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americawakiewakie:

Sustainability 

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thekidshouldseethis:

“Rooftops in the summer are hot. Cooling down buildings wastes energy. Solution: Painting roofs with energy saving white reflective paint.” The White Roof Project is a nonprofit dedicated to curbing climate change by painting NYC roofs white and then hopefully franchising the volunteering activity out across the United States. 

And they’re absolutely onto something. In 2009, Energy Secretary Steven Chu pitched this idea. According to the Wall Street Journal, “white roofs and pavements could mean a one-time reduction of 44 billion tons of carbon dioxide. That… translates to removing all the cars in the world for 18 years.”

Former President Bill Clinton wrote last summer that white rooftops could lower “the utility bill in every apartment house 10 to 20 percent…”

And in the southeastern region of Almeria, Spain, the reflective roofs of their greenhouses (and they’re seriously into greenhouses) are cooling the air temperature in the regionby an average of 0.3 degrees Celsius per decade since 1983. The rest of Spain, however, has experienced temperatures rise 0.5 degrees Celsius.”

Sounds like it might be time to get some white paint and a few ladders. Read more about The White Roof Project, and if you’re in NYC, volunteer!

myvonne:

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allefory:

NASA recently released imagery showing the deforestation of America  …in just 34 years.

We’re deforesting the Amazon at the rate of approx. 400K sq acres a day. The Amazon produces 25% of the world’s oxygen. See a problem there?! And the main culprit…McDonalds. Much of the land is used for cattle grazing.

Sad and alarming.

It makes me feel like I can’t breathe.. oxygen…. we need the oxygen!

I’d love to see NASA images of each landmass to see the changes. This is terrible.

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fastcompany:

This Bike Could Save Your Life: An Infographic On The Massive Benefits Of Bicycling

I need to get back on a bicycle.

inothernews:

Oil companies drilling for the stuff in places like North Dakota are happy to let perfectly good natural gas — a by-product of the drilling process — go to waste.  From the New York Times:

They are not wildfires caused by lightning strikes or other acts of nature, but the deliberate burning of natural gas by oil companies rushing to extract oil from the Bakken shale field and take advantage of the high price of crude. The gas bubbles up alongside the far more valuable oil, and with less economic incentive to capture it, the drillers treat the gas as waste and simply burn it.

Every day, more than 100 million cubic feet of natural gas is flared this way — enough energy to heat half a million homes for a day.

The flared gas also spews at least two million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, as much as 384,000 cars or a medium-size coal-fired power plant would emit, alarming some environmentalists.

All told, 30 percent of the natural gas produced in North Dakota is burned as waste. No other major domestic oil field currently flares close to that much, though the practice is still common in countries like Russia, Nigeria and Iran.

Yes, by all means, let’s trust oil and gas companies to do the right thing.

(Photo of natural gas being flared off near Ray, North Dakota by Jim Wilson for the New York Times)

Weeks after he was sworn in as governor of Maine, Paul LePage, a Tea Party favorite, announced a 63-point plan to cut environmental regulations, including opening three million acres of the North Woods for development and suspending a law meant to monitor toxic chemicals that could be found in children’s products.

Another Tea Party ally, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, has proposed eliminating millions of dollars in annual outlays for land conservation as well as cutting to $17 million the $50 million allocated in last year’s budget for the restoration of the dwindling Everglades.

And in North Carolina, where Republicans won control of both houses of the Legislature for the first time in 140 years, leaders recently proposed a budget that would cut operating funds to the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources by 22 percent.

In the past month, the nation’s focus has been on the budget battle in Washington, where Republicans in Congress aligned with the Tea Party have fought hard for rollbacks to the Environmental Protection Agency, clean air and water regulations, renewable energy and other conservation programs.

But similar efforts to make historically large cuts to environmental programs are also in play at the state level as legislatures and governors take aim at conservation and regulations they see as too burdensome to business interests.

New York Times, “At State Level, GOP Seeks Big Environmental Cutbacks.”

Just wait until their children no longer have open spaces in which to play; in which their sons and daughters no longer have safe sources of water from which to drink, or safe sources of food from which to eat; and when the tentacles of urban and industrial sprawl reach the lawns and doors of their precious homes, built with money from the banks owned by billionaires for whom they — the G.O.P. — fought to get the biggest tax cuts possible.

Only then might Republicans finally see their inhumanity towards their fellow Americans.

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