Reducing Environmental Impact

Utility Fleets’ Usage of Alternative Fuels Remains Low

Despite government policies encouraging alternative fuels, utility fleets' usage of alternative fuels remains low and stagnant. Source: Utilimarc Over the past few decades, there has been an increase in hybrid vehicles offerings and alternative fuel options. There has also been a push from the government towards the use of more environmentally-friendly vehicles and [...]

U.S. Carbon Emissions On the Rise

New research has found that after three years of decline, carbon emissions in the United States are on the rise again. Source: Rhodium Group Rhodium Group's research has found that U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose sharply during 2018. Their analysis was based on preliminary power generation, natural gas, and oil consumption data [...]

Government Report Predicts Climate Change Will Lead to 10% Loss in U.S. GDP By End of Century

A U.S. Global Change Research Program report finds that U.S. could lose 10% of its GDP by the end of this century due to climate change. Photo by Thomas Hafeneth on Unsplash A new U.S. government report was published over Thanksgiving weekend. This federally mandated study created by the US Global Change Research Program focused [...]

2018-11-29T10:44:36+00:00November 29th, 2018|Environmental news, Reducing Environmental Impact|

Solar Power Becomes More Accessible

Solar energy companies have begun tapping into low- and middle-income communities. Source: Pixabay Thanks to an increased support from nonprofits and a drop in manufacturing costs, clean energy is becoming more available to everyone. A recent article by OZY highlights this increase in availability. The cost of solar panel manufacturing in 1975 was $101 per [...]

See How Climate Change Will Affect U.S. Cities by 2050

Climate change is going to increase every U.S. city's temperature by 2050. Source: Vox Vox's recent report on climate change predictions for 2050 focused specifically on U.S. cities. The report analyzed existing records of average summer high and winter low temperatures in 1,000 cities from 1865 to 2015. It then compared these averages [...]

2018-11-08T09:53:15+00:00November 8th, 2018|Environmental news, Reducing Environmental Impact|

New IPCC Study Gives Earth Just Over a Decade

A new IPCC report has given the planet just over a decade to get climate change under control. A recently published report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that "the world stands on the brink of a failure when it comes to holding global warming to moderate levels," according to [...]

Ozone Season Ends in Central Texas, But Air Pollution Could Still Pose a Threat

As Austin's "ozone season" comes to an end, residents still need to keep an eye out for high-ozone activities. A recent article by The Austin Community Impact Newspaper reported on Austin's ozone levels and the effect they could have on the Austin community.  the article explains that Austin's "ozone season" takes place between August and October every [...]

What Effects Does Air Pollution Have on Your Body?

Air Pollution's Effects on Your Body and Brain. Air is all around us and unavoidably effects our health. We need air to live, but many human activities such as driving cars or working at power plants have an inverse effect on air quality. A recent article by Business Insider dived into the various effects air pollution [...]

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