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With a little out-of-the-box thinking, you can give back in ways that meet the unique needs of your community and are fulfilling to everyone you encounter.
On November 30, support your local businesses and discover hidden gems in your town.
There are plenty of ways you can support fair-trade producers and organizations. Here's a list to give you some inspiration on how to incorporate the fair-trade movement into your life.
Studies have found that volunteering can positively impact both your body and your mind. We're here to tell you all about the different ways doing good in your community can do some good for yourself.
If you have something or some time to give, consider doing so today. Here’s a list of easy ways you can give something away today.
Farmers markets have so much more to offer than just the sights and smells. The following is a list of just a few reasons you should visit your local farmers market this summer.
Researchers Finish Green Sea Turtle Study in Florida Keys
The Vermont Department of Corrections says the composting of food scraps in the state’s prisons keeps 572,000 pounds (257,400 kilograms) of food waste out of landfills every year.
With the help of a bicycle, we can take better care of the environment, our physical bodies and even spend time together. So how can you mark this momentous occasion?
Try these simple, no-plastic hacks for a greener home.
Hunting bans and other conservation efforts may be paying off — though warming oceans remain a serious threat.
New Zealand introduces bill for zero carbon emissions by 2050
Turns out, even the smallest steps can have an impact. This Earth Day, consider your ecological footprint and enact these seven green ways to embrace today.
Throughout the month of April, Keep Pensacola Beautiful has been hosting a series of Plastic Bag Swaps. Thus far, the effort to encourage the switch to reusable canvas totes has been successful and will culminate with two events this Saturday, including the annual Pensacola Earth Day celebration.
The arts still play a vital role in much of our society. In fact, without the arts, much of our history, expression and culture would be virtually nonexistent.
Keep Pensacola Beautiful Earns Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award Recognition
A researcher for the first time has modeled how microplastic fibers move through the environment. The work could someday help communities better understand and reduce plastics pollution, which is a growing problem around the world.
The world’s second largest coral reef in the world has just been taken off of the endangered places list. After being danger-listed in 2009, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) was removed from the UNESCO World Heritage Center list of “World Heritage in Danger” last month.
Groundwater that has lingered in Earth’s depths for more than 12,000 years is surprisingly vulnerable to modern pollution from human activities. Once in place, that pollution could stick around for thousands of years, researchers report online April 25 in Nature Geoscience. Scientists previously assumed such deep waters were largely immune to contamination from the surface.
The world’s oceans are sweltering. Over the last century, marine heat waves have become more common and are lasting longer. New research suggests the annual number of days that some part of the ocean is experiencing a heat wave has increased 54 percent from 1925 to 2016, researchers report April 10 in Nature Communications.
The California Air Resources Board just announced that greenhouse gas pollution in California fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004—an achievement roughly equal to taking 12 million cars off the road or saving 6 billion gallons of gasoline a year.
This student’s plan to tackle food insecurity may sound unappetizing, but it’s actually pretty ingenious. Joy Youwakim, an economics student at the University of Texas, has proven that we can safely grow produce on top of inactive landfills.
This 730-acre patch of private land has been a well-kept secret for almost a century. Soon, however, it will be turned into a national park for the masses to enjoy.
The state of California is poised to become the first US state to make solar panels a mandatory addition to most newly-built homes.
In 1988, Ben Lecomte became the first person to swim across the Atlantic Ocean – and now, 30 years later, he wants to become the first person to successfully swim across the Pacific.
Sunlight shapes oil spills’ long-term legacies. In the days and weeks after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, sunlight hit the oil slicks on the surface of the water.
Asian car drivers are exposed to nine times more pollution than their European and American counterparts, a comprehensive study has found.
Laura and Chris Moriarity have had no expertise in ocean pollution or making prosthetic limbs—but they passionately believed they could tackle both issues with one solution.
In 2015, massive wildfires burned through Indonesia, sending thick smoke and haze as far as Thailand. These fires were “the worst environmental disaster in modern history,” says Thomas Smith, a wildfire expert at King’s College London.
A new study shows that even though water quality has improved in South Korea's Han River basin since the 1990s, there are still higher-than-acceptable levels of pollutants in some of the more urbanized regions in and around the capital Seoul.
What would you say to your favorite tree? Well, the people of Melbourne, Australia took the time to email their thoughts to some of the city’s 70,000 Eucalyptus, oaks, and elms.
The northwestern United States has become an air pollution hot spot — literally. Air quality in states from Nevada to Montana is worse than it was 30 years ago on the days with the most extreme air pollution.
Every day, humans generate millions of tons of garbage. And although a lot of that litter ends up in landfills, some enters the ocean by accident or through illegal dumping. Now, researchers have compiled a new database that reveals just how widespread ocean litter is, from the infamous “garbage patches” of the North Pacific to piles of trash on beaches around the world and in the deep ocean.
Ireland on Thursday moved to pull its public funds out of fossil fuels, a development that marks the most significant advance to date for a divestment campaign pushed by environmentalists worldwide.
When invasive rats chow down on island seabirds, coral reefs suffer. Researchers studied islands with and without the rodents in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. On rat-free isles, there were on average 1,243 birds per hectare compared with about two birds per hectare on rat-infested islands, the team found. And these rodentless islands had healthier coral reef ecosystems. The secret: Bird poop, naturally rich in nitrogen, washes into the ocean and helps keep reefs productive, the scientists report in the July 12 Nature.
One organization in Mexico City is making their city into a better place one concrete pillar at a time. Via Verde is a project that is working to convert at least 1,000 grey highway pillars into vertical gardens that can soak up pollution and smog.
Plastic straws have been a big topic of discussion as of late. It's no surprise that they're not great for the environment, but if a switch to plastic lids (à la Starbucks) is making you scratch your head, here's what you need to know.
In an article in Science published in 1912, Professor Giacomo Ciamician noted that “Coal… offers solar energy to humanity in its most concentrated form… but coal is not inexhaustible. Is fossil solar energy the only one that may be used in modern life and civilization?”
MASS PRODUCTION OF plastics, which began just six decades ago, has accelerated so rapidly that it has created 8.3 billion metric tons—most of it in disposable products that end up as trash. If that seems like an incomprehensible quantity, it is. Even the scientists who set out to conduct the world’s first tally of how much plastic has been produced, discarded, burned or put in landfills, were horrified by the sheer size of the numbers.
The world’s oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic — bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles — and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arctic.
Researchers have helped create the first tool to calculate the 'nitrogen footprint' of an organization. The tool will provide a guide to sustainability and pollution reduction for daily activities such as food consumption, travel and energy use.
More New York homeowners have tapped into solar power in recent years, as regulations have eased and prices have dropped. But apartment dwellers, for the most part, have been kept in the dark. Starting this summer, though, renters and homeowners who live in buildings that don’t, or can’t, have solar panels on the roof can join something known as a community solar group.
If you have ever mourned the number of cigarette butts littering your local streets, take heart that they can actually be used as a resource to produce new products—and you can get involved.
One of Earth's most impressive ecosystems is in dire straits. Here are the main issues threatening this magnificent natural wonder.
Does the ease of free, one-click shipping outweigh the potential environmental costs?
Allbirds shoes are designed without logos, labels or special detailing. They’re constructed from ZQ-certified merino wool (meaning sheep are raised sustainably and humanely according to strict standards). The wool is specially knitted into a superfine weave — each fiber is about 20 percent the width of a human hair — so it’s not scratchy.
Robert Bezeau has built the world's first plastic bottle castle in a bid to show how #plasticwaste can be made into low-cost sustainable housing.
Be mindful of which sunscreens you choose to wear to the beach this summer. Sun screens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate are harmful to coral reefs.