TAG: Carbon emissions

Town Planning and Transport Efficiency

Public Transport benefits

In many developed countries public transport is so efficient that many people use it to get to and from work. Besides the economic benefits of using public transport, this choice of daily travel could potentially reduce carbon emissions. In Swaziland the use of public transport to travel to work has not taken root due to the inefficiency of our public transport system. Town planning and transport efficiency in our cities is increasingly becoming important. The way in which our towns are developed will now have to take into account the environmental implications of travel within the city, and also to… read more

Weather Channel Explores Tipping Points of Climate Change


We all know there’s a big issue for our planet with the connections between carbon emissions and climate change, but unfortunately, until it really hits us where we live, we may not pay too close attention to it. But even if climate change isn’t directly affecting our lives right now in our neighborhoods, there are places on Earth that are in a near-crisis state due to the effects of climate change. In order to call attention to those places, and how it can affect lives and livelihoods, the Weather Channel is launching a new TV series, called Tipping Points, that… read more

The Sustainability Workshop

The Sustainability Workshop

Chloe Meineck, an innovative designer and researcher, has her hands in many projects. Her scientifically based designs have received much attention, and her Music Memory Box has recently won the Most Innovative Product Award from Brighton Enterprise. Another project that she put into action last year called the Sustainability Workshop is intended for use as a resource for teaching students about carbon emissions. Designed for children ages 2 through 6, it features hands on activities that provide children visual experiences to go along with the lessons so that they can grasp the concept. The workshop, which is aimed at school audiences, includes different facets… read more

Carbon Emissions Explained with LEGO


We know there’s something important to understand about carbon emissions, but sometimes the way that it’s addressed leaves a lot to be desired, unless you’re ready to do some research on your own. For instance, the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), called Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, states that if we want to be able to limit global warming to less than 2°C (as compared to historical levels), we need to stay within a strict carbon budget, keeping our cumulative CO2 emissions from human-based activities to less than 840 gigatonnes of carbon (GtC)…. read more

Is Global Cooling the Next Environmental Trend?


As with all arguments of a scientific nature, it depends on who you listen to. Only in this case, both sides can be found as having emerged, more or less, from the same source. New research suggests that, without Geo-engineering on a massive scale, global warming will be irreversible. In spite of our efforts, it is not enough for us to switch to carbon neutral practices, we’ll have to remove massive quantities of carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere if we wish to tackle climate change. Initiatives for doing so include soot reduction, iron fertilization of the oceans, and carbon… read more

Zipcar a More Efficient Choice for Drivers


For every Zipcar vehicle used, 15 personally-owned cars are taken off the road. Zipcar, which was founded in 2000, is a US-based shared-transport program wherein drivers can reserve a car for use for either a monthly-rate or per-use fee. The program depletes the need to own a car and allows drivers  access to a vehicle on an as-needed basis. Often reservations can be made the same day. It is expected that 10 percent of populations will adopt shared-transport in the future. Shared transport is often a cheaper alternative to car-ownership, depleting the cost of insurance, maintenance, and even gas. Drivers… read more

Keeping Cool And Green

Keeping Cool And Green

Life without air conditioning has become impossible to imagine in some parts of the world and with temperatures predicted to rise in the future this situation does not look like changing. However air conditioning is notorious for increasing energy consumption dramatically in households and businesses. There are a few checks that you can make to reduce the carbon footprint that your air conditioner makes. Mind about MERV MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. It is a scale developed for measuring filtering effectiveness, and this scale was developed by the American Society of Heating in around 1981. The scale ranges from 1… read more

Clean Energy Future?

Are we slowing carbon emissions?

Studies presented late last year highlighted that the United States has been leading the global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The notion that the country, and maybe even the world, was well and truly on the path toward a cleaner, efficient energy future, prompted rejoicing in some quarters. Regardless of whether the data presented in these studies is accurate, it is somewhat misleading in a variety of ways. First, even though CO2 emissions from the United States may be lower now than in the past, it is still high. The emission levels were high a few years ago, which is the comparison benchmark, and it… read more

Rail Travel a Better Option


Since the invention of the automobile, many have fantasized taking to the open road on a cross country trip through America.Traveling on the “Mother Road” of Route 66 or any other artery paved with legends and intrigue. It is true, the United States are vast, and can hardly be explored justly by airplane and its borders only traced by ship. But cars are not superior chariots of travel and transportation. As rail travel still reigns, long from the days of steam engines, in the sleek and efficient form of Amtrak trains. Amtrak is currently the only inter city railway system… read more

Two Different Paths

Greener communities

Since the federal government in the United States has been met with its fair share of delays and inaction, the opportunities for individual communities to take action on conserving the environment and combating climate change have largely increased. Cities and neighborhoods are able to bypass a lot of the red tape surrounding implementing “green” strategies and programs, which makes it much easier for small-scale success. There are expected green cities, such as Portland, OR, which has excellent public transportation and an extensive network of bike trails; the city also offers financial incentives to homeowners and businesses which use solar energy; Boulder, CO,… read more