Energy
Energy
  • Place your thermostat several degrees lower in winters and a couple of levels high in summers to save heating and cooling expenses.
  • Unplug appliances when you are not using them use a Wise power Strip which sensations when appliances are cuts and off ghost or vampire energy usage.
  • Of the energy utilized to machine clean clothing goes into heating the water.
  • Utilize a drying rack or clothesline to conserve the energy used during system drying.
Non-potable water
Non-potable water
  • Take shorter showers to decrease water usage. This may cut your heating and water bills.
  • They do not cost much, and the energy and water savings can easily repay your investment.
  • Be sure to get a faucet aerator on every faucet. All these Inexpensive appliances save water and heat whilst maintaining water Pressure.
  • Many plants require minimal watering.
Gas
Gas
  • Walk or bicycle to operate.
  • Consider telecommuting in the Event That You live far out of your job or move closer. Even though this means paying additional lease, it might save your cash in The very long run.
  • Lobby your Regional authorities to With small cost, these Improvements can pay massive dividends in boosting your health and reducing traffic.
Food
Food
  • If you eat meat, then add one meatless meal per week. Meat costs a Good Deal at The shop and it is even more costly once you think about the associated.
  • Purchase locally elevated, humane, and organic eggs, meat, and dairy if it's possible.
  • No matter your daily diet plan, eat low on the food chain. This is particularly accurate for fish.
Reuse
Reuse
  • Go on the internet to locate new or gently-used secondhand goods. Whether You have only moved or are wanting to redecorate, think about a service such as craigslistor even Complimentary Sharing to monitor appliances, furniture, and other items cheaply or for free.
  • Check out garage sales, thrift shops, and consignment stores for Clothes and other everyday products. Your purchases have an actual effect, For worse.
  • Of purchasing private books and films. This saves cash, not forgetting The paper and ink which goes into printing new novels. While cutting back on the amount of items cluttering your cupboard or garage.
Buy
Buy
  • Purchase in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins may save yourself cash and packaging.
  • Wear clothing that don't have to be dry-cleaned.
  • Invest in high quality, durable products. You may pay more Now, but you are going to be happy once you don't need to substitute things as.
Electronics
Electronics
  • Donate or recycle them when the moment comes. E-waste problem.
  • Recycle your mobile phone.
  • Ask the regional authorities to install an electronic recyclingand hazardous waste collection event.
Do it yourself
Do it yourself
  • The big key: you can make really powerful, non-toxic cleaning Products whenever you want them. All you will need are a Couple of easy Ingredients such as baking soda, lemon, vinegar, and soap.
  • Making your home cleaning products saves time, packaging along with your indoor air quality.

This Week on Earth: Too hot for humans to handle

Highlights of the latest environmental news.

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Highlights of the latest environmental news.

The post This Week on Earth: Too hot for humans to handle appeared first on Earth Day.

Good morning, and welcome to Earth Day Network’s This Week on Earth. Each week, we’ll highlight the latest environmental news and what it means for our planet.  

This week, countries started opening up and easing restrictions put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Politicians and world leaders debated more green recovery plans, after the coronavirus pandemic has caused economic losses on par with the Great Depression. And the United States faces a meat shortage. 

Meanwhile, carbon emissions are projected to drop 8% from last year, but global carbon dioxide levels are still at record highs, as Louise Boyle writes for Independent

Check out the rest of the news in our week in review. 

Hot summer nights

Summer’s going to feel different this year, and it’s not just due to the pandemic. 

Some scientists have already projected 2020 to be the hottest year on record. Now, as the northern hemisphere prepares for summer months, new research shows that hot and humid places are getting too hot for human survival. 

“The findings imply that harsh conditions that scientists foresaw as an impending result of climate change are becoming reality sooner than expected,” writes Justine Calma for The Verge.

These findings come the same week a landmark study projected that by 2070, 2 billion to 3.5 billion people, mostly the poor who can’t afford air conditioning, will live in a climate that’s historically too hot to handle. Seth Borenstein, writing for AP, has more details. 

High tide

A new survey concludes that oceans are rising faster than previously thought. By 2100, we can expect seas to rise by a meter, and by 2300, it could get as high as 5 meters. 

“In the worst-case scenario — with rising emissions and global heating of 4.5C above pre-industrial levels — the study estimates the surface of the world’s oceans in 2100 will be between 0.6 and 1.3 metres higher than today, which would potentially engulf areas home to hundreds of millions of people,” writes Johnathan Watts for the Guardian.

Higher sea levels and warmer waters intensify extreme weather events. And climate change increases the frequency of infectious diseases, so The Atlantic writes of natural disasters striking during the pandemic and Wired writes of wildfires in times of coronavirus. 

One-click grocery shopping

Grocery shopping in the pandemic can be anxiety inducing. It’s one of the few places you can’t really practice social distancing measures. It’s no wonder online grocery shopping has taken off. 

But what does Instacart and Amazon mean for the environment? Maddie Stone for Grist explores the carbon footprint of online grocery shopping. 

Meanwhile, no matter how or where you shop, you may be unable to check off one item from your grocery list: meat. Last week, we wrote about how the pandemic is exposing the vulnerability of Big Meat and offered some plant-based recipes to try in the meantime. 

Environmental injustice and the coronavirus

Like climate change, COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting already vulnerable communities. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, scientist Sacoby Wilson talks about the importance of examining the pandemic through the lens of environmental justice. 

“To address the disparities in COVID-19, we have to address our structural inequalities in this country,” says Wilson. 

Let’s just hit the reset button, right? Not so fast

The coronavirus presents us with an opportunity to invest in green recovery plans, something that both cities and countries are calling for. But, as Amy Harder writes for Axios, in the messy, complicated world we live in, it may not be that easy:

“In theory, [coronavirus recovery legislation] provides a lot of opportunities to incorporate clean energy and climate-change ideas, but the reality is that they could just get lost in a crowded and messy crisis.”

10 ways to travel better after coronavirus

We’re all stuck at home for the time being, but the pandemic won’t last forever. After the dust of the pandemic settles, many of us will be thinking about that next vacation and how we can enjoy ourselves without hurting the environment.

“From more staycations to rethinking flying, now is the time to start making better decisions for upcoming trips,” writes Emily Mathieson for Condé Nast Traveller

The newest pollutant

Like the straws and water bottles of the past, waterways and sewers now have a new pollutant to deal with: disposable gloves. 

Eric Baard writes about the Glove Challenge in the New Yorker: “People are wearing disposable gloves to protect themselves from the coronavirus, but who will protect the oceans and waterways from the gloves that get tossed on the ground?”

A break from the news

And because it’s cute, here’s a video of a koala licking a tree. Koalas get most, but not all, their water from chewing on eucalyptus plants. New research from the University of Sydney shows these thirsty marsupials lick trees to quench their thirst. (Sound on.)

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