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Why You Should Switch to a Heat Pump

Jenni Gritters | October 11, 2021 | 5 min read

A heat pump is a highly efficient way to both heat and cool your apartment or house — and reduce your carbon emissions, too. If you visit the state of Maine on a cold winter day, you might hear the whirring of heaters. But there’s something special about most of these heaters: they aren’t boilers […]

Is There Anything Kelp Forests Can’t Do?

Meredith O'Connor | October 01, 2021 | 7 min read

Kelp forests sequester five times more carbon than land-based forests. But climate change, and resulting ocean warming and acidification, are making it harder for these diverse ecosystems to survive. Words to live by: Don’t discount the organisms at the bottom of the food chain. Specifically, kelp forests. Kelp refers to the type of brown algae […]

How Freecycling Keeps Furniture Out of Landfills

Mariah Thomas | September 22, 2021 | 3 min read

Millions of pounds of perfectly good furniture end up in landfills every year. By freecycling, you can give trash-bound pieces a new home while reducing waste and your carbon footprint. If you’ve ever shopped for furniture, you know it’s expensive. And with demand set to reach nearly $70 billion in 2022 — according to Market […]

Why Regenerative Agriculture Produces Healthier Soil and Farms

Erin Berger | September 13, 2021 | 5 min read

Switching to regenerative agriculture practices can be difficult, particularly in an industry that favors industrial operations. But the benefits extend far beyond nutrient-rich soil. This article is the third and last edition of our ‘Soil Series’, where we explore complex issues related to agriculture, our environment, and the future of our planet. Read our first […]

What Is Hydrogen Energy?

Jenni Gritters | September 08, 2021 | 3 min read

Hydrogen energy has the potential to become an impactful clean energy resource, but it may take years before the emissions-free fossil fuel alternative can compete with wind and solar. This is the latest in our ‘What It Means’ series, where we unpack the meaning and value behind important sustainability concepts. Explore previous articles in our series: […]

The Green Banks That Help You Divest From Fossil Fuels

Mariah Thomas | September 06, 2021 | 5 min read

Green banks are a new type of banking institution that put the environment at the forefront of their operations. $3.8 trillion. That’s how much money 60 of the world’s largest banks have invested in fossil fuels since 2016, according to the most recent Fossil Fuel Finance Report by Rainforest Action Network. Yes, trillion with a […]

What You Need to Know About Carbon Capture

Jenni Gritters | September 03, 2021 | 4 min read

Carbon capture is a start, but if we don’t also decarbonize our economy, we can’t make meaningful impacts in the fight against climate change. In early August, the latest UN IPCC climate report delivered some grim news: Our planet is already two degrees warmer than it was during the last century. And, more unsettling science. […]

4 Innovative Plastic Pollution Solutions We’re Rooting For

Jenni Gritters | August 27, 2021 | 4 min read

Plastics are ubiquitous — filling our oceans, air, and our bodies. But scientists are working on some plastic pollution solutions to help clean it up. Plastic is everywhere. You can find it in appliances, furniture, packaging, and nearly everything else we consume. Introduced around 1950, plastics helped to modernize society with life-saving medical devices, space […]

The Sixth Extinction Is a Threat to All of Us — Here's How You Can Help

Jenni Gritters | August 16, 2021 | 4 min read

A sixth mass extinction, caused by human actions, is upending the natural world as we know it. We must act now to preserve and protect the planet’s essential biodiversity. Over the course of Earth’s life, the planet has experienced five mass extinctions, which are defined as a loss of about three-quarters of all species in […]

Why You Should Care About Ocean Warming and Acidification

Erin Berger | August 11, 2021 | 3 min read

Climate change is leading to ocean warming and acidification, resulting in dangerous sea-level rise, declining marine populations, and damaged ecosystems. As climate change worsens, temperatures are rising, biodiversity is declining, forests and other natural wonders are being lost, and ecosystem dynamics are being thrown into disarray. And, although it may not be as apparent, a […]

How Drones Can Help Replant Forests

Jenni Gritters | August 06, 2021 | 4 min read

Canadian-based company Flash Forest is using drones to plant thousands of trees in an effort to fight climate change. The Earth has a problem. Every year, 33.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere, and we’ve surpassed the planet’s natural ability to absorb it all. Carbon emissions are causing issues you’re […]

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