Electric and gasoline vehicles: a comparison

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Something that has been bothering me lately is the idea of electric cars. I mean, in theory we get most of our electricity from burning coal right? So what makes it better than gasoline? Or when we decide to get electric cars are we deciding to use solar powered chargers?

I decided to do a little digging.

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The Water Bottle Conspiracy

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This week I want to talk about what I think is one of the biggest ripoffs in our world’s history- bottled water. The New York Times recently published a story on how big of an impact a single person has on the environment by choosing either bottled or tap water.

The consensus is to pretty much always use tap water. 1,500 plastic water bottles are consumed EVERY SECOND. …..3,000 were consumed by the time you finished that last sentence.

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The Lowdown on the Dakota Access Pipeline

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Photo taken from CNN.com. I own no rights to it. 

So it’s all over the news today, the U.S. just granted the final permit to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline. You may or may not have heard about it over the past year or so- and I’m guessing you probably have. So, you have questions like…”Well, what the heck is the Dakota Access Pipeline, is it bad for the environment, and why is everyone so upset about it?”

Lucky for you… I sort of have some answers.

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It’s Trump vs. The World

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The physical earth that is. Since President Trump took office on January 20th, he has taken the country by storm. He has signed 17 executive orders so far. So far, not all of them are controversial, some are even good ideas. Like the one that instructs agencies to abolish two other regulations when introducing a new one. Or the one where he directs the Secretary of Defense to draw up a plan within 30 days to defeat ISIS. A few, like the travel ban and suspension of the refugee program, have divided the country.

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Asheville proves that recycling doesn’t have to be difficult

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This article was originally published to the Western Carolina Journalist

img_1755Have you ever tried to figure out where to recycle your old cell phone only to give up and just throw it in the trash?

Greenworks in Asheville found a solution to make recycling hard items easier for their citizens and those from surrounding areas.

Hard 2 Recycle, which is now 11 years old, is a collection event held quarterly throughout Buncombe County with one main event in downtown Asheville.

WCU continues to grow as one of the leading NC universities in sustainability

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20161207_095018Story was co-written/ produced with Mat Ober and originally published on the Western Carolina Journalist.

What do hog farms, biofuels, recycling bins, and Energy Star certifications have in common? They’re all a part of the sustainability efforts on the WCU campus.

Environmental sustainability is the ability for resources to be sustained or supported. By becoming a sustainable campus, students and faculty at WCU are doing their best to not be harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources.

Sun, wind, leaves and fun mark Leaf Festival in Cashiers

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This story was originally published on the Western Carolina Journalist

rachel-4-300x200The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association (GCAMA) held the eighth annual Cashiers Leaf Festival from Oct. 7 to 9.

The free festival is held every year on Columbus Day weekend, just as the leaves are starting to change. According to GCAMA, this year the event brought an estimated 8,000 people to the area.