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What are the carbon emissions from the manufacture of the hybrid components of a Prius?

For simplicity, I will assume that the manufacture of a Prius is essentially the same process as that of a non-hybrid ICE, plus the extra environmental impact required for the hybrid components (...
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What actually happens to LDPE Type 4 plastic when it is recycled?

When LDPE Type 4 plastic used in plastic wrapping is recycled, what is it used for?
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What percentage of LDPE Type 4 plastic that you hand in to be recycled is in fact recycled?

What percentage of LDPE Type 4 plastic that you hand in to be recycled is in fact recycled into something useful? I ask this because I read that China stopped accepting plastic to be recycled ...
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When laying wood chips is it better to put down cardboard on top of grass, or just leave it as is?

I'm going to be putting down about 2,000 yards of wood chips on a garden (to kill off all the plants there) in an area on the edge of a swamp this year, and am wondering if it would be just as ...
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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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Using LEDs to generate electricity

I recently saw an article that said that LEDs can use electricity to produce light or they can turn light into electricity. If this is true, could the excess light that we have coming into our homes ...
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Are there any active vehicle to grid programs around the world that are accepting customers?

It seems like people have been hyping the benefits of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) for decades. The basic premise of V2G is that electric vehicles, when plugged in to the grid to charge, can offer services ...
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What is the most sustainable way to handle food waste…throwing food scraps into garbage or down my sink's garbage disposal?

Every night when I wash dishes, I either throw food scraps down the garbage disposal or throw it in the trash. Is it more sustainable to throw food scraps down the garbage disposal? I think things ...
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Any food and grocery buying systems that lead to less food waste?

I am not asking for specific diets or reducing plastic waste. Many people may not want to change their diets. How do people buy food so that they throw away as little food as possible? There must be ...
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How do I recycle Kidde brand smoke detectors?

I live in the United States and I have a non-working Kidde ionization smoke detector. I've read that these smoke detectors should be recycled because they contain some radioactive material. However, ...
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What's the best way to dispose of scrap lumber?

I recently purchased a home in Wisconsin, USA, and in the process of making repairs and upgrades I find I'm generating a fair amount of scrap lumber each month. I keep whatever I think I'll be able to ...
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Does transporting plastic offset the benefits of recycling it?

Apparently China has been processing about half the world's waste until this year, and most of that waste is transported over the ocean in large container ships. Recycling plastic uses less energy and ...
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What will life be like in 2050? [closed]

I've seen a lot of stuff saying researchers predict we'll run low on fossil fuels in 2050 and that pollution will be a big problem then. Does this mean that life will suck then? What would things be ...
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What are eco-friendly substitutes of wood?

Are there any eco-friendly substitutes of wood? With similar attributes (such as strength, rate of biodegradability, safe for the environment, etc.). My long-term intend is to save our environment ...
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Nike water bottle breakdown?

So many know that single use plastic water bottles break down with repeated use. Well the other day, I decided to buy a reusable water bottle. I am on a budget and picked up a Nike Hyperfuel 32oz. Its ...
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What pig species will survive a USDA zone 4A winter outside?

I'm looking to purchase meat pigs to start an operation, and am wondering what species would be best to raise outdoors during the winter, and summer.
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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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How is amount of wood measured?

There has been some confusion here related to measurement of amounts of wood. There are at least the following units of wood measurement: loose cubic meter of wood stack cubic meter of wood solid ...
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Why can't black plastic be recycled?

My local council now takes most types of plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays in the recycling bin. But they specifically exclude black plastic containers. Is there a reason for this? Why can't ...
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Embodied carbon in limecrete vs concrete

I'm planning an extension to my home and one of the many decisions is whether to go for a standard concrete slab over hardcore, or limecrete over blown glass with concrete strip foundations (e.g. ...
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How many times do you need to re-use cloth napkins to offset their impact?

My local municipality has a "Waste Watchers" program that provides resources for reducing the quantity of waste sent to landfills. One of their tips is to use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins. ...
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Dishwasher or paper plates: which are worse?

After running the dishwasher last night it struck he how much energy it must consume: from heating large amounts of water to the motorized pumps and spinners to the heated plate drying. Then there's ...
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Are there any commercially available endophytic fungi to protect fruit trees against rusts?

I've read about endophytic fungi that grows in between the cell walls of a plant's cells and offers some protection against bacterial and fungal parasites. Are there are any commercially available ...
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Alternative to paper towels for draining fried food?

When frying food, what's a good alternative to paper towels for soaking up/draining excess oil?
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How can I determine the U-value (or R-value) of my existing double glazing system?

Is there an easy way to determine the U-value (or R-value) of an existing fitted double glazing system? Two options spring to mind, looking up the value in some kind of database (sadly I have no idea ...
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Is the Food Cycler a good option for composting?

I do not have time to do a good job composting so the "Food Cycler Platinum Indoor Food Recycler" seems like a good idea despite its price. Does it release CO2 or methane? Does it consume so much ...
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Dominion Energy (Virginia) solar standby charges

Does anyone know anything about Dominion Energy's solar standby charge (in Virginia) ? All I can find about it is generic information such as "Dominion plans to charge $4.19 per kilowatt for a solar ...
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How to store plastic bags for easy access?

I bring some plastic bags to my flat almost everyday. I do not throw them out, instead I reuse them on a daily basis until they wear out. But I have a problem organising them and I am yet to find a ...
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Can i use expired can goods in my cut grass to make mulch

Just want to know is it safe to use expired can goods for compost making, examples: Diced tomatoe,evaporated milk,turkey gravy,different Campbell soups,can pumpkin,coffee
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Does air duct cleaning increase heating efficiency?

I recently moved into an older house with a natural gas-burning forced hot air furnace. There are no records of the ducts being cleaned, and based on the layer of black grime I can see, they are quite ...
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Why are my LED light bulbs so short lived?

I thought the idea of LED is, that the light bulb has a very long life and uses very little electricity. I have not invested in full LED lighting but tried the LED bulbs, you screw in your normal ...
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What's the carbon environmental footprint of good old cash?

It's known that bitcoin has a high carbon footprint [1]. Some have started to compare the environmental footprint of a bitcoin transaction and a standard visa transaction [2]. What is the carbon ...
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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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What's the impact of throwing plastic in the bin?

There's a lot of fuss about reducing plastic usage, and one of the main reasons seems to be that otherwise it will end up in the environment, particularly the ocean. But if I dispose of the plastic ...
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What measures could be taken to decrease the air pollution in a big city?

I live in Madrid, where like in most big cities there is a high level of air pollution, especially due to the traffic. The levels of pollution reached the maximum allowable level a couple of months ...
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How to persuade people that scrappage schemes & suchlike are a bad idea?

One idea frequently cited as a way of reducing pollution is the use of scrappage schemes and low-emission zones to persuade people to replace their old cars with newer, 'more efficient' ones. IMHO ...
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Is there a recent study that shows how accurate wind turbine wake models are?

Wind-turbine wake models are used in the design of wind farms, to optimise the choice of turbine model, and the layout of the turbines. They're also sometimes used in the operation of wind farms, to ...
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What is marginal energy?

I answered to a question and used the term "marginal energy". The answer wasn't understood by all, so I'm going to expand on the term to illustrate how it works. So, what is marginal energy?
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Is there any Pellet molder alternative?

Our groupmates have a research topic that includes making a plastic pellet. We have to think of an alternative way to produce plastic pellets out of melted HDPE plastic bags since we're still students ...
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What function does hanging a compost bin serve?

I just came across a school project to build a hanging compost bin: Lakeview Compost Bin. The benefits of composting have been a frequent topic here, but I'm wondering what purpose is served by ...
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What's the environmental impact of industrial sources of store-bought bagged soil? Is it a 'net positive' in terms of building soil & storing carbon?

To help grow lots of trees and ecologically friendly gardens, I've bought lots of bags of soil over time. There are better, more local sources of soil/mulch/compost, but nevertheless I go the route of ...
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Aquaponics system in apartment livingroom

I am interested in building my first Aquaponics system in the livingroom of a 70m2 apartment. I plan to have a 100 litre fish tank with a 75litre grow bed. I measured the temperature to be about 15-25 ...
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Energy use for monitor vs pc tower

I work in a few schools where children have been taught to turn off the monitors to save energy. Unfortunately, this is all that they turn off. Every Monday morning I find 30+ computers running with ...
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Why is solar energy so expensive?

I was surprised to find out recently that solar power plants tend to be more expensive than traditional energy plants based on depletable resources like coal and oil. Why is that? It seems as though ...
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New electric vehicle: does the cost outweigh the benefits?

Since it's summer break and I can no longer walk everywhere like I could at university, I've been having to drive my car a lot. For a 2001 model, it gets excellent gas mileage (or so I assume, I've ...
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A hydropower based power-generating fitness system and some questions

I'm currently researching and experimenting a system concept about hydropower-based fintness. I recorded my initial experiment footage and you can watch the video on Youtube. Befor talking about this ...
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What has a lesser carbon footprint? Continue to drive my current car until it is no longer useful or to buy a new car?

I have 2003 Honda Accord. It gets ~20 MPG CITY (8.5 km/liter). I'm trying to figure out if it is more sustainable in the long run to: continue to drive the Accord until it dies (it's still in great ...
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better to heat house with gas or with electricity?

Is it better to heat house with gas or electricity? We have gas insert and gas heating but am looking at other options for sustainable energy use. Thank you!
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Is burning wood the same as letting it biodegrade from a CO2 emissions perspective?

I always thought, that burning wood, would be bad for the total CO2 in the atmosphere until I heard it being pitched as "renewable energy". Now I am slightly unsure. The logic goes like this: Wood ...
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How much wood can I burn sustainably, carbon neutral and in an ecologically responsible way from a forest?

While wood can - in theory - be a carbon neutral fuel, in practice burning wood creates a huge carbon debt and it may take a long time for all the carbon released by logging, soil degradation and so ...

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