Posts tagged with "environment"

PureAir fine dust particle filter roof box

MANN+HUMMEL and ALBA Group Tackle Vehicle Emissions

At the start of 2020, filtration specialists, MANN+HUMMEL, and global recycling and environmental services company, the ALBA Group, joined forces to launch a pilot project with the aim of significantly improving air quality standards in Singapore. As part of a series of innovative measures developed by the ALBA Group for the city-state, the company’s recycling trucks were fitted with PureAir fine dust particle filter roof boxes from MANN+HUMMEL.

The partnership proved very successful and the two companies now plan to fit more of the ALBA fleet with PureAir roof boxes. The hope, ultimately, is that the technology can be rolled out to wider markets. The roof box design is well suited to trucks and lorries because they generally operate at lower speeds in environments where there is a high concentration of particulate in the ambient air. These are the ideal performance conditions for the roof box, which means these products can significantly reduce emissions from these vehicles.

“Although electric vehicles are becoming increasingly prevalent worldwide, particulate emissions are still a major problem, especially in cities,” explains Franck Bento, Director of Sales for New Products at MANN+HUMMEL. “Our technology can make a real difference in tackling this problem, so we’re excited to continue our partnership with the ALBA Group and help them install more of our roof boxes in the near future,” he continues.

“It’s vital for us that we protect our environment and preserve our natural resources,” explains Thomas Mattscherodt, Head of Project Management Office at ALBA W&H Smart City Pte Ltd in Singapore. “In 2019 alone, our recycling operations saved 32.3 million tonnes of primary raw materials and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 4.2 million tonnes compared with producing the same materials from scratch. We’re always looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and the PureAir fine dust particle filters provide a really effective way of reducing the particulate pollution generated by our trucks on their rounds.”

PureAir fine dust particle filter for buses and lorries

The PureAir roof box is a great solution for buses, lorries and other similar use cases. The built-in filter elements are extremely energy efficient. The low flow resistance maximizes the volume of air passing through the filter and guarantees excellent filtration results. In fact, the filter removes over 90% of PM10 particles – that is particles measuring 10 micrometers or less in diameter – from the ambient air. The standard filter element is a PM10 design, but other filters are available on request.

Fans also increase the flow of air through the filter by drawing in ambient air in addition to the airflow generated by the moving vehicle. So even when the vehicle is stationary, the roof box continues to filter particulate out of the ambient air. This low-energy design makes the roof box a very sustainable solution.

Moreover, customers have the option to customize the outside of the roof box with their own company branding or advertising material. As well as working to optimize the aerodynamics, size and efficiency of this product, MANN+HUMMEL has also developed new versions of the technology, including its concept for integrating particulate filters into the front end of cars, which it showcased at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt in 2019.

About MANN+HUMMEL

MANN+HUMMEL is a leading global expert in filtration. The Ludwigsburg-based group develops filtration solutions for vehicles, industrial applications, clean air in indoor and outdoor spaces as well as for the sustainable use of water. In 2019, over 22,000 employees at more than 80 locations worldwide generated a turnover of EUR 4.2 billion. Products include, amongst others, air filter systems, intake systems, liquid filters, technical plastic parts, filter media, cabin filters, industrial filters and membranes for water filtration, sewage treatment and process applications.

You can find further information on MANN+HUMMEL at https://www.mann-hummel.com/

Refresh Your WFH Vibe for 2021

This new year feels different with the COVID quarantine still in broad effect. It’s hard to find a way to make things feel new while many of us continue to work from home. Here are a few recommendations from Desenio on how to refresh your office using new wall art and calendars as well as a some tech tips that may help you refocus for the new year.

The Minimalist

If you like keeping things simple and work best in a clutter-free environment, you likely identify yourself as a minimalist. Art prints that follow a neutral colour scheme will look great in your working space, and these modern and minimalist styles are perfect for your walls. Another step you can take to clear out clutter is cleaning up your phone and computer home screens. Free up space in your device’s memory and your mind by removing excess apps, programs, photos, and documents that no longer serve you and your 2021 goals. If you prefer to keep yourself digitally organized, try Notion a new interface that provides tons of flexible layouts to help you keep track of all of you personal goals, long term achievements, and workflows.

The Creative

Some might feel stressed out by your creative chaos, but as someone who prospers in a fast-paced environment, you love surrounding yourself with anything that might serve as inspiration for your latest project. To take your home office to the next level, add some abstract art to your walls with prints featuring organic shapes and figurative art. Use social media to your advantage and follow accounts that will aid in your creative process or try starting a journal to jot down your thoughts to help further develop your ideas.  Moleskin notebooks are a classic option for journaling but for those not sure of making an investment Muji has tons of inexpensive quality options.

The Fashionista

With a love for all things fashion, you know how to get things done in style. Your home office is likely a place where colour-matched desk accessories and coffee table books set the tone. Our black and white fashion prints of the season will make the perfect finishing touch to your fashionable home office, and look great matched with pink and metallic accents. If having a fully realized and consistent aesthetic is your dream and you have an iPhone or iPad, try the widgetsmith app to fully redesign your home screen into aesthetic perfection.

Whichever aesthetic you aspire to have, try use this time at home to focus on long term goals instead of short term New Years fads.

Tree illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

USDA Forest Service Reflects on 2020

Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, the USDA Forest Service today announced it surpassed goals and set records in 2020.

“2020 was a challenging year, with record wildland fire activity and the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the Forest Service, we have risen above these challenges and set our minds, hands and hearts to carrying out our mission to meet the needs of the communities we serve,” said Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen.

The Forest Service relied on its strong science, innovation and partnerships to overcome this year’s challenges as the agency found new solutions to serve the public during a time of unprecedented need.

Creating healthy, productive forests and supporting rural economies

In 2020, the Forest Service provided jobs and stability for local economies through a year of historic timber production, selling more than 3.2 billion board feet of timber, the second-highest level in 20 years. The agency also improved forest conditions and reduced wildfire risk on over 2.65 million acres, removing hazardous fuels like dead and downed trees, and combating disease, insect and invasive species infestations.

The Forest Service undertook a suite of regulatory reforms to meet the goals of the Secretarial Memorandum to the Chief of the Forest Service modernize and align agency directives with new legislative authorities and reduce regulatory burdens. By the end of December 2020, the Forest Service will have nearly completed all guidance to implement new legislative authorities in the 2018 Farm Bill. In addition, Forest officials quickly began implementing President Trump’s Great American Outdoors Act to increase access to national forests and grasslands and make progress towards reducing the agency’s $5 billion infrastructure backlog.

Managing wildfire, and providing for health and safety

The Forest Service was successful in prioritizing early suppression of wildfire ignitions while facing a record-breaking fire year, with the most acres burned on national forests since 1910. The agency’s modeling research on how COVID-19 may spread between firefighters or in communities during response efforts led to new interagency safety protocols to better support fire camp management.  The protocols not only successfully minimized the spread of COVID-19 among the agency’s 10,000 firefighters, but early learning suggests the safety measures resulted in additional health benefits to fire crews, reducing ailments common in fire camps, which translated to a healthier and more resilient firefighting workforce available to protect lives, homes, and communities threatened by wildfire.

Sharing stewardship responsibilities and being better neighbors

The Forest Service made significant strides toward Shared Stewardship this year, working more closely than ever with Tribes, States, and local partners to make sure the right work happens in the right place at the right time. So far, 44 states and territories are now involved in a Stewardship Agreement. The agreements allow the Forest Service to employ the latest tools and share decision making on the highest priorities to improve forest conditions across broad landscapes. These new agreements have resulted in increasing resiliency of forests, protection of communities and reduction of wildfire risks. They have also produced jobs and stabilize economies.

Increasing access and improving recreation experiences

This year, Americans sought out their public lands in tremendous numbers, finding relief in the Great Outdoors, showing us once again how public lands unite our nation. In response, the Forest Service generated solutions to ensure visitors had every opportunity to safely use and enjoy their national forests and grasslands during the pandemic. The Forest Service welcomed record-breaking numbers of visitors, many of whom were first time users, with 95% expressing satisfaction with their experiences.

“Next year, we will continue to build on these successes to improve conditions on America’s national forests and grasslands to ensure they are healthier, more resilient and more productive,” added Chief Christiansen. We will keep building on the partnerships that make these successes possible and commit to increasing access to better connect people to their natural resources, so these national treasures endure for generations to come.”

For more information about the Forest Service visit www.fs.usda.gov

Boarini Milanesi is launching a 6 million euro bag as announced by 360 MAGAZINE

Boarini Milanesi 7 Million Dollar Bag

The Italian brand Boarini Milanesi is launching a 6 million euro bag (approximately 7 million US Dollars), the most expensive ever in the world. It has been created to raise awareness on the need to protect our seas, which are becoming even more threatened than usual by non-biodegradable plastics due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 800 thousand euros (approximately 950 thousand US Dollars) of the proceeds will be donated to cleaning the seas.

The brand has decided to create this bag for a very precise reason, linked to the personal story of one of the brand’s two founders and designers, Matteo Rodolfo Milanesi.

Matteo Rodolfo, who lost his father when he was just a teenager, has lots of memories of him linked to the sea.

“We used to spend every summer at sea, between Greece and Turkey, and I was happiest when we would go on boat trips between the islands” says Matteo Rodolfo. “Even though mass tourism was still a long way off, we would often see plastic bags floating on the water or patches of tar leaked by oil tankers”.

“Recently, I have seen even more plastic in the seathan when I was a child, due to the pandemic and all the gloves and face masks that are being carelessly thrown away. This reminded me of my father, who used to dive into the water to collect the plastic bags and bottles floating in the sea and help me wipe the patches of tar that I found on the beach when I was building sand castles off my hands”.

This is why, together with Carolina Boarini, co-founder and designer of the brand, he decided to do something to help raise people’s awareness of the need to respect the environment, dedicating this particular bag to his father, who cared so much about the crystal clear waters of the seas and oceans. The project also includes a practical initiative for cleaning the seas: Boarini Milanesi undertakes to donate 800 thousand euros of the proceeds (approximately 950 thousand US Dollars) to cleaning and operations in defence of the marine environment.

There are only three of these bags in the world. It is a Parva Mea model, made of semi-shiny alligator, adorned with a diamond pavé accessory and 10 white gold butterflies with sapphires, diamonds and Paraiba tourmalines, for a total of over 130 carats, over 1000 hours of work and a price of 6 million euros (approximately 7 million US Dollars).

The choice of the stones is linked to seawater: Carolina Boarini tells us “Blue sapphires represent the depths of the oceans, Paraiba tourmaline reminds us of the uncontaminated Caribbean seas and diamonds refer to the transparency of water when it falls in the form of rain”.

Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa by Preferred Hotel Group

New Sustainable Hotel Brand, Beyond Green

Guided by an inherent passion to transform travel as a force for good,Preferred Hotel Group, Inc.– the family-owned company that manages and operates global travel and hospitality brands includingPreferred Hotels & Resorts,Historic Hotels of America,Historic Hotels WorldwidePHG Consulting and Beyond Green Travel– proudly announces the launch of Beyond Green. This innovative hospitality brand debuts with a global portfolio of 24 founding member hotels, resorts, andlodgesthat exemplify sustainable tourism leadership. Driven by purpose, the new brand represents Preferred’s steadfast commitment to building a better and brighter future for travel in a way that also helps to protect the planet for future generations.

Born through an inspired, natural synergy between the Ueberroth Family – the owners of Preferred Hotel Group, Inc. – and ecotourism pioneer and global sustainability expert Costas Christ – the founder of Beyond Green Travel, which Preferred acquired in February 2020 – Beyond Green brings together forward-thinking properties around the world that are committed to delivering on the three key pillars of sustainable tourism: environmentally friendly practices that go beyond the basics; protection of natural and cultural heritage; and contributing to the social and economic wellbeing of local communities.

The name itself –  Beyond Green – was chosen in recognition of not only the immense importance of environmentally friendly practices, but also the paramount responsibility that the travel and tourism industry has towards protecting biodiversity, preserving cultural heritage, and improving local people’s livelihoods in travel destinations around the world, all while delivering an enjoyable and meaningful traveler experience. 

“Never before has there been a greater need to promote a kinder and gentler way to explore our beautiful, yet fragile planet. Driven by our brand promise, Believe in Travel, which guides every decision we make as a company, we believe that now is the time to go big and be bold as we look to the future of travel,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO of Preferred Hotel Group, Inc.

“We are humbled by the opportunity to partner with so many inspiring leaders in sustainable tourism to launch our newest brand, Beyond Green, that was built with purpose, gratitude, and respect for nature, communities, and culture, continued Ueberroth.” 

“While there may be a tendency to think of sustainability as just the latest travel buzzword, its roots are long and deep. What we are witnessing is an evolution of travel, not a passing trend,” said Costas Christ.

Beyond Green is about reconnecting with our common humanity and understanding that the diversity of our cultures and different ways of life are what create the rich fabric that makes travel so enjoyable and fascinating. In that same context, nature brings inspiration and renewal to our lives. Sustainable tourism is not about giving something up, it is about gaining something more – a great vacation that it is also a force for good,” said Christ.  

The Beyond Green platform will support the needs of its member properties by providingglobal connectivity, distribution technology, marketing, sales, quality assurance, branding, and sustainability solutions, as well as access to participate in I Prefer Hotel Rewards, the world’s largest global points-based loyalty program for independent hotels. Beyond Green will also enhance visibility for its global portfolio and champion sustainability storytelling through its brand website, StayBeyondGreen.com, which launched today in an interim state prior to the brand’s official consumer debut in Q1 2021. Beyond Green member properties will also be bookable on a common GDS chain code, to be announced in early 2021, which will be linked under Preferred Hotel Group Inc.’s master GDS chain code – PV.  

With plans for strategic growth over the next 24 months, Beyond Green celebrates its launch in collaboration with 24 inspiring founding members located across 15 countries:   

  •         &Beyond Bateleur Camp (Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya) 
  •         &Beyond Mnemba Island (Zanzibar, Tanzania) 
  •         &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (Namib Desert, Namibia) 
  •         Aristi Mountain Resort (Zagori, Greece) 
  •         Ashford Castle (Co. Mayo, Ireland)  
  •         Bentwood Inn (Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA)  
  •         Blancaneaux Lodge (Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize) 
  •         Borgo Pignano (Tuscany, Italy) 
  •         Bushmans Kloof (Western Cape, South Africa) 
  •         Cavallo Point (Sausalito, California, USA)  
  •         InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (Bora Bora, French Polynesia)   
  •         Islas Secas (Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama) 
  •         Post Ranch Inn (Big Sur, California, USA)  
  •         Ted Turner Reserves Vermejo (Raton, New Mexico, USA)  
  •         The Brando (Tetiaroa, French Polynesia) 
  •         The Ranch at Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, California, USA)   
  •         Three Camel Lodge (Gobi, Mongolia)  
  •         Turtle Inn (Placencia, Belize) 
  •         Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge (Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda)  
  •         Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp (Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana) 
  •         Wilderness Safaris Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (Kaokoveld, Namibia) 
  •         Wilderness Safaris Linkwasha Camp (Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe)  
  •         Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp (Okavango Delta, Botswana) 
  •         Xigera Safari Lodge (Okavango Delta, Botswana) 

To be considered for Beyond Green membership, a property must demonstrate leadership in the three key pillars of sustainable tourism as part of a rigorous vetting process and show progress in meeting more than 50sustainability indicatorsthatalign with global sustainable tourismstandards and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Examples of these requirements, among others, which form part of an ongoing, biennial on-site inspection process, include management of overall environmental operations to establish benchmarks and set additional sustainability goals including carbon emission reduction targets; elimination of plastic water bottles and reducing single-use plastics; support for biodiversity conservation initiatives and restoration and protection of natural habitats; embracing local cultural vernacular in design and décor and supporting the preservation of cultural heritage sites, a demonstrated priority to hire locally according to fair wages, benefits, and non-discrimination policies that meet or exceed legal requirements; and priorityto purchase goods and services from locally owned and operated businesses. 

To help build Beyond Green as a dynamic, digital-first platform that serves travelers through authentic storytelling and wholesome sustainability stewardship, Preferred sought expert direction from two strategic agencies – Robert Louey Design and Spherical. Robert Louey Design was tasked with the branding work, inclusive of brand development, positioning, and strategy, as well as graphic design and language. Spherical has been charged with building a digital identity for Beyond Green to coincide with its consumer launch in Q1 2021, which entails creative direction and channel strategy, the production of a variety of digital assets for advertising, marketing, and social media use, and the creation of a standalone consumer-facing website. 

Travel advisors, media, hotels interested in membership, and travelers can learn more about Beyond Green and its founding members by visiting www.StayBeyondGreen.com. Prior to debuting its brand website with full booking capabilities in Q1 2021, Beyond Green invites all travelers who want to book a stay within its unique portfolio of hotels, resorts and lodges to email Book@StayBeyondGreen.com.   

Elyptol Sanitizers Clean × Heal

Elyptol is the first Type 1 eco-certified and professionally registered hand sanitizer. It harnesses the healing properties of eucalyptus oil and naturally-sourced pure ethanol to bring you a product that sanitizes in a healthy and eco-friendly way. Despite its gentle feel, make no mistake that this hand sanitizer is FDA listed and hospital grade.

To Kill Germs Gently, Think Naturally with Elyptol

The sanitizer kills 99.99997% of germs with 70% alcohol. It contains eucalyptus oil and pure ethanol derived from sugar cane to eliminate germs gently and safely. And, it uses botanical food grade ethanol and eucalyptus ingredients that are known for soothing and healing aching bones and irritated skin.

Not only is Elyptol antibacterial, but it is antimicrobial as well. For this reason, it kills a wider range of germs.

“The perfect synergy of science and nature,” notes the company on their front page. “Elyptol harnesses nature’s strengths to create skincare and hard surface hygiene products that effectively kill germs harmful to your health.”

About Elyptol:

The USA/Australian company takes its natural inspiration from those putting their lives on the line for us every day. Elyptol founder Tim O’Connor recognized just how much health care workers used sanitizers when his daughter was born. These hospital grade formulas wreaked havoc on their hands. With years of extensive research and development using green chemistry, Elyptol became the first Type 1 eco-certified and professionally registered hand sanitizer. It expertly pairs eucalyptus oil, known for its healing properties, and natural sanitizing ingredient pure ethanol, derived from sugarcane and corn. The result is an efficient formula that eliminates germs, yet it’s gentle enough on skin and safe for the environment.

Plants illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Mammalz

Mammalz, a new mutli-media nature-niche community platform with a mission to reconnect people to nature announces a free trip giveaway that will send the winner and a guest on an adventure of a lifetime. Each of the travel opportunities offer a unique, up close and personal experience with nature. The lucky winner will get to choose from an African safari to Botswana, a wild tiger safari in India, or a liveaboard scuba diving trip to Indonesia. Travel will take place after the world reopens to safe international travel.

“Mammalz is all about connecting people to nature and each other, not just on our iOS app and web platform, but in real life,” says Alex Finden, COO and co-founder of Mammalz. “Any one of these trips will provide the winner incredible opportunities to capture nature live streams, videos, and photos, perfect for sharing with the global community of nature enthusiasts on the Mammalz app.”

How to Enter the Free Trip Drawing: Entry into the free trip drawing is a perk offered to investors in the Mammalz crowd equity campaign on Wefunder which ends on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PDT. The minimum $100 investment level translates into one entry into the drawing. Higher investment levels provide multiple entries. For every $250K raised on the Mammalz Wefunder campaign, there will be a random drawing for a free trip. Learn more about investing in Mammalz and the free trip drawing at Wefunder.com/mammalz.

The Mammalz founding team are professional filmmakers and photographers with insider tips to share on what to pack if you’re the lucky winner. “Part of the fun of travel is the anticipation and planning,” says Finden. “We chose destinations for the giveaway that we’ve experienced in person, so we have some little-known real-life tips that will make the winner’s trip the best ever.” Watch the founding team share their travel tips in three short videos.

The Mammalz offers a centralized place for today’s generation of socially savvy nature content creators, scientists, and consumers to connect with each other and create a global community around anything that advances the human-nature relationship. Every visit to Mammalz brings a new possibility to encounter nature like you’ve never seen before. Join a live stream with a young zookeeper, watch a timelapse video of a dragonfly emerging from its larval stage, or feel relaxation flood over you as you watch colorful fish dart in and around a coral reef. Mammalz is a place for curiosity and discovery to flourish.

“Our need to reconnect to nature is much more than just getting outside and enjoying the outdoors. It is understanding our place in nature,” says Rob Whitehair, CEO and co-founder of Mammalz. “We need to hear from multiple perspectives around the globe to widen the understanding of what nature means to the global community. This will help us gain not only more knowledge and understanding of life on earth, but more compassion and empathy for our fellow humans.”

Founded by biologists-turned-wildlife filmmakers, Rob Whitehair, CEO, and Alexander Finden, COO, Mammalz is the “Twitch for Nature”; a mobile- and web-based media streaming and social platform dedicated to nature storytelling and driven by community. Whether you are a professional media maker, scientist, educator, artist, writer, or one of over 600 million nature enthusiasts across the planet, Mammalz provides you with the tools to personalize your experience, share your love of nature, and truly make a difference.

Mammalz, PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation founded in May 2018 and headquartered in San Diego, CA, USA. The Mammalz mission is to promote a greater global public understanding of nature and the environment while acting as a bridge between science, media makers, and the public.

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Environmental Effects × COVID-19

MIT Sloan School of Management study shows potential long-term environment effects from COVID-19 and the findings show a decrease in clean energy investment could exacerbate health crisis

While the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced air pollution in the U.S., the longer-term impact on the environment is unclear. In a recent study, MIT Sloan School of Management Prof. Christopher Knittel and Prof. Jing Li analyzed the short- and long-term effects, finding that the actual impact will depend on the policy response to the pandemic. Their study suggests that pushing back investments in renewable electricity generation by one year could outweigh the emission reductions and deaths avoided from March through June 2020.

“The pandemic raises two important questions related to the environment. First, what is the short-run impact on fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions? Second – and more important but harder to answer – what are the longer-term implications from the pandemic on those same variables? The health impacts from the pandemic could stretch out for decades if not centuries depending on the policy response,” says Knittel.

In their study, the researchers analyzed the short-term impact of the pandemic on CO2 emissions in the U.S. from late March to June 7, 2020. They found a 50% reduction in the use of jet fuel and a 30% reduction in the use of gasoline. The use of natural gas in residential and commercial buildings declined by almost 20% and overall electricity demand declined by less than 10%. However, the professors point out that the shutdown also halted most investment in the transition to low-carbon energy. In addition, clean energy jobs decreased by almost 600,000 by the end of April.

“The short-term impact of the pandemic is clear, but the long-term impact is highly uncertain,” says Li. “It will depend on how long it takes to bring the pandemic under control and how long any economic recession lasts.”

The best-case scenario, according to the researchers, is a swift and low-cost strategy to control the virus, allowing the economy to reopen by the end of 2020. In this scenario, investment trends prior to the pandemic will continue.

“Unfortunately, we view a second scenario as more likely,” notes Knittel. “In this scenario, the consequences of the pandemic will be greater, with many more deaths and deeper disruptions to supply chains, and a persistent global recession. The need to backpedal on the reopening of the economy due to flare-ups could destroy rather than defer the demand for goods and services.”

In this scenario, the delays in investments in renewables and vehicle fuel economy could lead to an additional 2,500 MMT of CO2 from 2020-2035, which could cause 40 deaths per month on average or 7,500 deaths during that time.

“Our findings suggest that even just pushing back all renewable electricity generation investments by one year would outweigh the emissions reductions and avoided deaths from March to June of 2020. However, the energy policy response to COVID-19 is the wild card that can change everything,” they wrote in an article for Joule.

Li explains that budgets will be strained to pay for the costs of the virus, making it challenging to invest in clean energy. And if a recession persists, there may be pressure to lessen climate change mitigation goals. However, stimulus packages could focus on clean energy, increasing clean air, clean jobs, and national security.

“Just stabilizing the economy can go a long way to putting clean energy trends back on track. We need to solve the pandemic and continue to address climate change. Otherwise, it will lead to even more tragedy,” adds Knittel.

Li and Knittel are coauthors of “The short-run and long-run effects of COVID-19 on energy and the environment” with Kenneth Gillingham and Marten Ovaere of Yale University and Mar Reguant of Northwestern University. Their paper was published in a June issue of Joule.

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, COVID-19

Climate Crisis × COVID-19

In a new interview, Dr. Roland Kupers, author of A Climate Policy Revolution, discusses the ways the pandemic helps the Climate Crisis

During Covid-19, the world was able to see the impact a lockdown can have on our environment. Since quarantine, people no longer drove to work, school, nor any other locations. Despite the tragedies of the pandemic, one positive can be found in research showing that carbon monoxide levels were reduced by nearly 50%, compared to levels in the same period last year. In addition, emissions of the planet-heating gas CO2 also fell sharply.

Roland Kupers is an advisor on Complexity, Resilience and Energy Transition and the author of the book A Climate Policy Revolution – What the Science of Complexity Reveals about Saving Our Planet. Kupers and C.M. Rubin, founder of CMRubinWorld, discuss 10 ways the pandemic helped to fight the climate crisis.

From psychology we know that it takes 3-6 weeks for new tastes to remain. Our new pandemic habits of less travel, video meetings and valuing cleaner air just might stick,” says Kupers.

Read all 10 ways the pandemic is bettering the climate change here.

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, Fireworks

DON’T PLAY W/ FIRE

By Gabriella Scerbo

Fireworks: Usually an item associated with July 4th or any sort of celebration. Every year around the major cities hundreds of people gather to watch fireworks, and are in awe of their multicolors, and unique pulsating sounds. Another thing that many love about fireworks, is the excuse to sip a cold beer (maybe a little too much) but overall spend quality time with family. This time of celebration and positive correlation seems to be out the window when discussing fireworks in the political climate of 2020.

Fireworks are illegal in many states without a permit, and police departments across the country are cracking down on the abundant use. Law enforcement is once again restating the ordinances regarding these fireworks. In Illinois, the Police Department posted a Facebook update, once again reminding residents of the policy. In June, New York City firework complaints have more than tripled within the past year. This influx in fireworks is due to the fact that large gatherings are cancelled, such as concerts, sporting events and many other celebrations due to the spread of COVID-19.

Another theory regarding the influx of fireworks, are the protests following the death of George Floyd. In New York City and major cities around the country, thousands protest police brutality and years of systemic racism, and racial injustice faced by the Black Community. The Black Lives Matter movement have also been involved in directly using fireworks in addition to peaceful protests, and a larger national conversation about the system injustices.

Pasadena, California has seen a 400% increase of fireworks related complaints. Around 40% (2 in 5) of Americans plan on buying their own fireworks this year, due to the cancellations of many celebrations due to COVID-19. In the Big Apple, Firework complaints have rose to 13,109 compared to just 32 last year.

Not only are these fireworks having a large affect on humans, they also affect everyone’s favorite member of their families: pets.

Although the fireworks seem to glisten in the sky, used for either boredom or to reiterate an important movement, they can also cause serious physical injuries. These effects include loss of fingers, hands, and even tissue damage on the face. Fireworks should be left to people that know how to properly use them.

Not only are the fireworks causing physical injuries to many, they are also causing light pollution and air pollution, which has a direct negative effect on the environment. These fireworks put harmful chemicals and smoke in the air, these chemicals have negative implications such as coughing, shortness of breath, and even heart attacks.

The loud noises are causing concern to frontline workers during the pandemic, looking to get a good night’s rest from another stressful day in the hospital. As well as officer workers, eager to get back to some sense of normalcy during Phase 2 of reopening following COVID-19.

Not only are these fireworks having a large negative on humans, they also affect everyone’s favorite member of their families: pets. Similar to humans, the loud noise is not the most pleasing one, and can cause mental problems. Dogs specifically, when hearing these noises tend to self mutilate, due to anxiety.  Smaller dogs, such as border collies, Australian Shepherds and chihuahua’s can be especially sensitive.

Unfortunately, the amount of pets that are entered in the shelters post July 4th are around 80% higher  than normal. Imagine the potential increase in  shelters with the fireworks in 2020.

These astronomical numbers will be steadily increasing if this firework predicament is not properly taken care of. Many amazing pets lives will be destroyed, as well as there loving families.

 In the grand schemes of things, fireworks are a very small issue in the sea of large issues. However, right now they have been brought into the spotlight as yet another concern for the safety of major cities around the country.