Greenhouse Gas Emissions Archives - State of the Planet

Is Organic Food Really Better for the Environment?

Recent research suggests it might not be as sustainable as we might think, but it’s complicated.

by |October 22, 2019

You Asked: Should We All Go Vegetarian or Vegan to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint?

Short answer: Moderation is key.

by |September 26, 2019
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You Asked: Are My Efforts to Reduce My Carbon Emissions Too Minor to Matter?

Individual efforts to reduce carbon emissions could, in fact, go a long way in making a difference.

by |September 25, 2019

New Report Lays Out Strategies to Curb Emissions From Government-Owned Enterprises

These companies are among the world’s leading carbon emitters, so there can be no climate success without them.

by |September 20, 2019
visualization comparing trash in garbage patch vs U.S. co2 emissions in one year

The Ocean Garbage Patch Is Tiny Compared to Our Carbon Footprint

How trash in our oceans can help us conceptualize and reduce our carbon emissions.

by |January 9, 2019

The 35 Easiest Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

With these simple changes, you can make a difference without making much of an effort or financial investment.

by |December 27, 2018
Film and TV, Camera

Cut! How the Entertainment Industry is Reducing Environmental Impacts

The film and TV industries are working to produce sustainable entertainment and changing the way you think about your favorite shows and movies.

by |March 29, 2018

Building Consensus on Climate and Sustainability Policy

The New York Times reported on a new international agreement that will phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a chemical that is used in refrigerators and air conditioners that is a powerful greenhouse gas. The irony is that HFCs were developed to replace chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, chemicals that caused a hole in our atmosphere’s ozone layer and were banned by the Montreal Protocol of 1987.

by |October 17, 2016

Biofuels And Jet Travel

Global communication and global travel have transformed economic life in our world and have been important tools in improving quality of life for many. They have transformed our world’s culture in ways that we do not yet fully understand. Let’s take the first small steps in building the technology and business models most appropriate to a renewable resource-based sustainable economy.

by |September 26, 2016

Learning From Volkswagen’s $10 Billion Sustainability Mistake

The market and government regulators are sending a message that is clear and ought not be misunderstood: people care about the environment and the quality of their air. If people did not support air pollution regulations they would not have cared about Volkswagen’s disregard of environmental law.

by |June 27, 2016