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How Can You Reduce Your Water Footprint?

How Can You Reduce Your Water Footprint? | green infographics | Scoop.it

How much water do you use every day?  The answer might surprise you

A paper released online last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that Americans significantly underestimate their water use.

Curious how my friends and family would fare, I reached out via social media and posed the simple question, “how much water do you use each day?”  The results in my quick survey ranged to from 2 gallons to 300 gallons, but the most common estimate was 10 to 15 gallons per day.  In reality, Americans use closer to 90 gallons of water a day.  To put things in perspective, a 10-minute shower with an EPA WaterSense labeled high efficiency showerhead consumes 22 gallons, while a 20 minute shower with an older, high flow showerhead could be as much as 100 gallons.  Last month, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency and called on all Californians to conserve water in every way possible. 

Knowing how much water you use, and how and where you use it, are important first steps in determining the most effective ways you can save water in your home and business.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, March 12, 7:43 PM

Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to waste.

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Summer Energy Consumption | Infographic

Summer Energy Consumption | Infographic | green infographics | Scoop.it

Ever wondered about energy consumption during the heat of the summer season? 

The longer warmer days are when many prople take vacations, enjoy the outdoors and find creative ways to beat the heat. SaveOnEnergy.com took a closer look at how energy use stacks up in the hottest months of the year compared with every other season.

The data reveals some surprising insights about renewable energy use, fossil fuel consumption, and where (and when) the most energy is consumed in the U.S...

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Global Gouging: A Survey of Fuel Prices Around the World

Global Gouging: A Survey of Fuel Prices Around the World | green infographics | Scoop.it

In spite of increasing domestic oil production, four-dollar-per-gallon gasoline remains an on-again/off-again reality in the United States.


That’s because oil and gas are global commodities, and the U.S. market isn’t as insular as we might like. The prices we pay, however, still stand out as cheap. Most of our global neighbors see fuel prices at the pump so high that even the most bumptious Texas oilman would blush. We’ve assembled the costs of a gallon of the most popular juice in every country we could—be it leaded crud in Ghana, sugar-derived ethanol in Brazil, or near avgas in Bahrain—based on the most recent data available...


Check out some of the pricing highs and lows on the dimensional map of fuel prices around the world.

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PowerPoint & Keynote Solutions from Chillibreeze's curator insight, January 5, 2013 7:51 PM

This is kind an infomap. Notice how fuel prices are indicated for each country. I will continue  searching for examples of maps that communicate.

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How Much Is the Internet's Electric Bill? [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Much Is the Internet's Electric Bill? [INFOGRAPHIC] | green infographics | Scoop.it
The data centers that keep the Internet running require an incredible amount of electricity every year ... and they waste most of it.


While surfing the web, you’re probably more concerned with the charge left on your laptop’s battery. But how much power does it require to keep the Internet itself running?

Powering worldwide data centers for major web companies like Google and Amazon is a huge undertaking. Between the servers and their cooling systems, 'data barns' consume 30 billion watts annually, about 1.5% of global electricity. And at the rate the Internet is growing and adding users, expect that to rise significantly in the next several years.


Are these centers being run efficiently? What toll does it take on the environment just to make sure your Facebook status (and a billion other Facebook users’) reaches the masses?

Learn more in this infographic via Mashable...

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Map of the Day: Where Americans Use the Most Oil

Map of the Day: Where Americans Use the Most Oil | green infographics | Scoop.it
3.5 percent of U.S. counties consume more than 10 percent of the nation's oil.

America consumes a lot of energy. Counties play a large role in this overall consumption — and many of them contain large cities like Los Angeles and Chicago.

Deron Lovaas, the federal transportation policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, posted a map charting oil consumption by county on the NRDC staff blog Thursday.

The map is the product of a joint research effort of the NRDC, the Sierra Club, and the League of Conservation Voters to identify the most oil dependent locations across the United States.


As shown in the map (and accompanying list of national averages), oil consumption is geographically uneven and highly concentrated. Lovaas notes that "just 108 counties out of the nation's 3,144, or about 3.5 percent of the total consume more than 10 percent of the nation's oil." Not surprisingly, Los Angeles county had the most annual oil consumption, at nearly 1.9 billion gallons in 2010. Harris county, Texas, follows with 1.7 billion gallons, and Cook county, Illinois, takes third with 1.6 billion.

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Greendex: Survey of Sustainable Consumption | National Geographic

Greendex: Survey of Sustainable Consumption | National Geographic | green infographics | Scoop.it

You've heard about it for years—everyone’s interested in green. Do you know how your personal choices add up- or the choices of fellow citizens? What behaviors are people adopting globally with a positive impact on environmental sustainability? What's changed- or not- in recent years?

 

This is the fourth year National Geographic has partnered with GlobeScan to develop an international research approach to measure and monitor consumer progress toward environmentally sustainable consumption. The key objectives of this unique consumer tracking survey are to provide regular quantitative measures of consumer behavior and to promote sustainable consumption...

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Collaborative Consumption Infographics

Collaborative Consumption Infographics | green infographics | Scoop.it
The Unstash manifesto shows one way in which social enterprises are using various methods to get their message and mission across. Whether it be through text, social media strategies, videos or a hypervisual method like the one featured here, it’s more important than ever to set your social business or social enterprise apart through branding strategies.

But of course, it’s about more than mere branding. The Unstash manifesto is like a collision of mantras that explores the values behind this collaborative consumption-pushing start-up.

With phrases like “We live lightly and yet deeply,” “We dream that one day ‘not owning’ things will be cooler than owning them,” and “We will leave this world better than the way we found it,” the Unstash manifesto mixes altruism with action.

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Water Footprint of an American | The Nature Conservancy

Water Footprint of an American | The Nature Conservancy | green infographics | Scoop.it

The “water footprint” of the average American is 32,911 glasses per day. That’s according to a recent study by a Conservancy partner organization, the Water Footprint Network.

No wonder another recent report co-authored by Conservancy scientist Brian Richter has found that water scarcity affects about 2.7 billion people for at least one month each year.

Where is all this water? It’s used to produce the food we eat, clothes we wear and more. And where does it come from? Nature. In fact, about 70 percent of the water extracted from rivers, lakes and aquifers is for agriculture.

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Infographic: Power To The People

Infographic: Power To The People | green infographics | Scoop.it

Anyone whose house or yard is decorated with elaborate twinkling displays this holiday will tell you, those kilowatts quickly add up. How does your electric bill compare to the average in your state and other states; who spends the most and how does our electricity usage divvy up among different household items and chores?

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INFOGRAPHIC: Energy Consumption in the US

INFOGRAPHIC: Energy Consumption in the US | green infographics | Scoop.it

Conserving electricity during the holidays is probably one of the furtherst things from your mind.

However, with so many homes runnning holiday lights, electric bills can be quite surprising after the holiday season. Don't forget those that might be using electricity to stay warn during the cold wintery months.

Do you ever wonder how much electricity is being consumed and by whom?

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Infographic: The metals that make our technology are running out

Infographic: The metals that make our technology are running out | green infographics | Scoop.it

This infographic by Camden Asay shows that we're fast running out of the stuff that powers our vehicles and our weaponry. But we've got even less time left with our gadgets. Yttrium and indium, two of the rare-earth elements that enable us to have TVs, computer monitors, and touch screens -- oh, and solar panels -- are on a fast track to complete depletion. At our current rate of use, we have less than 15 years' worth left. Of course, we'll probably become a little more efficient at deploying these resources ... but at our modern levels of demand for technology, efficiency really only postpones the inevitable...

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Visual Loop - Consumerism Stats

Visual Loop - Consumerism Stats | green infographics | Scoop.it

On an issue that really has a visible impact in our lives: Consumerism.
When we look up at the numbers behind the impact, and think about the ongoing debate about climate change and the all the other environmental impacts caused by that lifestyle, one thing gets clear: we need to change.
Take a look at some of the numbers we’re bringing you here, and think about it.
Or better yet, act upon it.

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A Tour Guide To Collaborative Consumption

A Tour Guide To Collaborative Consumption | green infographics | Scoop.it

Imagine other people paying you to use your things when you don't need them. That's the genius of collaborative consumption.

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4 Infographics Show How Much Solar Power Is Installed in the U.S. | EcoWatch

4 Infographics Show How Much Solar Power Is Installed in the U.S. | EcoWatch | green infographics | Scoop.it

The record-setting third quarter for U.S. solar energy installations brings the nation’s total to a whopping 10.25 gigawatts (GW).

That’s enough to make the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predict that the U.S. could finally rise up the ranks to beat Germany in new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations next year. Included in that figure—the country’s second-best quarter—was the residential sector’s record of 186 megawatts (MW) in installations.


Just how much is 10.25 GW? SEIA explores that question with a few infographics...

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Infographic: Feeding 7 Billion People And Counting

Infographic: Feeding 7 Billion People And Counting | green infographics | Scoop.it

Inspired by a recent Wall Street Journal article, Sustainable America has created the following infographic to show how food is wasted and lost around the world, and what can be done about it.


Food waste and food security are serious problems, but there are current solutions and ways you can help. Read on to learn more, and stay tuned for our next blog post, which will delve deeper into some of the points made by Lappe and Nierenberg in the Wall Street Journal piece.

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Creativity Angel's comment, February 4, 2013 2:30 AM
Insects are the solution, more than 1,000,000,000 people on the planet eat insects every day.
Creativity Angel's curator insight, February 4, 2013 2:31 AM

Insects are the solution. Western people has to use to know that more than 1,000,000,000 people on the planet eat insects every day and they are the most effective food.

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Oil Consumption and GDP [infographic]

Oil Consumption and GDP [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it
This Infographic displays oil consumptions and gross domestic product, by year and country.

It summarizes and offers a comparison of annual oil consumption and gross domestic product per capita (in dollars) for USA, China, France, Gernany, India, Japan and Russia...

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Clara Dunphy's curator insight, January 30, 2:44 PM

China is still main consumer of oil

Mr Jones's curator insight, January 31, 4:55 AM

Excellent spot by Clara. Oil provides a great link for us between the Econ1 and Econ2 parts of the course

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The Life of a T-Shirt [Infographic]

The Life of a T-Shirt [Infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it
The textiles industry is one of the biggest contributors to landfill waste in both the UK and the US.

The fast fashion model that has developed within our consumerist society is promoting negative consumer behaviour across the globe. Throwaway fashion has become the norm, with customers spending minimal amounts of money on a garment that has an unbelievably short life span, meaning it will no doubt end up in the bin.

This infographic, designed by myself for Urban Times in collaboration with TextƧure, provides an insight into the statistics behind the life of a t-shirt (bare in mind that it does not include the entire apparel industry), revealing some shocking facts about the water and energy consumption during the production of a simple t-shirt. It also provides some simple yet effective ways in which everyone can help.

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Virtual Water: Motion Graphics

Virtual Water: Motion Graphics | green infographics | Scoop.it

Most of the water we use - 92 % of it - is used in food production. Most of this water is managed by the world’s farmers. With the help of science and technology they have performed greater and greater miracles in improving water productivity – in getting more crops per drop.

The good news is that each one of us can also make the world a little more water secure, ready to face the needs of our peak population future.

The answer lies in our shopping baskets...

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10 Food Infographics That Have Us Consciously Consuming

A collection of informative infographics exploring food topics like vegetarianism, seasonal eating, fast food, food waste, and artisan gelato.

Food. For some people, it’s a simple necessity. For others, it’s a reason for living. Regardless of where you fall on the foodie spectrum, you’re sure to learn something from this selection of food infographics, which explore everything from seasonable eating to food waste...

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Tracking Energy Consumption For Each Building in NYC

Tracking Energy Consumption For Each Building in NYC | green infographics | Scoop.it
Just how much does energy does that building across the way use?

Unless a buildings lights are on all night, every night, it’s probably hard to see just how much it consumes. For the lucky residents of the Big Apple, however, a new and fascinating map has appeared on the web to help solve the mystery. From the Flat Iron building to individual buildings in Crown Heights, the map takes an astoundingly detailed look at each and every block in the five boroughs, giving it an energy consumption estimate. Not surprisingly, the gleaming Manhattan skyline easily tops the list as the biggest energy hog...

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Our Dependence on Foreign Oil Is Declining | The White House

Our Dependence on Foreign Oil Is Declining | The White House | green infographics | Scoop.it
America's dependence on foreign oil is declining, but we have to do more to bring down the price of gas, and there's no short-term solution.

In 2010, we imported less than 50 percent of the oil our nation consumed—the first time that’s happened in 13 years—and the trend continued in 2011.

We’re relying less on imported oil for a number of reasons, not least that production is up here in the United States. In fact, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years. As part of his strategy to increase safe, responsible oil production in the United States, President Obama has opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration and we now have more working oil and gas rigs than the rest of the world—combined...

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Ethanol Production Stats in the US (Infographic)

Ethanol Production Stats in the US (Infographic) | green infographics | Scoop.it
Ethanol is an important biofuel and US is its major producer. Here is an infographic depicting ethanol production and consumption stats in the US.

Ethanol is a biofuel that is slowly replacing petroleum for the good. The United States is the world’s largest manufacturer of ethanol, producing 863,000 barrels of ethanol per day. Corn crop which is used in the production of ethanol is cultivated in millions of acres of land. The following infographic presents the overall picture of ethanol production and consumption in the U.S.

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Consumerism Stats [INFOGRAPHIC]

Consumerism Stats [INFOGRAPHIC] | green infographics | Scoop.it

Sometimes it can be difficult to visualize just how much we consume. While purchasing 'green this' and 'eco-friendly that' is all well and good, one of the root causes of our environmental problems is hyper consumption. We simply buy too much of what we don't really need. So, we leave here some statistics on three major topics of consumerism: food, cars and trash...

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Power Consumption Facts in the U.S.

Power Consumption Facts in the U.S. | green infographics | Scoop.it
Infographic on power consumption facts in the U.S.
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How Much Water is your Home Wasting?

How Much Water is your Home Wasting? | green infographics | Scoop.it

From cooking to cleaning and manufacturing to shipping, humans consume excessive amounts of the earth’s most precious resource. Since only 1% of the earth’s water is available for human consumption, we need to reduce the amount of water we use.

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