Are Investments In Greentech Making A Comeback? Here’s What The Future Holds For The Sector.

According to the 2018 Bloomberg New Energy Finance report, investments in clean energy totaled over $332 billion. Though that sounds like a lot of money, when put into context, it’s a number down 8% from the investments made in the sector just one year earlier. But despite this downtrend, investors are seeing that the rapidly-changing landscape of environmental policy necessitates a second look at greentech’s trajectory….

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How to make a green getaway with an environmentally friendly holiday

There are many simple steps to help green tourism without limiting your horizons, says Thomas Breathnach Green tourism, eco-friendly, carbon-footprints. They’re the travel buzzwords of our generation. However, while many cultural campaigns tend to trend and fade, there’s a real stand-out factor when it comes to the sustainable travel movement. The truth is: it’s here to stay. Today, global tourism accounts for almost 10% of all…

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Air Purifiers and the Cost of Clean Air

Replacement filters and electricity bills should factor into your clean-air budget Indoor air can be two to five times as dirty as outside air, so it makes sense that interest in air purifiers spikes in winter, when cold weather keeps us indoors with the windows shut. To clear the air, more and more consumers are turning to air purifiers. In 2018, sales of portable air…

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Total immersion: re-imagining the ocean

Two timely, urgent books offer different takes on the state of the seas. Boris Worm lauds both. Neptune’s Laboratory: Fantasy, Fear, and Science at Sea Antony Adler Harvard University Press (2019) Reef Life: An underwater memoir Callum Roberts Profile (2019) On a calm day, the ocean can resemble a vast mirror. Peering over the side of a boat, we might see ourselves reflected; what lies beneath is hidden. In Neptune’s…

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Researchers Recommend MedDiet to Restore Gut Bacteria

A team at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom are working to advance research on the Mediterranean diet and other healthy diets that promote healthy gut bacteria. Individuals who consume a typical Mediterranean diet are less prone to anomalies in gastrointestinal microbiota, a growing body of evidence suggests. Now, researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), in the United Kingdom, are working to add to this collective knowledge….

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Our oceans are choking in plastic, and half-measures are inadequate

Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic waste are dumped into our oceans. That’s the equivalent of one garbage truck load of petrochemical slop dropped every minute of every day into the sea. Even when it’s out of sight, even if it is no part of a Pacific garbage patch that is twice the size of Texas, it affects our lives. Plastic doesn’t decompose,…

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Reuse and recycling are key to tackling Europe’s waste problem and to foster a more circular economy

Improved circular and climate-friendly business models and policies to boost reuse and recycling, plus improved consumer awareness will help the European Union tackle the growing problem posed by plastic, battery, electronic and textile waste, according to two European Environment Agency (EEA) briefings published today. European Union Member States face a dilemma on how to deal with the millions of tonnes of waste generated in Europe…

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San Diego’s Quest to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy Through Community Choice

On this week’s Political Climate: how San Diego’s Republican mayor pushed through a bold climate action plan. Are cities the world’s best hope for combating climate change? Many cities have committed to meeting the Paris Agreement goals. But are those targets translating to action on the ground? In this episode of Political Climate, we look at San Diego’s quest to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity by…

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Green Building Trends: Eco-friendly products offer greener homes and offices

The move toward sustainability continues to grow, and Intown residents are finding more ways to incorporate it into their lives. Home designers and builders report that while they do get clients looking for environmentally-friendly designs and materials, it’s not yet a regular request. “I honestly think it’s mostly due to a lack of knowledge of what products are out there,” said Rick Goldstein, Owner/Registered Architect,…

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7 Myths About Air Pollution Debunked

Despite numerous scientific studies, increasing evidence, and extensive media coverage, the menace of air pollution receives less attention than it deserves in public discourse. As the impacts of bad air quality continue to plague our daily lives, the question remains: Why have we failed to take pollution head-on? Lack of political will and awareness are often blamed as the biggest obstacles in the battle. However,…

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