ECO TIP | Save -$1,653 lbs CO2e by skipping a 3 hour flight
Airlines are a major contributor to carbon emissions. Each flight hour results in 551 lbs of carbon emissions! Sorry fellow wanderlusters, but the fewer long flights you take, the better. For those, like team RePrint, who can’t commit to never flying or traveling, you can always donate to One Tree Planted or CarbonFund.org to offset your travel emissions. Cutting back on unnecessary flights, or donating to offset your travel emissions, is especially important since the global tourism industry is responsible for 8% of total carbon emissions, which is 4X higher than previously estimated.
CO2 levels are the highest they’ve been in 800,000 years…
Last month atmospheric CO2 levels reached 410.31 parts per million, which is the highest they’ve been in 800,000 years. According to scientists, the increased burning of fossil fuels has resulted in increased levels of atmospheric carbon and methane, which is enhancing the planet’s natural ‘greenhouse effect.’ This is fueling climate change and making the planet less hospitable for future generations. Adding insult to injury, this Harvard Scientist believes climate change may be even worse than we think.
Hawaii leads the way in environmental regulation…
Hawaii just passed a bill that aims to make the state carbon neutral by 2045, which is the most ambitious climate goal set by any state. Hawaii also outlawed all sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals that have been found toxic to coral, in an attempt to protect our struggling coral reefs.
The rundown on renewable energy…
Here’s what happened in the world of renewable energy last week:
- California became the first state to require solar panels be installed on any new residential construction. This is part of a plan that requires all residential and commercial construction to be zero net energy by 2030.
- Solar power is now 50% cheaper than coal, despite Congress being poised to cut funding for solar while increasing funding for fossil fuels. However, the Department of Energy just allocated $19 million for research to improve electric vehicle charging technologies.
- The Japanese just announced an advance in solar cell technology that will address 3 key challenges in solar cell tech: efficiency, stability, and cost.
- Florida announced a large-scale solar energy project that will be one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the nation.
- Shenzhen managed to turn all of its 16,000 buses electric.
EYE ON PATAGONIA ACTION WORKS
Patagonia Action Works (‘PAW’) connects committed individuals to organizations working on environmental issues in their communities. If you’re frustrated by the current environmental and political situation, but unsure of how to get involved, use PAW to connect to like-minded organizations taking action in your area.