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Friday, May 04, 2018

How to Teach Children About Sustainability and Climate Change

[While debate on various environmental topics rages on in our nation's capital, a new generation is out there that -- we all hope -- can bring positive change.  Emily Folk takes a look at how to teach children about sustainability and climate change.]

If you teach a child about the importance of sustaining the planet for the long term from the time they are young, then worries about climate change will lessen. Greenhouse gas levels are higher than they've been in 800,000 years
Whether this is from natural causes, human impact, or a combination of both remains debatable.  [Editor’s note: The National Academy of Sciences has concluded that climate change ‘is largely caused by human activities.” ]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10 Tips to Start Your Eco-Friendly Way of Living

(If you are looking for make a positive personal impact on the environment -- especially with the U.S. EPA under its current management -- you might enjoy these ideas from Lily Kaligian.)

While climate change and environmental degradation may seem like issues that we can’t make a huge difference to as individuals, every choice we make can have an impact, no matter how small it might seem. Making more sustainable choices is an important part of having a more eco-friendly lifestyle and by just changing a few habits we can do our part for the environment. Here are ten tips to start living more a more eco-friendly life.

Monday, April 16, 2018

How the Food Industry is Contributing to Climate Change

(There is an old saying, "You Are What You Eat."  It might be worth recalling as you read this thought-provoking piece by Emily Folk.)

The food industry is a massive beast, despite there being food deserts, shortages and famines all over the globe. And that fact isn’t going to change any time soon. There are various aspects to the food industry that are contributing to climate change, and although not all of them stem directly from the industry’s rules and regulations, they do stem from the way we view food, especially in developed countries.

No matter which way you look at it, the food industry is impacting climate change. Everyone from small farmers to international fast-food chains is creating an uneven supply and demand that changes the way we view food, the way we eat it, and the impact it has on our lives. Worldwide, the agriculture industry produces about a third of our greenhouse gases. There are other ways to eat. Start by thinking about your food habits, and move forward from there. 

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The Clean Air Act is the law that defines EPA's responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation's air quality and the stratospheric ozone layer. The last major change in the law, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, was enacted by Congress in 1990. Legislation passed since then has made several minor changes.