‘Range anxiety’ is scaring people away from electric cars — but the fear may be overblown

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Even as electric vehicles appear to be growing in popularity — witness the stunning sales for Tesla’s Model 3 earlier this year — there remains a persistent skeptical argument.

It’s this: We are far from overcoming “range anxiety,” which describes the state of fear drivers experience from knowing that their battery could run out of charge and strand them far from a recharging station.

Yet a new study published in Nature Energy Monday by researchers from MIT and the Santa Fe Institute goes a long way towards addressing this concern. The new research, based on a vast data analysis of second-by-second U.S. driving patterns and other evidence, finds that in a surprisingly large number of daily driving cases, range anxiety may be overblown.

People would buy green products – if only e-commerce showed them how

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Given the choice to go green when making purchases online, a lot of people would follow through, new research suggests. They just need companies to provide them with enough information to do so.

The new study, just out on Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that Internet-based companies (which include the likes of Amazon and Airbnb) have the opportunity to slash their products’ carbon footprints by providing customers with environmentally friendly choices to cut down on greenhouse gases and other ills. The researchers tested the idea out using mock versions of four types of industries — online retail, video streaming, ride shares and housing shares — and found that consumers are willing to make climate-friendly selections when the options are available to them, whether it means purchasing carbon offsets or just choosing the product with the lowest carbon output.

Living Green 365: Greening your move

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Whether it’s moving to college, an apartment, a house or a condo, most of us change our place of residence at least a handful of times during our lives.

Moving can be exciting, stressful, fun, challenging, and rewarding. It can also be expensive and time-consuming and can generate waste, pollution and greenhouse gasses.

Here are some ideas to help make your next move eco-friendly, not eco-wasteful.

Religiosity diminishes conservative opposition to environmentally friendly consumer decisions

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Some people have perceived that the combination of religion and political conservatism exacerbates environmental concerns in the United States. But researchers from Rice University and Baruch College have found evidence that religious identification and belief in a god dampen the otherwise strong negative effect that political conservatism typically has on whether people make purchasing decisions with concern for the environment in mind.

At first glance, the researchers’ data show that political liberals are 8 percentage points more likely to say they identify as pro-environment consumers when compared with political conservatives. However, a closer look across levels of religiosity shows that this political gap is larger among the nonreligious (a difference of 12 percentage points between extreme political conservatives and extreme political liberals) and smaller among the very religious (a difference of 3 percentage points). The researchers said this suggests that religion can mute political differences when someone is being identified as a pro-environment consumer.

Office Depot Launches Binder Recycling Program for Back-to-School Shoppers in Partnership with TerraCycle

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Office Depot, Inc. (ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the launch of its Binder Recycling Program, encouraging shoppers to help preserve the environment by recycling old binders. Starting today, shoppers can bring any old empty binder to an Office Depot or OfficeMax retail location and receive a $2 instant discount off a same-day binder purchase.

Why sending an email can increase your carbon footprint

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Your carbon footprint is greater than just the fossil fuels burned in traveling and construction—it encompasses your digital activities too. As if spam emails weren’t bad enough, Fuel Fighter points out how an action as seemingly innocuous as a Google search could add to your carbon footprint. Data centers, which are the engines of the Internet, require massive amounts of energy to run and, according to Gartner, are said to account for almost a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions. Fuel Fighter created an infographic to break down the carbon footprint of the digital age, from emails to streaming Netflix, as well as interesting stats on the energy it takes to power the Internet and what some companies are doing to offset their global footprint.

6 innovative ways to harvest and harness rainwater

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From perennially parched California to unseasonably dry Massachusetts, from sea to salty sea, rainwater is a precious resource. As drought rages in East Africa and groundwater systems are stretched to their limits in India, and global climate changes at an increasing rate, water will become an ever more precious commodity driving the new economic and political landscape of the 21st century.  In such a water world, it is rewarding to understand how this resource may be better used. We have outlined six simple steps that individuals and communities can take to harvest and harness rainwater. Take a look.