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The Carbon Impact of Email Newsletter Subscriptions

The Carbon Impact of Email Newsletter Subscriptions

Adopting a sustainable lifestyle means we strive to understand the impact of our choices, from the products we buy to the actions we take. A recent email exchange with an Earth911 reader prompted us to investigate the carbon impact of our email subscriptions. It also made us think about the trade-offs we all make in life when trying to reduce […]

We Earthlings: Know Your CO2 Flightprint

We Earthlings: Know Your CO2 Flightprint

We Earthlings posters are ready to share and inform your friends. To make changes, we need to empower people with information to make better decisions. This week’s poster explains the CO2 “flightprint” of a flight from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., on a Boeing 737-400. Click the image for a high-resolution poster to share. How did we arrive at this […]

CO2 Is Legally a Pollutant Now

CO2 Is Legally a Pollutant Now

Inflation Reduction Act doesn’t sound like the name of a bill to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But the economy is linked to the environment, and the IRA aims to make that link a more sustainable one. Buried in this money bill is a clause that lays the legal foundation for stronger federal oversight of the emissions most significant to climate […]

What Does CO2-eq Have To Do With My Climate Impact?

What Does CO2-eq Have To Do With My Climate Impact?

Climate change is complicated. But even if we don’t fully understand climate science, we know we need to produce fewer greenhouse gases. We are bombarded by messages warning us not to pollute and ads promising more sustainable products. But how do we know what really makes a difference to our climate impact and what is simply greenwashing? What people need […]

Good, Better, Best: Cutting Carbon From Your Diet

Good, Better, Best: Cutting Carbon From Your Diet

This is the final article in a five-part series that helps you find ways to reduce your carbon footprint by exploring the main carbon culprits in the average American’s lifestyle. Whatever deficiencies Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs may have, few people would argue with the idea that food is a basic necessity that outweighs most others. It’s only natural for people […]

Good, Better, Best: Cutting Carbon From Home Appliances

Good, Better, Best: Cutting Carbon From Home Appliances

This is the fourth in a series of five articles that help you find ways to reduce your carbon footprint. We consider the main carbon culprits in the average American’s lifestyle. When Americans overcompensated for the shortages during World War II in a burst of post-war spending, an appliance-filled kitchen became a worldwide aspirational symbol of American wealth and consumer […]

Good, Better, Best: Cutting Carbon From Home Heating and Cooling

Good, Better, Best: Cutting Carbon From Home Heating and Cooling

This is the third in a series of five articles that help you find ways to reduce your carbon footprint by looking at the main carbon culprits in the average American’s lifestyle. If owning a big house in the suburbs is part of the American dream, a lot of people are living the dream. The average American single-family home built […]

Good, Better, Best: Reducing Your Transportation Carbon Footprint

Good, Better, Best: Reducing Your Transportation Carbon Footprint

This is the first in a series of five articles that help you find ways to reduce your carbon footprint by changing your use of the main carbon culprits in the average American’s lifestyle. It’s no secret that Americans love their cars. We drive more miles than any other nation — 30% more than second-place Canada. But all those miles […]

From Pollutant to Product: Consumer Goods From Captured Carbon

From Pollutant to Product: Consumer Goods From Captured Carbon

We’ve already poured so much carbon into the atmosphere that now simply cutting emissions isn’t enough to forestall the effects of climate change. Sequestration has to be part of the solution, but we can’t possibly plant enough trees. So some folks are getting creative, using circular design principles to create new products out of our biggest problem waste. Earth911 publisher […]