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  1. On Augusti 22nd, we humans had consumed and used up more natural resources that the Earth can renew in 12 months. This is called "Overshoot Day" and usually it happens earlier and earlier every year, according to calculations by the American NGO Global Footprint Network. According to these calculations, Earth Overshoot Day happened on December 29th in 1970, November 4th in 1980, October 11th in 1990, September 23rd in 2000 and August 7th in 2010, and in 2019 Earth Overshoot Day happened on July 29th. But in 2020, Earth Overshoot Day didn't take place until Augusti 22nd. Analysts beli
  2. You don't really understand or appreciate the drastic change by just looking at these graphics and numbers. Instead, check out these amazing before and after photos of the change in air quality in Delhi, India. 'It's positively alpine!': Disbelief in big cities as air pollution falls | Environment | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM Delhi is one of many capitals enjoying improved air quality since restrictions were introduced due to the coronavirus "The blissful sight of blue skies and the joy of breathing clean air provides just the contrast to
  3. And here is an astounding air quality data chart from EPA which shows that Los Angeles had the cleanest air ever recorded in March 2020. This reduction is mostly from reduced driving, just like we can see from data in Europe and elsewhere. Just imagine, if we manage to electrify transportation this could be the new normal and millions of people living in Los Angeles (and other major cities) would live healthier and longer lives.
  4. Here is data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) which also confirms that we are seeing a huge drop in air pollution, particularly of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The EEA says the reduction is largely due to "reduced traffic and other activities, especially in major cities under lockdown measures." In Milan, average concentrations of NO2 for the past four weeks have been at least 24 % lower than four weeks earlier this year. The average concentration during the week of 16-22 March was 21 % lower than for the same week in 2019. In Bergamo, there has been a constant decline in NO2
  5. As the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is forcing cities and whole countries to go into lockdown we can see how nature and wildlife are coming back to cities under strict quarantine. Now researchers can also see how the coronavirus is leading to huge drops in air pollution around the world. Coronavirus pandemic leading to huge drop in air pollution | Environment | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM ‘Largest scale experiment ever’ shows what is possible as satellite images reveal marked fall in global nitrogen dioxide levels Satellite imagery from
  6. Isn’t it interesting to see how capitalism faced with the global coronavirus pandemic is currently asking socialism to save it from collapsing? And isn't it fascinating to see that the very same people who until just a few weeks ago said that there wasn’t enough money to invest in a green transition now have magically found trillions to prep up a crashing economy? And yes, sure, we must "save our economy" to avoid further despair and suffering – especially among the working class and the poorest and vulnerable people of our societies. But how about that after the coronavirus
  7. Let's talk about sperm, and more precisely Western male's sperm, because it seems male fertility is facing a sharp decline in Western nations - and environmental pollution could be responsible. There may be something weird going on with Western men's sperm WWW.POPSCI.COM A meta-analysis of existing literature suggests sperm counts in Western countries have declined by as much as 50 percent. According to a study published this past summer, there may be something weird going on with men's sperm. The study found a sharp decline in sperm count betw
  8. Let's share examples of amazing off-grid homes! Here is a rather spacious off-grid cabin that is built on a beautiful cliff with a spectacular view of a forest and its treetops. The cabin has two lofts, one is a living room, and one is the bedroom. On the main floor is a kitchen, a bathroom with a sink and a bath (but no toilet because the owner prefers to have the toilet outside), and a spacious living area with the wood stove and dining table. If you know of any other amazing examples of off-grid homes, please do share them here.
  9. Let's share examples of smart and pleasant compact homes that showcases the possibilities of living small! The Cairo Flat is a 23sqm/247sqft micro apartment located within lush green communal gardens in Melbourne, Australia. The home utilizes compact robes and clever storage solutions, an integrated fold-out bed and a full-height curtain, which allows you to quickly convert the single-room space from a study to a bedroom to a dining room or party space.
  10. If you have a larger vegetable garden and slugs is a big problem for you, then you might want to consider using ducks as an environmentally-friendly and natural pest control.
  11. Plant propagation is a simple and easy way to grow new plants from your already existing plants. Here are two good videos that you can watch to learn how to grow new plants from seeds, cuttings, and other plant parts. The video below shows how you can propagate five different and common house plants: And here is a similar video on this topic that will also give you some ideas on how you can display them in your home: Have you tried this before? If so, do you have any tips on how to propagate various plants? I mean, this is seriously super easy, even I ca
  12. This chronicle where a man explains how the coronavirus pandemic has caused him to rediscover biking is good, and it explains the very same situation I am now facing as well. Just like Toby, I've been going to work using public transportation for years now. But since this horrible coronavirus pandemic came to my own country, I've stopped using public transportation and started using my bike again. Luckily, it's spring and the weather is mostly okay. The downside is that my fitness is not what it used to be after years sitting still on a bus. But I like it, honestly, it is refreshing, a
  13. How much does it really cost to charge an electric vehicle for a full year? Well, I don't know, but I found this neat website that compares the cost of charging your electric vehicle for a full year in 50 different countries. Check it out here: https://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/world-powers/#how-much-does-it-cost-to-charge-an-electric-vehicle Do you have an electric vehicle and does the calculations on that website seem right or are they completely wrong?
  14. Check this out! This is Zalmon which is 100% vegan salmon. I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard that it tastes just like real salmon. This vegan salmon is made by Oh Vegan and they also offer vegan alternatives to tuna and shrimp. It's amazing to see how far vegan alternatives have comes since just a few years ago. I just wish stuff like this was more widely available. Doesn't that look delicious or what!?
  15. Here is a good article that explains why it is such a good time now to become a vegan or a flexitarian, and especially now during the coronavirus pandemic. https://www.inquirer.com/resizer/tckwFpee6-1qJxvq-ABXrorNUr0=/1200x0/center/middle/www.inquirer.com/resizer/rP-mbA6gkUkXbzZFPwSm0QQluVw=/1200x0/center/middle/cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/pmn/GBMFE334ORBVPI2X4F7CNVITKE.jpg https://media.inquirer.com/designimages/apple-touch-icon.png It’s a good time to become a vegan WWW.INQUIRER.COM Many of us are spending more time in the kitchen, ma
  16. Green Blog is back! 🥳

  17. Let's be honest with each other. Change is hard and making the necessary changes to be able to live a greener and more sustainable life can seem daunting – nearly impossible – at first. But no one says that you need to completely revamp yourself in one go. That would be the impossible thing! It’s better to take small steps towards a more sustainable life and slowly – but steadily – changing your daily routines. So, let’s help each other by sharing tips on how you can live a greener life today. Let’s see if we can post 100 ways to save the earth. It doesn’t matter if they are big or small
  18. China’s biggest online star is a young woman who shares videos of her rural life and self-sufficient living. Li Ziqi is a chef and former migrant worker who has become one of the country’s most famous internet celebrity after she moved back to the countryside to take care of her grandmother. Millions of people watch as she grows and picks ingredients from her farm and nearby forest, constructs furniture by hand, makes her own clothes, cooking and preparing a variety of delicious meals from local sources. Check out some of her videos on YouTube: In this video she makes Mapo
  19. Tell YouTube and all other social media platforms to stop promoting climate denial videos to their users. Sign this petition and call on all social media platforms to detox their algorithms by ending the amplification and monetisation of disinformation and hate speech. The petition urge regulators to turn this into a legal requirement and demand platforms, like YouTube, to work with independent experts to track and downgrade creators of repeated and deliberate disinformation. Social media can be either public good or public menace, our future depends on which one we choose. Sign the
  20. Now this is scary. Extremist right-wing groups have apparently started to infiltrate green groups in Germany to spread their hateful ideology and gaining support among German farmers who are frustrated with new regulations on the use of fertilisers and the protection of insects. The Guardian reports that farmers associations and environmental groups in Germany are now warning that far-right groups are exploiting the country's growing green movement and the increasing popularity of organic lifestyles, as well as rural nostalgia and farmers’ anger at globalisation. The far-right are doing t
  21. Environmental activists are being suspended on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook after moving their protests online following the coronavirus pandemic. According to the environmental movement, Fridays for Future, several Ugandan climate activists were recently suspended on Twitter after they had been protesting against the country’s government and industries linked to deforestation. "More and more climate activists' accounts are being suspended," they write on Twitter. "This is unacceptable. Having a platform to talk about the climate crisis is crucial." The Verge reports t
  22. The world-famous teen climate activist, Greta Thunberg, has urged people to get behind, organize and vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 U.S. election. In a tweet, Greta Thunberg said that: "I never engage in party politics. But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that. From a climate perspective it’s very far from enough and many of you of course supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…damn! Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden." What do you guys think about Greta Thunberg giving her support to Joe Biden? Should she really support a candidate that do
  23. The almost existential threat from climate change and environmental degradation is pushing our planet to the brink of destruction at an alarming rate. We are polluting our environment at a rapid rate, killing our precious wildlife, and destroying important and unique ecosystems beyond repair. Human-caused climate change is breaking temperature records year after year, with no slowing down in sight. And global warming is making extreme weather events more common and causing human suffering on a large and destructive scale. We are destroying our little blue planet – our only home. To let th
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