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CO2 heat pumps can heat your home and your hot water

Get rid of fossil fuels and hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants in one fell swoop […]

Put a cork on it

Albert Rooks renovates a little house in Olympia and covers it in cork, the natural insulation. […]

NC concrete companies embrace carbon capturing technology

The carbon footprint of concrete can be a whole lot better, if you make it out of carbon dioxide. […]

Meet Sesh Supply – A Brand New Glass Brand

It’s no question that recent changes to local and federal laws have made the topic of smoking more socially acceptable than ever before. This widespread acceptance has led to exponential growth in all industries related to smoking, but particularly in the glass industry. Because there are so many people out there that are passionate about […]

13 Powerhouse American Companies Have Taken Obama’s New Climat Pledge. What Does It Mean For Forests?

This post initially appeared on The AnthropoZine. Click here to view the original. By Steve Zwick Thirteen major US companies today took the White House’s “American Business Act on Climate” pledge to slash their greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change. The pledges commit to at least $140 billion in new low-carbon investment, but only three companies – Cargill, PepsiCo, and Walmart – made any explicit mention of purging deforestation from their supply chains. Here are seven questions you need to ask to understand why that matters. Why is stopping deforestation so important? Deforestation (or “net forest loss”) drives at least 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and agriculture drives another 14%, according to the Congressional Budget Office – meaning that land-use alone accounts for 26% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Why is it so hard to end deforestation? Half of all deforestation worldwide is illegal, usually the result of aggressive and poorly-regulated agricultural practices, according to research by Forest Trends. Including legal activities, Forest Trends finds that at least 70% of deforestation is driven by consumer demand for just four crops – palm oil, soy, cattle, and timber – that are found in countless millions of everyday products. Have the three companies vowed to never chop down another tree? No, but Cargill and PepsiCo have pledged to achieve “zero deforestation”, while Walmart has pledged “zero NET deforestation”. Is “zero deforestation” even possible, and how is it different from “zero net deforestation”? According to the pledge-tracking hub Supply-Change.org, companies that pledge “zero deforestation” are implying “no deforestation anywhere”. Companies that pledge “zero net deforestation” are following an approach advocated by WWF and endorsed by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), which acknowledges that “some forest loss could be offset by forest restoration”, such as through the purchase of “offsets” or credits earned by avoiding deforestation and protecting habitats. For further reading, they suggest the 2013 paper “What Does Zero Deforestation Mean?” by Sandra Brown of Winrock International and Daniel Zarin of the Climate and Land Use Alliance. Are these new pledges? Supply-Change.org records show that all three companies had already pledged to purge deforestation, and all have reported quantitative progress on at least one of their commitments. All three companies are members of CGF so have implicitly committed to zero net deforestation in addition to their explicit commitments to zero deforestation. Supply-Change.org’s methodology is to track those commitments made explicitly by the companies. How many companies have taken similar pledges? According to Supply-Change.org, 64 companies have pledged zero deforestation, while only 13 have pledge zero net deforestation. It is possible that some of the remaining ten “pledge” companies have also made zero-deforestation commitments, but none of them made that explicit in today’s announcement, and none have expressed such commitments in a way that shows up on Supply-Change.org. Any companies that have taken zero deforestation pledges but aren’t listed there can contact the tracking project directly to request inclusion. How can I make sure companies are actually delivering on their promises? The Forest 500 tracks corporate impacts on forests – and ranks them according to their pledges – while Supply-Change.org tracks only companies that have made pledges, and aims to then track the actions they are taking in support of those pledges. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

What Is The Best Marijuana Garden Supply Store In Portland, Oregon?

One of my good friends in Portland, Oregon has the largest indoor medical marijuana garden I’ve ever seen. He goes through more garden supplies than anyone I know. He swears by a place called Evergreen Garden Supply, and says it’s the only place he shops for his garden supplies. That speaks volumes to me, because […]

No Medicated Candy At Oregon Dispensaries? Do Something About It!

The Oregon Health Authority has passed a draft rule that would ban the sale of any cannabis edible “manufactured in a form that resembles cake-like products, cookies, candy, or gum, or that otherwise may be attractive to minors because of its shape, color, or taste.” That’s right, no pot brownies at Oregon dispensaries! If you […]