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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...