Infographic: What’s Your Environmental Footprint?

December 28, 2021 by  
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We Earthlings: Get the Plastic Out!

December 28, 2021 by  
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Earth911 Podcast: Budderfly Delivers Energy-Efficiency-as-a-Service for Business

November 24, 2021 by  
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The cost of energy-efficient upgrades prevents many businesses from reducing their environmental impacts. We talk… The post Earth911 Podcast: Budderfly Delivers Energy-Efficiency-as-a-Service for Business appeared first on Earth911.

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Cancer Alley residents may finally see environmental justice

November 19, 2021 by  
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Marginalized groups suffer the most from corporate pollution . Many of those affected lack the resources to fight back or reach relevant authorities for help. One such community is Reserve, a predominantly black neighborhood of about 8,000 people, which sits at the heart of Cancer Alley between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. This week, members of this community had a chance to meet Michael Regan, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ). Regan is the first high-ranking person that has given them a listening ear, despite years of fighting to get their case heard. Regan’s actions come at a time when the Biden administration has pledged to enforce environmental justice in its new reforms. Related: First Nation residents exposed to dangerous levels of carcinogens According to data provided by the EPA, Cancer Alley is plagued by toxic chemicals such as chloroprene, produced by Denka, a nearby Japanese petrochemical plant. Chloroprene is known to be carcinogenic and increases the risk of cancer among locals. Studies have shown that residents of the region are 50 times more likely to get cancer than the national average. Regan’s visit to Reserve was just part of a long journey. Regan has been on trips around the American South to meet and talk with many marginalized groups affected by pollution. After hearing from Reserve community members, Reagan told the press that the government had started a journey of rebuilding trust with the people. “I know that we have to rebuild trust. I know that this didn’t happen overnight and won’t be resolved overnight. So our commitment is to do better, leverage our enforcement, work with Congress to get the toughest laws in place that are adequate and protective. And to do this in concert with community members who have been advocating this for decades,” Regan said, as reported by The Guardian. Regan also visited Jackson, Mississippi , where thousands were left without running water last year after a storm destroyed the water piping system. On Wednesday, Regan visited the residents of Gordon Plaza, an affordable housing project in New Orleans built on toxic landfills in the 1980s For years, environmental justice has been elusive for many marginalized groups. Although most of the communities have leaders championing their rights, progress has been slow. With the renewed efforts, communities hope that justice will be served. Via The Guardian Lead image via Pixabay

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Dish Soap: The Environmental Impact of Washing Dishes

November 1, 2021 by  
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Hand Soap: The Environmental Impact of Washing Your Hands

October 19, 2021 by  
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Nearly 42,000 potential PFAS sources found in new study

October 14, 2021 by  
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There are nearly 42,000 potential sources of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the United States, according to a  new study  published in the American Water Works Association Water Science journal. Several studies conducted in recent years have shown that most parts of the U.S. are contaminated with PFAS .  Early this year, a different study done by Lancaster University found high levels of PFAS in melting Arctic ice. The findings left more questions than answers, with researchers unable to tell the exact source of the forever chemicals. Related: Ice melt releases ‘forever chemicals’ into Arctic Ocean In the latest study, researchers found that everyone in the U.S. is likely to be exposed to PFAS. According to lead author and Environmental Working Group (EWG) senior scientist David Andrews, it is time the EPA starts regulating the use of PFAS. He notes that communities living downstream from industrial areas are the most exposed to the contaminants. The new study conducted by EWG scientists established that the primary sources of PFAS are solid waste landfills, oil refineries, wastewater treatment plants and electroplaters. The scientists reviewed data from the EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online database. “The results from states like Michigan show there is a wide variety of sources of PFAS in surface water ,” Andrews said in the EWG press release. “Many landfills and industrial sites release PFAS at detectable concentrations that may exceed state limits or health guidelines for PFAS in water.” Currently, this no limit for PFAS contamination in water. According to the study, the EPA is currently working on setting up rules to control the contamination levels in rivers . Several states have set their own limits. “For example, state guidelines for exposure to PFOA have decreased approximately three orders of magnitude from 7000 ng/L [nanograms per liter], set by Minnesota in 2002, to 8 ng/L, set by Michigan in 2020,” the study authors wrote. Via EcoWatch Lead image via Pexels

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ESG in 20 Questions: A Practical Guide that Goes Beyond the Letters

October 5, 2021 by  
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As the pressure increases to address the most critical challenges of our time – climate change, water scarcity, social injustice, corporate responsibility – it is easy for organizations to feel overwhelmed when trying to make a real impact. When done well, better Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) management can reduce an organization’s ecological footprint, improve efficiency, and unearth new market opportunities, all while reducing risk and building resiliency. The benefits are real, but exploring ESG frameworks, standards, and solutions can be overwhelming. How does an organization achieve ESG excellence? Where can they start? Asking the right questions is the key to understanding, and positively changing, the way an organization impacts the world around it. Developed by FigBytes, the leading ESG platform, ESG in 20 Questions is a practical guide that helps organizations explore the four Pillars of ESG Management:  Strategy Data Reporting Engagement FigBytes has been helping future-focused organizations ask the right questions and make positive changes throughout their sustainability journeys since 2014. Download the guide today to develop, strengthen, or realign your ESG efforts. Build your strategy, align your data, tell the world. 

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Keurig Dr Pepper safeguards coffee’s future by partnering to empower coffee growers

October 5, 2021 by  
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Sponsored: From improving farmers’ livelihoods through strategic on-the-ground partnerships, to helping create climate-resilient coffee bean varieties, Keurig Dr Pepper is safeguarding the future of coffee by empowering smallholder farmers throughout its supply chain.

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The Environmental Impact of Lab-Grown Diamonds

August 23, 2021 by  
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