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Is buying online more sustainable than in local shop next door?

I was planning to buy a toy. I can buy it online and in local shop next door. Price is (including shipping in case of online shop) more or less the same. Is one more sustainable than the other?
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Are economies that need growth unsustainable?

The presently dominant economic system appears to require exponential economic growth. I may be wrong, but whether or not it is is a question that is off-topic here — for the sake of this question, ...
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Is it economically sensible to install a heat exchanger on my wastewater pipes?

In the winter, I rather enjoy hot showers. I try to keep them short (5-6 min), but it's still a lot of heat going down the drain and out of the house - particularly with 3 other people who do not have ...
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Are there projects that use renewable energy sources to create renewable energy sources?

I recently fantasized about a project that starts from a small solar furnace (small, but can melt steel), and a small solar farm (that control the electronics). Then all the energy is used to build ...
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What is the Relationship between Localising the Economy and Sustainability?

Following up on EnergyNumbers' questions: What is the relationship between localizing the economy and sustainability? Does pushing for local food markets, local production of goods for use, local ...
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Could global shift toward vegetarianism be a big step in solving food, water, health, ecological, and economical crises?

Some people, like myself, made a conscious decision to exclude various animal products from their diets, believing that this is an inevitable requirement if our species intends to live on Earth ...
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Why are hemp clothes so expensive?

Being hemp so easy, sustainable and economic to grow, one would expect it to be much cheaper than it is at the moment. Why, therefore, is it so expensive compared to cotton? Is it because of the ...
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Research conducted into local / regional currencies

Have any research studies been published looking into localised alternative currencies, as to what their effects on the local market have been? For instance, do they really drive down food-miles, and ...
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Does responsible living leave more space to unresponsible living?

It looks to me that the efforts I'm doing to make my living more sustainable are worthless. Indeed, when some of us make efforts to lower energy consumption, doesn't it only leave harvestable ...
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Would a tax on non-organic meat have environmental benefits?

The production of livestock is responsible for a massive share of the methane that is released into the atmosphere, and is a major contributor to global warming. Sources: The Lancet: "Food, ...
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How much energy would U.S save if all public illumination use LED?

How much megawatts U.S could save if they used LED for public illumination? Bonus : The math for China which is another big energy consumer in the world. And the math for the humanity as whole. ...
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What have been the economic factors behind the build of tracking PV systems?

I see there's now over 1GW of installed PV capacity in tracking systems. What have been the economic factors behind this? I'd pretty much written off both 1-axis and 2-axis tracking in my mind, ...
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What does it take to create an approbation label?

These days, there's a lot of approbation labels for a lot of different products: fair trade FSC (wood) MSC (fish) EU energy label and a lot more for a lot more different products. I've been ...
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Sustainable and ethical business resources?

Are there any resources or databases that catalog how companies perform along ethical or sustainable lines? I'm particularly interested in things like workers rights and pay, affect on the environment,...
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How is per capita energy consumption related to increasing per capita wealth?

Has there been any global calculation of average increase in consumption of energy per increase of wealth per person? Has there been any such calculations/analyses. And could you perhaps tell us ...
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How much does 'economic sustainability' translate into 'environmental sustainability'?

Does buying a product that costs less money (though being produced in the same way), really translate into better environmental sustainability, or does it just mean you have more money without ...
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Will bitcoin help us to decentralise our communities and help us live a more sustainably

From a little bit of research on bitcoin, I have discovered that they remove the centralised middle man from individuals transactions ie. a Bank, PayPal, ect.. and make it easier to transfer money ...
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What are the sustainability impacts of requiring more and more years of education?

As time has gone on, education requirements to meaningfully have a career has increased incrementally over time. This is true across virtually all fields. This means that we start careers later, are ...
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Does the price of polysilicon (for solar PV panels) depend on oil prices?

The assertion that the answer to this question is "yes" was made in an answer to another question here: Which solar power technology has the highest energy return on investment (EROI aka EROEI)?. The ...
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Is interest sustainable? [closed]

Organisations such as JAK and Rentevrij argue that economic interest is fundamentally unsustainable, because it requires perpetual exponential economic growth, something impossible in a finite ...
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Could hotels charge guests for the utilities they use to encourage conservation?

I travel often for work and stay in hotels. I have observed that with no direct incentive, it's often hard to stay motivated to make such sustainable choices as taking shorter showers, running the A/C ...
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Why the eco-friendly soy ink is not abundent on the market?

From time to time I see on different papers "Printed with eco-friendly ink," so I assume that it is the soy-based ink. I have read a bit about it, and the opinions about soy-ink being eco-friendly are ...
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What was the repowering programme that caused a spike in Danish turbine decommissioning in 2002?

This pdf on Danish Renewable Energy Policy by Preben Maegaard refers on page 11 to A repowering programme that had been launched by the previous government resulted in a short term revitalisation ...
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How much is the environmental benefit of organic food offset by its higher economic cost when purchased?

One thing that I do in my life is earn extra money just so I can afford organic food as much as possible. But in this higher-earning job (which is not organic farming and thus not sustainable ...
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Can mealworms form part of a healthy diet in the UK?

Mealworms for birds are a cheap form of nutrition. Could they be processed at home in a way to make them healthy? Dried mealworms are sold as bird food for just under £8/Kg in the UK or $3/Kg from ...
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Is it okay from a sustainability viewpoint to buy a christmas tree?

I am thinking about buying a christmas tree but I want to know if that is or isn't good from a sustainability viewpoint.
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How can I sustainably live without money when the government charges property tax? [closed]

I want to live in such a way that I can develop open source software full time, find new ways to convert trash into usable products and not charge a dime for my services. Are there any viable means to ...
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Impact of vegetarianism on the meat industries

My main goal is to get rid of mass husbandry and the environmental impact of industrial meat production. My question is: Is it better to abandon meat from my diet completely or to endorse eco-...
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Why western countries do not heavily tax beef imports?

I hear that Brazil slowly but surely burns the Amazonian forests (apparently already payed for by western countries) to make room for cows and supported cultures like soybean. This is obviously bad ...
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What are the ecological effects of buying "imperfect produce"?

I have seen a few sites such as imperfectproduce.com, fullharvest.com, and hungryharvest.com. They sell food that they claim would otherwise go to waste because it would be hard to sell through ...
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Is there any way to know if by purchasing renewable energy certificates from my provider is actually modifying their portfolio?

Renewable Energy Certificates seem like a great way to prove your green. I like the idea. My Electric company is offering to sell me RECs along with the electricity I consume. They market it like I'm ...
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Are there long-distance water pipelines emanating from the North American Great Lakes region? Why or why not?

Are there long-distance water pipelines emanating from the North American Great Lakes region? Why or why not? Under what circumstances would this be an ecologically reasonable way to provide water to ...
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What is the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW)?

What is the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW) about? Does it measure the relation between energy and well being? Or does it have other parameters?
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What lifestyle choices have the biggest impact on a local economy? [closed]

As someone who lives in a city and expects that a sustainable world will be interdependent rather than isolated homesteads, I'm interested in where money (spent locally as an assumption) is best ...
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Does a PV panel take more energy to build than it generates in its lifetime? [duplicate]

Industrial energy costs are $1 per million BTU (MMBTU) or 300kWh, or $3*10^-6 per watt hour (Wh). http://www.eia.gov/consumption/manufacturing/ Solar has 1 kg of 9n silicon per 100W, at $20/kg. ...
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What is the economic sustainability of solar power [duplicate]

A lot of opponents of solar power that I talk to argue that solar power is not current economically sustainable in the long term based on the energy and infrastructure required to create the panels, ...
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Examples of a city or region with poor economy and environmental pollution that turned to green economy and prospered

I am looking for some examples of cities or regions that initially suffered from poor economy, unemployment, pollution or any environmental problems, but they turned to green technology and ...