The environmental impact of online shopping

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The fast shipping that shoppers have grown to love has a cost in terms of greenhouse gas emissions

With the busy holiday shopping season in full swing, have you ever thought about the carbon footprint of where and how you shop? The latest episode of the “Climate Lab” video series — produced jointly by the University of California and the news site Vox — explores the answers to those questions.

The environmental cost of free two-day shipping” features transportation researchers at UC Davis and UC Riverside discussing how online shoppers can reduce their environmental footprint with minimal effort. It’s hosted by UCLA visiting researcher and conservation scientist M. Sanjayan. The series was created as a means for the public to learn more about how everyday decisions and actions affect climate change and simple solutions for positive impact.