Earth Day Network Blog Updates

What Does It Mean to "Green" Your Home?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about greener and more energy-efficient buildings. But what exactly does this mean for your average homeowner? And what are the best ways for people to “green” their homes?

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The Future of Green: Automatic Light Switches Reimagined


**This is the fourth installment of our new blog series: The Future of Green. Every other Friday we will post a blog about a cutting-edge and futuristic innovation in the world of green technology. Technology is one of several barriers that stand between today’s society and a sustainable future. The innovators we highlight through The Future of Green are shattering those barriers. Make sure to tune in every other Friday for a glimpse into the future of energy and sustainability.

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UN Report: 1/3 of Food for Human Consumption Wasted Each Year

Global food waste is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, according to a new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Food Wastage Footprint report estimates that about one third of all food—1.3 billion tons—is wasted every year.

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U.S., China and G-20 Countries Agree to Regulate HFCs

On Friday, key members of the international community agreed to regulate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—considered to be the super greenhouse gas. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping had previously agreed to adopt the HFC guidelines put forth by the Montreal Protocol of 1987, but Friday’s announcement from the G20 represents more significant progress in the regulation of HFCs, as India, Brazil and Saudi Arabia—among other countries—are now officially onboard.

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How Do Buildings Contribute to Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

This edition of the Carbon Pollution, Climate Policy and the Built Environment blog series will focus on U.S. buildings. The generation of electricity is the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the number one source of energy consumption for U.S. buildings. According to the Department of Energy’s buildings energy data book, U.S. buildings account for 39% of primary energy consumption and 72% of all electricity consumed domestically. Buildings accounted for more energy use than the entire U.S.

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A Billion Acts of Green: Reduce Your Ecological Footprint

Last month, we unveiled a brand new action for the world’s largest environmental service campaign, A Billion Acts of Green®. We asked our followers to pledge to Slay Vampire Energy by unplugging household appliances when they’re not being used. As it turns out, appliances continue to consume energy and add to your electricity bill even when they’re off, so we tried to encourage people to end this wasteful practice.

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The Future of Green: Smart Windows


**This is the third installment of our new blog series: The Future of Green. Every other Friday we will post a blog about a cutting-edge and futuristic innovation in the world of green technology. Technology is one of several barriers that stand between today’s society and a sustainable future. The innovators we highlight through The Future of Green are shattering those barriers. Make sure to tune in every other Friday for a glimpse into the future of energy and sustainability.

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Carbon Pollution, Climate Policy, and the Built Environment: Transportation (Part II)

In last week’s installment of the Carbon Pollution, Climate Policy, and the Built Environment blog series, we discussed the impact of transportation infrastructure on carbon emissions.

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Ecuador Forced to Abandon Innovative Plan to Save Yasuni National Park

In 2007, when large oil deposits were discovered in the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) field, northeast of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, President Rafael Correa presented an ambitious and innovative plan to the UN to preserve the land and keep the oil in the ground. He asked the international community to help Ecuador raise money to offset the lost oil revenues. There was widespread international support for the plan, and the money started to roll in.

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Earth Overshoot Day 2013

Today—August 20—is Earth Overshoot Day 2013, the day when humanity officially exhausts nature’s budget for the year. From this day forward, the planet will be operating under an ecological deficit, using more resources than the planet can produce and emitting more carbon dioxide than the planet can filter out.

Originally developed by the New Economics Foundation, Earth Overshoot Day has been falling a few days earlier each year, an indication of ever-increasing consumption patterns. In 1993, Earth

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