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A Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices"

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  • philcovers
    This the title of a new book, the first chapter can be read at http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/guide.ch1.html UCS, (Union of Concerned Scientists) in the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2002
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      This the title of a new book, the first chapter can be read at

      http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/guide.ch1.html

      UCS, (Union of Concerned Scientists) in the USA, developed an
      economic model to analyse the impact of household spending on the
      most significant consumer related environmental problems:
      Air Pollution
      Water Pollution
      Alteration of Natural Habitats;
      and Global Warming.
      After grouping 134 consumer spending choices into 50 categories
      (Like furnishings, clothing, computers) the authors discovered that
      most environmental degregation is linked to just 7 categories:
      CARS (At the top)
      MEAT!!!!!!
      Produce & grains;
      Household appliances and lighting;
      Home heating and cooling;
      Home construction;
      Household water & sewage.

      Cars and light trucks cause the MOST environmental damage overall and
      are responsible for nearly HALF of the toxic Air Pollution and more
      than 25% of the Greenhouse gases traceable to HOUSEHOLD consumption.

      Food is second only to transportation as a source of consumer related
      environmental problems. RED MEAT causes especially high amounts of
      environmental damage for the nutrition it delivers. According to the
      book cutting the average household's meat consumption (Red meat &
      poultry) in half would reduce food related land use and common water
      pollution by 20% & 24% respectively.

      Replacing beef with grains and produce can significantly improve
      the environment said Brower. People can also help the environment by
      buying ORGANIC foods.

      There is a "Great Green Web Game" at www.ucsusa.org Try it!!!

      Hope you find this interesting and informative.

      Love Peace & harmony

      Chris
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