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Environment

Sustainability vs. Conservation: Key Similarities and Differences

May 26, 2020
sustainability vs. conservation

When it comes to discussions about the environment, people sometimes view sustainability and conservation as synonymous. Both concepts focus on caring and advocating for the planet, emphasizing the importance of protecting natural resources and preserving ecosystems. However, there is one essential distinction between the two. 

Conservation, including biological and ecological preservation, focuses on protecting what is here now. It’s a broad term that is part practice and part philosophy, a moral application that emphasizes an ethical approach to the natural environment. 

Sustainability, on the other hand, focuses on protecting and preserving the environment so that future generations can thrive and enjoy what current society has now. It focuses on mitigating the human impact on the earth for the future.

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Wildlife

How Does Climate Change Affect Bird Migration?

May 15, 2020
climate change affect bird migration

Climate change affects every living organism on Earth. From polar bears to rabbits, each creature struggles to adapt to rising temperatures, longer and shorter seasons and limited resources. Among them are birds. Hundreds of species rely on subtle changes in temperature to find food, breed, nest and relocate. 

So how does climate change affect bird migration?

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Green Technology

8 Main Benefits of Sustainable Transportation

May 13, 2020
benefits of sustainable transportation

About 6,800 organizations provide public transportation within the U.S. Compared to driving cars, this mode of transport is incredibly sustainable, even more so if it utilizes electric or hybrid energy.

However, only 5% of working men and women utilize public transit systems. Rather, they use their own vehicles to commute to and from their jobs. This only exacerbates problems like greenhouse gas emissions, global warming and smog. Obviously, there must be a shift in mentality toward sustainable transportation before people begin transitioning into using it more frequently.

Understanding the benefits of sustainable transportation — of which there are many — may encourage workers to utilize it. Whether it be your health, the Earth, the community or your pocketbook, sustainable transit is better for them all. They will become more mainstream as the number of riders increases, allowing systems to expand and create an even greater impact.

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Green Technology

The Best Eco-Friendly Automobiles of 2020

May 11, 2020
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Everyone is looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and become more eco-friendly as we move closer to the planet’s 2030 deadline, after which the damage done from climate change may be irreversible.

We can recycle, compost, grow our own produce and only buy from local farms. We can also lessen our reliance on single-use plastics, such as straws and flatware. However, there is one thing that most of us can’t avoid — our daily commute. We might want to go green, but you can’t stop going to work just because you don’t want to drive your car. Thankfully, the push toward an eco-friendly society has led many manufacturers to create more sustainable automobiles.

With that in mind, here are some of the best eco-friendly cars and trucks of 2020.

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Green Technology

Renewable Energy vs. Nuclear: Which is a More Viable Option

April 29, 2020
renewable energy vs nuclear

As concerns about the global impacts of climate change grow, the need for clean energy has become increasingly clear. The current rates of fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions must dramatically reduce if we hope to keep climate change’s effects to a minimum. Thankfully, there are several options for generating electricity without pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — and many are already in use.

Nuclear power plants and renewable energy generators like wind farms and hydroelectric dams currently provide a combined 19% of the power consumed in the United States. That number is even higher in other countries. Expanding nuclear and renewable energy programs can combat climate change by reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

But between renewable energy and nuclear, which is the more viable option? Let’s compare these two types of energy generation below.

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Environment

The Benefits of Going Green

April 24, 2020
benefits of going green

Going green has become less of a trend and more of a lifestyle for many people around the world. People used to sing jingles about recycling and turn in cans for pocket change, but now most people want to do what they can to help the Earth.

It feels great to give back to the planet, but what other benefits do you get besides the pride of helping out? Sometimes it may take time to do what’s environmentally friendly, which makes some people wonder if it’s worth the effort.

However, it’s easy to learn a few of the many benefits of going green. There are many reasons to enjoy a sustainable lifestyle once you discover what happens with each little change you make.

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Environment

15 Reasons Why You Should Go Green Today

April 20, 2020
why go green

These days, the sustainable movement is more popular than ever. People around the world have made a range of life changes — all as a way to help our planet. From meatless diets to carbon-free transportation, there’s an endless amount of impactful solutions. 

But why should you go green? Most individuals are aware of how climate change affects the planet. While that’s incredibly important, it’s also necessary to shown concern for its influence on us. You have several positives and negatives to consider. Take a look at some of the advantages of practicing sustainability:

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Environment

How Environmental Reading Is Beneficial for All Ages

April 15, 2020
environmental reading

Everyone grows up understanding the importance of education. Whether you graduate from a public or private school or head to a university, everyone knows new knowledge changes who you are. It informs you and shows you the world so that you become a more well-rounded person.

Much of that change comes from reading, especially when kids start at a young age. Children may get books about making friends or sharing with their siblings, but they can grasp more essential topics as well. That’s why so many authors have published books for all ages that discuss the environment.

Check out how environmental reading is beneficial for all ages. It may make you more curious to pick up a book for yourself or bring some home to your family. 

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Environment

7 Companies Facing Environmental Issues in 2020

April 13, 2020
companies facing environmental issues

It is no secret that the global energy sector has the highest environmental impact. According to a 2019 report, the top 20 fossil fuel companies contribute over 35% of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. The top 100 fossil fuel companies are responsible for 71% of global greenhouse emissions since 1998. 

But the fossil fuel industry isn’t the only one damaging the environment. Other large corporations, such as Coca-Cola, Apple and Ikea, also have a detrimental effect on the environment. In the past, companies across numerous industries — including manufacturing, food, fashion and electronics — have been wary of upholding transparency with how they mitigate their impact. 

We will look at seven companies facing environmental issues in 2020. The business identified encompass various industries, focusing on business to consumer models. In particular, we will spotlight companies that have a poor track record of environmental initiatives but are making a deliberate effort to be more sustainable. 

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Environment

What is a Chief Sustainability Officer and Why Should Companies Have One?

April 6, 2020
chief sustainability officer

Corporations are beginning to confront their carbon footprint. Some organizations are hiring Chief Sustainability Officers to help find actionable solutions.  A Chief Sustainability Officer, or CSO, is responsible for integrating and managing how environmental issues are factored into business decisions.

CSO’s go beyond setting up recycling bins in the office. In most cases, the work directly with the CEO and executive team to implement solutions that increase profitability while improving the overall sustainability of the organization. The Chief Sustainability Office is also responsible for interacting with employees across all departments, as well as engagement with key investors and consumers.

Chief Sustainability Officers are essential, regardless of the industry. The most common sectors that employ CSO’s are technical consulting services, government, manufacturing and healthcare.

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