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Our Top Stories of 2016

Jack Johnson digs through worms as part of a compost lesson at Lanikai Elementary School in Hawaii.

Jack Johnson digs through worms as part of a compost lesson at Lanikai Elementary School in Hawaii.

Every year, we like to take a look at our most popular blog posts from the past 12 months. This year’s list highlights a few projects that deserves special mention, in case you missed them.

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With EVs Taking Off, What’s the Future for Other Alt Fuels?

Tesla Model 3

The much anticipated and affordable Tesla Model 3 is expected to help push electric vehicle ownership into the mainstream.

Electric vehicles are increasingly dominating the alternative fuel market for passenger vehicles in the U.S. With this boom in electric vehicle sales, we wondered how other alternative fuel vehicle options fairing. Is there still a place for hybrid, natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the passenger vehicle market?

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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