Category: Sustainability

Smog in India Damaged Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million, Study Says

Originally Published by Yale 360 – Ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, damaged 6.7 million tons of Indian crops worth an estimated $1.3 billion in a single year, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters. That’s enough wheat, rice and other staple crops to feed 94 million people — roughly one-third of the country’s impoverished population. Arising from a combination of vehicle emissions, cooking stoves, and industrial sources, plant-damaging ozone has left many of India’s fast-developing cities among the most polluted in the world, according to the country’s Air Monitoring Center. The number of vehicles there has nearly tripled in the past 10 years, rising from 50 million in 2003 to 130 million in 2013, and the country currently has no air quality standards to protect crops from ozone pollution. The researchers say the findings should be used to guide new ozone emission standards for the country.

World’s first fully recyclable paper cup to hit UK high streets

Originally Published by The Gaurdian – The world’s first fully recyclable paper cup will soon make its debut on the UK high street, in a packaging breakthrough that could eventually divert millions of cups away from landfill.

Earth Day 2013: Facing Climate Change

“The Face of Climate Change” is the theme chosen for this year’s Earth Day. Image Credit: Earth Day Network.
Earth Day network logoIn recent years, the word “green” has become a fashionable adjective. Enough people are concerned about environmental issues that products and ideas once considered largely the domain of hippies and other fringe groups have gone mainstream.

World’s Worst Pollution Problems: 2012

Child scavenges a flooded dump, standing hip-deep in toxic water.(Photo courtesy Blacksmith Institute)
Child scavenges a flooded dump, standing hip-deep in toxic water.(Photo courtesy Blacksmith Institute)Originally Published by ENS – Industrial pollution is a critical public health threat on a par with malaria and tuberculosis, but while 125 million people around the world are at risk from toxic pollutants, these causes of illness and death are underestimated.

Smart Conservation for the Lazy Consumer

Originally Published by IEEE Spectrum – People aren’t conserving energy for love or money—you have to trick them into it.

First Sustainable Cooking Fuel Facility Opened in Mozambique

Screenshot of charcoal burning in Mozambique. Source: Vimeo.
Cassava leaves. Source: Neil Palmer, CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture.CleanStar Mozambique’s bio-ethanol cooking fuel plant has come online in an attempt to replace the country’s dependence on charcoal.

U.S. Group Lists Top 15 Sustainable Universities

Image of a factoid box telling that University of Louisville works to source 24%of their campus food locally. Credit ACUPCC
Cropped car from the Arizona state university factoid box.The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is honoring ongoing Earth Day efforts by recognizing colleges and universities who have excelled in attempts to further the field of ecological sustainability.

Becoming America’s Next Eco-Star

Katelyn accepting an award on behalf of her team for placing first in the Communications Contest at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.
Katelyn accepting an award on behalf of her team for placing first in the Communications Contest at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.As America’s Next Eco-Star, Katelyn Romanov says she intends to make it her personal duty to bring young people back into the environmental equation, and make clean energy and energy efficiency just as popular as March Madness.

Rio+20 Conference Centers on Seven Issues

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Image of the Rio+ logoIn advancing the goal of achieving sustainable development around the world, Rio de Janeiro will host the 20th annual United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil from June 20-22.

A SEAD of Sustainable Growth

Photo of a dandelion seed.
Photo of a dandelion seed.A project called SEAD, for Sustainable Environment-Actionable Data, aims to create a system for scientists to share their data across disciplines.