safe needle disposal

Hypodermic needle and Syringe

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i just received a snail mail package of one dozen Yellowone Needle Cap (Antivirus) from ms. han pham (d designer/inventor) herself!

Yellowone Needle Cap is a non-reusable sharps container for disposal of hypodermic needles. It is designed for syringes with luer-slip. The cap fits over 90 percent of all beverage cans in the world.

will now start to work on how poor clinics in the philippines can safely disposed off their sharps to protect d health workers, patients, communities as well as d environment!

sharp wastes can be minimized by 90% by segregating d needles fr d syringes after each use….infectious waste disposal is an expensive activity so reducing its volume mean savings in disposal costs!

best practices in health care recommend the segregation of needles/sharps at point of use. Source: WHO. it is the needle that is dangerous. It sticks deep – it goes straight into the muscle or the vein. The syringe itself does no harm, because it cannot cut or stick deep through the skin. Therefore, it can be disposed according to local regulations. Source: Annelie Ginzel, MSF.

for those who are not in compliance w/ republic act 6969 (toxic & hazardous waste law), e.g. they don’t have a proper treatment facility nearby. probably a sharp pit (or burial pit) can be a safer alternative. it is very interesting to note that many needles end up in open dumpsites that r accessible to scavengers that recycles them w/o proper treatment.

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d vertical garden

Wall of living plants near Atocha station Madrid

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tis is great stuff! natural sun screen at its best!

The Vertical Garden is  an efficient way to clean up the air. In addition to leaves and their well-known air-improving effect, the roots and all the micro-organisms related to them are acting as a wide air-cleaning surface with the highest weight to size efficiency.

On the felt, polluting particles are taken in from the air and are slowly decomposed and mineralized before ending up as plant fertilizer. The Vertical Garden is thus an efficient tool for air and water remediation wherever flat surfaces are already extensively used for human activities.

check out d article:

6th (of d six) global warming skeptic who changed his mind

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Stu Ostro, Weather Channel senior meteorologist

A recent survey found that many meteorologists and TV weathercasters are skeptical (or even “cynical”) about anthropogenic global warming (AGW), and Ostro used to fit in that camp. Now he regularly explains the connection between man-made climate change and the extreme weather roiling the world.
Before quote: Large swings in temperature “happened long before humans had a chance to influence the environment, [and] typically occurred within a 10-year period, indicating that drastic climate change can occur through natural means, and quickly.” (1999)
After quote: “When it comes to skepticism about AGW, you could say I have street cred,” but “it could be said that I ‘converted’ and became a ‘believer.'” (2010)

5th (of d six) global warming skeptic who changed his mind

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Gregg Easterbrook, American journalist and author
Easterbrook was an early skeptic of global warming, writing an influential book, A Moment on the Earth, in 1995 that was dismissive of mankind’s role in climate change. By 2006, he’d been swayed by the decade of climate research, and wrote an essay entitled “Case Closed: The Debate About Global Warming is Over.”
Before quote:
“Instant-doomsday hyperbole caused the world’s attention to focus on the hypothetical threat of global warming to the exclusion of environmental menaces that are real, palpable, and awful right now.” (1995, PDF)
After quote: “The science has changed from ambiguous to near-unanimous… Based on the data I’m now switching sides regarding global warming, from skeptic to convert.” (2006)