California air pollutants decreased 35 to 47 percent. So did childhood lung problems.

chart courtesy of NEJM, read story for explanation
chart courtesy of NEJM, read story for explanation

Southern California’s air quality improved from the mid 90s to 2010 and during that period so did the lungs of the region’s children. The four-year average of NO2 and PM2.5 air pollution in five Southern California cities decreased 35 percent and 47 percent respectively from 1994 to 2010. During the corresponding period, the percentage of 11 to 15 year olds living in those cities that had worse than normal lung function also decreased significantly. Continue reading California air pollutants decreased 35 to 47 percent. So did childhood lung problems.

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Grocery store aims for 99.7% less waste – and it’s not located where you might expect

photo courtesy of in.gredients
photo courtesy of in.gredients

There’s been lots of buzz on the internet about zero-waste, or perhaps more accurately almost-zero-waste, grocery stores opening in Europe. One over-enthusiastic webzine even proclaimed Germany’s Unverpackt as “the first Zero Waste Grocery store in the World. But there is at least one older zero-waste grocery. That just goes to show that even for well-intentioned sustainability reporting, maybe you shouldn’t believe everything you read. Continue reading Grocery store aims for 99.7% less waste – and it’s not located where you might expect

Dutch Princess Bicycles to School – 30% of Hollanders Cycle-Commute.

photo courtesy of Getty Images
photo courtesy of Getty Images

Eleven year old Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange and heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, helps the environment by cycling to school, at least on the first day. Her father, King Willem-Alexander, filmed the start of the ride and like proud parents everywhere on August 24 posted the video on Facebook. Continue reading Dutch Princess Bicycles to School – 30% of Hollanders Cycle-Commute.

Muslims join Pope and Evangelicals in calling for Climate Action

photo by GoodNewsForNature staff
photo by GoodNewsForNature staff

An Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change was recently issued by the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium. Citing the authority of scientific research and of passages from the Qur’an, the Declaration urges world nations to “Aim to phase out greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible . . .” Continue reading Muslims join Pope and Evangelicals in calling for Climate Action

Renewables Supplied 49.8% of Scotland’s 2014 Electric Demand

photo courtesy of Wikipedia
photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Scotland’s love of renewables reinforces the country’s image as a bastion of thrift. Despite having 60% of EU oil reserves, renewable sources met essentially 50% of Scotland’s 2014 total electricity demand according to Energy Statistics for Scotland’s preliminary data. Looking only at household consumption, renewable generation was enough to supply the power for every home in the nation. Continue reading Renewables Supplied 49.8% of Scotland’s 2014 Electric Demand