Posts by: adam

Environmental leaders weigh in on Waxman-Markey

The online publication Yale Environment 360 recently asked eleven environmentalists and environmental groups for their reactions to the Waxman-Markey climate legislation, now that the bill has spent some time marinating in various congressional committees. The question takes on particular relevance as environmentalists wrestle with the issue of how far to compromise on various key issues. Here's a round-up of the… read more →

The 100K House project gets passive

A few months ago I wrote about the 100K House, a project to build a LEED-platinum certified home for $100,000 in construction costs. The developers, a company called Postgreen, are continuing in their quest for world domination, and their next batch of urban homes will be built to the even more exacting Passive House standard. Passive Houses, you may recall,… read more →

Like New Year’s Eve every day

I'm not sure whether this made the news outside of New York City, but it's a pretty fascinating case study in pedestrian-oriented urbanism: recently the city government closed large stretches of Broadway to cars, including the bit that passes through Times Square. The results has been a somewhat surreal, giddy and altogether fantastic pedestrian circus in what was once one… read more →

Vegetarianism — or flexitarianism — is cheaper

Tim recently took a tongue-in-cheek look at the strange economics of fast food menus, but broader trends show how tightly our consumption habits are tied to the economy: > Meat is the single most expensive thing Americans eat, and in tough times it's one of the first things to go. Fifty-one percent of shoppers surveyed by the American Meat Institute… read more →

Taking the long view on Waxman Markey

I haven't really had the energy to try to say anything clever about the American Clean Energy and Security Act -- better known as Waxman Markey -- primarily because of this: it makes little sense to view Waxman Markey as anything other than a single, big step in a multinational negotiation that is unfolding over a period of at least… read more →

Natural gas to the rescue?

The development of potentially enormous new natural gas deposits in the U.S. has revived an old idea for cleaning up America's power sector: using natural gas a low-carbon bridge from dirty coal to clean renewable power. What makes the idea enticing is that we don't need to build much new infrastructure to significantly reduce carbon emissions. According to Geoffrey Styles,… read more →

Recipe: summer squash salad with basil and pine nuts

This is another recipe from Gina, of Ask Gina fame, who will solve any of your cooking riddles. Go on. Ask her. You can run in a lot of different directions with this sort of raw vegetable salad: zucchini ribons, fennel, celery, shaved asparagus, what have you. Basically, thinly sliced veggies + olive oil + lemon + parm = yum.… read more →

Greens take another look at offsets

The public perception of carbon offsets has cycled over time, although lately offsets haven't been in the news much at all, perhaps because the climate change debate has tended to focus on bigger picture issues surrounding the legislation pending in congress. Very recently, though, offsets have garnered some positive press that may signal another turn in the tide of conventional… read more →

Recipe: Apple yogurt pancakes

Probably most of us aren't eating steak for breakfast, so I'm not sure these really count as vegetarian alternatives. Still, who doesn't like pancakes? Apple yogurt pancakges **Ingredients** * 2 eggs * 1 2/3 cups milk * 1 8-ounce container plain yogurt * 1/4 cup vegetable oil * 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour * 1 teaspoon baking powder * 1/2… read more →

Incandescent lights may mount a comeback

Reports of the death of incandescent lights may be exaggerated. Although the current generation of bulbs will effectively be banned under the lighting efficiency standard passed, we learn via the New York Times that a research team has roughly doubled the efficiency of regular light bulbs by blasting the filaments with a laser: > The key to creating the super-filament… read more →
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