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U.S. sets 55-mile-a-gallon fuel-efficiency standard for 2026 models

In 1975, President Gerald Ford’s administration introduced the Strategic Fuel Reserve, at the same time introducing fuel economy standards. NASA began work on wind and solar energy, and technology to increase the fuel economy of automobiles was explored. Between 1981 and today, fuel economy of vehicles has improved by a shocking 81 percent. On Monday, …

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How to Ensure you are Properly Disposing of your E-Waste

The latest threat to health and the environment is the disposal of electronic e-waste. There is a growing concern for the environmental effects of technological equipment that is being disposed of in landfill sites. It’s a global problem that is increasing the release of toxins, losing precious metals and wasting resources that could otherwise be …

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The huge carbon footprint of large-scale computing

(Courtesy: iStock/mediaphotos) Simon Portegies Zwart, an astrophysicist at Leiden University in the Netherlands, is ecologically conscious. He hardly ever flies for professional reasons anymore, preferring to travel by train instead. “I like to be environmentally friendly by being a vegetarian, trying to reduce my carbon footprint, telling my children not to shower too long, switching …

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Protecting Nature’s rainbow of life: digging in on the biodiversity crisis

Gentoo penguins are pictured on Greenwich Island, part of the South Shetland Island group, Antarctica. Greenpeace is documenting the Antarctic’s unique wildlife, to strengthen the proposal to create the largest protected area on the planet, an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. This year, we have a chance to witness the biggest global conservation effort in history. If …

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