Can Biofuels Ramp Up to Cut Airline Emissions?

Can Biofuels Ramp Up to Cut Airline Emissions?

Air travel, according to Green Biz, is a growing source of carbon emissions, accounting for 2% of all global carbon emissions, and it is expected to increase to 70% above its 2005 levels by 2020, despite the fact that airlines have been successfully working to improve fuel efficiency and put more passengers on planes to improve fuel efficiency per passenger.  The challenge is that passenger traffic is up so much that efficiency efforts can’t keep pace. 

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Amazon Plans to Cut Shipping Emissions With Shipment Zero

Amazon Plans to Cut Shipping Emissions With Shipment Zero

Amazon announced in a blog on Monday an ambitious initiative called “Shipment Zero” — the company intends to have 50% of all its shipments be net zero carbon by 2030.  The company said that lower costs to consumers also means lowering the environmental toll of their business as well.  In order to achieve this goal, the company has spent two years mapping its carbon footprint, both to know what to measure against for reductions, but also to learn where they could reduce energy use.

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One Dope Thing: Even Dolphins Get High

One Dope Thing: Even Dolphins Get High

Leave it to the BBC to expose in a documentary that dolphins get high in a most unusual way.  The TV series, called “Spy In the Pod” filmed the dolphins nudging a puffer fish with their snouts, which apparently causes the puffer fish as a defense mechanism to release a toxin into the water.  The […]

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Fighting climate change with trees

Fighting climate change with trees

A new analysis presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science even concluded that replenishing the world’s forests on a grand scale would suck enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to cancel out a decade of human emissions–a stance that, while intriguing, doesn’t yet have broad consensus (we’ll keep you posted if consensus builds).

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Fighting sexual harassment at federal agencies

Fighting sexual harassment at federal agencies

Last week Democratic Reps Raúl M. Grijalva, the Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources; Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; and Jackie Speier, the Chairwoman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, expressed their concern over sexual harassment at the US Forest Service in response to a new report from the Department of Agriculture Inspector General identifying numerous failures by management to protect women.

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FDR’s New Deal Was Green

FDR’s New Deal Was Green

As we contemplate the sweeping Green New Deal resolution recently introduced, which promises that “public lands, waters, and oceans are protected” and that all Americans have “access to nature,” we should look back at the very green legacy of  FDR’s New Deal.  As part of historic first 100 days legislation, Roosevelt proposed the Emergency Conservation Work (EWC) Act, more commonly known as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to put to work unemployed young men in a peacetime “army” and “send them into battle” against destruction and erosion of our country’s natural resources. 

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