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The Surprising Benefits of Wildlife Tourism

June 29, 2020
wildlife tourism

Wildlife tourism is a major business, accounting for 20% to 40% of the entire tourism industry’s net value. However, this kind of tourism can also have a detrimental impact on animal populations and their habitats. As people flock to take selfies with sedated tigers or ride abused elephants, they fuel the cycle of unsustainable ecotourism. Their actions further fund animal cruelty, captivity and destruction. 

Yet, many other wildlife tourist attractions actually work to protect animals and their habitats. In allowing tourists to come and experience these animals in their natural environments, these organizations change wildlife tourism — and the future of animals everywhere — for the better. 

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Environment

Top 7 Eco-Friendly Cities Around the World

June 17, 2020
eco-friendly cities

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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Environment

Environmental Volunteering Could Be the Key to Saving the Planet

June 8, 2020
environmental volunteering

If you’re passionate about recycling, education, wildlife or clean water, environmental volunteering is right up your alley. And even if you aren’t particularly enthusiastic about these things, you can be. All it takes is a single volunteer experience to change the way you see the Earth and find a new appreciation for all it provides. Plus, your actions truly do benefit the planet. In fact, they might even help save it.

By getting involved, you take one step towards a cleaner, healthier Earth. Furthermore, you inspire others to join in and do the same. And global participation will, more likely than not, result in worldwide change. Below, you’ll find a few key components to a healthy Earth and ways in which you can begin to manifest and inspire lasting change.

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Environment

Avoid Oxybenzone Sunscreen If You Want to Prevent Reef Damage

June 3, 2020
oxybenzone reef damage

If there’s one thing dermatologists, scientists and parents can all agree on, it’s that wearing sunscreen is important. Whether it be spray-on sunblock or UV blocking lotion, the product helps protect everyone from the damaging effects of excessive sun exposure. While this is true, not all sunscreens are made equal. In fact, some can be downright harmful — namely, ones that contain oxybenzone.  

Scientists recently discovered this chemical is damaging coral reefs and marine life, especially in areas where humans frequent. Thus, a product that people once thought to be solely beneficial is actually damaging one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world. 

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Environment

Is Coca-Cola Helping or Hurting the Environment?

June 1, 2020
coca cola plastic pollution

Throughout the world, massive corporations make substantial contributions to climate change. But as of late, many businesses have started to incorporate green initiatives. From Toyota Motors to Unilever — which owns brands like Dove and Lipton — there’s a host of companies that seek out sustainable efforts.

But what about the globe’s largest supplier of soft drinks — the Coca-Cola Company? Take a look at what effects they’re having on the environment.

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Green Technology

5 Green Transportation Solutions for Public Transportation System

May 29, 2020
green transportation solutions

Public transportation has the potential to transform traditional cities into sustainable paragons. When comparing the carbon footprint of public transit to that of single-passenger cars, the former carries a myriad of benefits. These include reduced fuel consumption, improved air quality, decreased traffic congestion and cost savings for commuters.

Public transportation has the potential to be a key player in the future sustainability of urban areas. Cities across the United States are working to find green transportation solutions to improve an outdated system. These initiatives include switching to electric buses, improving walkability in communities and making policy changes.

Here are five green transportation solutions to be on the lookout for in the future:

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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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Green Technology

The Best Eco-Friendly Automobiles of 2020

May 11, 2020
eco-friendly automobiles

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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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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Green Technology

Sustainability and Efficiency of Nuclear Energy vs. Fossil Fuels

May 4, 2020
nuclear vs. fossil fuels

Nuclear energy comes from the energy stored inside atoms — namely uranium atoms. These repeatedly split and merge in a process called nuclear fission. Fossil fuels, on the other hand, produce electricity and energy through burning resources like coal, gas and oil. 

Currently, nuclear power provides about 10% of the world’s electricity, while fossil fuels produce roughly 80%. But which is more sustainable? And is one more efficient than the other? 

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