A lot of people don’t realize just how much plastic they use on a daily basis.
Even if you do recycle it, it’s still better if you don’t use too much of it in the first place.
Plastic accounts for around 10 percent of the total waste we generate.
Take a moment to think about all the things you use that are made from plastic every day. Most people use things like plastic bottles, food containers, bags, beauty products, cleaning containers and household tools. Continue reading
Duke Energy operates in the Southeast and Midwest. But it has just purchased development rights to a large (130 MW) solar project in California. It will sell the electricity to Southern California Edison.
It has also pledged $500 million to expand its solar generating capacity in North Carolina. That’s no help for homeowners who want third-party financing for their own systems.
According to Duke’s web site,
More and more people across the U.S. are looking for greater renewable energy choices, and solar plays an increasingly important role in the way Duke Energy provides electricity to our customers.
Already, it’s helping homeowners, businesses and governmental organizations meet part of their energy needs. And as the cost of solar installations continues to decrease nationwide, it’s easier for customers to choose solar.
Just not in North Carolina and similar states. NC Warn claims, “Duke Energy is trying to destroy our growing solar industry to protect its ‘build plants, raise rates’ business plan and monopoly control.” The article later asks, “Why does Duke Energy hate solar?” Duke obviously doesn’t hate solar. Yet it just as obviously stands in the way of rooftop solar installations for North Carolina residents. Continue reading
Earth Day started 46 years ago. People were concerned about excessive dam building, pesticides, pollution, and tainted food.
Leaders of the first Earth Day succeeded politically. Congress passed landmark legislation and established the Environmental Protection Agency.
Everyone completely neglected to consider what individual Americans could do to go green. Continue reading
Some say it’s the size of Texas and visible from space. Why doesn’t anyone do something about it?
Actually, the trip to the patch has broken the yogurt cups down to tiny little pieces. You can’t see it unless you’re there.
And the fragments aren’t as close together as you might imagine. The plastic is actually a bigger problem that way. And unfortunately, the ocean has at least five gyres, rotating currents where plastic can float in, but not out. Continue reading
Corporations you might never have guessed have begun to make significant investments in renewable energy. And that despite legal uncertainty as the administration’s Clean Power Plan awaits a Supreme Court decision before it can go into effect.
Google bought the most renewable energy last year. Again. But first time buyers, including companies not known for support of environmental causes made two-thirds of business purchases. Continue reading
Perhaps you, too, have heard of The Nature Conservancy, but don’t know much about it. I recently attended an eye-opening presentation.
I have visited and enjoyed places that The Nature Conservancy helped preserve, but I never knew it.
Founded in 1951, it’s not as old as the Audubon Society or Sierra Club. It’s not as confrontational or headline seeking as Greenpeace. Continue reading
If you live in the U.S., then your share of one day’s production of trash is about four and a half pounds. Besides what you throw away personally, everything you buy represents a lot of trash before it gets to the store shelves.
We say we throw stuff away, but where’s away? Out of the house. Out of town perhaps, but not out of this world. It’s all right here somewhere.
Too much of it ends up as litter. Proper waste disposal means most of it goes to the landfill. Some towns are returning to the old practice of building incinerators. Of course, some trash gets recycled. All of these practices have undesirable environmental consequences. Continue reading
It’s March. You’ve started to think about your garden, haven’t you? It’s probably not trying to plant yet, but it certainly time start planning.
Perhaps you intend to plant same vegetables you’ve always planted. Or perhaps you’re thinking of planting your first garden. Maybe you only want to plant flowers and shrubbery.
Some ways of planting and caring for a garden are more eco-friendly than others.
If you’re a first-time gardener, the following infographic will give you pointers for how to start your garden without using unnecessary and harmful chemicals. It will also give you ideas for taking care of your grass. Continue reading
Nevada legislature has lately made energy news. It has put roadblocks in the way of rooftop solar and distributed energy. It’s not likely to succeed. Renewable energy appears to be an unstoppable force.
Here’s some recent good news about renewable energy from China and the US. These stories help show the inexorable rise of solar and wind power at the expense of fossil fuels
Growth of renewable energy
China has long fouled its air through aggressive use of fossil fuels. It suffers 670,000 smog-related deaths every year.
As a result pollution is the top cause of social unrest. Its struggles to clean up enough to host the Olympics became a matter of worldwide knowledge and comment.
But in 2015, coal production, coal imports, and coal-fired electricity generation all fell. Decreases aren’t limited to making electricity. The iron, steel, and cement industries have also used less coal. Continue reading
We have so much to thank the oceans for. Polluting them with rubbish and toxic chemicals is not really the way we should be saying thank you.
The oceans cover more than 71% of the world’s surface. The ‘Global Ocean’ is so vast that it has been divided into 5 individual oceans, which are all connected.
The oceans provide more than 50% of the oxygen that we breathe and more than 96% of the world’s water supply. Continue reading