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Are Canvas Grocery Bags Really Better for the Environment?

Environment News / September 30, 2016

Canvas bags might actually be worse for the environment than the plastic ones they are meant to replace. In 2008, the UK Environment Agency (UKEA) published a study of resource expenditures for various bags: paper, plastic, canvas, and recycled-polypropylene tote bags. Surprisingly, the authors found that in typical patterns of use and disposal, consumers seeking to minimize pollution and carbon emissions should use plastic grocery bags and then reuse those bags at least once—as trash-can liners or for other secondary tasks. Conventional plastic bags made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE, the plastic sacks found at grocery stores) had the smallest per-use environmental impact of all those tested. Cotton tote bags, by …..

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The Paris climate talks ended in elation — now the real work begins,

Environment News / January 22, 2016

In May 1927, a fearless aviator named Charles Lindbergh circled his fragile single-engine monoplane, waiting for tens of thousands of expectant Parisians to clear the runway at Le Bourget Field. When he landed, completing his solo trans-Atlantic flight, the jubilant crowd erupted — it was a unifying moment of “can-do” optimism that electrified people around the globe. Eighty-eight years later, on Dec. 12, 2015, history was made again at Le Bourget. Delegates from 196 nations, for the first time ever, agreed at the 21st United Nations Climate Summit to reduce their carbon emissions, wean the world economy off fossil fuels, and give the human race a shot at surviving the rapidly …..

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2015 was warmest year on record; El Niño, climate change to blame

Environment News / January 18, 2016

Planet Earth’s hot streak continues. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most recent State of the Climate report confirmed what many climatologists have been predicting for most of the past year. The year 2015 was the warmest since records on that statistic have been kept starting in 1880. The average temperature last year was 1.62 degreesFahrenheit above the 20th-century average of 57 degrees. That temperature topped the record set in 2014 by 0.29 degrees. Last year not only was the warmest calendar year, it also was the warmest 12-month period on record. The reason behind the 2015 heat wave might be familiar to Phoenix-area residents, explained Arizona State University professor Randy Cerveny. A climatologist, Cerveny serves as …..

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