Amazon’s Christmas trees are hurting the environment

November 29, 2018 by  
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Earlier this year, Amazon announced it would be selling and shipping fresh, full-size Christmas trees this holiday season. But there is an environmental issue with the e-behemoth’s new plan — the shipping process will leave a giant carbon footprint. Back in September, Amazon said that it would be shipping 7-foot-tall live Douglas firs, Fraser Firs and Norfolk Island pines to customers’ front doorsteps, a process that is extremely eco-unfriendly. Char Miller, professor of environmental analysis and history at Pomona College said that Amazon’s new Christmas-Tree-in-a-Box program will bring some unwelcome surprises because of the fossil fuels required to get the tree from farm to front door. The long-haul trucking will result in a major carbon footprint, plus there could be more waste in landfills because of the box and packing materials required for a tree of this size. On the positive side, Amazon will most likely get the trees quickly from farm to home, and that means they could last longer. The company said that it will ship the trees within 10 days of cutting them down — maybe even sooner — and the trees will have no trouble surviving the trip. Amazon started selling the trees this month, with some qualifying for Prime free shipping, making the deal more enticing. Customers can also pre-order their trees and select their desired delivery dates. According to the Associated Press , last year the company only sold trees shorter than 3 feet, but it did have some other merchants selling bigger ones on its platform. Amazon decided to jump into the market itself, because the full-size trees are popular with customers. The Amazon holiday preview book revealed that the 7-foot Fraser fir option will come from North Carolina and costs $115. It also offers $50 wreaths and $25 red-leafed plants with a decorative candy cane. While the deals might be intriguing, don’t forget the impact of shipping and packaging this program has on the planet — plus, what better way to celebrate the season of giving than by supporting your local pick-your-own farms? Via AP and TreeHugger Images via Annie Spratt and Kieran White

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Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees

December 19, 2014 by  
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  It looks as though climate change could kill the traditional Christmas tree in Scandinavian countries, as reduced snowfall is affecting the health of spruce trees there. New Scientist reports that snow is very important for the health of trees because it acts like a layer of insulation to protect their roots from the cold northern winters. Studying a stand of 47-year-old Norwegian spruce trees in Eastern Finland for two seasons revealed to the Finnish Forest Research Institute (FFRI) that a thinner snowpack had negative consequences for the trees. Sirkka Sutinen and fellow researchers from the FFRI simulated the effects of thin snowpacks and discovered that when thaws were delayed until mid summer, buds opened much later and created smaller needles. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christmas trees , Climate Change , conifer , coniferous trees , conifers , evergreen trees , evergreens , Finland , Finland evergreen trees , Finland snowfall , global warming , norway , Norway Spruce , reduced snowfall , scandinavia , Scandinavian , snow , snowfall , spruce bark beetle , spruce beetle , spruce tree damage , spruce trees , Trees

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Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast

December 19, 2014 by  
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The America’s Wetland Foundation is calling for a plan that will make restoration of the coast  attractive to business, particularly along the Gulf Coast. A meeting held at the Tabasco headquarters on Avery Island, Louisiana revealed the need for the scientific community to communicate with the private sector and encourage investment in imperative coastal restoration projects. Read the rest of Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coastal business , coastal clean up , coastal oil spill , coastal restoration , gulf coast business , gulf coast clean up , gulf coast oil , gulf coast oil spill , gulf coast restoration , louisiana , louisiana oil spill , oil cleanup , oil spill cleanup

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree at Mulchfest 2011

January 7, 2011 by  
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Instead of kicking your Christmas tree to the curb, bring it with you this weekend to your local park or community garden for Mulchfest 2011 to turn it into mulch for city trees.  The event is part of GreeNYC , the mayor’s initiative to reduce the New York City’s carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Read the rest of Recycle Your Christmas Tree at Mulchfest 2011 http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: christmas tree recycling , event , evergreen trees , Gardening , green events , GreeNYC , mulchfest , Mulchfest 2011 , new york city green events , new york city mulchfest , new york city parks , new york city recycling programs , recycling , recycling christmas trees , tree recycling , treecycling

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New Yorkers, Recycle Your Gadgets at LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collections

January 7, 2011 by  
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Image © Grant Hutchinson Americans created more than 3 million tons of electronic waste in 2008, according to the Environmental Protection Agency , and only 13.6 percent of it was recycled. With another holiday season behind us, many are adding to that number as they throw out old TVs and computers to make room for new techy toys.

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Google Streetview Catches Alleged Tree Killers on Camera

February 2, 2010 by  
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Image via Wired A resident in Canada illegally removed 23 cypress and evergreen trees from her property. While neighbors alerted the police, it was the Google Streetview camera that managed to capture the incident on camera.

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