Environmental Trifecta

| March 10, 2019
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The green thumb is making a comeback, with 6 million Americans taking up gardening in 2016, of whom 5 million were Millennials. It’s a $47 billion industry in the United States and the average gardening household spends $503 on plants and materials annually. Now 77 percent of households are getting in on gardening.

To some notoriety, you can’t drink seawater. There are ways around that, specifically desalination, and they’re making drinkable water in seaside areas without good access to freshwater. By 2015, there were about 18,000 desalination plants making about 86.55 million cubic meters of water per day, which is about 1 percent of the world’s need. A further 2,000 plants have been built since, and annually governments and companies spend $14 billion per year to desalinate ocean and brackish water. The cost of producing a cubic meter of desalinated water is between 50 cents and 90 cents.

Leaf blowers were banned in Washington D.C., a sentence which seems more and more like a good idea the more you learn about leaf blowers. The average car in America is 200 percent more efficient than in 1950 and smog emissions are down 99 percent. The two-stroke engine that fuels most lawn care equipment, which was gradually phased out of scooters and other automobiles, is still a mechanical dinosaur, with VOC emissions on average 124 times higher from an idling two-stroke scooter than an idling car. These dirty engines are also what blow leaves around. But that adds up: the California Air Resources Board estimates that by 2020, gas-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers and other two-stroke equipment will produce more ozone pollution than every car in California combined. That’s as much a credit to how clean cars have gotten as it’s a reason to reconsider not just raking the leaves.

Stay Tuned, Disciplined & Patient! {TJM}

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