Hey Bearcats! Take a quick two minutes and read through this slide show to learn how you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle

 

 

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Why Solar Panels are Becoming a Middle-Class Commodity

Solar panels have been prevalent in the news for several years now and were first thought out to be an expensive investment, but, with technology advances and a lot of research, solar panels are now affordable and accessible to virtually everyone. Not only do solar panels create more jobs and create a cleaner environment, they are ideal for homes, universities, hospitals and many other facilities that use an abundant amount of electricity. Please check out the article below from the Environmental Defense Fund to find out more about solar panels:

http://www.edf.org/blog/2015/03/04/why-solar-panels-are-becoming-middle-class-commodity

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Four Ways Climate Change can Ground the Airline Industry

Now that it is finally summertime, many of us will be enjoying the warm weather and the perk of being off from school. Airplanes, for the most part, are the transportation of choice for their speed, convenience, and ease, but there are also several factors that may make some of us reconsider this option. Read the article below published by the Environmental Defense Fund on July 9th to learn more about the hazards of airports and airplanes:

http://www.edf.org/blog/2015/07/09/4-ways-climate-change-could-ground-airline-industry

 

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Endangered Species: You Can Help!

There are currently over 16,000 endangered species around the world due to causes such as deforestation, industrialization, and climate change. Although there are some forces that we cannot stop, there are some ways we can help. Read the article below posted by the Environmental Defense Fund to find out more how a small Texas town was able to help the golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered species, prosper and reproduce:

http://www.edf.org/blog/2015/07/15/operation-warbler-how-fort-hood-and-local-ranchers-teamed-save-bird

 

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States Cut Power Plant Pollution Ahead of new EPA Rule

By now, we are all aware of how carbon dioxide emissions are harmful to not only us, but the environment as well. With that in mind, government, specifically the Environmental Protection Agency, has been coming up with ways to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions being emitted by power plants and other large corporations alike. Some individuals though, have already taken on the task themselves. 42 states have already began reducing their carbon footprint within the last 7 years. Although this is a majority of states, 8 of those states have actually increased their emissions which essentially negates the work of the other 42 states. Read the article below posted by the Scientific American on which states are heading in the right direction and alternative uses of energy that large businesses can use to reduce their amount of carbon dioxide emissions:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/states-cut-power-plant-pollution-ahead-of-new-epa-rule/

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