Clean Energy’s Ashley White on sustainable fuel in the transportation sector

March 12, 2019 by  
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As emissions from medium- to heavy-duty vehicles continue to rise, Clean Energy is working on decarbonizing fuel to help transition industry.

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Plastic Bank’s David Katz on cross-sector solutions to ocean plastic pollution

March 12, 2019 by  
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As plastic pollution surges and public awareness grows, Plastic Bank is working on partnerships to cut it down from the sources.

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5 Ways To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Travel

October 25, 2018 by  
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Whether traveling by train, plane, ship, or automobile, getting from … The post 5 Ways To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Travel appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Earth911 Quiz #34: Twelve Years To Change

October 25, 2018 by  
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Recent figures reveal Spain’s human population is now outnumbered by pigs

August 23, 2018 by  
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Environmentalists are alarmed by recent data that reveals Spain’s pig population now outnumbers its human one by 3.5 million. This is the first time the number of pigs in Spain has exceeded that of humans, and the discrepancy is adding to concerns about the environmental impact of the pork industry. This impact stems primarily from greenhouse gas emissions , nitrate discharges, and water consumption. The number of pigs in Spain has increased by nine million in the last five years; in 2017 alone, Spain’s pork industry produced about four million tons of pork products. Environmentalists are calling on producers to slow down, and for good reason. Each pig in Spain drinks close to four gallons of water per day, and the total amount consumed is enough to satisfy the water needs of Spanish cities Zaragoza, Seville and Alicante combined. Pig farming also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions from livestock overall, which is the fourth-largest emissions generator in the country. Related: Muscle-packed pigs in Cambodia raise alarms The enormity of the industry also makes it difficult to regulate. “When you don’t control an industry in which traditionally there’s a lot of fraud, because there’s a lot of demand but not a lot of product, this is what happens,” said Francisco Espárrago, a  jamón ibérico de bellota producer in Extremadura, in reference to numerous quality control issues that have plagued Spain’s pork industry. It appears that stricter – or perhaps better enforced – regulations would benefit Spain’s longstanding pork traditions that have existed since Roman times, protect local producers, and alleviate environmental infractions which are cause for national concerns. Via The Guardian  

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Studio Puisto transforms an old bank into a modern hostel in Finland

August 23, 2018 by  
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Helsinki-based design firm Studio Puisto Architects has turned an old bank building into the new and chic Forenom Hostel Jyväskylä in the heart of Jyväskylä’s downtown pedestrian precinct. Completed in December 2017, the adaptive reuse project imbued the dated building with a modern refresh that oozes warmth and comfort with its predominate natural materials palette. During the renovation process, the architects carefully preserved elements of the original design, such as the vault, as reminders of the building’s history. Commissioned by Scandinavian real estate company Forenom, the modern Hostel Jyväskylä spans an area of 1,043 square meters and includes 49 beds with rooms ranging in size from five to 18 square meters. The ground floor houses the reception and includes space for retail and restaurant use, while the lodgings are located on the second, third and fourth floors. The basement level holds a larger restaurant as well as the hostel’s spa and sauna facilities. The Jacuzzi space is inside the former bank vault, which is lined in alder. In keeping with modern Finnish design, the interiors are minimalist and dressed in simple natural materials with plywood furnishings throughout. Boxy plywood volumes were constructed for the bedrooms, of which there are three types on each floor. The compact bedroom volumes open up to a shared central space, kitchen and bathrooms. Related: Derelict property transformed into a vibrant, sunny hostel in Portugal “In all parts of the building, the same simplified colors and materials are repeated: black, white and wood,” Studio Puisto said. “The history and spirit of the building also oozes from its interior. The walls and furniture are covered with domestic birch plywood and the floors in the lobby and bedrooms are linoleum. The hostel’s ecological choices, efficiency and communality make up for a fresh type of accommodation that is an interesting new addition to the service structure of the center of Jyväskylä.” + Studio Puisto Architects Images by Pauliina Salonen and Henri Juvonen

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World’s top climate scientists again calling for zero-GHG emissions nuclear power to replace fossil fuels

December 7, 2015 by  
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Four of the world’s top climate scientists got together to pen a recommendation for steering away from the ill effects of global warming. As the UN climate conference ticks on outside Paris, leading climate experts presented a call for practical solutions to very real problems, on a global scale. Now, this group of experts are echoing a sentiment they backed in 2013 , saying that cutting greenhouse gas emissions by replacing fossil fuel energy generation with nuclear power – utilized alongside other renewable sources of energy – is the only realistic approach to combating climate change. Read the rest of World’s top climate scientists again calling for zero-GHG emissions nuclear power to replace fossil fuels

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How many people may have died due to Volkswagen’s emissions cheating?

September 30, 2015 by  
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Pollution can kill, there’s no disputing that fact. So, if pollution kills, how many people might have died as a result of the additional pollutants emitted by Volkswagen vehicles equipped with software that allowed them to cheat on emissions standards ? That’s the question posed by a pair of New York Times writers , who dug into the issue and came up with some grim estimates. Their numbers range from about 106 deaths to roughly 146 deaths since 2008 as a result of the 46,000 tons of additional tailpipe emissions from the Volkswagen vehicles. Read the rest of How many people may have died due to Volkswagen’s emissions cheating?

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EPA airline emissions regulation is set to take off

June 11, 2015 by  
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The Environmental Protection Agency took a first step toward regulating emissions from large aircraft by finding that such emissions endanger public health by contributing to climate change.

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Walmart beats emissions goal a year early

March 11, 2013 by  
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The company shows a 20 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from stores and distribution centers.

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