Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Zork Planet

I found a cool website (with absolutely no help from Mr Woody [shifty eyes]). It is called "It's the Planet, Didiot". It is a bit weird, and it is filled with strange green people, but it is also very useful when it comes to being green (just like this guy:
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Here is an interesting article off the website:
Which machine creates the most air pollution per hour of operation: the typical car, or gasoline-powered lawn mower?
A single two-stroke engine such as those found in lawnmowers produces pollution equivalent to that of 30 to 50 four-stroke automobiles.
The EPA estimates that one hour of operation by a 70-horsepower two-stroke motor emits the same amount of hydrocarbon pollution as driving 5,000 miles in a modern automobile!
The two-stroke motor, found on 75 percent of all boats and personal watercraft (jet skis), generates 1.1 billion pounds of hydrocarbon emissions each year.
Every year, marine two-stroke motors spill 15 times more oil and fuel into waterways than did the Exxon Valdez.
Two-stroke engines are highly inefficient users of fuel: up to 40 percent of the fuel and oil goes out of the exhaust pipe unburned. This exhaust is packed with oxides of carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, hydrocarbons and fine dust - all toxic contributors to air pollution.
The 2-stroke engine emits significant amount of particulate matter (PM), un-burnt hydrocarbons (HC), Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx).
It is estimated that particulate emissions from a single 2-stroke motorcycle is comparable to those from a diesel truck or bus.
The following machines typically use two-stroke engines:
Gasoline-powered landscaping equipment such as lawnmowers and trimmers
Many outboard motors
Chain saws
Leaf blowers
Some snowmobiles
Smaller motorcycles
Posted by Rebecca on April 14, 2009 at 8:52pm

Told you it was interesting!