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What are the impacts of recycling on the environment?

How Big of an Impact Does Recycling Make on the Environment?

Everyone knows recycling is good for the environment. However, it’s debatable how good it can actually be. Changing situations have caused the cost of recycling to change and increased the volume of resources that are put into it. On average, Americans produce about 254 million tons of trash. That’s a lot to find room for. There’s simply nowhere to put…

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An Oregon vineyard producing renewable energy. One example of sustainable agriculture

How Modern, Sustainable Agriculture Is Working Toward a Greener Future

Agriculture has an enormous impact on the environment. And with the world’s population on the rise, we need to produce more food than ever before. By 2050, we’ll need about 50 percent more food than we currently produce. Agriculture is changing in ways that will reduce the environmental impact of producing more food while helping create a greener future. Specifically,…

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The sun rises on a new political climate. What happens to sustainability efforts under a Trump administration?

Sustainability in Our New Political Climate

One of the most controversial and terrifying things about president-elect Donald Trump is that he has openly admitted to not believing global warming exists. A president who rejects scientific proof about a significant threat to our country and our lives can be very dangerous. As a result, the future of our environment is in question. Sustainability is arguably not a…

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Teach our children well. The benefits of solar in schools

Schools and Solar: What Are the Benefits?

As parents know, every other note that comes home in a school kids’ folder is a bake sale request or a fundraiser form. The other notes are friendly reminders to clip the pink rectangles off their pantry items that include Box Top for Education initiatives. Each label is a dime toward the school, and every dime counts when it comes…

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Fight climate change at home: biking and public transit are two good options

How to Fight Climate Change at Home

The global challenge to fight climate change may seem like a daunting task – one that leaves you wondering how you can have any meaningful impact. It’s true you won’t be able to tackle the whole problem alone, but you can make a difference. The trick is breaking down the enormity of climate change and how you go about your…

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An early conceptual drawing of NASA Space Solar Power

NASA and a Solar Revolution

It’s no secret that the Earth is in dire need of clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels. The source of that clean energy, however, doesn’t necessarily have to be on Earth. The Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI) is a team of scientists from Caltech that includes researchers from NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory. These scientists propose building the largest-ever space structure…

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Compressed air energy storage is part of a wide portfolio of technologies available for renewable energy storage

Compressed Air and Renewable Energy

With climate change on everyone’s minds — summers are getting hotter, and there appears to be no end in sight to record-breaking heat around the globe — renewable energy sources have become an increasingly important part of controlling the problem. Clean energy sources that don’t require loads of carbon-based fuel to produce electricity (like coal-fired power plants, for example) are one…

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