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The homes we live in create a huge carbon debt before the proud new owners ever cross the threshold. But even worse is the fact that they are built in such a way that they will continue to do harm once they are inhabited, thanks to inadequate insulation that leaves homeowners cranking the heat and AC, not to mention a complete lack of sustainable energy options. Luckily, there is a bright spot on the horizon, and it comes in the form of green construction.
Both computer and green technologies are advancing at a steady clip, and there’s no reason they must do so independently. The problem is that many technological fields don’t really take the environment into account when training students for the career path ahead of them.
For businesses, communities, citizen groups, and the health of our ecosystems, it’s a moral imperative that we reduce our use of single use plastics. They require the extraction of fossil fuels and the processing of petroleum, transportation across thousands of miles, and then they’re in use for 1-5 minutes and last a thousand years or more. They leach chemicals that can end up in our food, and wildlife mistakes plastic bags for potential prey items like jellyfish, and end up ingesting them.
What is the real cost of any commodity? It’s never accurate. Most times costs only include payment for the human aspects of products and services. We pay nowhere close to the real cost of environmentally intensive products like- gasoline, precious metals, plastics etc. Rarely do models cover the cost of ecological services, regeneration, pollution, health effects and other environmental degradation.
Brian Linton is the Founder and Chief Trash Collector at United By Blue. Economic growth and the free market have advanced our world forward in so many ways. We take for granted luxuries that would have been unimaginable only 25 years ago. But this has also led us down a destructive path. With unfettered consumption […]
For businesses small and large alike, shipping poses a number of environmental problems. No matter what steps your take to green your shipping practices, there are still issues with polluting the air and water.
Diwali, India’s Festival Of Light, is the most important holiday for the global Indian community. As much as it is a time to participate in family traditions, it is also a huge commercial opportunity for businesses, retailers and vendors that cater to the needs of the growing Indian community.
A climate change summit is taking place March 31st-April 4 in Bangkok. Representatives of over 170 countries are meeting to get a draft accord in place for a successor to the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012. The deadline to reach a new protocol has been set for a December 2009 meeting in Denmark. An […]