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Why buy an electric car?

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What is the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy?

First, to understand why we would want to use electric cars, we need to understand the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy. Renewable energy comes from sources like wind, water, the sun, and the heat from the earth. This form of energy can quickly be used and reused over and over without creating any air pollution or gasses that would warm our climate by trapping heat in the ozone.

Non-renewable energy, on the other hand, comes from sources like coal, oil, and nuclear fission. Coal, oil and natural gas have been developing in the earth over thousands of years, and when they are used as fuel, they do release air pollution and greenhouse gasses. Oil and natural gas are formed by creatures dying, and 1% of these decomposed creatures gets incorporated into rock.1 The rock with the material from once-living creatures sinks into the earth, and heat causes this to liquefy, creating oil or gas. 1

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In 2014, I will... Spread the word!

Fighting climate change and helping our planet is a collective effort, based on everyone's contributions. The more we are, the greater a difference we can make!

There are many ways for you to spread the word about what we can all do to fight global warming. Giving eco-friendly gifts for the holidays or for birthdays, proposing your colleagues (or your neighbours) to carpool, preparing meals with local food and explaining your choices to your guests - all the steps you've taken can convince others to do their part too.

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Feed People Not Landfills

If you are reading this then my title definitely caught your attention and probably even confused some of you. It is imperative that we discuss the issue regarding food waste and what we can do to prevent it!

To gain a better understanding of issues concerning food waste, first check out this video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwVuz0UJl2A#t=34

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Convenience vs Impact: Bottled Water

Water! It's a resource we cannot live without. It maintains our environments and keeps us hydrated! We often turn to the convenient and glorified commodity of bottled water to quench our thirst. It is portrayed as a healthy drink in opposition to our sugary soft drinks and juices. It is also marketed as a pristine and magnificent source of clean spring water.

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Composting in New York City

These days, composting is the new recycling. Composting not only improves soil health but can also offset global warming by reducing the methane emissions that occur when natural materials break down in landfills. But what about those of us living in a crowded place like New York City, where space seems too scarce to start an individual compost?

 

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