By: Earth911 on 8 January 2021, 10:00 am
Cyanobacteria algal blooms are a growing problem worldwide. As humans use more fertilizer and the climate warms, freshwater lakes are more likely to be overwhelmed by these essential but deadly bacteria. Earth911 talks with Dr. Eyal Harel, CEO of Berlin-based BlueGreen Water Technologies Ltd about the causes and adverse impacts of………
By: Earth911 on 8 January 2021, 9:55 am
This week’s quote is from American author and environmentalist, Edward Abbey: “All we have, it seems to me, is the beauty of art and nature and life, and the love which that beauty inspires.”
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By: Earth911 on 8 January 2021, 9:50 am
The combination of cold winter weather outside and heated rooms inside takes a toll on our skin — and that includes the lips. But you can avoid cracked and irritated lips this winter with easy-to-make natural lip treatments.
We’ve gathered nine DIY lip mask recipes to keep your lips hydrated and nourished all winter long. While each recipe is unique, all of them share a common factor — the use of natural ingredients. You may even already have many of the ingredients in your fridge or pantry.
Whether your lips need a moisturizing, exfoliating, or hydrating treatment this winter, we’ve got you covered. Pick a recipe, gather up all your ingredients, and dedicate some time to self-care.
Business & Policy: Recycling Mystery: Black-Colored Plastic
By: Daniel Dern on 7 January 2021, 10:00 am
Black-colored plastic gets its color from carbon black pigment and is commonly used in food containers like meat or produce trays and take-out, as well as for disposable coffee lids, plastic bags, and hard plastic items like DVD cases and planters. While plastic is one of the categories of things that we are encouraged to recycle — when we can’t reuse or repurpose it — not all black plastic items can be recycled.
Before we look at the do’s and don’ts of recycling black-colored plastic, here are a few general recycling reminders:
- Always follow local recycling rules. Recycling programs vary by location.
- If you have questions about local recycling rules, check with your town or wherever you take your recycling.
- If you’re not sure if an item can be recycled, don’t put it in the recycling………
Business & Policy: How To Quit Fast Fashion for Good
By: Chloe Skye on 7 January 2021, 9:55 am
The MO of “fast fashion” brands is to mass-produce trendy designs at a low cost. While some brands are working on a greener selection, we know that greenwashing, waste, and human rights violations abound in the fashion industry.
Emma Mathews, founder of the sustainable British sock brand Socko and author of How to Quit Fast Fashion: 100 Expert Tips for a Sustainable Wardrobe advised us on how to take meaningful steps towards quitting fast fashion.
Learn the True Cost of Fast Fashion
Clothing is more than the sum of its materials. Behind every garment are people, water, agriculture,………
Business & Policy: Earth911 Quiz #80: Electric Vehicle Efficiency and Challenges
By: Earth911 on 7 January 2021, 6:05 am
Electric vehicles are becoming common on roads around the world. As these more environmentally friendly automobiles arrive on the scene, what are the things buyers need to think about? In this Earth911 Quiz, test your knowledge about how the source of your local electricity, availability of trained mechanics, financial savings and environmental impact of making a change, and vehicle choices will determine the difference you make if you switch from a gas-powered car to electric.
Earth911 Quiz #80: Electric Vehicle Efficiency And Challenges
Electric vehicles are becoming common on roads around the world. As these more environmentally friendly automobiles arrive on the scene, what are the things buyers need to think about? The source of local electricity, availability of trained mechanics, the financial savings and environmental impact of making a change, and the choices of vehicle will determine the difference you make why making the switch from internal combustion………
By: Gemma Alexander on 6 January 2021, 10:00 am
Spring and summer get all the love, but there’s plenty to celebrate about winter – even after the holidays. Many outdoors enthusiasts already know the joys of snow sports or a walk through the winter woods, while others may prefer to appreciate winter through the window, or even flee to warmer climates. Regardless of your take on cold weather, we’ve found 10 books about the off-season to support your love of nature.
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by Ezra Jack Keats
Yes, it’s a children’s picture book. But no other book has captured the simple wonder of exploring a familiar world transformed by snow as well as Ezra Jack Keats’ Read more at Earth911
By: Joanna Lacey on 6 January 2021, 9:55 am
Disposing of things that have an emotional or sentimental meaning can be difficult. That includes religious items, like rosary beads and prayer cards. But what do you do with these if you are moving or clearing out someone’s home and you can’t keep them?
Growing up as a Roman Catholic, we always had rosary beads in the house. They included the pretty white ones from First Communion, the ornate rosaries that Grandma kept, or the colorful ones that religious organizations sent. It was the same with prayer cards. I remember Grandma Jennie had a whole stack of them for people who passed away.
Traditionally, any item that is blessed and serves as an object of prayer or devotion has to be burned and then buried where it won’t be disturbed. But burning these keepsakes isn’t a great idea for the environment. Are there reuse options for rosaries and………
By: Mitch Ratcliffe on 6 January 2021, 6:10 am
More than 1.18 million electric vehicles were rolling along roads and highways in March 2019 and the major automakers have announced aggressive plans to introduce more EVs by 2025. Buying an EV has never been easier, though subsidies have begun to fall. In this article, we’ll explore how big a difference buying an EV will make to the environment and your pocketbook. The answer depends on where you live and how the electricity that powers your EV is generated.
Transportation contributed 29 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas in 2017 and light vehicles accounted for 59 percent of emissions — commuting produces 17.1 percent of CO2 emissions annually. But making the leap to electric………
Business & Policy: Earth911 Podcast: Economist Ilan Noy on Hedging the Cost of Climate Risk
By: Earth911 on 6 January 2021, 6:01 am
Extreme weather damage grows more expensive every decade. Storms, floods, droughts, and wildfire have cost the world more than $2.97 trillion since 2000, according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Earth911 talks with Professor Ilan Noy, Chair in the Economics of Disasters Climate Change at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand about the economics of disaster planning and how society can make reasoned decisions when spending money to avert climate change. His recent YouTube lecture, The Economics of Disaster caught our attention.