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Is “Sustainable” Palm Sustainable?

Palm oil is one of the most versatile ingredients on Earth. From ice cream to car fuel, and from cosmetics to detergent, palm oil is in nearly in everything, everywhere. 1 2  Because of its versatility—i.e. money-making capability—there is a push for more sustainable practices of producing this vegetable oil. (Let’s not forget, palm oil …

 
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Reforestation is Essential to Deal with Climate Change

Whatever happened to the estimate that 51% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are from livestock agriculture (“Livestock and Climate Change,” Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, WorldWatch, Nov.-Dec. 2009)? This certainly supports the vegan cause, but is it scientifically valid? This claim revolves around how much of an impact human land use has on the carbon …

 
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Is Wilderness Gone Already?

The pandemic has hurt “wildlife tourism” and endangered the wildlife which drew in the tourists. The Guardian announced (May 5) that, “Ecotourism collapse threatens communities and wildlife,” and The Washington Post adds (July 17) that this tourism “is essential to wildlife conservation in many African countries.” These reports are all very true, but send the wrong message and obscure an important …

 

Environmental Trivia

Where can you cut down on your energy use?   First, the assumptions: Xcel in Colorado produces 1.3 lb of CO2 per kWH generated (Source: Excel) A car gets 25 mpg. (This is the current average in the US. Source: Wikipedia ) Burning a gallon of gas releases 20 lb of CO2 ( Source: Fuel …

 

Bottled Water

$31,000,000,000 was spent during 2018 in the United States on bottled water. Approximately 1,500 water bottles are consumed per second in the United States. Which approximates 90,000 bottles hourly, or 2,200,000 bottles daily. It is estimated that 80% of the water bottles purchased in the United States end up in landfills. It takes about 1.4 …