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Which plant-based milk is better for the planet? This is what the science says

With so many different milk options at our fingertips, making eco-conscious choices at the grocery store can be challenging. From plant and nut-based milks to dairy, we — sustainability researchers at Curtin University in Australia — have gathered the evidence and crunched the numbers to help you choose more planet-friendly options. Any plant-based milk — whether it’s made from beans, nuts or seeds — has a smaller impact...

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Yes, the US wants to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 — and here’s how it plans to get there

On April 22, US President Joseph R. Biden announced bold new goals to tackle the climate crisis, with the takeaway being this: The US plans to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.  While this may sound incredibly ambitious, it’s exactly the kind of commitment needed to reach net zero by 2050 — which is the ultimate target — and stave off the most severe consequences of climate change: widespread biodiversity loss, food and...

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Aging is inevitable, so why not do it joyfully? Here’s how

This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community; browse through all the posts here. It was recently my birthday. It wasn’t a “big” birthday — one of those round-numbered ones that feels like a milestone — but nevertheless it got me thinking about aging. When I was a kid, growing older felt like an achievement. Each year...

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To be Asian in America is to keep a list of places where you feel like you might belong

Leaving a restaurant that my parents had chosen to go to delights me because they always somehow know the owners and all the waitstaff, even in the cases when they told me this restaurant opened just a few weeks ago. It’s in the leaving that this fact reveals itself, when everyone from the kitchen and the back room comes out to make conversation, to ask if everything was delicious, to say goodbye, to — if this is a restaurant...

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Your fashion choices may be hurting the planet — here are 6 ways to reduce your impact

Most of us know that the fashion industry is built on an unsustainable business model powered by overconsumption. Clothing is cheaper than ever, brands release new styles every day and we can get a new wardrobe delivered to our door with the touch of a button.  In fact, between 2000 to 2014, annual clothing production doubled and the number of garments purchased per capita rose 60 percent. But this convenience comes at a high cost....