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Are Recyclable Wind Turbine Blades on the Horizon?

The energy mix in the United States has shifted significantly in recent years. Wind and solar energy capacity has skyrocketed and continues on an upward trend. Wind energy generated 7% of the total electricity in the United States in 2019. Since 2008, the use of coal-fired power plants has declined, as the use of renewable energy and natural gas has increased. Wind energy is an excellent way to reduce carbon emissions, but what happens...

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Thoughts on Using COVID Relief Funds to Mitigate the Climate Crisis

Guest posting by James Thebaut I’m a longtime public policy advisor with a background and education in environmental planning. It has been disheartening to witness climate policy approaches that could have a lasting impact exchanged for those that may sound good during a press conference but have little chance of real success. But we have an opportunity to use COVID stimulus spending to address climate issues. Lawmakers have floated...

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How To Avoid Soy-based Deforestation Impacts in Your Diet

Soy-growing industrial farms carry a heavy environmental footprint, and a new study from Our World in Data shows that they also indirectly drive deforestation in Brazil. This popular plant shows how the complex human food supply can put a planet-harming, soy-based meal on your plate even when it claims to be vegan. Where our food comes from matters a lot. Most of the world’s soy crops end up feeding cattle, pigs, and chickens. Only...

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GreenerCars Ranks the Greenest (and Meanest) Vehicles for 2021

Released annually by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the GreenerCars ratings for 2021 are now available. And it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the highest-ranking (“greenest”) vehicle is electric and the lowest-ranking (“meanest”) vehicle is a supercharged, gas-powered pickup. ACEEE evaluated more than 1,000 models, including vehicles fueled entirely by gasoline or diesel, plug-in...

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Green Your Shopping: Etsy Announces Goal of Net-Zero Emissions by 2030

The crafts marketplace Etsy has transformed lives, providing easy access for artisans to reach a global market and a wealth of unique clothing, gifts, toys and decor to folks shopping from home. Now it plans to lead the way in eCommerce toward a net-zero emissions business model, the company announced this week. Etsy pioneered lower-carbon online shipping in 2019, when it began to purchase carbon offsets to eliminate the impact of all...