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Green Technology

How High Is the Carbon Footprint of Car Manufacturing?

May 20, 2020
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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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Environment

What the Atlantic Garbage Patch Says About Pollution

May 6, 2020
atlantic garbage patch

Currently, our planet faces several environmental-related issues. Though we can blame carbon gas emissions for many problems, it’s crucial to consider plastic pollution, as well. Over time, water bottles and food containers make their way to the ocean. As a result, vortexes of trash and debris form and marine wildlife suffer extraordinarily. 

The lesser-known Atlantic Garbage Patch can teach us a lot about sustainable efforts. Take a look.

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Environment

7 Companies Facing Environmental Issues in 2020

April 13, 2020
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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 Agricultural Runoff, and How Is It Harming Our Waters?

March 18, 2020
what is agricultural runoff

Water is a resource that gets a lot of coverage, probably because living things need it to survive. You may not think much about your water sources, especially if getting hydrated is as easy as turning on the tap and filling up a cup. But clean, easily accessible water is by no means available to everyone, and a problem called agricultural runoff exacerbates matters.

What Is Agricultural Runoff?

Runoff happens when the water from rain, melted snow or irrigation doesn’t sink into the soil for proper absorption. Instead, it moves over the ground, picking up natural and artificial pollutants along the way. Eventually, those contaminants get deposited into coastal waterways, lakes, rivers and even underground sources of drinking water.

What is agricultural runoff, then? It’s the kind of water pollution described above, but it’s originated on farms. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says this runoff is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes. Complicating matters is the fact that there’s no single source of this kind of runoff — farmers can’t just make one change to solve the problem.

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Oceans

The State of the World Water Crisis in 2020

March 11, 2020
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As the global population grows and climate change makes rain unpredictable, we’ve started to run out of drinkable freshwater. 

Researchers have become increasingly confident that available freshwater will decrease over the coming years — some are even estimating that there could be a worldwide water shortage as soon as 2040.

Here’s the state of the world water crisis in 2020 — and what we may be able to do to beat global water scarcity.

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Environment

What Poor Air Quality at Work Can Mean for Today’s Workforce

March 2, 2020
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Do your lungs almost hurt the minute you walk into your business? Poor air quality at work impacts productivity and workers’ health. Things such as carpeting, building materials and poor ventilation influence indoor air quality (IAQ). OSHA reports that IAQ not up to par can result in fatigue, headaches and irritation of the nose, eyes, throat and lungs. 

It seems as though everywhere you turn, people are talking about going green and improving sustainability. Today’s workforce is more environmentally conscious than ever before. They may even choose a company to work at based on how well the organization embraces eco-friendly practices. Improving poor air quality at work and green business go together like solar panels and sunshine. 

There are some simple things brands can do to better IAQ. Even small changes have a big impact on the health and well-being of workers.

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Environment

How to Develop Climate-Smart Agriculture

February 26, 2020
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Climate change has become a worldwide topic of discussion lately, and for good reason. Scientists warn that we need to act fast and collaborate to mitigate the effects of climate change and start doing things differently to halt the speed of global warming. One of the broad ways to do that is called climate-smart agriculture (CSA).

What Is Climate-Smart Agriculture? 

Climate-smart agriculture uses a variety of techniques to increase the productivity levels of farmland while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and facilitating other positive changes to help the planet. For example, some ongoing projects falling under this umbrella focus on conserving water, reducing pesticides and promoting soil health and practicing agroforestry. 

 

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Environment

What Are the Objectives of Agricultural Policy and Why Do They Matter?

February 24, 2020
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Each year sees a new round of farm-based policies. Some laws are more effective than others, and not all meet expectations — however, the core objectives of agricultural policy matter. People are ultimately seeking better ways to run their farms and do business, and creating new rules can help.

Policies exist for everything from water management to native seed harvesting. Regulation is necessary for ensuring worker and animal wellness, proper cropping methods and much more. In an ideal world, a practical set of agricultural guidelines would keep operations running smoothly while putting all living beings as the top priorities. Until we reach that point, people will continue voicing their opinions about much-needed changes.

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Wildlife

The Importance of Animal Nutrition on the Farm

February 19, 2020
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Running a farm is no easy feat. You might feel like your to-do list gets longer every day, but you’d never give up the joy you get from working your land and raising animals. It comes with a sense of pride that has fueled generations of families, cultivating small farms around the world.

Every farm has a slightly different purpose. You could grow a single crop and keep animals around for private use, like eggs and milk for your family. Animals could also be the sole purpose of your farm since they can make a significant profit if you raise them correctly.

If you have animals on your farm, don’t stop learning what you can do to help them. With the proper approach, you can feed your animals the food they need while maintaining or improving the sustainability of your farm. Here are five reasons why animal nutrition matters. 

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Green Technology

7 Eco-Friendly House Ideas for the Green Remodeler

February 17, 2020
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If you’ve decided it’s time for a little home renovation, you’re already on your way to making greener choices. Remodeling instead of building a new home from scratch reduces your impact on the environment and makes good use of resources you already have in your house. Continuing to make changes with sustainability in mind will allow you to further your green efforts and design a uniquely beautiful interior that matches your personality and passion. 

Here are just a few eco-friendly house ideas to incorporate into your next remodel. 

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