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How to decarbonize America — and the world. How Bad Are K-Cups for the Environment? How to Get Wyoming Wind to California, and Cut 80% of U.S. Carbon Emissions. Batteries Impose Hidden Environmental Costs for Wind and Solar Power. Motor Mouth: Big rigs show us finding an emissions solution is no easy task. Here’s a surprise, I suspect, even to automotive experts like me, those who pride themselves in “knowing” the automotive industry.

Motor Mouth: Big rigs show us finding an emissions solution is no easy task

The fastest growing source of transportation-based greenhouse gas emissions — the whole reason we’re supposedly going electric — is not from the diesel-powered cars or gas-guzzling SUVs environmentalists love to revile. Nope, despite our desire for ever-larger cars and pickups, the biggest increase in CO2 emissions is from the transport trucks that deliver the goods we eat, sleep (in) and wear. Consider the following statistics: According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, in 1990 cars and trucks accounted for 71.1 megatonnes of carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions; 18-wheelers just 20.7.

What really happens to the plastic you throw away - Emma Bryce. Wood-burners: London air pollution is just tip of the iceberg. Agencja Fotograficzna Caro/Alamy Stock Photo Last week, air pollution in London soared to heights not seen since 2011.

Wood-burners: London air pollution is just tip of the iceberg

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Greenpeace behaving badly. U.S. China. Sustainability. Nigeria. Everyday Petroleum-based Products. Forrest: A disproportional emphasis on upstream oil and gas is not a solution for reducing GHGs. Check out the insane number of cargo ships crossing the globe. A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You. Some people may be dimly aware that Thailand's chilies and Italy's tomatoes — despite being central to their respective local cuisines — originated in South America.

A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You

Now, for the first time, a new study reveals the full extent of globalization in our food supply. More than two-thirds of the crops that underpin national diets originally came from somewhere else — often far away. And that trend has accelerated over the past 50 years. Colin Khoury, a plant scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (known by its Spanish acronym CIAT) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the study's lead researcher. Hypocrite! Leo takes private jet to collect environmental award.

Leo DiCaprio picked up an environmental award in NYC this week — but hypocritically expanded his carbon footprint by 8,000 miles when he obtained the honor, by taking a private jet from Cannes, then flying straight back to France on another jet for a model-packed fund-raiser a night later.

Hypocrite! Leo takes private jet to collect environmental award

DiCaprio was at the Cannes Film Festival this week, and was spotted there partying at club Gotha on Monday with model Georgia Fowler, then jetted back to New York for the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball at Chelsea Piers on Wednesday, where he was honored by the clean-water advocacy group and Robert De Niro. Just 24 hours later, DiCaprio reappeared back in France for amfAR’s glitzy Cinema Against AIDS gala, where he gave a speech.

Modal Trigger DiCaprio’s foundation just pledged $15 million to environmental causes at this year’s World Economic Forum. Everyone is completely ignoring a huge impact of eating meat. Over the last decade or so, the media have slowly but steadily fed the public information about the staggering impact of our meat-eating habits on the environment, and on climate change in particular.

Everyone is completely ignoring a huge impact of eating meat

For instance, one recent study found that a global transition toward low-meat diets could reduce the costs of climate change mitigation by as much as 50 percent by 2050. Almost everything you buy, from cereal to mascara, is killing the rain forest. A monkey carries her cub in a rain forest in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Almost everything you buy, from cereal to mascara, is killing the rain forest

Tropical forests across the world are at risk, thanks to deforestation . Aircraft and ships must not be exempt from emissions cuts. THE Paris climate agreement, sealed last December, was a first in many respects: the first truly international climate change deal, with promises from both rich and poor nations to cut emissions; the first global signal that the age of fossil fuels must end; the first time world leaders said we should aim for less than 2 °C of warming.

Aircraft and ships must not be exempt from emissions cuts

Aiming for a 2 °C limit would have been considered ambitious, but leaders seized the moment and went for 1.5 °C. According to our analysis, this is achievable, but only just (see “The big carbon clean-up: 2 steps to stop global warming at 1.5 °C“). Oil Has a Reality Check for Those Elated by the Climate Deal. For anyone elated by the climate-change accord in Paris, the commodity markets have a reality check for you.

Oil Has a Reality Check for Those Elated by the Climate Deal

World leaders may have vowed to wean the world from fossil fuels, but prices for oil, coal and natural gas are at their lowest in years.

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What’s Inside Dry Shampoo? Alcohol, Petroleum, and Clay. Cruise Lines Are Urged to Cut Fuel Emissions. Care About Global Climate Change? Then Fight Local Air Pollution. Leaders of developing countries should take a look at a new study by professors and researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Chicago, and keep it in mind when they go to Paris to discuss a global climate agreement this December.

Care About Global Climate Change? Then Fight Local Air Pollution

According to the study, published in the journal Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), “India’s population is exposed to dangerously high levels of air pollution.” Based on ground-level measurements and satellite data, the paper estimates that 660 million Indians live in areas exceeding the Indian government’s air quality standard for fine particulate pollution. The Invasion of the K-Cup and its ‘monster’ environmental problem. No wonder when they set out to make a short film about this creeping monster within our midst, they portrayed it as an alien invasion that destroys the world.

The Invasion of the K-Cup and its ‘monster’ environmental problem

Farfetched, perhaps, but it gets your attention. Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but the once-wide aisles of grocery stores – not to mention Canadian Tires, hardware, electronics and office supply stores – are being increasingly squeezed by … coffee. It is called the Invasion of the K-Cup: pre-packaged single servings of ground coffee that require a bar-code-reading machine to decipher and, sadly, no instructions at all as to what to do with the little plastic pods after the coffee has been poured.

To call them ubiquitous is to devalue the word. These machines and their small plastic-foil-and-paper pods first took Europe, then Australia, now North America. These are the Most Toxic Places on Earth - NewsZoom. How China's Filthy Air Is Screwing With Our Weather. As the snow began to fall earlier this week in the lead up to the season's first major blizzard, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the Northeast was witnessing "a pattern of extreme weather that we've never seen before.

" Climate change, Cuomo argues, is fueling bigger, badder weather events like this one—and like Hurricane Sandy. While the science that links specific snowstorms to global warming is profoundly difficult to calculate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it's "very likely"—defined as greater than 90 percent probability—that "extreme precipitation events will become more intense and frequent" in North America as the world warms. In New York City, actual snow days have decreased, but bigger blizzards have become more common, dumping more snow each time. Mashable reported that all of New York City's top 10 snowfalls have occurred in the past 15 years.

Why electric cars aren't always greener. These 6 Countries Are Responsible For 60% Of CO2 Emissions. European Commission Six countries produce nearly 60 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. China and the United States combine for more than two-fifths. The planet's future will be shaped by what these top carbon polluters do about the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. How they rank, what they're doing: Solar energy that doesn't block the view. A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.

And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU's College of Engineering, the key word is "transparent. " Research in the production of energy from solar cells placed around luminescent plastic-like materials is not new. These past efforts, however, have yielded poor results -- the energy production was inefficient and the materials were highly colored.

"No one wants to sit behind colored glass," said Lunt, an assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science. The solar harvesting system uses small organic molecules developed by Lunt and his team to absorb specific nonvisible wavelengths of sunlight. Free exchange: Sun, wind and drain. Hey, Congress, Oregon Has Your Long-Term Highway Funding Solution Right Here. Is Nuclear Power Ever Coming Back? - Celeste LeCompte. The Good Country Index. If nothing else, green power has to be green. The sting of high electricity costs – and the potential for more pain in the near term – has decisively punctured Ontario’s infatuation with high-cost renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.