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An International Victory! Ozone Layer Starting to Rebound

    
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It is a (rare) great day in environmental news! According to a United Nations report, the ozone layer is “showing its first sign of recovery after years of dangerous depletion”. In fact, scientists estimate that ozone levels climbed 4% in key mid-northern latitudes from 2000 to 2013, representing a “significant and sustained increase”. The ozone layer, or ozone shield, is a layer in the earth’s stratosphere that absorbs most of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In excess,… Continue reading

In the Red: World Surpasses Annual Natural Resource Budget

    
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Last week, on August 19, the planet reached Earth Overshoot Day . Also known as Ecological Debt Day , the date marks the point at which “humanity has used up its natural resource budget for the year”, including land, trees, and food. In other words, “our use of resources has started to exceed the Earth’s ability to regenerate ”. The Global Footprint Network , a California-based non-profit, calculates Earth Overshoot Day annually. The Network divides the “ world’s biocapacity – the amount of natural resources generated by the planet that… Continue reading

Op4G’s $500 Winner: Second Harvest Food Bank

    
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Despite the wealth of the United States, hunger remains a real and growing problem. In fact, as of 2014, approximately 1 in 6 (or 50 million Americans) are food insecure. Thus, Op4G is pleased to announce that our $500 sweepstakes winner for July is Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties . Founded in 1974, Second Harvest provides nutritious food to more than a quarter million low income people every month. In fiscal year 2013, this food totaled more than 52 million… Continue reading

Waste Not, Want Not: Solving the Global Food Crisis

    
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Ever find yourself throwing out last week’s groceries, or only finishing half your meal? You are not alone. According to the latest research from the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), roughly 1/3 of food  produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. This amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes of food or 57% of all the calories harvested each year. The magnitude and cause of the problem vary by region. In the developing world, per capita food waste equates to 6 – 11 kg/year . Most of this waste occurs… Continue reading

Congratulations to our Contest Winners!

    
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Summer is here…so our “Race to Summer” contest has officially ended! The contest offered cash prizes for the 3 non-profits that added the most new members between April 1 and July 1. It also pledged $1 to non-profits for every new member added during the period. According to our database, the top 3 non-profits were: 1) Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star: $1,000 prize 2) Animal House: $500 prize 3) Advocates for Adolescent Mothers: $250… Continue reading

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