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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Low-carbon aviation fuel soars onward

November 10, 2016 by  
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You may be surprised to learn that air travel is already efficient. In fact, a flight between New York and Los Angeles achieves the equivalent of about 80 miles per gallon per passenger.Airplane manufacturers, such as Boeing and Airbus, prioritized reducing fuel consumption because jet fuel is the No. 1 expense for airlines, and they have achieved great success in doing so. 

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Skreemr concept jet could travel from New York to London in just 30 minutes

November 5, 2015 by  
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Meet Skreemr , the concept Mach 10 jet that would make the Concorde look like a hot air balloon. The proposed hypersonic aircraft would travel at the equivalent of 7,673 miles per hour, five times faster than the other popular high speed passenger jet – that means traveling from New York City to London in about 30 minutes flat. The concept for Skreemer comes from Canadian engineer and inventor Charles Bombardier, who designed the jet to take off using a railroad-like track to essentially fling the craft into the sky. The unusual take-off method, combined with an innovative engine design, allows the plane to be small and light, lending to greater speeds. Read the rest of Skreemr concept jet could travel from New York to London in just 30 minutes

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Toxic 1.3 Billion Gallon Tailing Spill Leaves 300 Canadians Without Water

August 8, 2014 by  
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About 300 people in rural British Columbia, Canada are without drinking water right now after the tailings pond at a nearby mine breached , spilling more than a billion gallons of toxic waste into the environment. When the tailings pond at the open-pit Mount Polley copper and gold mine near Quesnel, B.C. breached earlier this week, it sent the equivalent of 1.3 billion gallons (the equivalent of 2,000 Olympic pools) of slurry containing mining byproducts and chemicals including arsenic, mercury and sulphur down through the mountains and into local water systems – forcing a water ban for 300 people living nearby. That number could rise as further-reaching implications of the spill are uncovered. Read the rest of Toxic 1.3 Billion Gallon Tailing Spill Leaves 300 Canadians Without Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: breach , canada , canadians , chemicals , imperial , metals , mine , mining , mount , polley , Pollution , Pond , quesnel , tailings , toxic

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Got Milk? Wasted Milk Creates the Equivalent Emissions of 20,000 Cars Annually

May 15, 2012 by  
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Food waste has long been a problem, but it seems a particular foodstuff is more harmful than others. According to a team from Edinburgh University , wasted milk that is poured down the drain can create a carbon footprint that is equivalent to the exhaust fumes of 20,000 cars per year. Read the rest of Got Milk? Wasted Milk Creates the Equivalent Emissions of 20,000 Cars Annually Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: food waste , food waste inefficient farming , global waste , greenhouse gases , meat industry emissions , milk waste , milk waste emissions , uk emissions , uk food emissions , university of edinburgh milk waste

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80*120?s Self-Build Workshop Turns Shipping Pallets Into Street Furniture

May 15, 2012 by  
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Izmo used their inventive  80*120 self-build workshop to create 11 pieces of street furniture pieces from discarded shipping pallets . The program, which was targeted at students and professionals in the field of architecture and design, focused on designing furniture that would be installed in the garden “ Di pallet In the pallet ” located in an urban redevelopment area. The project was guided with particular attention given to design process and theory, emphasizing reuse and hand-built techniques that could maximize sustainable and environmentally friendly qualities. The design process was characterized by the following phases: theory, design, construction, and installation in public space. 28 individuals participated in the workshop “80*120″, and within a month they constructed their pieces. + 80*120 by Izmo The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 80*120 self-build workshop , design build furniture , design build programs , Di pallet In the pallet , eco furniture , Izmo , outdoor eco furniture , shipping pallet furniture , street furniture urban design

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Tackle Spring Showers in Style with these 14 Green Raincoats

May 15, 2012 by  
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Spring is in full swing (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), and in many parts of the world that means one thing: Rain. And lots of it. To help you navigate the wide world of rain gear, our fashion-obsessed sister site Ecouterre has put together a guide to 14 environmentally-friendly rain coats that will protect you from the elements without using a single lick of  PVC ,  Gore-tex , or any nasty chemical treatments. MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Apparel , eco-fashion , green fashion , green rain jackets , green raincoats , green style , jackets , outerwear , rain gear , Splendid’s reversible yellow slicker , spring style , Stutterheim’s unisex raincoat , Terra New York

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Dell, Goodwill Expand Free Computer Recycling

December 14, 2011 by  
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The Dell and Goodwill Industries partnership, which created the Dell Reconnect program has been recycling end-of-life computer equipment since 2004. In fact, they’ve recycled more than 200 million pounds since inception, which is the equivalent of…

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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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Hundreds Of Thousands Of Americans Have No Car, No Access To Transit

August 19, 2011 by  
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Here is an interesting juxtaposition of stories; Kaid Benfield at NRDC Switchboard picks up on a study about how dangerous it is to be a pedestrian in America. He quotes Transportation for America: In the last decade, from 2000 through 2009, more than 47,700 pedestrians were killed in the United States, the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month. On top of that, more than 688,000 pedestrians were injured over the decade, a number equivalent … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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