Category: Green

Only Reconditioned, Pre-owned Items for Sale at This Swedish Shopping Center

Sweden is a pioneer in sustainability; the country boasts a national devotion to recycling, a burgeoning vintage clothing industry, and a widespread affinity for eco-friendly foods. In 2015, the Country Sustainability Ranking study named Sweden “The Most Sustainable Country In The World.” The government of Sweden has committed to reducing green house gas by financing new solar, wind energy, smart grids (an electrical grid using a computerized, two-way communication network), and clean transportation projects with increased carbon taxes on petroleum and diesel fuel as well sales of coal mines and closures of airports and nuclear plants. They use hydropower and biofuels (derived from...

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In 5 Years, One-third of Americans Won’t Be Able to Afford Water

Americans across the country are struggling. To put food on the table. To pay the rent. Americans are even struggling to afford water. Almost 14 million Americans could not afford clean, safe water in 2014. And according to research from the University of Michigan, over the next five years that number will rise to 40 million. This equates to roughly 36% of all American households being unable to afford water within the next five years. In Detroit, 50,000 households have lost water access since 2014. Shutoffs have happened in Baltimore  as well. In Philadelphia, an estimated 4 out of...

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This Group Trains Women to Run for Office and Fight Climate Change

If you’re unhappy about the current political climate, it might be time to consider running for office. One advocacy group is encouraging women to do just that – to take politics and decision-making into their own hands. Run to Win empowers women to participate in politics Led by EMILY’S List, Run to Win trains women how to run for office — and most importantly, how to win. “We are not just a training program,” Director of Strategic Communications at EMILY’s List, Vanessa Cardenas, told Lady Freethinker, “in addition to the nuts and bolts on how to run a campaign,...

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Damaged Great Barrier Reef has ‘Zero Prospect of Recovery’

For the first time on record, the Great Barrier Reef has suffered two consecutive years of mass coral bleaching. These events decimate the chance for long-term recovery, according to experts. In 2016, scientists recorded the largest coral die-off at the Great Barrier Reef on record. They found that 80% of coral in the northern portion of the reef had been severely bleached, and overall over one-fifth of the reef was dead. This year the reef suffered another mass bleaching event. “It takes at least a decade for a full recovery of even the fastest growing corals, so mass bleaching events...

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William Shatner Goes Solar to Save the Planet

William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the famous Star Trek series, will be collaborating with Solar Alliance Energy, Inc. (SAEI) to promote the benefits of solar energy through the campaign, ‘Join the Alliance—Save Money, Save the World’. First on the agenda: SAEI will install a solar system in Shatner’s Los Angeles home to help promote and galvanize public awareness on the importance of solar energy. “The benefits of solar energy are significant and I am pleased to work with Solar Alliance on this public awareness campaign. I am committed to creating a better world...

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MELTING ARCTIC ICE COULD WIPE OUT THE BELOVED BELUGA WHALE

The next victim of climate change could be the beluga whale. The Arctic, the habitat to which they have adapted through years of evolution, is increasingly at risk. What was once their refuge is eroding under the fist of climate change at a record pace. It is indisputable that Arctic sea ice shrinking: “On March 7, 2017, Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the year, at 14.42 million square kilometers (5.57 million square miles), the lowest in the 38-year satellite record,” according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center. Without sea ice there can be no sea algae....

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Rotating Homes Are Taking Solar Power To The Next Level

Solar power’s sustainability is a gift from nature. It’s clean, and harnesses energy at no cost once the panels are installed. How can solar power be improved? By equipping houses to rotate and follow the sun, thus collecting energy all day long. A Portuguese company called Casas em Movimento (Houses in Motion) has designed rotating solar-powered houses that follow the sun. The rotation concept was inspired by the way sunflowers move with the sun from east to west during daylight, and back to the east overnight. Manuel Vieira Lopes is the founder of Casas em Movimento; his ultimate vision is of...

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Woman Runs Equivalent of 40 Marathons Across 6 Continents to Raise Awareness about Global Water Crisis

One Australian woman is making big strides for water awareness. She plans to traverse the globe, running the equivalent of 40 marathons in 40 days to draw attention to the global water crisis. Global Water Crisis? Despite the severity of the situation, few people are aware of how difficult access to clean water is becoming, and even fewer people are doing anything about it. That’s why Mina Guli decided to step up and take on the challenge of raising awareness. To send her message home, she will run a total of 1,048 miles along six major waterways on six continents. “Clean...

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