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How to reduce your carbon footprint

a vegan diet
A vegan diet might make as much as a 20% difference to your overall carbon impact. Photograph: Paul Bock/Alamy Stock Photo

From cutting down on meat to contacting your local representatives and investing in clean energy, here are 15 ways to help reduce global carbon emissions

January 19, 2017 — 1 Air travel is usually the largest component of the carbon footprint of frequent flyers. A single return flight from London to New York – including the complicated effects on the high Continue reading How to reduce your carbon footprint

The hydropower paradox: is this energy as clean as it seems

hoover dam near las vegas
Hoover Dam near Las Vegas. Hydroelectric dams are a rich source of greenhouse gas emissions, but the emissions aren’t part of global greenhouse gas inventories. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

New research finds that the world’s hydroelectric dams generate a surprising amount of greenhouse gas emissions

November 6, 2016 — In July, UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon highlighted the role of hydropower in boosting the use of renewable energy globally, when he visited a nonprofit institute in China that helps Continue reading The hydropower paradox: is this energy as clean as it seems

Your carbon footprint destroys 30 square metres of Arctic sea ice a year

a satellite-based view of the arctic
A satellite-based view of the Arctic. Scientists say it will be ice-free in summer in about 20 years under current climate action. Photograph: VIIRS/Suomi NPP/NASA

New research calculates the impact of the average westerner’s carbon emissions to help people understand their own contribution to climate change

November 3, 2016 — The average westerner’s carbon emissions destroy 30 square metres of Arctic sea ice every year, according to new research.  Continue reading Your carbon footprint destroys 30 square metres of Arctic sea ice a year