According to World Health Organisation statistics, there are around 1 billion active tobacco smokers globally, with high demand earning the world’s 6 largest tobacco firms a staggering $35 billion each year, equating to more than $1000 every second. Even with powerful public health messages about the effects of smoking, both in the developed world and in poorer regions, demand for smoking remains incredibly strong. The health arguments against smoking are well-known and much repeated, but smoking also has some major environmental implications, which are often overlooked. In this article, we examine some of those implications, including land use, paper production, rubbish problems and air pollution.
When people hear the term air pollution, they mostly envision industrial complexes and toxic fumes rising into the atmosphere. These troublesome images aren’t really off the mark, but what we often overlook is our own living environments, in which we spend a large portion of our life, are plagued by various pollutants. Toxic clouds float around our homes, not just urban jungles and distant horizons, and that calls for a proactive approach. Maintaining an optimal indoor climate is thus paramount for the health and well-being of all inhabitants.
It’s that time of year! Maybe you’re already signed up for this season, or maybe you’ve never heard about them. A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share is a local farm offering a certain number of farm “shares” of his/her crop to the public. These vary and typically consist of veggies, but often times include fruit, eggs, cheeses, and even meat. Consumers purchase a share from their selected farmer and receive a predetermined quantity of the farmer’s crop regularly throughout the growing season. Even in Western PA, where we experience a relatively harsh winter, there are plenty of programs and shares to choose from 12 months throughout the year.
WHY SHOULD YOU SIGN UP FOR ONE?
Our eating and shopping habits are not just important for health, but for our local economies, the environment, and the future of our food system.
Eco-friendly is not just a fancy term your weird painter/photographer friend uses while sipping organic juice, no. Taking care of nature and the environment has become a very important matter in today’s world of global warming and increasingly diminishing natural resources.
If you are not eco-mindful by now, it’s time to board the eco train, because if humans don’t take matters into their own hands in the struggle to save mother Earth, who will? What kind of Earth will we be leaving to our children?
One of the more pressing matters of environmental issues is energy consumption, which is at an all-time high.
Here is how you can help nurture our Earth by implementing small changes into your home that will not only help the environment but are also a healthier option for you and your family.
Bees are crucial to the survival of the human race. Via their impressive ability to pollinate and produce honey, they provide a priceless service in helping us produce enough crops to feed our growing population. Many if not most of the food products we consume contain a vegetable source that the bees helped pollinate (not including honey). And what do they get in return? Squashed because we’re afraid of them and their stingers, or we destroy their homes because they’re too close to ours.
Worse yet… plants and other crops get sprayed with dangerous chemicals toxic to bees, killing them off in droves, resulting in colony collapse. These chemicals really aren’t too great for humans either, yet we continue to use them rather than organic farming methods to meet the ever-increasing demands of consumerism.
In 2017, humanity will become even more aware of the climate change and the importance of biodiversity, conservation, and environmentalism in general. Although many people think that the new POTUS will put the most powerful country in the world on a completely different track, the expert community that has been pointing out the highly visible and measurable consequences of climate change are simply too strong to be ignored.
New environmentalist trends are being defined by the scientific research, business, and political decisions. In 2016 we’ve seen the eighth annual Horizon Scan of Emerging Issues for Global Conservation and Biological Diversity, which summarized the most important environmental risks and opportunities for the next year. In this article, we’ll use the conclusions from this conference as a framework to determine ten green trends that science and the corporate community will need to deal with in 2017.
Despite the controversial debate and various disputes among climate and atmospheric scientists against certain government officials, politicians, or members of the ‘elite’ – global warming is a very real, and quickly rising, global threat.
As the population on the planet rises, resources are being consumed at an astonishing rate. As resources (such as coal-mining, oil-digging, deforestation, industry, among others) increase in demand, our energy output as a whole skyrockets. As global Co2 (carbon dioxide) emissions rise, they get trapped in the upper atmosphere, also known as the greenhouse effect.(1) These gases eventually build up and warm the entire planet, causing permanent and perhaps irreparable damage.
Ever wanted to go camping but don’t want to sleep in a tent on the cold, hard ground? Even if you have some kind of cot or air-mattress, you’re still on the ground and vulnerable to any possible predators lurking in the shadows of the forest floor. Yet even if you don’t care about any of that, how fun would it be to elevate your tent off the ground regardless?! Sleeping and spending time in a hammock tent, suspended safely in the air between the security of trees?