Questions tagged [environmental-impact]

describes all effects (positive or negative) of the production, consumption and/or disposal of a product, service, policy, or project on the environment.

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Is global population growth ignored in sustainable energy discussions because it makes any effort seem futile?

We (I'm in EU, Netherlands) are trying to reduce CO2 emissions, and many other regulations (nitrogen, pfas) have been devised to make sure we don't make our planet uninhabitable for humans. But I don'...
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Why does the cost of planting trees vary so much across different websites?

I am actively looking to donate to organisations that plant trees and, as far as I know, there are several websites that allow you to do that. Some offer the possibility to follow the tree's life ...
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CO2 track of staying in huts which are supplied by helicopter

How much CO2 do we produce by sleeping on average in a hut (including breakfast and dinner)in high-altitude > 3000 m)? Let's assume that the hut offers 50 beds and that a helicopter has to supply the ...
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Are trains more sustainable than electric buses?

I assume the energy for electric buses and trains comes from the same sources. But a train doesn't need to carry it's power supply along, contrary to a bus. However, there is more infrastructure that ...
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Which of disposal or production of leather has a greater environmental impact?

Several times I've heard of people supporting leather against non-animal alternatives, saying that since animals are killed for meat we have a lot of skin to use and that it would be bad not to use it....
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My residential colony burns dry grass every year; how can I stop them?

Every year during June-October, it rains and a few months later after the rainy season there is a lot of grass growing in the empty sites in my residential colony. So all the grass is cut, piled up ...
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Should I replace existing inefficient light bulbs?

Similar to this question (except that's about cars), if I can buy more efficient light bulbs than the ones I'm using right now, should I? Or is it better to wait until my current light bulbs expire, ...
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What is the most commonly available eco-friendly writing instrument?

How would you rank the following in terms of damage to the environment: Pencils (regular) Mechanical Pencils Single-use ball point pens. Refillable ball point pens. Fountain pens The eco-friendly ...
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Is cheese as bad as beef for the environment?

Among foods, beef is frequently noted as one of the biggest causes of global warming, particularly because cattle produce methane as part of their digestion. Cheese is less frequently discussed in ...
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Single-use wooden vs plastic cutlery

I just joined a waste minimization board in my office and one of the area we discussed was the use of plastic cutlery in our canteen. While the best option in my opinion would be to remove all single ...
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Pros and cons of bamboo clothing compared to cotton?

I've read that clothes made from bamboo fibers require about 1/3 the amount of water compared to cotton. Also bamboo grows much faster than cotton and it requires little or no herbicides or fertilizer....
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What are the benefits or shortcomings of a moss wall?

I'm considering to put up a small moss wall in my workplace. What benefits or shortcomings should be considered regarding inhabitants' health and environment impact of a moss wall? Update: It's an ...
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Is there any case where plant farming is more eco friendly than raising livestock?

I am looking for an example or a case with arguments that would justify converting cattle ranches into plant farms (e.g., wheat, apple, or anything non-meat). The advantages should be in a more ...
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Sustainably waterproofing a rain jacket

My raincoat was fully waterproof when bought some 8 years ago. Now it's like a cotton blouse in that it soaks up water immediately. I have washed it with technical wash and sprayed it with ...
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How does the climate impact of an LNG-powered cruise ship compare to flying?

Taking the Iona as an example, it is claimed that "The cruise ship will have a reduced carbon footprint with zero sulphur and nitrogen emissions." Sulphur and nitrogen, while pollutants, are not ...
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How bad are nylon and polyester clothing for the environment?

A few weeks ago I heard a news story about new research that found that polyester clothing is more of an environmental concern than previously thought. The reason for this is that each time you wash ...
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How can I support the recycling, but not the new production of aluminum?

While the initial production of aluminum is a waste-intensive, energy-intensive process that has negative environmental and social impact through deforestation and contamination of waterways, aluminum ...
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Paper packaging once a day or plastic every second day?

I buy a lot of cottage cheese. There are two kinds of packagings available: paper wrappings, which I buy one piece a day plastic bag, of which one pack is enough for two days Assuming that I can't ...
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Are there any adverse impacts if I keep WiFi router on all time?

I searched Google only to come up with various results with different views. Is there any official or reliable source that states the impacts of keeping the WiFi router on regarding environmental ...
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Environmental impact of toner versus ink cartridges?

I'm trying to decide what type of printer to buy. I've read a number of posts on the web where people claim that laser printers are more durable than ink-jet printers. Some people say this is because ...
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Is boxed wine more ecofriendly than bottled wine?

In a few weeks I'll be hosting an event and will need to purchase wine for about 30 or 40 people. For myself and my partner, I typically purchase boxed wine as it stays fresh longer (assuming the wine ...
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What to look for in a pair of sustainable shoes?

Let's limit ourselves to "casual sport" shoes (e.g., everyday trainers, casual, etc.) . I have been doing some research online, essentially along two different lines: sustainability, using http://...
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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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Is there standard methodology for assessing how environmentally friendly a particular lifestyle is?

The headline says it all, I'm looking for a standard way of assessing a lifestyle against environmental criteria. I'm thinking of some sort of lifestyle questionnaire that will produce a score from 0 ...
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How do you decontaminate land?

How do you decontaminate land that has been contaminated with various toxic materials? Is it safe to just unearth everything? I live around a lot of contaminated fields and it looks like companies ...
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Recycling : paper, plastic or aluminum, which one to choose, if only one?

Supposing I can focus only on one type of material to recycle, choosing from paper (card board etc), aluminum (can etc) or plastic (water bottle etc), then which choice of material will help the ...
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Most sustainable type of cream container?

The grocery co-op where I shop offers local, organic cream from three different farms, which use three different types of recyclable containers (all roughly the same volume): Mini version of clear ...
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Plastic incineration vs discarding considerations

Firstly, let me say, I am not pro-either. I just hear about people trying to save the environment (and putting an end to bad municipal 'dump site' behaviour) by rather burning their trash. This is ...
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Life-cycle assessment of software products?

I'm a software engineer, and lately I've been thinking whether it's possible to delineate the environmental impact of a software product - say a web service, a website, an app for your phone, etc. It ...
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Is there a scientific consensus whether lifestyle or amount of human population the biggest problem

When discussing with a colleague about ecology yesterday, we had agreed on the following premise : Before industrial age, world population was low, and the environment was not significantly damaged ...
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Why don't toilets use saltwater?

My question is in the header. It would seem to be a major environmental benefit if toilets used saltwater in stead of potable fresh water, right?
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How much CO2 is emitted after 1 hectare of woodland gets burnt in a wildfire?

Wildfires are getting more and more common due to dryer and hotter summer seasons. I'm interested in the impact of wildfires in terms of CO2 contribution in the atmosphere. I'd like to get a gross ...
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What is the environmental impact of meal kit subscriptions (Blue Apron, etc)?

According to Wikipedia, a meal-kit is... ...a subscription service that sends customers pre-portioned food ingredients and recipes for them to prepare homecooked meals. Well-known examples include ...
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What is palm oil mostly used for?

What percentage of total world production of palm oil is used for fuel, and what is used for food and cosmetics? I am asking this because there seems to be more awareness in the media of palm oil use ...
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Is there a recent life cycle analysis for cloth diaper and for disposable diaper?

I am looking for specific studies on the life cycle of cloth diaper versus disposable diaper. The municipality I work for wants to establish a compensation program for parents who want to choose a ...
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The least sustainable pathway of the IPCC SR15 report

Looking briefly at the recent IPCC report it presents a number of pathways for keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees celsius by 2100. These follow a spectrum from enormous reductions in consumption ...
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Wood vs. plastic vs. metal furniture and other items, is the wood product generally most environmentally friendly?

Consider a bed or a chair, one made of wood, another of plastic, another of metal. All else being kept similar between the materials to the extent feasible, is the wood product generally the most ...
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Which consumes more carbon dioxide: a fully grown forest or a newly planted one that is growing?

I was talking to some friends and one of them claims that it is more efficient to combat global warming by cutting the trees and replanting them because a growing forest consumes more CO2. (Firstly, a ...
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Is delivery of mail to house doors by postal services more sustainable than picking up mail from a central location?

Today there exists more than one mail and parcel services to distribute deliveries. I wonder about sustainability effects, especially when you receive several deliveries a day. When everybody has to ...
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Is it better to put something potentially unrecyclable in the recycling bin or to put something recyclable in the waste bin?

This may sound like a weird question, but the other night I was about to throw away a plastic package which didn't have any recycling information on it, and I hesitated before throwing it in the waste ...
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Discretionary Carbon Footprint vs. Per-capita footprint

Are there any published academic studies which compare per-capita carbon footprint against discretionary carbon footprint (ie. lifestyle-connected emissions)? per-capita footprint is the result of ...
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What is the energy and greenhouse gas footprint of Skysource/Skywater water generator?

The Water Abundance X-Prize was recently awarded to the Skysource/Skywater alliance for: ... developing an easily deployable high-volume water generator that can be used in any climate, meeting the ...
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Which is better for carry-out eating: disposable bamboo chopsticks or disposable plasticware?

Assuming that I throw them away each time, and taking transportation out of the question, which is the most environmentally sound choice: single use bamboo chopsticks, or single use plasticware? What ...
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How environmentally friendly is palm oil with a certified organic label?

I'm trying to reduce my consumption of palm oil because palm oil production is responsible for deforestation, large forest fires and loss of biodiversity. The problem is that palm oil is present in ...
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I throw compostable food into trash — how much harm do I cause?

I live in a city that doesn't have composting facilities that ordinary citizens like myself could easily use. Although I recycle most of the plastic, metal, glass and paper I lay my hands on, getting ...
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What is the environmental impact of recycling beverage containers, by material?

I just read the article "Oregon Launches First Statewide Refillable Bottle System In U.S.". Discussing the environmental impact of this system, the article says: Until that facility [in Portland, ...
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What kind of nuts are eco-friendly?

I'm vegetarian but I need a high-protein diet. I was eating a lot of beans but they're not so great for my digestion. My belly really prefers nuts instead. I know a lot of veggies eat cashews, but ...
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Are the red worms suggested for vermicomposting considered an invasive species?

I'm considering vermicomposting as a next step to hot composting, and plan to release the red worms directly into my garden bed (using a worm bucket), but wanted to check before ordering a batch of ...
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What is the maximum sustainable population of the earth?

This question prompted by discussion regarding this answer to a question about vegetarianism. I recently came across a U.N. review of studies seeking to determine the earth's maximum sustainable ...