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Your website could be doing the environment dirty. Here’s how to clean it up.

By Angely Mercado Photo: Jessica Lynn Lewis from Pexels

No trees are seemingly cut down every time you Google something or read a social media post on your phone or laptop. But websites alone do create emissions—internet usage is responsible for almost four percent of global emissions. That might not seem like a lot, but its equivalent to about the same emissions caused by global air travel. e


Beef Industry Tries to Erase Its Emissions With Fuzzy Methane Math

By Ben Elgin Illustration: Ian Grandjean

Scientists with the world’s top climate organization made reducing meat consumption an official policy recommendation in 2019, echoing what environmentalists had urged for years: Eating less meat, in particular beef, reduces the large volume of emissions attributed to livestock. That guidance has only accelerated efforts by the beef industry to discredit the notion that strip steaks and cheeseburgers are climate culprits.


Forget Your Carbon Footprint. Let’s Talk About Your Climate Shadow.

By Emma Pattee Photo: Peter Gamlen for Mic

onsider these two people: One flies weekly for work; the other lives in a studio apartment and walks to the office every day. On the surface, it’s clear here who has the bigger carbon footprint. Flying is notoriously awful, emissions-wise, and when you compare a weekly flight to the energy use of a small home and the emissions of a daily walking commute, the outcome is obvious.


Google Cloud will now show its users their carbon footprint in the cloud

By Frederic Lardinois Photo: Westend61 / Getty Images

Google Cloud today announced a new (and free) feature that will provide its users with custom carbon footprint reports that detail the carbon emissions their cloud usage generates.


Google Flights will now show you the environmental impact of your travel

By Natalie B. Compton Photo: María Alconada Brooks

To help users find more sustainable travel options, Google launched a feature Wednesday that will show a carbon-emissions estimate for almost every flight in its search results. Now, along with price and duration, travelers will be able to use environmental footprints to compare and choose flights.


Google launches new features to help users shrink their carbon footprints

By Justine Calma Photo: Google

Google announced a suite of new features that it says will help people who use their platforms make more sustainable choices. The new services focus on reducing planet-heating greenhouse gas emissions and are primarily found on Search, Maps, Travel, and Nest.

But before we get into the details of how their new tools work, a quick note of context; some environmental advocates have called out companies for shifting responsibility for the climate crisis onto individual consumers. Holding big corporate polluters accountable for their emissions far outweighs any one consumers’ individual impact. And Wednesday’s announcements from Google aren’t really designed to reduce the company’s own carbon footprint.


Companies bet carbon labels can help the climate. Will consumers catch on?

By Jessica Wolfrom Photo: Elaine Thompson/Associated Press

The world is littered with labels — markers that tell you how many calories are in a candy bar or if a tomato is organic.

Now, companies are creating labels to show consumers the environmental costs of their daily habits. Carbon labels have already cropped up salads, sneakers and even face creams. Unilever, the maker of Dove soap and Lipton teas, has said it will add labels to all of its 70,000 products.


The Fallacy of Our Carbon Footprint

By Emma Pattee

In 1992, a Canadian ecologist named William Rees coined the term “ecological footprint,” a measurement of how much any entity was impacting the planet’s ecology. A decade later, British Petroleum started promoting a new term: “carbon footprint.”  In a splashy ad campaign, the company unveiled the first of its many carbon footprint calculators as a way for individuals to measure how their daily actions—what they eat, where they work, how they heat their home—impact global warming.


Bag the Carbon Calculators. You Didn’t Cause This.

By Peter Sinclair

“But what can I do to fight climate change?” is a frequently asked question for anyone that does communication on this topic – and I used to have a ready list of everyday things one can do around the house, changing light bulbs and appliances, efficient appliances and transportation, yada yada – but a few years in, I realized that was a lot of nibbling around the edges.


Gordon: Logging, carbon capture could help limit severe wildfires, reduce carbon footprint

By Brendan LaChance Photo by John Roedel

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said during a Monday, Oct. 5 press conference that “we have got to embrace that we have got to do a better job of managing our forests.” Gordon’s comments came as the Mullen Fire, which started on Sept. 17 in the Medicine Bow National Forest, has burned about 150,000 acres and has claimed 29 homes and 31 additional structures.