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The Importance of a Regenerative Food System

September 11, 2020
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To grow food, we need soil. Even with modern technology enabling systems like hydroponics to grow crops, humanity needs soil to produce enough food for the global population. Unfortunately, many modern farming techniques have destroyed soil or depleted it. One sobering report warns that all topsoil could be gone in the next 60 years if agriculture continues as normal.

A regenerative food system focuses on feeding humanity without depleting the Earth. It is a holistic systems approach, stressing the importance of finding solutions that address problems collectively.

There is no single definition of regenerative agriculture, but most people agree that regenerative farming includes things such as no-till farming, cover crops, perennial and native plants, integrated livestock and crop diversity. Building a regenerative food system is vital to feeding humanity while also repairing damaged ecosystems. In the face of climate change, a regenerative food system will create resiliency by localizing economies, sequestering carbon and building greater food security.

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Top 7 Eco-Friendly Cities Around the World

June 17, 2020
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As sustainability becomes a global hot topic, cities around the world have started to step up their efforts. At the same time, many areas encounter financial and policy-related challenges. How can these locations improve? They could consider some real-world examples of eco-friendly leaders. 

If we can recognize and support green epicenters, other regions could be inspired to change. Here are the top seven eco-friendly cities around the world.

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Green Technology

How High Is the Carbon Footprint of Car Manufacturing?

May 20, 2020
carbon footprint of car manufacturing

When measuring the carbon footprint of a standard vehicle, fuel consumption is usually the first thing to come to mind. After all, for the standard gas-powered car, experts estimate that nearly 90% of emissions during its lifecycle are due to usage. Manufacturing these machines also has a significant carbon footprint, even if it is more difficult to quantify.

Car manufacturing requires the extraction of raw materials such as steel, aluminum, plastic and rubber. The processing of these substances is extremely energy-intensive. However, because the manufacturing stage is somewhat invisible to the consumer, we tend to forget about its impact on the environment.

The effects of the standard gas-powered vehicle are significant. According to one report, greenhouse gas emissions from the car manufacturing industry exceed the energy footprint of the European Union. The production of electric vehicles has a higher carbon footprint, but this fact is irrelevant in terms of the energy saved during its lifetime.

While the auto manufacturing industry is actively working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, economic and consumer incentives will be essential in reducing environmental impact in the future.

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Sustainable Transportation: Electric Car Emissions vs. Gas

May 18, 2020
electric car emissions vs gas

Electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy are shaking up the transportation industry. As consumers look for more sustainable solutions, automakers seek to fill the demand with cost-effective and energy-efficient alternatives to gas-powered vehicles. Additionally, as the global economy shifts away from a fossil fuel-dependent model, more companies are looking for ways to reduce emissions.

Comparing electric car emissions vs. gas requires looking at direct and lifecycle emissions. The former measures the amount of pollution associated with the vehicle’s tailpipe and fueling process. The latter accounts for the car’s production, use and disposal.

The mining and processing of car batteries for EVs is much more energy-intensive than the manufacturing of gas-powered vehicles. However, the total emissions produced by electric vehicles during their lifetime is significantly less than gas-powered cars. As the auto industry heads in a more sustainable direction, electric vehicles will play a vital role in the future of transportation. 

 

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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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Environment

10 Best Beginner Plants to Grow Indoors

February 21, 2020
beginner plants to grow indoors

Do you want to improve the air quality of your home while beautifying it? Do you want to benefit more from nature’s gifts? If so, you should enjoy the art of raising houseplants! 

It doesn’t matter if you don’t think you have a green thumb. The plants on this list are easy to care for and maintain. You’ll benefit from the joy of growing things, and your health will thank you, too. 

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What Is Green Landscaping? Eco-Friendly Landscaping Techniques

February 14, 2020
what is green landscaping

The world is going green. From reusable shopping bags to biking to work, people everywhere are looking for more sustainable ways to live and reduce their impact on the environment. 

However, one area that’s often overlooked in terms of green living is your yard. There are so many ways to make your lawn, gardens and flowerbeds more eco-friendly and beautiful. By implementing green landscaping techniques, you can ensure an outdoor space that’s self-sustaining, chemical-free and natural. 

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What Are the Effects of Factory Farming on the Environment?

November 27, 2019
factory farming and the environment

The replacement of small-scale farms with industrial agriculture over the past 50 years has changed the world environmentally, economically and socially. The talk around factory farming and the environment is widespread. For centuries, we relied on practices that minimized the impact on the land, called regenerative agriculture. Today, however, factory farms spread across vast swathes of the world’s arable land.

The impact of open-air lagoons, methane gas, carbon emissions and deforestation is irreparably changing our environment. Our global food industry contributes to global warming throughout the supply chain, creating a negative environmental impact at every level of production.

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The Relationship Between Population Growth and Natural Disasters

August 29, 2019
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By the statistics, natural disasters seem to have become more severe. Wildfires, earthquakes and hurricanes dominate the news cycle. 2018 was one of the costliest years on record for natural disasters. That same year, Hurricane Michael became the strongest hurricane on record to strike the Florida panhandle. And we know that climate change has the potential to make natural disasters even worse.

But what’s driving this change in the impact of natural disasters? Is the culprit a change in the climate or a change in how and where people live?

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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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