similar mass of carbon dioxide. Thus, the GWP of CO2 is defined to be 1.0 . CFC-12 has a GWP of 8,500, while CFC-11 has a GWP of 5,000.Search the Web for Global Warming Potential
A polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride bag-like enclosure affixed around an asbestos-containing source (most often thermal system insulation) permitting the material to be removed while minimizing release of airborne fibers to the surrounding atmosphere.Search the Web for Glovebag
See definition of e-waste.Search the Web for Gluten
Gluten Free refers to food or a diet which has a greatly reduced amount of Gluten in it. It may indeed be totally gluten free but it practice this is usually very hard to achieve as gluten is found in so many off the shelf foods and ingredients - often not directly referred to in the labeling.
The exact level at which gluten is harmless is uncertain and controversial. A recent systematic review tentatively concluded that consumption of less than 10 mg of gluten per day is unlikely to cause histological abnormalities, although it noted that few reliable studies had been done.
Also exactly what the label gluten-free actually means on food varies markedly by country.
Gluten Intolerance (or Gluten Sensitivity) is a spectrum of disorders, including coeliac disease and wheat allergy, in which gluten
has an adverse effect on the body. It can be defined as a non-allergic
and non-autoimmune condition in which the consumption of gluten can lead
to symptoms similar to those observed in Coeliac Disease or wheat
allergy (other conditions which fall under the gluten-related disorders
Research as to the exact mechanism in play is still ongoing and how it fits in with other food disorders.
Going green refers to action that can be taken to consciously curb harmful effects on the environment through consumer habits, behavior, and lifestyle.
A government solar rebate is where the government provides a payment or rebate against the cost of installing a solar power system.
This is either in the form of a direct payment or carbon credit multipliers (where the number of carbon credits the system has is multiplied).
Usually you don't get to deal with the rebate directly, the system installer will take care of the paperwork for you and your installation cost will be discounted by the amount of the rebate.
There is some debate over whether the rebate mechanism has 'distorted' the market and made solar seem overly competitive when compared to other methods of generating power.
filtering system often used in small water systems and individual homes to remove organics. Also used by municipal water treatment plantsd. GAC can be highly effective in lowering elevated levels of radon in water.Search the Web for Granular Activated Carbon Treatment
Domestic wastewater composed of wash water from kitchen,
bathroom, and laundry sinks, tubs, and washers.
Green Architecture refers to the process of designing a building to have a reduced environmental impact either by reusing existing materials or using new materials in a lower impact way. Green architecture also focuses on reducing the ongoing energy consumption of the building.
Note: This does not mean than an existing building cannot be made more Green, rather it encompasses making sensible use of what is preexisting in a way that is more Green. Often reusing a building than completely removing it can have a dramatic positive impact on reducing environmental impact over the longer term.
Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and final deconstruction.
This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
A green Christmas is where the celebration of Christmas is done in such a way that the presents & gifts, the party, the dinner, food and venue are all chosen to minimize environmental impact.Search the Web for Green Christmas
This is clothing and other accessories that are designed to use organic and recycled materials, less packaging and more energy-efficient manufacturing.Search the Web for Green Clothing
A green-collar worker is a worker who is employed in the environmental sectors of the economy, or in the agricultural sector. Environmental green-collar workers satisfy the demand for green development. Generally, they implement environmentally conscious design, policy, and technology to improve conservation and sustainability. Formal environmental regulations as well as informal social expectations are pushing many firms to seek professionals with expertise with environmental, energy efficiency, and clean renewable energy issues. They often seek to make their output more sustainable, and thus more favorable to public opinion, governmental regulation, and the Earth's ecology.
Describes becoming tired with some of the constant messages of corporate green credentials and tales of impending global doom.Search the Web for Green Fatigue
Green Finance is money that is provided to fund Green Projects and is often supplied by a dedicated Green Fund or business. The idea being that the money is put to good use on Green causes and any profit made is then further spent on other Green Projects.Search the Web for Green Finance
Green Graffiti is an environmentally friendly form of outdoor art (or advertising), idea being to leave the place where the art occurs greener than prior to the art. How this greening is achieved is usually by one of three means:
Green Graffiti Removal refers to the usage of green methods of removing graffiti; e.g. no nasty chemicals or processes are used that could damage the environment.Search the Web for Green Graffiti Removal
A 'green house' used to just refer to a building with lots of glass designed to trap heat for the purpose of growing plants. Nowadays it also refers to a home that has been specially designed to follow 'green' design principals by reducing energy consumption and damage to the environment.Search the Web for Green House
Carbon Pollution refers to the human produce Co2 that is meant to be harming the environment.Search the Web for Green Investment
In agriculture, a green manure is a type of cover crop grown primarily to add nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Typically, a green manure crop is grown for a specific period, and then plowed under and incorporated into the soil.Search the Web for Green Manure
If a business practices some form of sustainability or takes conscious action to limit its environmental impact (by reducing waste and limiting the consumption of resources for example) then that business is in a position to employ green marketing.
Green marketing is communicating environmental credentials to business partners, clients and consumers within a marketing context. In this way a conscious consumer or business is more likely to have their awareness of that business raised.
Of course green marketing has to be truth based or it turns into a form of green washing if things are exaggerated or untrue. In some cases this exaggeration can be illegal!
Green pesticides, also called ecological pesticides, are pesticides derived from organic sources which are considered environmentally friendly and causing less harm to human and animal health, and to habitats and the ecosystem.Search the Web for Green Pesticides
For example, Hewlett-Packard adopted the Electronics Industry Code of Conduct in 2004, and has now signed up 557 of its biggest suppliers. The code covers a wide range of issues including: the environment, ethics, how workers are treated and safe working conditions.Search the Web for Green Procurement
A green roof is a conventional roof covered with a layer of vegetation, also known as “living roofs”. Green roofs serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a wildlife habitat and helping to lower urban air temperatures and combat the urban heat island effect. There are two types of green roofs: intensive roofs, which are thicker and can support a wider variety of plants but heavy and require ongoing maintenance, and extensive roofs, which are covered in a light layer of vegetation and are lighter than an intensive green roof.Search the Web for Green Roof
A Green Search refers to the act of using the internet to find environmental or green related information and facts. This is often performed on 'green search engines' that are dedicated to the task and focused on indexing solely green and environmentally related sites (as the EcoWho search engine does).Search the Web for Green Search
Green Technology is Technology which is either itself considered green by its design or its intended purpose.
GreenGuard certification for a product indicates it has
been tested to ensure chemical and particle emissions meet
acceptable standards. It uses performance-based standards to define
goods such as building materials, interior furnishings, furniture,
cleaning and maintenance products, electronic equipment and personal
care products with low chemical and particle emissions for use indoors.
The standards establish certification procedures including test methods, allowable emissions levels, product sample collection and handling, testing type and frequency, and program application processes and acceptance.
Greenhouse gases are those gaseous constituents of the atmosphere, both natural and anthropogenic, that absorb and emit radiation at specific wavelengths within the spectrum of thermal infrared radiation emitted by the Earth’s surface, the atmosphere itself, and by clouds. This property causes the greenhouse effect.
Greenhouse gases are essential to maintaining the current temperature of the Earth; without them the planet would be uninhabitable.Search the Web for Greenhouse Gas
Greenwashing is a superficial nod to the environment that marketers and businesses that historically were not interested in sustainable concerns, are doing in order to improve their public relation standings with the consumer or public. Analogous to brainwashing. Don't be fooled by dishonest companies employing greenwashing techniques.Search the Web for Greenwashing
A grey water system is a water processing system that uses slightly dirty water (as from a shower or basin) to allow it to then be reused for irrigation purposes.Search the Web for Grey Water System
Grid connected refers to a solar panel electrical system which is connected to the mains power grid, so any excess power it generates can be fed back into the mains power grid. The owner of the solar panel system can often earn 'credits' for feeding in such power.Search the Web for Grid Connected
This refers to devices used to change DC Power into AC Power. Grid tie Inverters are different from regular Inverters in that they are designed to 'feed-into' the existing electric supply to your building.Search the Web for Grid-tie Inverters
An alternative phrase for Green Graffiti.Search the Web for Grime Writing
These heat pumps are underground coils to transfer heat from the ground to the inside of a building.Search the Web for Ground Source Heat Pump
The supply of fresh water found beneath the Earth's surface, usually in aquifers, which supply wells and springs. Because ground water is a major source of drinking water, there is growing concern over contamination from leaching agricultural or industrial pollutants or leaking underground storage tanks.Search the Web for Ground Water
Guerrilla gardening describes the unauthorized cultivation of plants or crops on vacant public or private land. The aim being to improve the often neglected, barren or overgrown spaces. Often its also done as a form of political or social statement.
The act of guerrilla gardening is either often done overnight to avoid unwanted attention; or it is done in plain sight to get community involvement.
A current of warm ocean water that flows from the Gulf of Mexico to the coasts of Europe, providing heat that keeps Europe warmer in winter than regions of North America at the same latitude.Search the Web for Gulf Stream