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7 Easy Ways to Save Water This Summer

July 5, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Summer Water Savings

Prolonged drought is one of the hallmarks of a warming climate. Texas has been in the grips of widespread drought since late 2010; California, where my daughters used to live, is in its third year of drought, with 100 percent of the state experiencing “severe” to “exceptional” drought conditions.[read more]

Plastic Bank: First 3D Printed Items Made from Recycled Ocean Plastic

June 14, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Ocean Pollution and Recycling

Sunday, June 8 was officially World Ocean Day. At a time when we find the world’s oceans in crisis from acidification, warming surface temperatures, overfishing and pollution, calling attention to the health of our oceans is of paramount importance.[read more]

It’s Not About Where Your Solar Panels Came From, It’s Where They Are Going That Counts

June 7, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Solar Panels and Carbon Footprints

One of the most infuriating things about reading advice for people wanting to reduce their carbon footprint is the colossal lack of perspective people some folk have when it comes to cutting emissions. You see, perspective is quite important if you want to make sensible decisions.[read more]

The World's Largest Garbage Dump is Not on Land

May 31, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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Oceans of Garbage

Between using plastic bags, drinking from plastic water bottles, or ripping the plastic packaging from a new gadget, we all use plastic in our daily lives. Plastic is literally all around us, and if we don’t find a way to contain it, our lives could soon be taken over by this mass produced product.[read more]

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Renewable Wood Fuels, Part 2: Environmentally Beneficial or a Chronic Problem?

May 22, 2014 by John Miller
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Renewable Wood Fuel and Overall Cost

Wood is considered either a renewable fuel with environmental benefits or a source of particular material emissions that can impact health. If properly managed can the smoke from wood be reduced to levels that mitigate current-future health issues, and benefit the environment like other renewable fuels?[read more]

On Earth Day, Did Greenwashing Finally Die?

April 25, 2014 by Caroline Bligh
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Earth Day and Greenwashing

Earth Day is Ground Zero for greenwashing marketing ploys, which have been pervasive over the past decade. From releasing “eco-friendly” single use water bottles to encouraging people to fly around the country (with carbon credits), corporations repeatedly bungle sustainability initiatives on Earth Day.[read more]

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How the Top-Rated Colleges for Sustainability Are Raising the Bar: From Princeton Review's Annual 'Guide to Green Colleges'

April 22, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Green Colleges Raising the Bar

More colleges are offering sustainability majors, have greenhouse gas reduction programs underway, and are ramping up interaction with administrators about sustainability. But the percentage offering locally grown and organic foods actually dipped slightly from last year. -Princeton Review's Davie Soto[read more]

From Waste to Jobs: Growing California's Economy through Recycling [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California and Recycling

Recycling is one of the most common of all environmental activities, and it’s also a great way to save natural resources. Recycling keeps useful materials out of landfills and incinerators, and using recovered materials to make new products and packages saves resources such as trees and metal ores.[read more]

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Radiation: The Facts

March 3, 2014 by Robert Hargraves
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Radiation Facts

Nuclear power can solve the global crises of air pollution deaths and climate change, help developing nations escape poverty, and let industrialized nations improve economic growth. The primary obstacle to nuclear power is misunderstanding of radiation safety. Radiation is safe within limits.[read more]

How Much Energy are We Flushing Down the Drain?

February 26, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Wasted Water and Energy

California is in the middle of a drought. In the Bay Area, that has meant day after day of glorious, sunny winter weather. I am haunted by media images of dry creek beds and by my own mental images of driving by the Rim Fire near Yosemite last summer. Who knows what this summer will bring?[read more]

Can Coal Fly Ash Waste Be Put To Good Use?

February 24, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Coal Fly Ash Waste

A huge coal ash spill was discovered on at the Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina that has caused significant damage to the Dan River. The spill was caused when a storm drain pipe that runs underneath the containment pond collapsed and allowed 82,000 tons of ash to flow into the river.[read more]

Coal Ash: Why it is Better Recycled Than as a Waste

February 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Coal Ash Waste and Recycling

EPA has announced that the two primary encapsulated uses of coal ash are safe, so recyclers have no legitimate remaining arguments to support their previous requests for a weak coal ash rule. Coal burning utilities stated that regulating coal ash waste would hurt the market for recycling of coal ash.[read more]

Carbon Conversion is Key to Solving Climate Change Problems

February 10, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Carbon Conversion

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law an amendment to the Clean Air Act that mandated emissions reductions of the harmful pollutant sulfur dioxide, SO2, from coal-fired power plants. The government did not instruct industry how to achieve the reductions, only that they were required to.[read more]

Economic Rewards Through Renovation

February 4, 2014 by Sadhbh Ní Hógáin

In the following interview, Adrian Joyce, the director of the Renovate Europe Campaign, discusses various subjects including targets, strategies, and how energy efficient renovation can help to renew economies that may be lagging behind.[read more]

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Energy Saving Light Bulbs

February 2, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Energy Saving Light Bulbs

If you spend ten minutes reading this post, then I promise you that by the end of it you’ll actually understand how to buy an efficient low energy light bulb. In return I’ll try not to bore you senseless. Ready? Let’s do this. With five simple questions.[read more]