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Should We Move Toward Biological Pest Control Methods?

February 7, 2020
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If humans lacked effective ways to keep pests at bay, gardens and lawns would be overrun with unwanted visitors that could eat plants and trigger other undesirable effects. One method of interest is biological pest control. It centers on introducing living organisms that display predatory behaviors toward the pests rather than relying on chemicals to do the job.

Research shows there are many downsides to using non-biological pest control measures. For example, the chemicals pose dangers to kids and pets, and there are issues with the chemicals not reaching their intended targets. Additionally, ongoing use can cause resistance, requiring people to use more of a product to get the same results once achievable with a smaller amount. 

When methods of getting rid of nature’s nuisances prove ineffective, agricultural professionals often waste money when, perhaps, they should have investigated different options sooner. A study from the Zoological Society of London recently found that the overuse of an herbicide to control a weed that harms winter-wheat fields takes a £400 million bite out of the United Kingdom’s economy every year. 

Since the conventional ways of pest management have these negatives and others, more people wonder if now is the time to embrace biological pest controls. 

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5 Ways You Can Start a Sustainable Community Garden

February 5, 2020
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Do you want to save money and the planet? What if you could do so while forming a closer bond with your neighbors and teaching your children a crucial ecological lesson? You can accomplish all this and more by starting a sustainable community garden! 

Community gardens save you money at the grocery store because you produce the majority of the fruits and veggies you use. Also, since you don’t have to drive to the store as often, you can decrease your carbon footprint. You can even reduce your household waste. Here’s how.

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Effects of Construction on the Environment: Why Sustainability Is at the Forefront

December 27, 2019
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Sustainability means different things in each industry. In construction, it means building structures from long-lasting and renewable resources, ensuring energy-efficient operation once the structure is standing and practicing good stewardship of the landscape over the building’s lifetime.

Expanding and maintaining humanity’s “built environment” in a conscientious, low-impact and cost-effective way today means future generations will be able to meet their own needs tomorrow. But we need to put sustainability first. Here’s what that looks like in construction and why it’s so important right now.

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The Best Eco-Friendly Skin Care Products to Help You Transition From Summer to Fall

September 9, 2019
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Caring for Earth has always been paramount, but now, more than ever, we can see the urgency of sustaining our world. The sustainability movement is an incredibly meaningful effort to be a part of — whether you’ve recently started on your journey or have years of experience. Incorporating environmentally friendly habits within every aspect of your life makes a tangible effect on the world.

You may have wondered about your cosmetic and skin care usage due to the less-than-green practices involved in producing them, but rest assured, you have alternatives. Keeping your skin hydrated is an essential part of weathering the cold months, and you may need to look beyond your summer products for effective solutions. Explore the numerous eco-friendly skin care products sustainable brands offer — you can keep your healthy summer glow while helping the planet.

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What Causes Natural Disasters and How Do They Impact Climate Change?

August 8, 2019
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A major part of mounting a realistic defense against climate change is understanding the signs to look for and how they stand to change life as we know it. Right now, a lot of people overlook the relationship between our changing climate and the likelihood and intensity of natural disasters.

Climate change doesn’t cause natural disasters, nor vice versa. But both of these monumental forces seem to be locked in a kind of feedback loop that’s making both of them more destructive and far harder to protect ourselves against. Let’s take a look at this relationship, why it exists, and what it means for the future of human and animal life on earth.

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Green Technology

Artificial Intelligence and Its Environmental Costs

July 22, 2019
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Artificial intelligence is an adaptable technology capable of many different functions. It seems like an inherently helpful tool, whether we’re looking at its role in decision-making, research or planning. At worst, AI takes the form of an evil robot intent on destruction, bad for humans but great for ticket sales.

The movies make it seem like AI is only threatening when it has a mind of its own, but this technology has negative consequences that aren’t as obvious. The relationship between artificial intelligence and the environment is an example of how these systems have their share of risks beyond their benefits.

That’s not to say that artificial intelligence doesn’t have value for environmental organizations. It has a variety of advantages for conservation efforts, such as aiding in the assessment of animal populations and identifying trafficked wildlife. AI also enables companies to reduce their energy consumption.

In short, artificial intelligence is a useful technology that has made the world a better place to live. However, these same systems that have improved the planet have also damaged it. AI represents an incredible step forward, but that progress has come at a cost that is just as crucial to acknowledge.

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The History of Earth Day: How Has It Shaped Our Planet?

April 22, 2019
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Every year on April 22, we collectively demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day is a celebration of nature and a petition to preserve it, a time when people of all backgrounds, affiliations and cultures come together for one commonality: the planet where we live.

While it’s taken on more of an abstract purpose, Earth Day actually marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement. The history of Earth Day begins in 1970, a pivotal year for the U.S. for a number of reasons. With all the problems plaguing the nation, pollution wasn’t at the forefront.

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Do Scientists Know What Causes Solar Storms?

April 11, 2019
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Most of us only think of the sun in passing. On hot afternoons when we hide beneath the shade, or rainy mornings when we wish for a little light, the sun is a subject of discussion. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to forget that our planet survives on the heat from a fiery ball of hot plasma 1.3 million times its size.

With this enormous number in mind, the concept of a “solar storm” is somewhat frightening. After all, the scale of our sun is immense and its power is incredible. It seems probable we’d eventually have to reconcile the fact that we live a very short distance from it, by astronomical standards.

In truth, solar storms aren’t as dangerous as they sound. They’re part of a cycle of high and low activity that repeats every 11 years. This cycle’s “solar maximum,” or peak, occurred between 2013 and 2014. As NASA predicted, we didn’t see any catastrophic solar events like some feared.

So what exactly are “solar storms” and how do they affect the Earth? Do scientists know what causes them? If so, what are the reasons behind this fascinating phenomenon? We’ll answer those questions and others like them by taking a comprehensive look at the many intriguing aspects of solar storms.
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Tips for Zero Waste Grocery Shopping When You Don’t Live Near a Zero Waste Grocery Store

March 28, 2019
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If you’ve chosen to embrace a zero-waste lifestyle, you’re making a positive contribution to the planet. Your eco-conscious actions are setting an important precedent for future generations. At the same time, the greener choice isn’t always convenient, and you might have to go a little out of your way to manage your expenditure.

But there’s no reason to worry! As long as you follow a few basic strategies for reducing waste, you’ll find it’s simple and easy to maintain a small footprint. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know, touching on seven tips for zero waste grocery shopping when you don’t live near a zero waste grocery store.

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