The Biggest Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles

May 3, 2017 by  
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Electric vehicles (EVs) have made huge technological strides since they were first introduced, and they’re more popular than ever before. Yet some drivers are still hesitant to make the switch from traditional gas-powered cars, in large part…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop using peat compost for your garden

December 10, 2014 by  
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Using compost is a great way to give your garden an extra boost, but did you know that certain kinds of compost are linked to environmental destruction? Many of the commercially available compost mixes are made with peat , a finite natural resource that has been mined extensively around the world, leading to the destruction of habitat and the release of carbon emissions. Luckily, there are many peat-free alternatives that are just as beneficial for gardens. Compost Direct developed an infographic that goes over those different types of compost and why it’s so important for gardeners worldwide to make the switch to peat-free composts. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop using peat compost for your garden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , compost , compost direct , environmental destruction , Gardening , gardens , infographic , peat , peat-free , peat-free compost , reader submitted content

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Electronic Health Records Could Cut Carbon Emissions by 1.7 Million Tons

May 4, 2011 by  
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The health care industry is responsible for up to eight percent of our country’s annual CO2 emissions, but a full transition from paper to electronic medical records could take the industry from major emitter to minor emitter.  A new study by Kaiser Permanente found that if electronic health records were implemented across the entire U.S. population, it would reduce CO2 emissions by 1.7 million tons. Kaiser Permanente , along with the rest of the top five medical groups, have created a patient information exchange that uses only electronic medical records, but across the country, adoption of the technology has been low.  On Kaiser’s part, digitizing their records has saved the company 1,044 tons of paper and reduced toxic chemicals from X-ray machine scans by 33.3 tons.  The implementation of virtual doctor-patient visits has saved 92,000 tons of CO2 emissions

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go native.

January 20, 2010 by  
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March is usually the month when the planting season begins, but if the turning of the new year has you feeling ambitious, why not get a jump on the planning while the iron’s still hot?  If your yard is covered in snow right now, you might be thinking of how to rejuvenate your grass once it melts.  If you live in an arid climate, you might be dreaming of a greener spring and summer.  While splendor may be in the grass, it’s an awfully big draw on natural resources. In the West, 60% of consumed water goes to lawns; in the East, 30%.  The fertilizer used to help your grass grow and the pesticide used to keep it free of critters sinks into the soil where it can contaminate groundwater, while the chemicals that don’t sink in just wash off the grass into the street, where they’re carried down storm drains and into the water system.  Yuck!   This year, consider going native.  Planting native species of plants on your property is a great way to save water and money while cutting back on pollution without cutting back on style or beauty.  Some communities, like those serviced by the Southern Nevada Water Authority even offer rebate programs for residents who make the switch. Traditional landscaping requires lots of changes to the natural environment to be hospitable to the non-native plants — it also requires lots of work to keep those plants irrigated, nourished and trimmed.  Naturescaping (also known as xenoscaping), emphasizes selecting the plant that grows naturally at the site. Since native plants evolved to grow under local conditions, they do not require that the site be changed

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