University Fossil Fuel Divestment- All Aboard

announced that it has successfully fulfilled its pledge to divest from fossil fuels, making it the most recent to do so. While university divestment from fossil fuels tends not to make the front page, the movement is nothing new and has only gained strength since its inception and as awareness of the catastrophic effects of climate change has grown. To …

Largest Solar Array in the US Approved by Trump Administration

To say that the Trump administration’s energy policy is confused is a gross understatement. Through the few ups and multitude of downs, the only consistent factor may be inconsistency. In a valiant effort to monitor this rollercoaster, National Geographic has been keeping a running list of every environmental policy change made by the administration. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of …

Delivered meal kits- environmental nightmare… right

If you’ve ever had any of those meal kits delivered to your door, you’ll be familiar with the heaps of packaging left behind after dinner time, especially if you’ve been eating them for a few days in a row. You really can’t ignore it. Each delivery comes in a large cardboard box, lined with oversized icepacks, and every ingredient is …

Social Distancing is in, Crude Oil is out

The price of oil (WTI Crude) is down to just $11 USD per barrel and falling. It’s the lowest it’s been since 2004. For the first time ever, futures for West Texas Intermediate have dropped below zero, deep into negative territory, for the first time ever which means producers are literally paying buyers to take it from them. For those …

Banning Plastic Bags- effective or feel-good measure

Governments around the world have headed demands from their citizenry and adopted bans on plastic bags. From Kenya to California, Europe to Eurasia, these bans have variation in the details of their legislation, but the basic framework is always the same- no more free single-use, thin plastic bags available at the checkout counter. After seeing images of marine life and …

Drinking Green

Ti- no thanks I’ll have a beer No, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day and I’m certainly not referring to the color of your beer. Drinking green means reaching for a beer that will have the smallest environmental footprint. Sure, giving it up altogether and sustaining purely on tap water is the most eco-savvy way to hydrate but then you have …

The Green Lining of Social Distancing

With a new global pandemic in full-swing, we find ourselves living in unprecedented and fearsome times. For every fumble and misstep from governments around the world, there have been equal numbers of amazing scientific advancements in our understanding of the COVID-19 virus and how best to mitigate its impact. Unless you’ve been living in a hole, you’ve noticed a massive …

Avoiding Eco-Anxiety

If you regularly consume news media you’ll know that rarely a day that goes by without a disturbing article dealing with some ecological disaster at the hands of humanity. From raging wildfires to catastrophic hurricanes and flooding, the impacts of climate change often make headlines. Oceanic plastics, air pollution, deforestation, contaminated drinking water and …. If you’re really paying attention, …

The Dirty Underbelly of Electirc Vehicles

Imagine a mountain of human waste. What do you see? Some open garbage dump with plastic bags and vultures swirling about in equal numbers? Or maybe large concrete tubes pouring all manner or toxic ooze downstream from the local chemical plant? Blackened skies filled with smoke from incinerator towers? An ocean swirling with garbage? Probably not many imagine a massive …

The Unforseen Plague – microplastics everywhere

Probably most people out there today have at least heard of microplastic by now. I would venture to guess that you almost certainly heard about it in the context of our oceans and the impacts it is having there. That’s a great start but unfortunately there is a lot more to the story, including some surprises, some cause for optimism, …