The Slick Spreads

The Slick Spreads

It appears as though the Deepwater Horizon saga is not over, with new reports suggesting there is yet another oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico coming from the site of the 2010 spill. BP had confirmed the oil sheen that appeared in mid-September in the Gulf was leaking from the containment dome, an abandoned piece of equipment which capped the original spill. The company addressed that leak by plugging it, only to find more slicks surfacing days later. It is clear that despite the company’s (hopefully) best efforts, the job hasn’t been done properly, and there is little evidence… read more

Small Business Savings

Small business tips for saving

While solar panels and fuel cell energy use can contribute to more efficient business practices, not everyone is able to make such investments in the foreseeable future. Though small businesses may not have infinite funds, the economic stability of the U.S. owes a lot to them. Over the last decade it was small businesses, not major corporations, who generated 60 – 80 percent of all new jobs each year. Yet they rarely get the breaks allotted to larger companies. But by taking simple measures, small businesses can save money while keeping in ranks with major corporations. Switching It Up A simple change in lighting goes a long way and many companies are making the switch from incandescent light bulbs… read more

Overfishing with FishLove

Fishing boat

An organization in the UK that is attempting to make a bold statement against over fishing has taken to celebrities posing naked with dead fish. If they wanted everyone’s attention I think they received it that’s for sure! Should the point be not to kill fish rather than kill them to pose naked with them? According to FishLove’s website, Scientists predict that all marine life will effectively disappear from our oceans by the middle of this century if nothing is done about over-fishing. The people in these photographs want over-fishing to stop. Of course, with over fishing you also have… read more

Clean Business Strategies

Clean business

In the midst of the climate crisis, clean business strategies are vital. Even for a business unconcerned with the climate crisis, it would be in its best interest to invest in climate protection. Today, entrepreneurs and companies prosper from adopting more efficient practices, especially as environmental concerns worsen. Made clear throughout history, it is the nations that innovate to meet the needs of humans and the environment who have ruled the world, politically and otherwise. With environmental responsibility comes innovation, this has been proven time and again as some of the world’s leading companies strive to improve their efficiency and sustain their good reputations. In the early 2000’s, Dupont pledged to reduce its… read more

A Bold Campaign

Bold Strategy

When attempting to change the status quo there are many tactics one can use. Sometimes one can get lucky and find success in convincing the status quo maintainer using sound logic and rationale. But sometimes what is really needed is a biased, slanted, aggressive campaign to not only throw the status quo maintainer into a state of panic, but to try to knock some sense into them as well. This is what two groups, Oil Change International and The Other 98%, did late last year, rolling out a bold campaign taking on the oil industry. “Exxon hates your children” is the… read more

Climate Change On The Agenda

Climate Change on the Agenda

President Barack Obama was named as TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2012 recently, and was interviewed by the publication on a variety of issues as part of its article on the person of the year. In the interview, the president said the economy, immigration, climate change and energy would be at the top of his agenda for his second term. Now, being on the agenda and moving toward progressive policies are two different things, but it can be assumed the president will feel more comfortable aggressively pursuing progressive ideology. However, the economy and immigration will likely be the… read more

Sustainable Schools

School children playing

Sustainability in schools encompasses six key areas: water conservation, waste reduction, energy efficiency, green spaces, environmentally friendly transportation, and sustainability education. The first step to making a school more sustainable is to establish a sustainability team that includes students, teachers, other staff and, ideally, parent volunteers. This team must evaluate the school’s environmental friendliness, determine which issues can be feasibly addressed, create both short- and long-term goals, and develop an action plan. It’s also beneficial to consult with other sustainable schools and organizations to learn about best practices and to celebrate successes in meeting sustainability targets. The following are specific… read more

Cruise Lines Sewage Report Cards

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Friends of the Earth recently released their 2012 Cruise Ship Report Card, which evaluates major ship lines on their pollution levels. The report covers 15 major cruise lines, including the Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International, as well as 148 of their collective cruise ships. All were graded in the areas of Sewage Treatment, Air Pollution Reduction, and Water Quality Compliance. The report also recorded any changes, improvements or decline, of those graded in 2010. For a ship to be considered efficient in sewage treatment, it had to possess the most advanced system of sewage and water treatment. Ensuring that waste… read more

Responsible Fireworks Use

Responsible Fireworks

The year is almost over, and if the Mayan prophecy is wrong we will soon be celebrating the dawn of the impending New Year. There are many ways in which different cultures of the world celebrate this event, relevant to this article is the universal use of fireworks. Fireworks are a beautiful spectacle to observe, the fire showers that light up the sky bring a feeling of happiness and excitement to spectators. However, we need to consider the impact that fireworks have on the environment. The first concern in this regard is the effect that fireworks have on animals, the… read more

That Special Place

That special place

I first encountered wild nature in Australia when I was four years old. My mum and her sister, Aunty Karen, took me on an excursion to Kondalilla Falls atop the Blackall Range in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The dense foliage and fast-moving water was unlike anything I had ever seen. I can remember running along the forest track and being filled with such bliss that I proclaimed, “I want to live here. Please can we live here”. But my mother and Aunty didn’t share my enthusiasm to build a home in the rainforest. I cried in the car all the way… read more