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Let’s raise a glass to PFAS-free water!

The benefits of PFAS-coated and infused products are seen in households across the USA. Eggs no longer stick to cookware. Summer t-shirts can be waterproof, and sofa covers repel stains. PFAS brings further value outside the home. The electronics industry relies on PFAS for heat-resistant cables and circuit boards. In your community, firefighters save lives […]

Who cares about a building’s environmental excellence?

Apparently, building owners and facility managers in over 175 countries care. More than 105,000 buildings they own and manage have earned LEED® certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is awarded for a building’s energy efficiency, water efficiency, sustainable materials, waste reduction, and indoor air quality. Now, a streamlined process also enables the achievement […]
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What’s going on up there?

Polar bears, reindeer, and Arctic foxes roam the glaciers and frozen tundra of Svalbard, a 23,000-square-mile archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Wildlife shares this domain with 2,500 human residents — people likely to be found in one of four communities. Scientists far outnumber the year-round residents. Currently,  6,431 of them participate in […]

Can tomorrow’s tech save this planet?

Here’s the challenge: The fragile ecosystem we live in has been thrown off balance by Greenhouse Gases (GhG). Carbon dioxide (CO2), which comprises 72% of GhG[1], is primarily the result of mining, drilling, and burning of coal and petroleum. Combustion and industrial emissions from fossil fuels send over 35 gigatons of CO2 into the atmosphere […]

Seven roads to climate-change readiness

This century’s rise in global average temperatures — about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit — is small, but the human and economic impact is powerful. Looking ahead, the 50-year cost of unchecked climate change could exceed $175 trillion. PERILS REPORTED TODAY The reasons for climate change costs are no less varied than the regions where they occur. […]

Maritime industry responds to climate concerns

Each year, cruise and commercial ships release about 1 billion metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.[1] That equals the impact of 268 coal-fired power plants or 215 million gas-fueled automobiles.[2] The United Nations is responding to the problem. This November, it will issue a green shipping challenge at its Climate Change Conference, COP27. The […]

Resiliency means better traction for the rough roads ahead

Earth’s atmosphere is warming faster than ever before. The atmospheric co2 concentration today exceeds 370 ppm; 28% higher than a half century ago.[1] As a heavier greenhouse gas blanket traps heat, the storms, fires, floods, extreme temperatures that once were 100-year events have become today’s news. Hazards that are more frequent and more severe bring […]

Beyond mountains of waste, a sustainable economy is seen

The linear economy has persisted domesticly and worldwide. Until recently, democracies, monarchies, and totalian regimes have all followed the same economic model. Drawing the line This model has served many generations, yet it endangers future generations. Some of the consequences are piled in front of us today. Others drift in the oceans, pollute our air, […]

Two ways technology returns value from waste

Dollars and energy are being heaped onto landfills in the form of  agricultural and food waste. Composting could reduce landfill trash by 30 percent, but only 4 percent of food waste is composted. Innovative and effective use of today’s technologies can improve those numbers! Well-planned conversion of waste into renewable energy delivers significant bottom-line benefit. These clean development […]