• April 14, 2021

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Celebrate the Earth With a New Vision On Eye Care

(StatePoint) When it comes to recycling, you may not often think about something as small as your contact lenses. Did you know, though, that 45 million Americans who wear contact lenses flush anywhere between 1.8 and 3.36 billion lenses down the toilet or sink per year? As a result, contact lenses could be contributing to the trillions of microplastics in waterways that can harm marine wildlife and even enter our food supply.

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Friday 03/19/2021
Reaching Carbon Neutrality For $1 A Day
Updated: March 27, 2021 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—Zero net emissions of carbon dioxide from energy and industry can be achieved by 2050—and it could cost only about $1 a day. That’s the finding of a new study by James Williams at the University of San Francisco and Margaret S. Torn at the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory. The study can be found in the peer-reviewed journal AGU Advances, which publishes high-impact, open-access research and commentary across the Earth and space sciences. 

Why It Matters

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world must reach zero net carbon dioxide emissions by mid-century to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change.

How To Do It 

The researchers say it can be done by:

•Increasing energy efficiency.

•Switching to electric technologies. 

•Using clean energy (especially wind and solar power). 

•Deploying a small amount of carbon capture technology. 

Why It Works

The cost of rebuilding the U.S. energy infrastructure to run primarily on renewable energy is lower now than even five years ago, according to the study. The net costs range from 0.2% to 1.2% of GDP, depending on different trade offs, including how much land is given to solar and wind farms.

Transforming Infrastructure

“The decarbonization of the U.S. energy system is fundamentally an infrastructure transformation,” explained Margaret Torn, a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “It means that by 2050 we need to build many gigawatts of wind and solar power plants, new transmission lines, a fleet of electric cars and light trucks, millions of heat pumps to replace conventional furnaces and water heaters, and more energy-efficient buildings—while continuing to research and innovate new technologies.”

In this transition, very little infrastructure would need “early retirement,” or replacement before the end of its economic life. “No one is asking consumers to switch out their brand-new car for an electric vehicle,” Torn added. “The point is that efficient, low-carbon technologies need to be used when it comes time to replace the current equipment.”

Doing Well By Doing Good 

There’s even an economic upside to doing all this.

“All that infrastructure build equates to jobs in the U.S., as opposed to sending money overseas to buy oil from other countries,” Torn said. “There’s no question that there are a lot of jobs in building a low-carbon economy.”

The cost figures should be lower still considering the economic and climate benefits of decarbonizing energy systems. For example, less reliance on oil will mean less money spent on oil and less economic uncertainty due to oil price fluctuations. Climate benefits include the avoided effects of climate change, such as extreme droughts and hurricanes, avoided air and water pollution from fossil fuel combustion, and improved public health.

Learn More 

 For more information and to read the study, visit news.agu.org.

 

Re-imagining Home Sales For Healthier, More Sustainable Living
Updated: March 21, 2021 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—The COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to stop the spread of the virus have shifted how people think about a lot of things, including their homes. With shelter-in-place orders and shutdowns around the globe, residences are not only homes, but also offices, classrooms, gyms and more. With increased time at home, there’s an increased awareness of how homes impact health and well-being—from allergens and dust collection to higher costs associated with energy consumption. 

Research suggests that the concentration of toxins, allergens and other pollutants can be up to five times higher indoors than outdoors. Air pollutants can contribute to a range of short-term symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation and headaches, as well as long-term adverse health outcomes such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and respiratory issues. 

As COVID-19 shifted the real estate market to increase buyer demand for homes, there is a unique opportunity to restructure home sales for healthier, more sustainable living that adds value for the homebuyer, rather than cost. 

Alongside leading research institutions such as Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, Delos (www.Delos.com) has spent nearly a decade researching how buildings and indoor spaces can improve health and well-being, including ultra-fine particle filtration of indoor air. 

“Years of experience and extensive science tell us that our indoor environments can have a profound impact—either negative or positive—on our health and well-being,” said Paul Scialla, Founder and CEO of Delos and Founder of the International WELL Building Institute. “Our homes are a critical tool in addressing today’s most pressing public health concern while also helping us be more resilient in the future.” 

To meet the growing demand for healthier homes, Delos has partnered with House X (www.housex.org), a Smart Home Marketplace that aims to lower the total cost of home ownership by reinvesting the broker commission into smart, healthier sustainable home technologies for new homeowners. Through this collaboration, Delos provides Healthway advanced air purification for new homebuyers who purchase through the House X marketplace, where the cost is covered through the broker commission. In addition, House X offers qualifying homebuyers free renewable energy for two to five years and a “smart mortgage” discounted one percent for the first 12 months of a qualifying 15- or 30-year fixed mortgage. The House X Marketplace features over 150,000 new homes for sale across America with 19,000 ready for quick move-in. 

“We spend around 90 percent of our time indoors, with two-thirds of this time spent at home,” said William Farrell, President of House X World. “Expanding home ownership through innovative models that place value back into the hands of the homeowner is a necessary step towards improving the accessibility of healthier, more sustainable homes for everyday Americans.” 

 

Friday 03/05/2021
4 Tips for Reducing Your Plastic Footprint at Home
Updated: March 10, 2021 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Plastic contributes to climate change and is a major pollutant, harming wildlife and people. With Earth Day around the corner, here are a few tips for reducing your plastic footprint at home that will also contribute to a healthier planet.  

Tuesday 03/02/2021
Is Your Supermarket Doing Enough to Address the Plastic Pollution Crisis?
Posted: March 02, 2021

(StatePoint) Plastic pollution is not just an eyesore. According to environmental experts, it also affects marine species, accelerates climate change and adversely impacts human health, particularly in low-income communities near plastic production sites, which face greater exposure to toxins and waste and bear the brunt of the impacts of improper plastic disposal and incineration. A new report highlights the role supermarkets play in the plastic pollution crisis.

Wednesday 02/17/2021
5 Surprising Ways Clean Technology is Improving Daily Life
Updated: February 19, 2021 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) Climate-related crises like rising sea levels, severe weather events and longer drought seasons are challenging the global economy. They’re also driving the launch of new clean technologies.

Friday 01/29/2021
Keep Your Air Clean
Updated: February 10, 2021 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—People are increasingly concerned about dirt and germs these pandemic days, but many are neglecting an unseen area where airborne contaminants can lurk: the air ducts.

Even in the cleanest house, the indoor air system can recirculate dust, dirt, and particles from renovation and remodeling projects. 

Why It’s Important

Your home’s heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system pulls air from your rooms; filters, heats or cools it; and sends it back out again. 

Unfortunately, the average home generates 40 pounds of dust a year, so the filters can’t get every speck. They get clogged and can send contaminants back into your home. This can lead not only to unhealthy air—a particular problem for children, seniors and those with respiratory or autoimmune conditions—but higher energy bills as well.

What To Do

Fortunately, it can be easy to have clean ducts when you turn to a reputable, certified HVAC professional. 

Where To Turn

Making it simple to find one is NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association). Its members comply with a code of ethics and meet the organization’s high standards. For a list of certified, nearby professionals, visit www.nadca.com.

 

Thursday 01/14/2021
Leading Climate Scientists Launch New Science Moms Campaign [Video]
Updated: April 14, 2021 - 2:31 am

Monday 01/04/2021
Dairy farmers work to care for the environment
Updated: February 12, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - A gallon of milk. Cream for your coffee. A pat of butter. Whether you’re enjoying a yogurt on the go in the morning or family night at home with a cheese and veggie pizza, dairy has been an enjoyable and nutritious part of daily life for generations. Throughout that time, America’s dairy farm families have provided an essential service to nourish their communities, during good times or bad.

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