Learn about the various things you can do to be a part of the climate crisis solution
Fortunately, there are several things each of us can do to reduce our carbon footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle—starting with the technological devices we use to watch our favorite television shows, make phone calls, or heat and cool our homes. Read on to learn more about these everyday technologies that can help to promote a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Governments should implement three measures to make emitters pay the social cost of carbon.
- Food Systems Show All
In a race against the end of farmable soil, three individuals fight for change in the industry of agricultural food production, calling for a revolution.
Agricultural economists are homing in on hybrid, low-input methods that will both safeguard the environment and feed the future billions.
On this episode of One Small Step Spotlight, Lucy visits Gotham Greens, a hydroponic farming business growing leafy greens year round.
- Land Use Show All
Policymakers, entrepreneurs and farmers are increasingly looking to soils in their fight to slow climate change
Natural climate solutions are non-technological ways we can reduce emissions and remove carbon pollution from the atmosphere and store it in natural ecosystems like forests, grasslands, and coastal wetlands.
Farming seaweed, then sinking the mature plants to the bottom of the ocean, could be an effective way to fight warming. So why don’t we do it?
- Electricity Generation Show All
Solar and wind generators have suddenly become just as cheap as other ways to produce electric power.
LEDs (light emitting diodes) are the most energy-efficient bulbs available. Unlike older technologies, they transfer most of their energy use into light, rather than waste heat.
Waste-to-energy processes (incineration, gasification, pyrolysis) combust waste and convert it to heat and/or electricity. Emissions reductions come with health and environmental risks, however.
- Materials Show All
Recycled paper takes a circular journey, rather than a linear flow from logging to landfill. Reprocessing used paper curtails extraction of virgin feedstock and lowers emissions.
To produce new products from recovered materials requires fewer raw resources and less energy. That’s how recycling household, commercial, and industrial waste can cut emissions.
Most plastics are made from fossil fuels, but bioplastics utilize plants as an alternative source of carbon. They often have lower emissions and sometimes biodegrade.
- Transport Show All
Smart Fuel Choices for a Warming World.
When people share common origins, destinations, or stops en route, they can ride together. Carpooling uses seats and fuel more efficiently, cutting emissions.
Small battery-powered motors give electric bicycles a boost. It makes them a more compelling alternative to more polluting forms of motorized transport, namely cars.
- Family Planning Show All
The notion of forgoing children as a means of fighting global warming is entering the mainstream.
Craig K. Chandler offers more thoughts on reducing your carbon footprint. This time: family planning.
Any effort to slow population growth must center on reproductive justice
- Building and Cities Show All
New buildings are rising with urban growth. Here's why that may be a good thing.
A company called Oceanix is building a prototype floating island as an experimental solution for crowded coastal cities threatened by climate change, the company told the United Nations habitat program Wednesday.
Unlike “seasteading,” Silicon Valley’s vision of independent city-states that float outside national rule, the islands proposed by Oceanix would follow local laws. Nor would these be playgrounds for the rich, Collins Chen said. He told The Washington Post he was “not ready to share” projected costs. But he staked his claims of affordability on the cheapness of prefabrication and marine development. Construction costs would stay low, he said, because the floating hexagons can be mass-produced in factories and towed to destination bays.
Retrofits address electricity and fuel waste with better insulation and windows, efficient lighting, and advanced heating and cooling systems. Improved efficiency lowers existing buildings’ emissions.
- Business Action Show All
What if the banking, asset-management, and insurance industries moved away from fossil fuels?
Beauty giants like L’Oréal, Unilever, an