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Online Shopping Creates A Sea of Cardboard For the Sake of Convenience

21 Jun

While online shopping is a great convenience, it creates a massive amount of cardboard packaging that goes into our waste stream.

Online shopping can be a huge boon. You can order whatever you want, and within hours (or even minutes) it can be delivered right to your doorstep. Businesses have rushed to respond to consumers’ demands for speed and convenience from e-commerce. Amazon leads the charge with its subscription membership service to Amazon Prime. According to […]

Small Temperature Increase Leads to Big Chance of Heat Deaths

14 Jun

A mean temperature increase of just 0.5 degrees Celsius dramatically increases the risk of heat deaths in India and other low- and mid-latitude nations.

An increase in mean temperature of 0.5 degrees Celsius over 50 years may seem trivial, but it more than doubles the probability of a heat wave in India that could kill more than 100 people. This is according to recent research from the University of California – Irvine (UCI). Using data gathered by the India […]

Despite Trump Decision, States and Cities Step Up to Paris Agreement Plate

7 Jun

While Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, mayors and governors across the country have stepped up to take the lead in conservation and greenhouse gas reduction.

As news of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change spread, many states and cities immediately had a message for the president: even if you don’t believe in climate change, we see the reality, and if you won’t do something about it, we will. Shortly after […]

Trump Pulls Out of Paris Agreement

2 Jun

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The announcement was greeted with cheers by some and sorrow by many.

On June 1, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. He also said the U.S. would begin negotiations to enter the accord, or a new treaty, on terms that he believes would be better for American businesses and taxpayers. “So we’re getting out, but we will start […]

Tesla’s New Solar Roof is Here

31 May

Tesla is rolling out solar roofing panels. Is this a great innovation or is it an over-hyped toy for rich people?

As Tesla’s new solar roof tiles roll out, the question of economic viability comes into question. At $65,000 for the average 3,000 square foot roof, some have called this product “another toy for rich, green people” who have always wanted solar panels but who felt that the panels currently available are not aesthetically pleasing. At […]

Plastic Pollutes Even the Remotest of Islands

24 May

Remote Henderson Island is the most polluted place in the world, according to a team of researchers.

Henderson Island is one of the most remote islands in the world. It sits in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, part of the UK’s Pitcairn Islands, more than 3,000 miles from the nearest major population centers. It’s also the world’s most polluted island. More than 17 tons of plastic litter the beaches of […]

Pebble Mine Can Now Pursue Permits in Bristol Bay

17 May

The EPA has granted permission for the Pebble Mine to pursue permits for a site in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted Pebble Limited Partnership permission to pursue permits for the development of a huge copper and gold deposit. This is a reversal from the EPA’s earlier stance. But the agency reached a legal settlement on May 11, allowing the company to apply for permits and develop site plans. The proposed […]

Earthworms Being Harmed By Tillage Farming Practices

10 May

Populations of earthworms are being severely harmed by a common farming practice.

You may not think much about earthworms, but they are crucial to healthy soil. In fact, Charles Darwin called them “nature’s plough” because they are constantly eating and defecating soil, making it more nutritious and better aerated—and therefore more fertile. But a widely used farming practice is severely damaging those earthworm populations. Tillage farming, also […]

New Research Shows That Elephants Are Aware of Their Own Bodies

3 May

New research shows that elephants are aware of their bodies.

Elephants have a long relationship with humans, especially Asian elephants, which have been used as work animals for centuries at least. In places like Thailand and India, they not only live alongside humans, but are also in competition for land and resources. In order to help preserve elephant spaces, and elephants themselves, it’s important that […]

Wildfires Increasing in Frequency and Require Adaptive Strategies

26 Apr

We need to adapt to wildfires, because they are becoming as inevitable as floods and droughts.

Wildfires are an inevitable part of the American west, and, according to a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they’ve been increasing in frequency and severity since the 1970s. A record-breaking fire near Boulder, Colorado, that forced 1,000 people to evacuate their homes in March of 2017 is […]