U.S. loses 24 million acres of natural land

August 7, 2019 by  
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Mother Nature might be ticked, because the United States is losing land fast. If you’ve ever visited the glorious Grand Canyon, you already know how vast it is. Imagine what a combined nine Grand Canyons would look like, and you have the equivalent of the amount of natural land the U.S. has lost from 2001-2017. That’s 24 million acres if you do the math. The reason? According to a recent study conducted by the Center for American Progress, “How Much Nature Should America Keep,” it’s all because of agriculture, energy expansion, an increase in housing build-outs and other human-made developments, making the U.S. more susceptible to climate change . Related: Scientific consensus reaches beyond 99% on human-caused climate change The study calculated the country’s land degradation by adding up the impact of all the above factors to come to an assessment. Bottom-line, the center said that the “U.S. needs to set a goal to protect 30 percent of land and oceans by 2030 to stem the rapid decline of natural areas, which will protect the country from the worst impacts of climate change and wildlife extinction .” The report also found that presently, 12 percent of the country’s land area has been saved as national parks , wilderness areas and other kinds of protected areas, while 26 percent of the country’s ocean area is protected from drilling for oil and gas. The report continued, “The United States is entering an era in which it will rely more than ever on the integrity and stability of the natural world to provide economic prosperity, safeguard the health of communities and weather the effects of a changing climate.” As for the sharpest losses of natural areas, these took place in the southern and Midwestern U.S. as the carbon footprints of cities, farms, streets, power plants and other developments increased from 47 percent and 59 percent of land area, respectively. To turn things around — and hopefully protect 30 percent of land by 2030 and avoid even more land degradation — the U.S. must increase its current land conservation blueprint at both the federal and local levels. + Center for American Progress Via Reuters Image via Tony Webster

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Teen Champions Plastic Pollution Awareness Day

February 15, 2018 by  
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Since she was a young girl, Hannah Testa has been … The post Teen Champions Plastic Pollution Awareness Day appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company asks LA to start digging a tunnel within city limits

November 22, 2017 by  
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Will The Boring Company get the green light from Los Angeles to start digging a traffic-killing tunnel ? Elon Musk’s venture recently filed an application with officials for approval to commence digging within city limits. A Boring Company spokesperson said the tunnel could stretch from Hawthorne – where Musk’s other company SpaceX is located – “along the 405 to Westwood, with a number of stops along the way.” According to Los Angeles’ Bureau of Engineering spokesperson Mary Nemick The Boring Company filed their application, although she and a spokesperson for the mayor said they wouldn’t immediately release the documents. The Los Angeles Times said lawmakers will now face questions about whether or not the city should back a privatized transportation system with new technology , and what type of environmental review there might be. Related: Elon Musk shows first glimpse of the Boring Company tunnel beneath LA Picture of The Boring Company LA tunnel taken yesterday pic.twitter.com/TfdVKyXFsJ — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2017 The tunnel could ultimately link the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with the San Fernando Valley. A Boring Company spokesperson said this week the tunnel could transport passengers on electric platforms traveling at speeds as fast as 130 miles per hour. Pedestrians and bicyclists could board a capsule able to carry eight to 16 people. The tunnel’s diameter would be around 12 feet, and it would be funded “entirely with private money,” according to a spokesperson. In an April TED talk, Musk suggested the trip between LAX and Westwood would take a mere six minutes. Musk also seems ambitious about the time it could take to complete the tunnel: a year or so to stretch along “the whole 405 N-S corridor from LAX to the 101,” he said in a tweet . The Los Angeles Times noted digging is typically the quickest portion of a tunnel project; environmental reviews and permits can take years. Councilman Mike Bonin invited Boring Company representatives to talk with the City Council next year about the effort, and requested a report on potential policy and regulatory questions. He said in an interview, “So far, in the public imagination, this idea has been at the level of blog posts and cocktail party conversation. We need to flesh it out more.” Via The Los Angeles Times Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

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Massive Los Angeles methane leak declared permanently sealed

February 19, 2016 by  
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Since October, an underground natural gas storage well in Aliso Canyon , California has been belching up thousands of pounds of methane into the atmosphere every hour while the Southern California Gas Company desperately scrambled to close up the leaky pipe casing. Last week, it seemed the leak had finally been plugged , and today SoCal Gas confirmed that the leak has been permanently sealed . Read the rest of Massive Los Angeles methane leak declared permanently sealed

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Does Kicking Hybrid Drivers Out of Carpool Lanes Make Traffic Worse for Everyone?

October 16, 2011 by  
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Photo via Bill Selak flickr Up until recently, California has been allowing single occupants to drive in the carpool lanes as long as they are driving gasoline-electric hybrids. But as of July 1st 2011, solo hybrid drivers were no longer entitled to the privilege of using the carpool lanes. In a new study, U.C. Berkeley researchers examined data from roadway sensors measuring speed and congestion on… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Grizzly Kills Hunter in Montana Tragedy

September 18, 2011 by  
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Photo: USFWS Mountain Prairie / CC BY 2.0 When humans and nature collide , it too often happens that everyone loses. Tragedy has struck again as a hunter in Montana has been killed in an encounter with a grizzly. The grizzly lost its life to the victim’s hunting companion. It is illegal to kill grizzly bears in the lower 48… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Turning Pull Tabs into Silk and Metal Purses

September 18, 2011 by  
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ImaginArte’s Arturo Buenrostro making aluminum bags and bowls. Photos by R. Curger Flick your Bic and flip your tab — again and again. When I lived in Mexico a while ago, two vendors had a stand in the Puebla zocalo where they refilled Bic lighters for a few pesos. It was an impressive recycling effort. On a recent trip to San Miguel de Allende, I found a tiny shiny shop that reclaimed and repurposed aluminum can tabs into an amazing array of jewelry, purses and clothes. And the owner of ImaginArte is on an

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Why Electric Cars Have No "Gasoline Equivalent"

September 8, 2011 by  
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Image credit: NRMAdriversseat When I posted on a report that says electric cars may not become cost competitive until 2030 , I noted that price parity (or at least total-cost-of-ownership parity) is an important factor in achieving mainstream adoption. Nevertheless, there is an absurdity to discussing parity in costs between electric cars and their gasoline equivalents, because in reality they have no gasoline equivalents. Much like the fact that

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New York Fashion Week: Custom Bikes by Designers Betsey Johnson, Nanette Lepore and More (Slideshow)

September 8, 2011 by  
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Photos: Amy DuFault/ EcoSalon With Fashion Week upon us here in New York City, stylish men and women wanting to make way through the streets of the city to see the Spring 2012 collections in anything but a cab or underground are able to tap into something a lot more fun: decorated bikes by some of the world’s top designers. The bikes, available to Fashion Week attendees free of charge, are custom-decorated by the likes of Doo-Ri Chung, Diane Von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson, Nanette Lepore, Isaac Mizrahi, and more. –by

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How can I reuse or recycle horse hair?

July 4, 2011 by  
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We’ve had an email from Bea: I’ve always put my horse’s tail and mane clippings on the his manure heap to compost down but I recently wondered if I could use them for something else instead. I’ve heard of horse hair mattresses but don’t think I have enough for that! According to Wikipedia, horsehair is/has been used “for various purposes, including upholstery, [artists & shaving] brushes, the bows of musical instruments, a hard-wearing fabric called haircloth, and for horsehair plaster, a wallcovering material formerly used in the construction industry and now found only in older buildings. .. [It is also used in] the crafts of horsehair hitching , horsehair braiding, pottery, and in making jewellery items such as bracelets, necklaces, earrings and [hair clips].” I think the latter group is more appropriate to reuses at home – but the former group might provide inspiration on where you could pass it on — for example, if you had a stables and generated a lot of horsehair, a local old-fashioned upholsterer might be interested in it. You can compost it of course (as Bea has been doing) and some people use it (along with human hair clippings and anything similarly bit-ty) to discourage slugs from delicate. Any other ideas?

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