Sustainability

Sustainability refers to any article or event addressing mechanisms, strategies and tactics to maintain environmental progress.

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.

Posted on October 6th, 2014
Ecosystems, Sustainability

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.

Posted on June 27th, 2014
Sustainability

Earth Day 2013: Facing Climate Change

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.

Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on April 16th, 2013
Climate, Sustainability

World’s Worst Pollution Problems: 2012

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.

Posted on October 26th, 2012
Sustainability, Would You Believe?

Smart Conservation for the Lazy Consumer

- People aren’t conserving energy for love or money—you have to trick them into it.

Posted on August 26th, 2012
Sustainability

First Sustainable Cooking Fuel Facility Opened in Mozambique

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.

Wanda Archy, posted on July 30th, 2012
Quick Look, Sustainability

U.S. Group Lists Top 15 Sustainable Universities

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.

Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on May 2nd, 2012
Education, Quick Look, 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.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.

Katelyn Romanov, posted on March 26th, 2012
Articles, Education, Sustainability

Rio+20 Conference Centers on Seven Issues

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.

Katrina Laygo, posted on February 3rd, 2012
Announcements, Sustainability

A SEAD of Sustainable Growth

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.

Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on November 2nd, 2011
Quick Look, Sustainability, Technology