Donata Defilippi attended the National Council for Science and the Environment's (NCSE) 16th Annual Conference. This year's theme was The Food-Energy-Water Nexus. Donata sent us some of her tweets.
Regardless of the technical details and absence of sanctioned enforcement controls, the recently concluded Paris talks on global climate mark a noteworthy achievement — an historic milestone that deserves being understood, avidly supported, and celebrated.
First, according to all attending, the session gained unprecedented legitimacy among national representatives who agreed that the climate is a major problem and humanity must give high priority to getting it under control. The agreement for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) was signed by nations producing over 99 percent of those heat-trapping emissions.
The new Dietary Guidelines disappoint nutrition experts who had hoped for sustainability recommendations.
Last year was tumultuous and 2016 is already feeling to be more of the same. The capacity to operate and thrive in times of instability and change is increasingly a competitive advantage. The recent World Economic Forum Global Risk Report 2016 gives insight into the challenges to peace and prosperity we will face around the world.
Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s true—stopping something bad from happening is easier than fixing it later. This is the core concept behind the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pollution prevention efforts. Reducing the amount of pollution produced means less waste to control, treat, or dispose of.
I’ve heard Duke Energy being referred to as the devil in the past – this was mostly among environmentalists who believe that the corporation’s bullying tactics and undying love for fossil fuels is not in the best interests of ordinary North Carolinians.
But their recent actions against a small church in Greensboro leaves one to wonder if the moniker isn’t true. Duke is pulling out the stops as it goes after this church and the nonprofit organization that helped them install solar on their roof because it infringes on their monopoly, asking for a $1,000 per day penalty. One could say that the company has finally gone over the line as this time they’re going after God.
Whether you’re running a business or a household, balancing capital costs with operating expenses is one of the most integral elements of your spending strategy. Yet too often, the product and service choices that we make overlook lifetime analysis for the seductive appeal of low upfront cost. Remember the time you purchased the discount coffeemaker for the office kitchen that didn’t last 6 months? We’ve all done it. The lowest cost choice can equate to lower quality – resulting in failures, insufficient performance, shorter lifetime, limited functionality and an array of other compromises to your overall experience. The fluorescent light shown in this video is a prime example of this.
The recent ‘king–tide’ (extreme high-tide) flooding was an eye-opening event to witness. According to official reports, these were the highest waters on our coast ever recorded in the absence of a hurricane.
In addition to heavy rains there were other factors, and one of particular significance. Besides moderate offshore winds that were blowing landward, as coastal development continues, there are increasing areas of pavement and other impervious surfaces that shed storm-water into low-lying areas.
The City of Atlanta and its transportation woes are synonymous. Almost three quarters of city residents responding to a recent Atlanta Regional Commission poll rated traffic as “the biggest problem facing residents in the metro Atlanta area.”
And the city isn’t simply time-crazed. Atlanta drivers spend more hours commuting than residents of any other U.S. city. This is partly due to poor city infrastructure. Georgia spends less dollars per resident on transportation than almost any other state.
And our cars are pumping carbon dioxide at an alarming rate. Dr. Jairo Garcia, City of Atlanta’s Sustainability Management Analyst, watches the numbers, such as vehicle miles travelled (VMTs), every day. It’s his job to take climate science and apply it to citywide policy.
Since the Industrial Revolution, the atmosphere has been the world’s principal repository for carbon pollution, providing a free-for-all approach to waste management that has resulted in global climate change with serious consequences for human and environmental health.
Responding to the need for action, two major climate milestones occurred this summer.