According to a July 22 post by Greenpeace East Asia, China’s average PM2.5 air pollution for the first half of 2015 is 16% better than it was for the same period in 2014. That doesn’t mean that China’s air quality is good now, it’s still terrible – five times the World Health Organization’s recommended safe levels. However it seems to be a step in the right direction. Continue reading China air pollution down 16% for first half of 2015
CO2 emissions from U.S. electricity generation fell 12% from the beginning of 2008 to the end of 2013 according to a recently released report. During the same period, the U.S. economy grew by more than 15% indicating that increased prosperity does not need to correlate with increased pollution. Renewable sources, including hydropower, accounted for 14% of 2013 U.S. electricity generation. Continue reading Since 2008 U.S. Power plant CO2 down 12% – U.S. economy up 15%
Trend watchers announced that Nature may finally have begun a long hoped for comeback. In a development that caught the world off guard, last week Nature surged past Beyoncé in the well respected Google Trends ratings. S/he now has sights set on surpassing Kim Kardashian in public popularity. That will be a stiff challenge. Nature currently receives a respectable 823,000 web searches a month. But for each search for Nature, there are nearly 17 for Ms Kardashian, who receives 13,600,000 searches a month. Continue reading Nature smacks down Beyoncé. Will Kim be next?
The Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability building (CIRS) aims to do more than simply reduce the negative environmental impacts that typically arise from the construction and operation of a 60,000 sf building. CIRS’ goal is to have its existence make the environment better. Continue reading CIRS building heals the environment
It’s well known that trees improve air quality, reduce building cooling and heating energy use, enhance physical and mental health and generally improve people’s quality of life. Recently an international team of researchers from the U.S., Canada, and Australia quantified how much younger and financially secure trees can make you seem. Continue reading Trees increase youth and financial security