Thursday, 08 April 2010 17:14 Written by Paul Burman
Temperatures are hot here in Washington, DC. So hot that some people are asking whether the heat wave that is currently gripping the East Coast is a sign of climate change. New York, for example, experienced 92 degree heat yesterday, breaking an 81-year record. Since the 1850s, the hottest decades on record have come within the last 20 years. The 2000's were the hottest on record, with the 1990's nipping at their heels for the heat record. The start of the new decade also produced record highs, with January registering as the warmest it has ever been in 32 years of satellite recording. And since Jan. 1 of this year- over 2,100 daily US heat records have been broken! It is disturbing trends like this that have climate scientists and average citizens concerned about climate change, and ready to take action. So while the heat wave this week may not, on its own, be the result of global warming, it is part of a trend that our climate is changing. And if the continued loss of glaciers at Glacier National Park in Montana is any indication, you should visit your favorite climate threatened locations ASAP.
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 19:07 Written by Greg Taylor
Our CarbonFree® Partner evo builds on its 3.5 year partnership with Carbonfund.org to help us plant one million trees. If you’re looking for some great skis, snowboards, or wakeboards, you can join the effort by donating $0.50 at checkout. Evo will match each of these donations for a total of $1 to plant a tree as part of Carbonfund.org's Million Tree Challenge. Evo is committed to maintaining a healthy natural environment because the sports they love depend on it! While the ski, snowboard and wakeboard industries are far from perfect, a growing number of brands that evo carries are produced with the environment in mind. Some of the industry leaders in this regard include: Patagonia, Bond Outerwear, Arbor Snowboards, Lib Tech Snowboards, Gnu Snowboards, Surface Skis, and Liberty Skis. If you want to join evo and Carbonfund.org in the Million Tree Challenge, you can plant your own tree too! Just visit our page at www.carbonfund.org/trees and plant as many trees as you’d like for $1 each.
The price of oil and gas continues to creep up all over America - causing a variety of ripple effects on American wallets and emissions. The cost of oil is up to over $86 a barrel, the highest levels since 2008, and pundits are predicting that we will reach the untenable $100 a barrel price point before too long. This is causing gas prices to shoot up nationwide. The Pacific Northwest and parts of the East Coast, for example, are seeing gas prices over $3; Michigan and Missouri are not far behind that price for a gallon. It seems like ages ago that we were dealing with $4 gas - but in reality that was only in 2008. As gas prices shot up, Americans started driving less, purchasing more fuel efficient cars, and tried to maximize the efficiency of their necessary car trips. The unfortunate reality is that we are likely going to have to deal with high fuel prices in the future, potentially the very near future, so the steps we take today to reduce our dependence on gas will have enormous effects moving forward. The good news is that we can change. In April 2008, in response to higher gas prices, Americans drove 20 billion fewer miles than they did the previous April. That is a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; for tips on how to get better gas milage or reduce your emissions, click here.
Examiner Columnist Jenny Rough provides her seven eco-friendly travel tips to reduce one's carbon footprint. She asks readers to consider food's carbon footprint, which travelers sometimes forget when on the road. For example, eating locally grown foods or dining at restaurants that emphasize locally grown foods in their menus can help minimize the carbon footprint. She also suggests using refillable bottles for everyday needs like shampoo, etc.- a good idea as it can be difficult sometimes to find recycling bins or stations when traveling. Providing resources that readers can use in planning their trips, she mentions Carbonfund.org to reduce, offset one's carbon footprint. Check out her travel ideas here: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/entertainment/living/See-green-while-traveling-green-89702102.html. Also, please visit our website to learn more about your carbon footprint, and try our carbon calculators.
The Obama administration and the EPA have officially moved to improve vehicle fuel economy standards, which would save drivers money on gas and reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the lifetime of a vehicle. The improvement will require automakers to provide new vehicles with a fleetwide average of 35.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2016, up from 27.3 MPG in 2011 - about a 30% gain in fuel efficiency. While critics of the move quickly point out that the improvements in technology would add to the prices of vehicles, the savings in fuel will more than offset the initial cost of the vehicle. The New York Times reports that owners of a new car that meets the higher fuel efficiency standard in 2016 will save about $3,000 in fuel over the life of their car - all while polluting less. In aggregate, the new vehicles sold are expected to help save roughly a billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Despite the recession, consumers will still pay more for 'green' goods. This according to a survey done by Mintel, an international market research firm. Mintel's 'green' living survey showed that more than 35% of US consumers will pay more for environmentally-friendly products. Also, the market for 'green' products outperformed the economy as a whole in 2009. One product category, green electronics, showed substantial growth in 2009, most likely do to the increased availability of environmentally friendly electronics like the CarbonFree® Certified MOTO™ W233 Renew mobile phone. However, the growth of the most frequently purchased green products, household cleaners and paper products, declined slightly. Natural and organic foods was also a strong product category with 28% of the survey group reporting that they buy as much, or more organic food then before the recession and only 21% claiming to have cut down on or eliminated their organic food purchases. This survey would logically lead to the assumption that consumers are becoming more educated and savvy about the purchases they make and how they impact the environment and their personal health. It suggests that buying 'green' is becoming a core lifestyle choice for many of today's consumers.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 17:33 Written by Cameron Lane
Carbonfund.org has been nominated for the Best Carbon Offset Provider in TreeHugger’s Best of Green 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. We are very excited about this honor, and ask you to please cast your vote now for Carbonfund.org! As the leading nonprofit climate solutions organization, Carbonfund.org is fighting climate change, helping individuals and businesses reduce and offset their carbon footprint in support of third-party validated projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation. Our mission is to hasten the transition to a clean energy future. Please remember to ask your friends and family members to vote as well! There’s no registration needed, and it takes just seconds. Votes may be submitted once a day per user through April 2nd. Please vote now! Thank you!
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 17:27 Written by Greg Taylor
Alima Pure is featuring their leading line of eye shadow for Earth Day this year. Each color of the Cascadia Collection is named after an Oregon Natural Beauty. So whether your color is Columbia Gorge, a vibrant gold named after the 80-mile Columbia Gorge, or Wallowas, a gentle green from the “Oregon Alps,” you can be sure that when you wear Alima Pure products, you’re sporting eco-friendlier products. All Alima Pure products are certified natural, and cruelty-free. And now for the second straight year, Alima Pure is a Carbonfund.org CarbonFree® Partner. By packing their products in recyclable shipping materials and other actions to reduce their carbon footprint, Alima Pure has taken great steps to reduce what it can, offset what it can't. If you’re looking for a beautiful and eco-friendly Earth Day gift, check out Alima Pure’s Cascadia Collection.