Infographic: Tips to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

November 12, 2021 by  
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Earth911 Inspiration: The World Is Order

November 12, 2021 by  
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How steel is decarbonizing

November 11, 2021 by  
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Two new international agreements are taking aim at one of the most challenging sectors to decarbonize.

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Sylven New York has vegan shoes made from apples

November 5, 2021 by  
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“Sustainability is an often-used term, yet it is universally undefined – especially when it comes to fashion,” stated Sylven New York, a shoe company looking to take steps in the right direction towards more environmentally-friendly business practices. “For us, sustainability means defending and protecting our natural resources, and minimizing the environmental impact of our consumption and decision-making.” Founder of Sylven, Casey Dworkin, shares a birthday with Earth Day . It’s a connection she’s carried throughout her college years and experiences with footwear and fashion companies. But it wasn’t until she decided to start her own business that she was finally able to truly commit to the mission to “…seek to create the most sustainable, designer footwear on the planet. And that means conducting responsible practices throughout every single facet of our business.” Related: Loci vegan shoes give back to animal conservation efforts The collection of boots, sneakers and flats is a reflection of this commitment. The company regularly experiments with, and adopts, a variety of bio-based products to replace toxic leather, which pollutes land and water. Apple leather is at the heart of the vegan boots and sneakers. Natural rubber sourced from the sap of the hevea tree, coconut husks for the insole and recycled cotton laces show the commitment to creating an entirely plant-based and vegan shoe.  Being a sustainable company requires action at all levels of the business. With this in mind, Sylven is dedicated to only work with ethical Italian shoemakers who offer fair wages and safe working conditions, in addition to quality work meant to last. Sylven works to reduce waste at every phase by using recycled paper, recycled cotton dust bags and recycled and recyclable shoe boxes. The company also offers repairs to extend the life of shoes and works with recognized brand TerraCycle who responsibly recycles and disposes of shoes in order to strictly minimize those that end up in the landfill.  “We only have one planet , and one lifetime (that we’re conscious of)!” Sylven stated on their website. “And we aim to make the most of it. We intend to leave this place a little more replenished, and a lot more beautiful and inspired than how we inherited it. Sustainable thinking is a process, and our commitment is perpetual.” + Sylven New York Images via Sylven New York 

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How US cities and corporations can collaborate on clean energy

September 23, 2021 by  
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Companies and cities should work together on renewables to get the most benefits, share knowledge across the public/private divide and ensure equality for communities.

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Past deforestation awaits a world of conversion-free supply chains

September 17, 2021 by  
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Grasslands are one of the most in danger landscapes in America. The World Wildlife Fund is working to raise awareness about the conversion of these lands.

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Trees face extinction, too. What can we do about it?

September 3, 2021 by  
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What provides habitat for half the world’s known plants and animals, is a vital component of  biodiversity  and an important economic crop? If you guessed trees, you have an inkling of their importance in the world — and will be horrified that a new study says many tree species are at risk of extinction. Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) released its  State of the World’s Trees report  on Wednesday. And like much news these days, it’s grim reading. The U.K.-based conservation group deduced that 17,500 types of trees face possible  extinction . That’s about 30% of Earth’s tree species. Already, 440 species don’t even have 50 individuals left growing wild. And 142 or more are now extinct in their natural habitats. Related: LA’s Barnsdall Art Park revives historic olive grove “This report is a wake-up call to everyone around the world that  trees  need help,” BGCI secretary general Paul Smith said in a  statement . “Every tree species matters—to the millions of other species that depend on trees, and to people all over the world,” he said. “For the first time… we can pinpoint exactly which tree species need our help, so policymakers and conservation experts can deploy the resources and expertise needed to prevent future extinctions.” Logging, invasive pests, disease, forest clearance and other types of habitat loss all threaten tree species. Nor is climate change helping. The most tree diversity is found in hotter places, as is the most danger to those trees. Central and South America lead in number of tree species, followed by tropical parts of Southeast Asia and Africa.  Madagascar  — with 1,842 threatened tree species — is the single country with the most endangered trees. Brazil and Indonesia follow, with 1,788 and 1,306 threatened species respectively. More temperate areas of Europe, North America and Asia have both less tree diversity and fewer species threatened by extinction. The report recommends actions to help trees, including forming a new global coalition to radically scale up tree  conservation , better dissemination of research on the conservation of tree species, better monitoring and making sure that threatened species are saved in seed banks. Tree conservation also needs more funding and better data collection, according to the report. Via Common Dreams Lead image via Pexels

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It’s code red for Earth, says new UN study

August 10, 2021 by  
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Being an environmental website, Inhabitat, unfortunately, reports on many terrifying new studies. But in what’s probably the most terrifying of all recent terrifying new studies, the U.N. chief called the report by the  U.N.’s  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “code red for humanity.” In this first major review of  climate change  science since 2013, the results are clear. “It is a statement of fact, we cannot be any more certain; it is unequivocal and indisputable that humans are warming the planet,” said University of Reading Professor Ed Hawkins, one of the study authors, as reported by the BBC. Related: The 10 countries most and least threatened by climate change The other most urgent message? We’re not talking about an  emergency  in the distant future. Change must happen  now  if we have any chance to avert disaster. Global surface temperatures have risen more since the 1970s than they have in any other 50-year stretch in the past two millennia. Back in the good old climate days of  1850 , the global surface temperature was 1.09 degrees Celsius lower than it was between 2011 and 2020. And the last five years have been the hottest of all. Then there’s the melting sea ice, retreating glaciers and rising oceans. In the last 50 years, the sea level rise has sped up nearly three times as fast as it increased between 1901 and 1971. The report’s authors concluded that, again, human influence was very likely the cause of glaciers’ global retreat. We’re also responsible, at least in part, for the recent spate of heatwaves, floods and other extreme  weather  events. And,  scientists  say, we’ve set changes in motion that aren’t reversible, at least not in the foreseeable millennia. Even if we start behaving now, the oceans are still going to grow warmer and more acidic, and the glaciers will keep melting. “The consequences will continue to get worse for every bit of warming,” said Hawkins. “And for many of these consequences, there’s no going back.” The scientists prepared a series of models, none of them good. While nearly every country on the planet signed the  Paris agreement , which aims to contain the global rise in temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, preferably 1.5 degrees, the study authors don’t think we’ll make it. In fact, they think we’ll hit the 1.5C mark by 2040, if not sooner. “The new report’s best estimate is the middle of 2034, but the uncertainty is huge and ranges between now and never,” said study author Malte Meinshausen of the University of Melbourne in Australia, as reported by BBC. However, the report allowed a glimmer of hope alongside the huge dose of terror. Cut  emissions  in half by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 and we might survive. “The thought before was that we could get increasing temperatures even after net zero,” said Piers Forster from the University of Leeds, another study author. “But we now expect nature to be kind to us and if we are able to achieve net zero, we hopefully won’t get any further temperature increase; and if we are able to achieve net zero greenhouse gases, we should eventually be able to reverse some of that temperature increase and get some cooling.” Via BBC Lead image via Pexels

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Green bonds are beating all expectations in the post-pandemic recovery

August 4, 2021 by  
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Europe is leading the acceleration in green bond issues, while China and the U.S. are the most active markets.

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Dos and Don’ts of Glass Recycling

October 13, 2017 by  
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