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Options for (Environmentally) Safe Traveling in Hawaii

The island state of Hawaii is the tourist destination for more than 8 million people on average every year, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. With that many people trying to get around, traffic can take a toll on the environment, especially given that rental cars are the transportation of choice. Fortunately, Hawaii offers valid…

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China Must Cut Pollution in Half

Air pollution is a serious problem in China. According to an article on Greenpeace East Asia, children grow up in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai with asthma and other respiratory diseases. Concentration of PM2.5 particles (particles with aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5 µm) exceeds World Health Organization guidelines in four cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou,…

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Tips on Driving in Different Terrains

The challenge of taking your vehicle off road, driving in inclement weather, or driving on otherwise unfamiliar terrain, might sound thrilling, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t know how to properly navigate it. Safety hazards can surprise you, and if you don’t know how to traverse them, you could end up damaging…

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2014: The Hottest Year on Record

According to an announcement issued on January 16, 2015 by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2014 was the hottest year on record since we started tracking our planet’s temperature 135 years ago. With an average ocean and land surface temperature of 58.24°F, 2014 beat out the previous record holders of 2005…

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‘Plastic Soup’: What Have We Done to Our Oceans?

An estimated 270,000 tons of plastic pollute our world’s major waterways, according to the results of a new study. The report indicates that in excess of five trillion pieces of plastic are floating in our oceans, and some of that plastic gets ingested by fish that end up being eaten by humans. Not only is…

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U.S. and China Reach a Historical Agreement on the Environment

Earlier this week, in an unprecedented display of cooperation on the environment, President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping announced a joint effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a particularly significant move considering that the United States and China alone are responsible for more than one third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The…