Grace Smoot

Grace loves to research and write about all things related to climate action and sustainability. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology and works as a Natural Resource Specialist. Outside of work, she loves to work out, play soccer, and take her dog for long walks.

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The History of Carbon Offsetting: The Big Picture

Carbon offsets are a way to reduce our carbon emissions and our carbon footprint to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations. The voluntary carbon market is the current method of purchasing carbon credits that are used to offset emissions occurring elsewhere. But how exactly did carbon offsets come to be?

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How Effective Is Carbon Offsetting Really? Here Are the Facts

The current global climate crisis threatens our planet’s environmental, economic, and social health. And carbon offsets are often shown as one of the ways we can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and our carbon footprint to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations. So we had to ask: How effective is carbon offsetting really?

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What Are Carbon Offsets and How Do They Work

Our current global climate crisis threatens the environmental, economic, and social health of our planet. To ensure a sustainable planet for future generations we must take action now to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and our carbon footprint. One of the ways we can do this is to implement carbon offsets. At least as part of our mitigation strategy. So we had to ask: What are carbon offsets and how do they work?

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4 Main Reasons Why Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Is Important

You’ve probably heard the term “carbon footprint”. And that this refers to our greenhouse gas emissions. But did you know that each one of us has our own carbon footprint? And that it is vitally important to reduce it? But, first, we had to ask: Why is reducing your carbon footprint important?

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Green Energy vs Alternative Energy: What’s the Difference?

Green and alternative energy sources are sustainable energy options to replace fossil fuels (e.g. coal and natural gas). These terms are commonly used synonymously, but did you know there are instances where they are not mutually exclusive? Identifying the differences between the two is crucial to make informed decisions about our energy usage. So we had to ask: What’s the difference between green and alternative energy?

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Clean Energy vs Green Energy: What’s the Difference?

You have probably heard the terms clean and green when talking about energy sources. They may have even been used interchangeably. But did you know that they have two different meanings? To make informed decisions about how we generate our energy, we must identify the differences, benefits, and drawbacks of both clean and green energy. So we had to ask: What’s the difference between clean and green energy?

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Is All Renewable Energy Sustainable? Nearly…

A common misconception is that renewable energy sources will never run out. And while it is true that renewable resources naturally replenish themselves over time, they can only remain in infinite supply if we use the resources sustainably. Consuming the resources faster than they can replenish causes a renewable resource to become unsustainable and can lead to the eventual depletion of this resource. So we had to ask: Is all renewable energy sustainable?

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Green Energy vs Renewable Energy: What’s the Difference?

Green and renewable energy sources are sustainable energy options to replace fossil fuels (e.g. coal and natural gas). Sometimes the two are used synonymously, but did you know there are instances where they are not mutually exclusive? To make informed decisions about how we generate our energy, we must identify the differences between the two. So we had to ask: What’s the difference between green and renewable energy?

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Clean Energy vs Alternative Energy: What’s the Difference?

Clean and alternative energy are commonly used synonymously when talking about sustainable options to replace fossil fuels. Sometimes this is correct, but there are instances where the two are not mutually exclusive. Understanding these differences is key in making informed decisions about energy sources. So we had to ask: What’s the difference between clean and alternative energy?

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Renewable Energy vs Alternative Energy: What’s the Difference?

Renewable and alternative energy are often used interchangeably to describe substitutes for fossil fuels that are better for the environment. And while some people will argue that they both are the same thing, this is only true for some of these energy sources. But knowing what their differences are will help you make a more informed energy choice. So we had to ask: What’s the difference between renewable and alternative energy?

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Clean Energy vs Renewable Energy: What’s the Difference?

Clean and Renewable are just two of the many sustainability terms used when referring to energy substitutes for fossil fuels. At first glance it may seem like the two are mutual, you may have even read or heard them being used interchangeably. But when looking closely at the two, some differences emerge. So we had to ask: What’s the difference between clean and renewable energy?

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Why Is a Carbon Footprint Bad for the Environment? All You Need to Know

The growth of the global population and the expansion of the economic and industrial sectors have played a considerable role in the Earth’s capability to absorb carbon emissions both at land and at sea. And to explain and address this issue, the term ‘carbon footprint’ has been coined. So we had to ask: Why is a carbon footprint bad for the environment?

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