What is the Willow Project?

The Willow Project was proposed by ConocoPhillips, and the company received initial approval for the project from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) during the Trump administration. In October 2020, the BLM released a Record of Decision (ROD) that authorized ConocoPhillips to move forward with development of the project. Once developed, the project would involveContinue reading “What is the Willow Project?”

New technology turns carbon dioxide into… a baking ingredient?

Carbon capture is an upcoming technology which involves the capture of carbon dioxide emissions from industrial processes, such as steel and cement production, or from the burning of fossil fuels in power generation. This carbon is then transported from where it was produced, via ship or in a pipeline, and stored deep underground in geologicalContinue reading “New technology turns carbon dioxide into… a baking ingredient?”

Puma’s new sustainability initiative caters to Gen-Z!

Puma, the German multinational corporation that designs and manufactures athletic and casual footwear, apparel and accessories has stepped up their game in the sustainability world. Puma’s new Voices of a RE:GENERATION program asks four environmentalists in their 20s for their opinions on how the company can handle important environmental and social issues. Over the courseContinue reading “Puma’s new sustainability initiative caters to Gen-Z!”

Is Recycling Plastic a Myth?

According to a new analysis by Greenpeace USA, plastic recycling is a myth.  We know that the numeric carbon footprint of plastic production in itself is incomparable to other materials. Regarding plastic material’s entire lifecycle, they have a significant carbon footprint and emit 3.4% of global greenhouse gas emissions.  Despite knowing this, most people justifyContinue reading “Is Recycling Plastic a Myth?”

The Science Behind Warming Waters

Carbon dioxide generally dissolves in water. This is why the oceans are responsible for  absorbing about 30-50% of the CO2 produced from burning fossil fuels. Cold water is better at dissolving and absorbing gasses like CO2 compared to warmer water, which is why a large amount of it gets dissolved in the ocean’s chilliest waters.Continue reading “The Science Behind Warming Waters”

What is Tidal Energy?

Tidal energy is a renewable energy powered by the natural rise and fall of ocean tides and currents (National Geographic). Generally, these energy sources are developed in areas where there is a high difference between high and low tide, to maximize the potential energy derived. Though Tidal Energy has not yet developed to be producedContinue reading “What is Tidal Energy?”

How will the Inflation Reduction Act play a role in fighting Climate Change?

On August 16, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, a bill that will invest $369 Billion into climate solutions (EarthJustice). This act will invest in domestic energy production and manufacturing, putting us on the road to reducing carbon emissions by roughly 40 percent by 2030 (Senate Democrats). The money set aside forContinue reading “How will the Inflation Reduction Act play a role in fighting Climate Change?”

SCOTUS Limits EPA Powers to Repress Carbon Emissions

EPA Rundown Associations like the EPA have managed to hold our major polluters accountable, ensuring America stays within its limits to reach UN SDGs and comply with COP21. On a specific note, the EPA has kept our air clean through enforcing the Clean Air Act preventing 230,000 early deaths and boosting our economy with theContinue reading “SCOTUS Limits EPA Powers to Repress Carbon Emissions”

Quick Thoughts on Lululemon’s Like New Program

“Like New” is Lululemon’s concept where customers can exchange their gently used pieces in stores for credit and buy previously owned apparel online (CNN). Though trade-ins are not accepted at outlets, they are accepted in all stores in the US.  This idea uses closed-loop recycling, ensuring used clothes do not end up in landfills. Closed-loopContinue reading “Quick Thoughts on Lululemon’s Like New Program”

New Jersey Bans Plastic Bags in Stores

In November of 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the plastic bag ban into law. This barred grocery stores from giving customers single use paper and plastic bags, and placed penalties into effect for those who violate the order. Single-use paper carryout bags are allowed to be provided or sold, except by grocery stores equal toContinue reading “New Jersey Bans Plastic Bags in Stores”