The Most Brazen Rip-Off Ever? How the Beverage Industry Brainwashed You to Fear Tap Water The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series. The biggest con job perpetrated on the consumer is not some shady operation selling bogus cures through TV infomercials. America’s biggest snake-oil salesman is actually the beverage industry, or Big Bev, which resells the simplest and most vital product for thousands of times its value. That product is drinking water. Multinationals like PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and Nestle rake in a combined $110 billion a year selling bottled water worldwide.
A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think by Jen Soriano Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on. posted Apr 17, 2013 Goldman Prize recipient Nohra Padilla at a recycling facility. Photo by the Goldman Prize. There is a growing global movement to significantly reduce the amount of trash we produce as communities, cities, countries and even regions.
Ecological Footprint Quiz The footprint quiz is powered by Adobe Flash. It will only run on devices running Adobe Flash. Sign up for our newsletter What is the Ecological Footprint? The Ecological Footprint is a resource accounting tool that measures how much biologically productive land and sea is used by a given population or activity, and compares this to how much land and sea is available. 10 Worst Examples of Packaging Waste Packaging waste represents about one-third of all municipal trash – making this type of waste a significant contributor to the global waste crisis. Most of this packaging waste is largely unnecessary. Take a look at these 10 egregious examples of packaging waste to see what we mean! Small Electronics: Lots of small electronics like USBs and storage cards are sold in heavy plastic packages.
5 Lessons From The Companies Making Sustainability More Profitable Than Ever Good news for corporate social responsibility leaders: there’s a growing body of evidence that sustainability often goes hand in hand with profits. A new report from MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group adds even more data to the pile: according to a survey of 2,600 executives and managers around the world, the number of companies that profited from sustainability initiatives climbed to 37%--up 23% from last year. MIT’s paper, The Innovation Bottom Line, is the latest in a series of reports dating back to 2010 that examine sustainability challenges in organizations. Here’s what we learned:
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Quick Links McGill University Fr Agricultural and Environmental Sciences What is Microhydro Power? What is Microhydro Power? Hydro-electricity is fundamentally the combination of water flow and vertical drop (commonly called “head”). Vertical drop creates pressure, and the continuous flow of water in a hydro system gives us an ongoing source of pressurized liquid energy. Pressurized, flowing water is a very dense resource, and hydro-electric systems convert a very large percentage of the available energy into electricity because the resource is captive in a pipe or flume.
The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change? Trees When people talk about technologies that might offset climate change, they often evoke not-yet-invented marvels, like planes spraying chemicals into the atmosphere or enormous skyscrapers gulping carbon dioxide from the clouds. But in a new report, Oxford University researchers say that our best hopes might not be so complex. In fact, they are two things we already know how to do: plant trees and improve the soil. Both techniques, said the report, are “no regrets.” They’ll help the atmosphere no matter what, they’re comparatively low-cost, and they carry little additional risk.