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How to keep warm on a patio without heating the planet

CBC News / Emily Chung / 15 October 2020

Thanks to the risks the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to indoor dining and socializing, patio heaters have been flying off store shelves as the weather has become cooler.

But many of them burn fossil fuels to — essentially — heat the outdoors. The French energy think-tank Negawatt estimates that using five propane heaters to heat a roughly 800-square-foot patio from November to March will emit as much CO2 as a car circling the Earth three times.

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From Accra to Brockville, for the good of the planet

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 14 August 2020

At the Gord Watts Municipal Centre, on a sweltering Thursday afternoon, Nana Adjei heads from the main building to the compost site – by bicycle.

It’s a sign of his passion for the environment, and the little things all of us can do to help it heal.

That passion has taken the city’s newest solid waste supervisor and compost manager across an ocean into unfamiliar territory, all in an effort to learn more about environmental action and, he hopes, to help make things better in his native country.

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How to be eco-friendly in a pandemic

The Guardian / Emine Saner / 29 July 2020

With planes grounded, roads clear, emissions slashed and less noise and light pollution, at first it seemed the coronavirus pandemic might have an environmental benefit. But now the temporary respite is over and, as we venture back outside, it is clear that in other ways, things have got worse. Online shopping (with its excess packaging), disposable masks and gloves, the manufacture of visors and screens and an increase in takeaway food and drink have meant a boom in plastic just as people were starting to wake up to its environmental impact. The International Solid Waste Association estimates that single-use plastic has grown by up to 300% in the US. Some of it is necessary for now – the disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) that health and care workers use, for instance – but for the rest of us, if we are to live with this pandemic for the foreseeable future, it’s probably time to get into better habits. Here is some advice from experts.

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IEA summit on global green recovery from Covid-19 crisis

The Guardian / Fiona Harvey / 29 June 2020

Key to success will be that governments can sign up to green recovery plans even if – like the US – they are sceptical on the climate crisis, said Fatih Birol, the executive director of the IEA. “Even if governments do not take climate change as a key priority, they should still implement our sustainable recovery plan just to create jobs and to give economic growth. Renovating buildings, for instance, is a job machine.”

Birol fears a rerun of the recovery after the financial crisis of 2008, when emissions declined sharply in the recession but quickly returned to levels much higher than before, as governments invested in coal-fired power plants, constructed inefficient buildings, and rolled out road-building schemes.

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From emergency to emergence

Yes! / David Korten / 23 April 2020

This is an unprecedented opportunity to rethink how our beliefs, values, and institutions shape our relationships. We can create a world that works for everyone or face a future that no longer works for anyone.

Discussions now underway in many community, national, and global forums suggest a significant widening of what is known as the Overton Window: the range of public policies that the mainstream population is prepared to consider at a given time.

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50 simple ways to make your life greener

The Guardian / various / 29 February 2020

Expert tips on how to be kinder to the planet – from cooking and cleaning to fashion and finance

  • Clean up your kitchen
  • All green on the home front
  • Let the garden grow
  • Reboot your wardrobe
  • Learn to mend
  • Give the bathroom a makeover
  • Save to save the planet

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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