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Happy Earth Day, 2021

Our 4.5 billion-year-old planet has seen a 11% increase in carbon dioxide, just since 2000. Automotive and industrial activities add another 24 billion tons of it every year. Greenhouse gas accumulation is just one reason why Earth Day is more urgent than ever. You’ve heard about (and maybe seen!) the storms, the fires, the catastrophes […]

Better carbon capture reduces power plant emissions

Since the 19th century, Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions have increased Earth’s average temperature by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) comprises 65% of those emissions. Coal-fired power facilities pollute the most. Even so — in one year — natural gas sent 523 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.[1] A new technology may one day reduce those […]
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Thanksgiving thoughts amid climate concerns

In 2019, we found much to be thankful for! Advances in food security Scientists have unlocked the structure of key components of photosynthesis, the foundation of life on Earth. This discovery could lead to photosynthesis being ‘redesigned’ to achieve higher agricultural production yields that meet urgent food security needs.[1] Better batteries Storage solutions for renewable […]
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3,600 U.S. organizations pledge to support Paris Agreement goals

In late 2015, 196 international states convened in Paris, France to negotiate the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreement. By early 2019, 195 UNFCCC members had signed the Paris Agreement (PA). Although the United States may officially withdraw, organizations representing a $9 trillion slice of the U.S. economy have pledged to help […]

Air pollution is taking 139 days from your life. Want them back?

A study recently published in Environmental Science & Technology[1] estimated the impact of air pollution on the human lifespan. It drew data from a 2016 project, the Global Burden of Disease. Results were compiled by country. According to that study, air pollution in the United States will shorten our lives by an average of 139 […]