Category: Green

Americans Are Willing to Pay An Extra $177 a Year to Help Stop Climate Change

Last month, researchers published a paper that showed Americans are willing to pay to fight climate change. And it’s a substantial amount. Researchers found that that the average American is willing to pay $177 per year in higher energy bills to help reduce global warming. When asked what they preferred this hypothetical revenue to be allocated towards, Americans show strong preference towards investing in clean, green renewable energy. Improving infrastructure, such as bridges and water systems was the second most popular option. If every American actually did pay $177 extra on their energy bill to help reduce global warming, that would generate about...

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Richard Branson Predicts All Meat Will Be Clean or Plant-Based In 30 Years

Richard Branson, billionaire owner of the Virgin Group, and Bill Gates of Microsoft (the wealthiest  man on the planet) recently invested in Memphis Meats, a company growing “clean” cultured meat in a laboratory using stem cells instead of animals. Two billionaire business strategists investing in a company signifies a major innovation that will likely have an enormous impact on the future. “I believe that in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone,” said Branson...

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75% of the World’s Honey is Contaminated by Pesticides, Says New Study

The bee population has been sharply declining for years. Experts have pointed at parasites, disease, lack of food and climate change for their endangered numbers. And a frightening new study shows that bees all around the world are being poisoned. Researchers discovered that 75% of the honey samples collected from six continents contained at least one type of neonicotinoid, a dangerous class of pesticides. Even honey found on the island of paradise, Tahiti, contained the agricultural chemicals. The results revealed that more than a third of the samples contained enough neonics to harm the bees. The results varied by...

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Finally! McDonald’s Trials New McVegan Burger

Veganism has exploded in the past few years, with plant-based versions of our favorite foods lining the aisles of nearly every grocery store. But while vegan foods may be making their way into our kitchens, fast-food restaurants have been slow to bring such options to their menus. Until now, that is. Comfort food-loving vegans rejoice! McDonald’s is introducing a new plant-based item, fittingly named the “McVegan.” This juicy new creation features a soy-based patty topped with salad, pickles, tomato, and a vegan McFeast dressing. It looks a lot like any other burger on the menu. There’s a catch, though; the McVegan is only available in Tampere, Finland from...

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US Government Denies Endangered Species Protection for 25 Imperiled Species

The United States Fish & Wildlife Service has rejected petitions to list 25 different species for protection under the Endangered Species Act.  Several of the species are threatened by climate change. For example, Pacific walruses. These creatures can grow up to 12 feet long, weigh up to 2 tons, and live up to 40 years. They live in the Bering and Chukchi Seas near Alaska. Pacific Walruses spend their lives on  on sea ice, which is being lost at a steady rate— it is estimated that summer ice will be gone by 2030 and winter ice will be nearly half...

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Methane Emissions from Animal Agriculture are 11% Worse Than We Thought

Methane (CH4) is largely overlooked when addressing global warming and climate change. Carbon dioxide (CO2) governs the greenhouse gases (GHGs) addressed in policies targeted to curb global warming — but methane is a grave danger to the planet, too. New data poses an unavoidable acknowledgement of this much ignored climate threat. Revised statistics reveal that methane emissions from livestock are 11% higher than previously estimated, accounting for a large part of the sharp increase in methane emissions since 2007. CH4’s warming effect on the Earth is 82-86 times that of CO2, initially. Because it has a life of around two decades...

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What China Buying $300 Million Of Lab-Grown Meat From Israel Means For The World

Several regions of China are suffering from horrendous pollution. On the worse smog days many citizens wear masks to filter out airborne contaminants so they can breathe. China has resolved to go green, and part of their commitment to combat the pollution is to reduce their meat consumption by fifty percent. This ambitious objective has resulted in China inking a deal with Israel to import $300 million of “clean meat.” Here’s a little background on clean meat. It is also known as cultured meat, in vitro meat, and bio meat. The first synthetic burger was introduced to the world...

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US Energy Department Wants Big Bailout for Dirty Coal

Under the guise of bolstering America’s energy system, the Department of Energy (DOE) wants to bail out failing, expensive coal and nuclear plants. Last week, head of the DOE Rick Perry penned a letter and filed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to adopt new regulations to help coal and nuclear plants stay afloat. The letter asked FERC to create a rule for a rate structure that would allow certain power plants to recover costs, plus a return on equity. All energy is subsidized, but the scale is weighted heavily in the favor of...

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