Author: Jane Marsh

  1. Business
  2. Energy and Environment

25 of the largest companies globally pledged emission reductions as part of the 2016 UN Sustainable Development Goals. However, a report conducted last year by NewClimate Institute suggests they will only aim to achieve a target of 40% emission reduction, far from claims to achieve net zero or 100% carbon neutrality.

  1. Energy
  2. Energy and Environment

As the world grapples with climate change, governments are looking for greener ways to produce energy. Geothermal stands out because it is inexhaustible, domestic and produces no emissions. Although only a handful of states have geothermal power plants, Alaska and Texas sit atop a largely untapped geothermal resource, making them good candidates for future power stations.

  1. Animals

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Our beloved pets are family members, but responsible pet ownership requires you to safeguard local habitats.

  • Exotic Pets a Problem in the Everglades
  • The Impact of Domesticated Pets on Local Habitats
  • How to Protect Local Habitats From Your Pet

The unwanted release of the Burmese Python has wreaked havoc on the Everglades which has seen a decline in 99.3% of Racoons, a 98.9% decrease in possums and an 87.5% drop in bobcats. However Pythons are not all to blame, as there have been 140 invasive reptiles and amphibians that have been introduced since the pet trade in the 1980s.

How about our beloved furry friends? Unfortunately nearly 200 species are threatened by dogs globally and in the United States, domestic cats kill about 1.3 billion-4 billion birds and 6.3 billion-22.3 billion mammals annually. 

So how can we be more mindful of the ecological impacts our pets can have? Heres a few recommendations

  • Pick up the poop! Dispose appropriately and use sustainable bags
  • Return unwanted reptiles and amphibians to a pet store instead of releasing them in the wild
  • You can prevent your cat from preying on wildlife by keeping them indoors
  • Avoid flushing dead or live fish down drains as they’ll end up in aquatic ecosystems they don’t belong
  • Never remove wildlife from natural habitats to domesticate them
  • Keep your dogs of restricted trails as not to disturb wildlife especially during breeding season

Not only can we safeguard our local habitats and be responsible pet owners but we can do so whilst enjoying the companionship of our animal friends.

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  1. Politics and Policy

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Providing further insight into common perceptions about the costs of Fossil Fuels:

  • 1. “Rising energy costs demand more fossil fuel production"
  • 2. “Fewer regulations would lower fuel costs"
  • 3. “Weaning ourselves off fossil fuels is impractical"

What are the inherent costs of delaying our transition from conventional energy sources? Relying on fossil fuels as our primary energy source isn't sustainable and inevitably just drives prices up even further as sources become more scare.

The US Government spent $1 trillion in subsidising fossil fuels which ultimately hinders our progress to transition to cleaner energy sources, and relaxing corporate regulation comes at great risk to our environment as seen in the fracking industry.

However, our approach to everyday living and the small changes and decisions we make now can have huge impact and help drive off our reliance on fossil fuels as our primary energy source.

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  1. Energy and Environment
More than 50 countries have made net-zero pledges, and there are numerous avenues to realizing that ambitious goal. One way humans can reach net zero faster is through electricity deregulation, which means energy suppliers can’t monopolize the energy sector. Countries with deregulated energy include the U.S., England, Wales, Portugal, and many more. By enabling consumers to choose their electricity supplier — a concept known as a market system — people can select greener options. But will they? Dig deeper → 3 min
  1. Politics and Policy
Whether an insurance company offers worker’s compensation or property coverage, it’s arguable each insurance entity has a responsibility to combat the climate crisis. On an enterprise and individual level, insurance companies can instigate expectations and standards concerning the reckless treatment of the environment. Enterprises represented by insurance companies could be participating in actions encouraging the climate crisis to worsen. Do insurance companies benefit from this relationship, and is it their responsibility to others who are insured to have stricter regulations? Dig deeper → 5 min

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