Patagonia donates its $10 million in tax cuts to save the planet

December 4, 2018 by  
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Last year, President Trump said that his tax bill would be an incredible Christmas gift for millions of hard-working Americans, but it also resulted in billions of dollars of tax savings for businesses — especially those in the oil and gas industry. But one outdoor retailer has opted to donate its tax savings to the planet instead of putting it back into the business. Patagonia announced last week that it would be giving away the $10 million the company made as a result of the Republican tax cut. “Based on last year’s irresponsible tax cut, Patagonia will owe less in taxes this year — $10 million less, in fact. Instead of putting the money back into our business, we’re responding by putting $10 million back into the planet,” CEO Rose Marcario wrote in a LinkedIn blog post . “Our home planet needs it more than we do.” Related: Patagonia strikes back at Trump over public lands policies Marcario also wrote that taxes protect the most vulnerable in our society as well as our public lands and other resources. In spite of this, President Trump still initiated a corporate tax cut that threatens those services at the expense of the planet. In addition to cutting taxes for individuals and businesses, the bill also lifted a 40-year ban on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Patagonia will donate the money from its tax cut to various conservation organizations. The money will also go toward the regenerative organic agriculture movement, which, according to the company, could help slow or reverse the climate crisis. Marcario cited the recent National Climate Assessment Report, compiled by 13 different federal agencies and 300 scientists. The report found that climate change is impacting people all over the globe and will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars. She wrote that far too many people have suffered from the consequences of global warming, and the political response has been “woefully inadequate.” Patagonia has been a long-time champion of grassroots environmental efforts, and the company has also been vocal in its criticisms of the Trump administration. + Patagonia Via EcoWatch Images via Yukiko Matsuoka and Monica Volpin  

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Striking home in Greece uses bioclimatic features to be energy-efficient year-round

December 4, 2018 by  
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Tucked into a sloping hillside looking out over the Aegean Sea, the TRIF House designed by Sergey Fedotov boasts a gorgeous, contemporary design with massive floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the breathtaking sea views. In addition to its striking aesthetic, the private residence also includes a number of passive features that insulate the home and reduce energy use throughout the year. Located in Porto Heli, Greece, the massive home, which spans over 3,800 square feet, sits on a naturally sloped landscape spotted with olive trees. To appreciate the gorgeous sea views, the front facade is a series of frameless, floor-to-ceiling windows that can slide open and shut at just the push of a button. The glazed exterior not only creates a seamless connection between indoors and out but also allows for natural sunlight to illuminate the interior. Related: A modern, energy-efficient home is built around a beloved madrone tree Alternatively, the home’s north facade was embedded into the natural slope of the hillside. Burying part of the house into the landscape was another passive feature that helps provide the structure with a strong thermal envelope. The main floor houses a kitchen, dining and living room, all of which open up to an expansive veranda with a swimming pool. The top floor, which is enclosed in a large white rectangular volume that cantilevers just slightly over the ground floor, is home to the master bedroom and two guest rooms, all of which enjoy stunning panoramic views. The interior boasts a minimalist design with custom-made furniture. Surrounding the home, the landscape was left in a natural state. Large olive trees and shrubs dot the sloping hillside, which has various walking paths that wind through the home’s beautiful surroundings. + Sergey Fedotov Via Archdaily Photography by Pygmalion Karatzas via Sergey Fedotov

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The bitter better place

April 25, 2018 by  
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There is no need to apologize for being relentless in our work, or vociferously clear about the consequences of inaction.

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Why ARPA-E is essential for U.S. energy innovation

April 25, 2018 by  
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The federal agency has a mission of overcoming long-term, high-risk barriers to developing energy technologies.

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The price is right for a corporate carbon tax

November 29, 2017 by  
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Five questions for Nicholas Stern, the economist who predicted the consequences of climate change.

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Scientists say that we are entering a new epoch thanks to human activity

January 14, 2016 by  
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New research indicates that the Earth has entered a new geological epoch , and it’s due to human activity. Scientists looked at the scale and rate of environmental changes in the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and wildlife-which other recent reports indicate is at an unprecedented high-and compared them to changes during previous time periods. In every category, the consequences of human activity reflect enough change to justify the official designation of a new geological epoch, researchers say. Read the rest of Scientists say that we are entering a new epoch thanks to human activity

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The wealthiest ten-percent of the population generate half of the world’s emissions

December 3, 2015 by  
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The wealthiest 10-percent of the people on the planet are causing half of the world’s carbon emissions. While world leaders gather in Paris to figure out who should carry the burden of reducing global warming, Oxfam has released numbers that show that the wealthy are using more than their fair share of our resources. Meanwhile, the poorest half of the planet – the half who will suffer the consequences of climate change the most – produce a paltry 10-percent of the emissions. Read the rest of The wealthiest ten-percent of the population generate half of the world’s emissions

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which countries are causing global warming and which are most vulnerable to the effects

September 18, 2015 by  
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The effects of climate change are pretty hard to miss no matter where you live, but some countries are going to feel the brunt of the impact more than others. The following infographic was created by George Washington University ‘s grad program in health administration in order to illustrate which countries are causing global warming and which countries stand to suffer the consequences (spoiler alert: it isn’t the same countries causing it). Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Which countries are causing global warming and which are most vulnerable to the effects

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Dead zone near African coast shows lowest oxygen levels ever recorded

May 7, 2015 by  
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The dead zones are spreading. No, it’s not a sign of the zombie apocalypse, though the consequences could be just as dire. A recent study by the European Geosciences Union’s journal Biogeosciences  describes a dead zone off the coast of Africa which contains the lowest levels of oxygen ever observed in the Atlantic. To complicate matters, the Atlantic-African dead zone is on the move, threatening all life in its path. Read the rest of Dead zone near African coast shows lowest oxygen levels ever recorded Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: African dead zone , agricultural runoff , Atlantic dead zone , damaged marine life , dead zone , eddy , fertilizer runoff , killing marine life , marine life destruction , water pollution

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Pakistan province to plant 1 billion trees to revive plundered forests

May 7, 2015 by  
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Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwai government has announced plans to plant 1 billion trees to revive the province’s once glorious coniferous forests. Since the September 11 attacks in the United States, illegal loggers and Taliban have plundered the forests, so that only stumps remained of the region’s Pindrow fir, Morinda spruce, deodar, blue pine and chir pine trees. In 2012, The Guardian reported the administrative district Swat was a major target, and the Taliban “mercilessly stripped” Swat of its trees to sustain their military operations. Now, aware of the twin threat of climate change and land erosion, the provincial government will pump $150 million into a monumental tree-planting effort, Al Jazeera reports . Local nurseries expect the plan will boost their business as well. Elsewhere in the region, according to Treehugger , other plans are underway to plant 2 billion trees in neighboring India, while Ethiopia has also been hard at work replanting after deforestation. Via  Treehugger Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conservation , environmental news , forestry , government , illegal logging , Khyber Pakhtunkwa province , News , Pakistan , planting trees , The Taliban

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