Smart phones are rarely recycled and that’s just one reason tech devices are increasing our carbon footprints. Here Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, is seen in 2016 talking about new iPhones.
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New research shows the impact of technology, especially smartphones, on carbon emissions. Encouraging consumers to get new phones every couple of years leads to extraordinary and unnecessary waste.
Water treatment plants can’t afford not to think about electricity too.
Cities all over the world are facing growing challenges to provide clean, reliable water. And many of the fixes, such as desalination plants, have a huge carbon footprint.
The traditional media industry comes with a large environmental cost, but emissions from digital productions are often ignored.
Barcelona is under huge strain from tourism growth, but at least it is trying to do something about it. You could help as well...
Ecologically sound housing needs to be built on a much larger scale.
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As a remedy to rampant consumerism and the throwaway culture of fast-fashion, a few clothing brands actively encourage their customers to buy less.
When it comes to TV use energy, calling one household ‘average’ can be misleading.
Evert F. Baumgardner - National Archives and Records Administration.
People who watch a lot of TV consume a disproportionate amount of electricity so we should tailor energy efficiency incentive programs to these and other big energy users.
Much of the U.S. was built around the automobile, with greater distances to be covered than in places like Europe, making Americans’ daily lifestyles higher in energy than elsewhere.
Cognitive dissonance: scholars need to confront the undeniable conflict of pushing for action on climate change, while maintaining a high-energy lifestyle.
Low food miles: a farmers market in Pennsylvania.
Food is a big part of everyone's carbon footprint – about the same as electricity use. How can our diet make farming more planet-friendly?
René Magritte’s The False Mirror (1928).
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A philosopher's thoughts on how an individual can overcome the feeling of helplessness in the face of global climate change.
The SNP wants Westminster to learn from them.
The SNP wants the UK to match Scotland's commitments to carbon reduction.
Improving life conditions for humans has been linked to increased carbon emissions. Professor Andrew Jorgenson’s research…
Residents of the London borough of Newham have the smallest carbon footprint in the UK, while the City of London has the…
Fresh, raw soy milk and fresh, raw animal milk are very different foods.
There are good reasons why people may want to swap soy with dairy milk. The carbon, water and phosphate footprint of soy milk is a fraction of the latter. But the main reason for the increasing popularity…
Carbon reporting regulations are controlled by a select few.
Five years ago, we really didn’t have a clue what an organisation’s carbon impact might look like, and few firms had any sort of carbon-oriented business plan. Now, the trend is to fill this gap by producing…
Australia’s ecological footprint has been downsized slightly, but the devil is in the details.
Amidst all the heat and noise of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the release of WWF’s Ecological Footprint analysis for Australia in May went largely unheralded in the general media…
Difficult austerity: Bangladesh, where on average it takes 130 women to match the carbon footprint of one American woman.
In any discussion of the world’s environmental problems, someone will always argue that the core problem is that the world has too many people. Cliff Hooker has recently named it “the elephant in the room…