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How clean is the electricity I use? - Power Profiler | Clean Energy | US EPA

In the United States, electricity is generated in many different ways, with a wide variation in environmental impact. Electricity generation from the combustion of fossil fuels contributes toward unhealthy air quality, acid rain, and global climate change.

Many electricity customers can choose their provider of electricity or can purchase green power from their utility. In fact, you might now have the option of choosing cleaner, more environmentally friendly sources of energy.

Power Profiler will:

Determine your power grid region based on your ZIP code and electric utilityCompare the fuel mix and air emissions rates of the electricity in your region to the national averageDetermine the air emissions impacts of electricity use in your home or business

Power Profiler is very easy to use and takes about 5 minutes. To start, all you need is your ZIP code.

 
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Fun tool to figure out how clean your electricity is!

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How might we keep the lights on, water flowing, and natural world vaguely intact? It starts with grabbing innovative ideas/examples to help kick down our limits and inspire a more sustainable world. We implement with rigorous science backed by hard data.
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Welcome to Sustainability Science

Welcome to Sustainability Science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for the emerging science of sustainability.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, examples, relevant cautionary tales, and data related to our hunt for a more sustainable economy with a reduced ecological footprint.  While my students, colleagues and I are interested in all aspects of sustainability, these pages have an historc emphasis on:

 

- human population growth rates/demography 

- product design/construction, especially:

    - triple bottomline

    - life cycle analyses (LCA)

    - sustainable supply chains

 - carbon footprints (especially carbon "finprints" of seafood)

 - food production/distribution systems

 - energy production/storage systems, especially:

    - dams and flow diversions

    - wind turbines

    - tidal power

    - solar panel efficiency/material advances

    - fuel cell design/material advances

 - general building design/construction, especially:

     - green roof/wall construction and plant palletes

     - lighting systems

     - elegant design

     - redevelopment/reuse

 - urban planning

 - role of mobile technology in fostering sustainability

 - elegant and effective communication

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of any other help.

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Global Peace Index

"The 2015 Global Peace Index reveals a divided world, with the most peaceful countries enjoying increasing levels of peace and prosperity, while the least peaceful countries spiral into violence and conflict. Explore the state of world peace on the interactive Global Peace Index map. www.visionofhumanity.org "



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The Middle East and North Africa is now the world’s least peaceful region for the first time since the Index began, due to an increase in civil unrest and terrorist activity while Europe, the world’s most peaceful region, has reached historically high levels of peace.  This might not seem shocking, but there is a great richness to this dataset that can provide detailed regional information as well as answer some big questions about global security.  Explore the data on your own with this interactive map of Global Peace or also of the states within the United States

 

Tags: political, terrorism, conflict, development, statistics, visualization, mapping, governance.

 

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What's Driving Deforestation?

What's Driving Deforestation? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Just four commodities—beef, soy, palm oil, and wood products—drive the majority of global deforestation. And consumers can help stop it.
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As I was getting a ride home from the car repair shop today, the shuttle had an interesting radio show on.  It was a discussion with a person of a particular political persuasion saying how "doom and gloom" and "naysayers" get too much press and are a part of the problem with the world these days.

While we can of course swerve too far down the "world is ending" path, simply saying that key drivers of degradation are not happening is a childish or cynical ploy.  But one example of the challenges we face is this brief overview of drivers of forest conversion to human-dominated landscapes.

While I generally do not like these "info graphics," in cases such as the dork on the radio, these might be the right level of tone and complexity.
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Using fungi to decrease need for chemical fertilizers

Using fungi to decrease need for chemical fertilizers | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Plants share their carbohydrates with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi that colonize their roots and, in exchange, these fungi provide their hosts with nitrogen and phosphorous. By exploiting this relationship, scientists may be able to increase the biomass production of bioenergy crops and the yield of food crops and to reduce the required fertilizer inputs. This could improve the environmental sustainability of agricultural production systems according to researchers.
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At this Paris restaurant, 'freegans' fight waste

At this Paris restaurant, 'freegans' fight waste | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Researchers figure that roughly a third of all the food we produce is never eaten. In Paris, a new restaurant is taking a small slice out of all that waste by salvaging discarded food from a local market, cooking it up into fine cuisine, and serving it on a "pay-what-you-can" basis to a clientele that includes some of the city's neediest residents.
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Waste not, want not.
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Multinationals drop palm oil supplier as sustainability certifications start to bite

Multinationals drop palm oil supplier as sustainability certifications start to bite | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
However, the company also offered something of an olive branch to IOI Group, confirming it would work with IOI, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders to "address and remediate the proven complaints and to demonstrate its commitment to fundamentally and transparently change the way it drives sustainable palm oil development to meet the highest social and environmental standards".

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Very encouraged to see the commitment to help this supplier improve. Ideally we'd see them set some performance targets that go beyond just he compliance.

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Climate Change Is Moving the North Pole

Climate Change Is Moving the North Pole | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
As ice melts and aquifers are drained, Earth's distribution of mass is changing—and with it the position of the planet's spin axis.
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The 2.5 Million U.S. Clean Energy Jobs Report is a Big Deal

The 2.5 Million U.S. Clean Energy Jobs Report is a Big Deal | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Greetings from Washington, D.C. where the big news of the week is a truly impressive jobs report—no, not the Department of Labor survey for March 2016 which showed an impressive 215,000 job-gain in
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Southern California braces for summer blackouts due to Porter Ranch gas leak

Southern California braces for summer blackouts due to Porter Ranch gas leak | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
State officials warn that Southern California could face as many as 14 days of scheduled blackouts this summer because of depleted reserves of natural gas caused by the massive leak in Aliso Canyon. The canyon in the hills above Porter Ranch is a crucial gas storage facility, supplying 1
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Tesla reveals some details about the Model 3 — and keeps others under wraps

Tesla reveals some details about the Model 3 — and keeps others under wraps | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
An admiring fan base cheered when Tesla Motors Inc. took the wraps off the Model 3, the electric-car company's product aimed at the mass market.
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What if everyone had extremely long nose hairs?

What if everyone had extremely long nose hairs? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new WildAid video wants us to consider that question alongside China's air pollution problem.
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File this one under "novel adaptations."
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Researchers' idea will blow you away: 656-foot long blades on wind turbines

Researchers' idea will blow you away: 656-foot long blades on wind turbines | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Efforts to increase wind power mean that turbine blades are getting bigger and bigger. But a new design in the works takes the idea to levels most people can barely imagine: Blades up to 656.2 feet long — more than two football fields. Today's longest blades are 262.5 feet. The blades at Imperial...
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Massive blades.
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Why Russia’s carbon footprint grows on International Women’s Day

Why Russia’s carbon footprint grows on International Women’s Day | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Environmentalists say: Stop it with all the roses.
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The globalization of supply chains is frequently at the root of these "don't give these gift" campaigns.
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Thirty years ago today--Close-up lesson from Chernobyl 

Thirty years ago today--Close-up lesson from Chernobyl  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
 I was in Munich as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry when Chernobyl exploded.   Below is the letter I wrote to friends in San Diego on May 1, 1986... ...I’m writing to give you
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This is a great piece of history.  It shows that we often seem to have problems relating timely data to decision makers when the crisis in question is large in scale.  We have seen very similar responses during the Deepwater Horizon, Fukushima, etc.
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Los Angeles and Bakersfield top list of worst air pollution in the nation

Los Angeles and Bakersfield top list of worst air pollution in the nation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Millions of Californians live in places with dirty air, according to an annual report card issued Wednesday that ranks two major urban areas in the state as the
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We're #1!  We're #1!  We'er #1!...wait...I think I was channeling a Presidential candidate or something there for a minute.
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A year of home energy usage, by the hour

A year of home energy usage, by the hour | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Michael VanDaniker found that his energy provider, Baltimore Gas and Electric, provides customers with an easy-to-use tool to export their home’s energy usage by the hour. So he downloaded the CSV and had a look back at 2015, through the eyes of heating and cooling. Fun. 


 By the way, is this data availability a normal thing these days? I was surprised that BGE provided an export tool, but then I checked my energy provider PG&E, and they have one too.

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The more tools we have to analyze our behavior and consumption patterns, the more informed we can all be about our behavior and (ultimately) impacts.
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The US is dropping bombs quicker than it can make them

The US is dropping bombs quicker than it can make them | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Pentagon’s stockpile of air-to-ground munitions has suffered an unexpected dip — and it may take a long time to restore it.
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I am not so naive as to say "if we weren't spending all this money on bombs, we could have free education" and so forth.  I know this is not a reality: people's propensity to spend money on things is not necessarily a substitutable commodity as some amongst us would have you believe (people donate for tigers...not tiger salamanders).

But one must ask the question: is such high spending and even"denting" of our American armaments pipeline a desirous thing?  Bombs that START AT $25,000 each and go as high as $1,000,000 per shot seems to signal a seriously disturbed state of affairs.  Again, while not sustainability per se, this story certainly seems at least indicative of our current national priorities and the systems for funneling money and time into "important" things.

This is great fodder for discussions of the definition of "sustainability"...in the broadest possible sense.
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Alaska leaders try to agree on budget plan; oil prices hurt

Oil prices are forcing tough choices for Alaska legislature.

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Levi Strauss uses waste nylon in sustainable jeans

Levi Strauss uses waste nylon in sustainable jeans | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Levi Strauss & Co is partnering with Italian fibre company Aquafil to develop a collection using fibres made from regenerated nylon from waste materials such as fishing nets and spent carpets.  related to Apparel, Fibres & fabrics, Retail, Social & environmental responsibility, Levi Strauss,

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EcoVadis's curator insight, April 10, 12:28 PM

Great "circular economy" effort! How can we help find more suppliers like Aquafil who are focused on these innovations!

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Compostable plastic bags carry goods and hopes for the future - Bio-based News - The portal for bio-based economy and industrial biotechnology

Compostable plastic bags carry goods and hopes for the future - Bio-based News - The portal for bio-based economy and industrial biotechnology | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Deutsche Version: http://news.bio-based.eu/kompostierbare-plastiktueten-schaffen-maerkte-und-perspektiven nova-Institute publishes the first comprehensive market study on the consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe: 100,000 tonnes in 2015, market demand could grow to beyond 300,000 tonnes in 2020. Compostable plastic bags dominate the … Continue reading →
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Development banks threaten to unleash an infrastructure tsunami on the environment

Development banks threaten to unleash an infrastructure tsunami on the environment | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Big new investors such as the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank are key players in a worldwide infrastructure, and that could be bad news for the environment.
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Are you paying too much for a rooftop solar system?

Are you paying too much for a rooftop solar system? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
If you're thinking about pulling the trigger on a rooftop residential solar system, don't be afraid to drive a hard bargain with an installer. "There's so much competition, there's no reason not to get better deals," said Ryan Willemsen, founder and chief executive of the start-up Solar t
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Price comparisons for installed residential solar in California.
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World's First Solar Airport No Longer Pays Electricity Bills

World's First Solar Airport No Longer Pays Electricity Bills | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Cochin International Airport is generating so much power from its massive solar array that the airport no longer pays for electricity. In another green
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Montreal wants a complete ban on plastic water bottles

Montreal wants a complete ban on plastic water bottles | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
But local bottled water reps complain their healthy beverage is being singled out.
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Go Montreal!
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Go Montreal!
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Jessica Alba's $1.7 billion Honest Company is under fire for allegedly using an ingredient it promised to avoid

Jessica Alba's $1.7 billion Honest Company is under fire for allegedly using an ingredient it promised to avoid | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The Honest Company is under fire again.


A recent lab test discovered that mogul Jessica Alba’s company’s laundry detergent contains SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), Serena Ng of The Wall Street Journal reports.


The company previously claimed its detergent didn’t contain that ingredient — in fact, The Wall Street Journal notes that it’s one of the ingredients the company loudly proclaims it doesn’t use.



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Ikea to use packaging made from mushrooms that will decompose in a garden within weeks

Ikea to use packaging made from mushrooms that will decompose in a garden within weeks | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The furniture retailer is looking at using the biodegradable mycelium 'fungi packaging' instead of polystyrene, which takes thousands of years to decompose
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