Spring'21 calls out for a fresh start for this year of 2021 not only that, but also embracing the new normal where we learn/work from home. However, this year our mission is to simplify as much as possible certain terminologies related to the climate crisis along with providing you each month with green tips. This will be the first issue of SustainableAUC newsletter for this academic year, therefore stay tuned for upcoming newsletters during this semester !
Methane Facts:
Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that traps heat 28 times more effectively than carbon dioxide over a 100-year timescale.The effects aren’t just hypothetical: since the Industrial Revolution, methane concentrations in the atmosphere have more than doubled, and about 20 percent of the warming the planet has experienced can be attributed to the gas.
Methane Sources:
There are six major sources of atmospheric methane emissions from anaerobic decomposition: natural wetlands, paddy rice fields, emission from livestock production systems (including animal waste), biomass burning (including forest fires, charcoal combustion, and firewood burning), anaerobic decomposition of organic waste in landfills, and fossil methane emission during the exploration and transport of fossil fuels. In addition, National Geographic declares that human activity is driving up the levels of the destructive greenhouse gases. 
Food waste:
When we waste food, we also waste all the energy and water it takes to grow, harvest, transport, and package. Not only, but it ends up in the landfills and rots, which produces methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide. About 11% of all the greenhouse gas emissions that come from the food system could be reduced if we stop wasting food.
How to avoid food waste: 
1-Freezing food.  
2-Shopping smarter: Planning your meals, creating a shopping list, and avoiding impulse buys. 
3-Sharing is caring: Donate food that would otherwise be wasted.
*These are the 3 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations contributing to reducing food waste. 
February 2nd:
World Wetlands Day is to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. Wetlands are land areas that are saturated or flooded with water either permanently or seasonally. Inland wetlands include marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains, and swamps. Coastal wetlands include saltwater marshes, estuaries, mangroves, lagoons and even coral reefs. Fishponds, rice paddies, and saltpans are human-made wetlands.

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