Investing in climate change mitigation would also pay dividends in better health.
With incentives equal to the next-to-nothing value of 5 dollars per tonne of carbon-equivalent, farmers could cut emissions by 5 to 7 percent, or by the equivalent of over 210 million tonnes of carbon per year.
Human activities have changed --perhaps permanently--the ecology of Walden Pond, the iconic lake near Concord, Massachusetts that inspired Henry David Thoreau’s meditation on simple living and the natural world.
A new plastic can be broken down into its basic chemical building blocks and recycled again and again without loss in quality. Such a circular plastic could mean less new material needs to be made, and less would end up in landfills.
In more and more pockets of the industrial landscape, the byproducts of one process are becoming the raw materials for another, trash is getting a useful second life, and waste is becoming a thing of the past.
A brief, up-front description of the arguments used by climate-change deniers makes people less susceptible to believing them.
Stories abound of biodiversity in cities, vegetated infrastructure, the psychological benefits of greenery. But one aspect of urban nature remains underappreciated: wildness.
The best places to put plastic collectors are areas where the most plastic is moving through, not the places where the most plastic ends up.
Half of fossil fuel-based volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air of industrialized cities now come from industrial and household products, reflecting the success of efforts to address motor vehicle emissions and the need to take a closer look at everyday products.
If a company uses a famous person’s likeness or a work of art, they’re expected to pay. It’s only fair. When it comes to nature, though, animal iconography is used freely. The animals depicted don’t see a penny. But what if companies and institutions paid a fee — to the species, or at least to people helping them — each time they used these works of biological art?