carbon footprint

anonymous asked:

Unpopular opinion: consuming insect based protein is a smart, green option for the future due to the low carbon footprint of raising bugs, and the western taboo of insects is irrational and doing far more harm than good

true!

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Will a vegetarian diet make all that much of a difference on the environment? How about recycling? According to a recent study published by a pair of scientists, there is a way to rank which actions reduce greenhouse gas emissions the most. And in lieu of the Paris Agreement, the everyday citizen may want to get acquainted. Read more (7/12/17)

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idk if yall remember but i asked if yall want me to start this lil series a long time ago but i’ve finally gotten onto it!! u’d be surprised to find out how many of this can save u lots of $$ too and i still have a lot of posts to come so look out for them ٩◔‿◔۶

  • get urself a water bottle
    • i was shocked to find out sm people don’t have bottles of their own??
    • reduces waste   
    • save $$ by never buying plastic bottles bc u can just refill it
  • also get urself a tumbler
    • so u can use ur own at cafes and starbucks
    • such a good investment u buy a $10 cup && save 10₵ everytime
    • if u drink 4 coffees a week that’s $20 saved a year
  • take the public transport / bike / walk
    • esp if u have time after school and when ur not in a rush
    • extremely therapeutic and is a great stress relief
    • u can rent bikes now which is rly cool
  • draw ur curtains
    • apparently 10% of energy can be saved on heating when u let sunlight in
    • saving money too how cool
  • turn ur thermostat down by 1°C
    • or up if u use air conditioning
    • apparently u can save up to $60 a year
    • or just turn it down by 5 degrees and hibernate in ur hoodie + a thick ass blanket bc it’s rly comfy and u should try it
  • shop w reusable shopping bags
    • or just bring a huge bag u can dump stuff into
    • some places deduct a few cents if u don’t use plastic bags isn’t that gr10
  • reuse plastic bags
    • don’t throw them out bros
    • u can line ur bins w them
    • if u need a change of clothes throw them in a plastic bag before u throw it in ur bag
    • after u gym or smt throw ur sweaty clothes in a plastic bag so it doesn’t stench up ur bag
    • and check if the plastic bags are recyclable before u recycle them!!
  • buy refills instead of new pens
    • let’s be real ur gonna buy the same pen
    • so just get refills instead it’s sm cheaper + u get 10 in a box
    • just google “(pen name) refill” it’s rly easy
    • some shops sell refills at the counter u can go ask
    • (@ sg and msia fam,, popular bookshop does)
  • STOP BUYING NEW PENCILS
    • literally just get ONE mechanical pencil
    • and get urself some pencil lead
    • idk why every back to school haul has like 5 pencils
    • yo pencil lead refill is a thing my brothers
    • and a box costs less than a pencil and lasts for more than a year
    • is this not a thing??
  • eat meatless some days
    • did u kno giving up beef will reduce ur carbon footprint more than if u give up ur car
    • but lol still gotta live that cheeseburger and kbbq life from time to time
    • so just cut out the meat like 1 or 2 days a week
    • and no mutton and beef and pork and turkey if u can help it
  • save and recycle paper pls !!11!1
    • use both sides!
    • recycle don’t trash!
    • buy recycled paper and notebooks!

that is all kiddos if u have more ways to save the earth pls inbox me here!! and check out my other study tips too:

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Along The Boardwalk

Drabbles

Summary: They always said Kim Taehyung had a you-shaped hole in his heart.
Pairing: Taehyung | Reader
Genre: Fluff + light Smut, Skater Boy AU
Word Count: 12,819
Author’s Note: Inspired by those Taehyung left version concept photos and mainly sparked by a conversation I was having with @an-exotic-writer so naturally I drafted this as a token of my love and no I am definitely not writing this because talking to Missy certainly does not give me heart problems whatchu mean. I’m also tagging @kimvtae because we were screaming about the concept of a skater boy Tae together.

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You’ve always had a very peculiar habit of being drawn towards the things you couldn’t even imagine yourself doing—although you could argue that’s exactly why you found yourself naturally gravitating towards them in the first place. Unlike most people, who might have been taken by an envious desire to take on certain challenges and obstacles that were most likely out of their league, you found a natural peace chasing after something you couldn’t quite obtain yourself.

Maybe it was your own self-awareness or the fact that you never felt confident enough to branch out towards something that was so clearly on the opposite end of the spectrum from what you were normally use to. You’ve always just been content watching other people take on their passions while you remained on the sidelines with your own hopes and dreams and aspirations. It always excited you to see people participating in their interests—so much so that friends would always humor you that it was always the people rather than the activity they were indulging in that drew you in towards them.

That’s probably why you accepted your best friend’s invitation to leave your apartment for once and drive down to the pier, taking refuge across one of the many skateparks that planted themselves across the oceanfront, beyond the cool sand and ocean breeze of spring. Jeon Jungkook always reprimanded you for rarely having the time to come out and see him perform his new spins and flips, which is probably why he seems much more animated than usual at the prospect of finally getting to show off these new skills to you.

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07.13.17 // you ever think about just how much waste is produced by scientific research? on the left is a picture of used plastic flasks and tubes used to grow cancer cells; on the right is me actually plating those cancer cells for some experiment or the other. like.. that’s a lot of plastic! and i don’t even know if any of this gets recycled because they’re considered biohazards

How to actually help the environment:

Eat less meat.


After seeing the effects of meat production/consumption on the environment, water supply, and human health, it’s a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint.


And nobody is telling you to eat NO meat. Just LESS meat. I’m not a vegetarian/vegan, but this seems like a common-sense solution to some major environmental issues. Use your head! Go forth and be awesome.

anonymous asked:

"I find it increasingly difficult to justify my own continued existence, really." spite can be very useful for this purpose actually

Not good enough.

People use resources and have carbon footprints. It’s imperative that they provide reasons to do so that outweigh that negative impact, or stop doing either.

Whether you’re “liking” something on Facebook, streaming the latest Tarantino movie or posting an instagram from the pub, every internet activity involves huge amounts of data that needs to be stored somewhere. And as the “internet of everything” brings innovations such as driverless cars and high-definition video watches ever closer, the vast network of data centres that have sprung up in the past decade will spread.

This wouldn’t be a problem if these facilities – which range from a small room with a few servers to vast 150,000 square metre “farms” – didn’t consume such enormous amounts of energy.

Already, data centres have mushroomed from virtually nothing 10 years ago to consuming about 3 per cent of the global electricity supply and accounting for about 2 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions. That gives it the same carbon footprint as the airline industry.

Be aware of what you eat: Reduce your food’s carbon footprint!

As individuals we may be aware of the need to reduce our carbon footprints, but what not many of us realise is that the food we eat leaves a greater impact on our environment than we can ever imagine. Where the food is sourced from, how it is made, how it is brought to our door steps, the storage process, and how it is disposed – all these leave behind their foot prints on the environment. In fact, the entire food chain system right from the source to the dump is responsible for a third of the global greenhouse emissions, according to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Hence, it becomes important to be aware of what’s on our plate, buy wise and eat wise.

How can we reduce carbon footprint through food?
At the global level, one of the main steps that need to be taken, right at the farming stage, is to move towards cultivating more climate-friendly crops and using more environmental friendly methods of farming. Methods of transportation and storage also need to be revamped taken into consideration the environment. At a more individual level, there are a number of practices that we can adapt that can help us cut down the carbon footprints that food generates, and in the process eat healthy and reduce wastage. Here are some changes that you can make to ensure that you do your bit towards living a more environmental friendly life:

Don’t waste food: While the US may top the list when it comes to wasting food, India is not far behind. A large amount of food is wasted at wedding venues, restaurants, banquets, hotels, and at our homes. Considering that our storage and transportation networks are not that strong, a huge amount of food gets wasted at the cultivation, production, transportation and storage stages. Every stage of the food chain consumes resources and emits greenhouse gases. Hence, by wasting food, we are wasting energy and resources, and depriving many of food.

Avoid packaged food: Ready to cook, packaged food is bad for the health and for the environment. Instead of using plastic packaging, which is non-biodegradable, and can be a choking hazard to animals, opt for paper bags (again sparingly) and reuse old plastic bags. Buy directly from the source to avoid unnecessary packaging, as much as possible.

Eat a vegetarian diet: A vegetarian diet is not only good for the health, but for the environment as well. Fewer animals get slaughtered, and a purely vegetarian diet emits only half the amount of greenhouse gases that a non-vegetarian diet does. So, avoid meat as much as possible and opt for plant sources of proteins such as lentils, tofu, beans, etc.

Cut down on dairy products: While it may be easier said than done, reducing your dairy consumption will go a long way in reducing carbon footprints. This is because cattle and other ruminant animals release the most amounts of greenhouse gases, like methane. Also, with an increasing demand for dairy products, there is growing pressure on natural resources such as land and water that is required for dairy farming. If you are not able to cut down on dairy products, try making a switch towards organic dairy products that have been procured from pasture raised, grass-fed animals.

Eat local: This is one of the biggest steps that you can take to reduce your carbon foot prints. Shop smart, go to your local grocers and vegetable vendors and buy seasonal and regional products as much as possible. This will mean that your food travels less air miles to reach your plate, that you are supporting local farmers/establishments, and that the products that you get are more likely to be fresh – a win-win situation in all senses.

Drink less bottled water: Bottled water is sold in PET bottles, which, while they can be recycled, are most often not, leading to plastic bottles being discarded in large numbers. While a huge amount of energy and resources are also required to make the PET for the bottles, bottled water is also much more expensive than tap water. Hence, drink directly from your kitchen tap – filter and boil it if the water is not safe for direct consumption. Use steel glasses and store water in matkas to keep it naturally cool.

Use an energy efficient refrigerator: The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has a star-rating programme which rates all electric appliances on the basis of their energy efficiency – the higher the rating, the more energy efficient it is. Hence, you can help conserve energy by opting for a refrigerator which has a star rating. While operating your fridge, minimise the number of times you open your fridge and freezer door. Smaller refrigerators also consume less energy than large ones. You can also go for models and companies that specifically mention that their refrigerators are HFC and CFC free. While these may be more expensive than the regular non-star rating ones, the energy savings you gain over the lifetime of the appliances works out to be much more.

Consume less energy while cooking: Look for ways to reduce energy consumption while cooking – keep the lids on while cooking to prevent heat loss, use a pan that is wide enough to cover the flame so that less heat escapes. While cooking rice, you can also use a thermal cooker, so that the rice requires less fuel to cook.

Cut down on visits to fast food chains: According to a report by the NGO, Environmental Investigation Agency, multinational fast food chains such as McDonald’s, KFC, Café Coffee Day, Starbucks, are among the largest contributors to hydroflurocarbons (HFCs). The report also stated that while chains such as McDonald’s are using HFC free equipment in Europe, in India their outlets still have not switched over to using more climate friendly technologies. Wish to do something for the environment? Make home cooked food your first choice, as much as possible.

Grow your own veggies: Again maybe easier said that done, especially in big cities where space is a paucity. But, if you do have the luxury of a garden, or even a balcony, you can grow your own vegetables and fruits. This would also ensure that you know exactly what is in the food you eat.