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U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2013

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

U.S. ENERGY-RELATED CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS INCREASED 2.5% IN 2013 Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) increased from 5,267 million metric tons (MMmt) in 2012 to 5,396 MMmt in 2013 (2.5%). The 2013 increase was largely the result of colder weather leading to an increase in energy intensity (energy measured in Btu per dollar of gross domestic […]

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Improving the Air We Breathe

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

The Salt Lake Valley, long recognized for its spectacular mountain views and abundant outdoor activities, has in recent years earned a negative reputation for its air quality problems. During winter months, the valleys of Northern Utah consistently rank among the worst places in the United States for air quality because of inversions that trap pollutants, […]

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California Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Program

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

Overview The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) requires that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) determine the statewide 1990 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission level and approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, equal to the 1990 level, to be achieved by 2020. Assembly Bill 1803, which became law in 2006, made ARB […]

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Air Quality Trends

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

Air Quality Trends EPA creates air quality trends using measurements from monitors located across the country. The table below show that air quality based on concentrations of the common pollutants has improved nationally since 1980. (See the trends graphs for 1980-2014, 1990-2014 and 2000-2014.) Percent Change in Air Quality 1980 vs 2014 1990 vs 2014 2000 vs 2014 Carbon […]

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Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grant Program

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 by

In FY 2016 NIFA’s CFP intends to solicit applications and fund three types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP), (2) Planning Projects (PP) and (3) Training and Technical Assistance (T & TA) Projects. The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food […]

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Social Media Resource for learning about Zero Waste in SF

Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 by

Kevin Drew, Senior Residential & Special Projects Zero Waste coordinator, San Francisco Department of Environment tell us more about San Francisco’s Zero Waste success story and its startling new climate benefits. More information: https://positiveeconomy.co/speaker/kev… Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Positiveeco Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LHForum

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What does an 80% diversion rate REALLY mean? Taking a closer look at San Francisco’s landfill discards.

Posted on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 by

You may have heard that San Francisco diverts 80% of its discards from landfills. Jeremy Irons calls this statistic, and the city it applies to, a “source of hope” in his documentary, Trashed, which is about the ravages of global waste. Journalists around the world cite the 80% as a beacon, an exemplar, a benchmark, […]

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Sea Turtle with Straw up its Nostril – “NO” TO PLASTIC STRAWS

Posted on Sunday, August 16th, 2015 by

*****WARNING: inappropiate/ strong language!****** If you would like to support our research for the next three years, please think about donating to our GoFundMe Campaign https://gofundme.com/wuhvd6zj This video shows why plastic trash is detrimental to marine life and why especially drinking straws are one of the most useless items made out of plastic, especially if […]

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France is making it illegal for supermarkets to throw away edible food

Posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 by

The law, as written, is one of the most stringent attempts to cut the amount of edible but unbecoming produce tossed out every day. As of July 2016, large supermarkets in France — those approximately 4,300 square feet and larger — will face fines of up to $82,000 for failing to comply. Nearly 100 million […]

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Ecuador’s Rights of Nature

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2015 by

In Ecuador, they have a different perspective. In 2008, Ecuadoreans rewrote their constitution and became the first country to recognize the rights of nature to defend itself against humankind. The constitution recognized nature’s right to “exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles.” Citizens have the right, by law, to enforce nature’s rights, and nature itself can be […]

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