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Latest flavor of carbon legislation: “cap and dividend”

A group of clever policy entrepreneurs led by Peter Barnes, a founder of Working Assets, has recently been talking up a variant of climate change legislation known as cap-and-dividend. If you're interested in this sort of thing, I recommend Barnes' Q&A over at dot earth, which is both concise and informative. Actually, there are a few variants being pushed. At… read more →

Paging Nordhaus and Shellenberger

This New York Times editorial says a bunch of stuff that I agree with, in a way that doesn't seem helpful at all: The overriding environmental issue of these times is the warming of the planet. The Democratic hopefuls in the 2008 campaign are fully engaged, calling for large -- if still unquantified -- national sacrifices and for a transformation… read more →

Looking back, looking forward

Adam (Stein) and Tom co-wrote this post. Looking back It feels a bit funny to write retrospectively about 2007, because so many of the events of the year were really just a prelude to what's coming next. We're in the early part of a still-unfolding story. Nevertheless, here goes: New products. Wedding launched in the spring, the green store arrived… read more →

Bicycle miscellany

A reader once criticized us for not writing enough about bicycles. It's true: we don't write enough about bicycles. Not sure why this is. Not topical enough? ("Breaking: bicycles still the most efficient mode of transportation known to man.") But it's a slow news week, so here's a bunch of fun stuff. Filed under "Anything You Can Do, I Can… read more →

Scooter planet

In an interesting bit of synchronicity, the Times ran two nearly identical articles on the rocketing popularity of motor scooters in the developing world, one focusing on Iraq, the other on Laos. Although neither article mentions global warming, the pieces do neatly wind together some of the threads that will continue to pressure our climate system well into this century.… read more →

Bali: the end of the beginning

This guest post was written by Erin Condit-Bergren in Bali. Erin, 25, is one of the founding members of SustainUS and currently works and lives in London. At the moment I'm sitting on a fourteen hour flight, the last leg of my journey home. My round-trip flight from London (where I live and work) emitted about 3 tons of carbon… read more →

Boat aims to set speed record…powered by human fat

Here's a nice PR gimmick -- and by nice, I mean totally disgusting: power your monster "eco boat" with biodiesel made from human fat: You can also make biodiesel from tallow (animal fats), fish oil, seaweed and algae. In fact, in an extraordinary show of dedication to the project, the skipper, Pete Bethune, underwent liposuction, and the fat (all 100ml)… read more →

Give the gift of a massive hangover

I previously wrote about Dr. Vino's excellent analysis of the carbon footprint of wine consumption. Now the good doctor follows up with some green wine gift selections. The main trick, it seems, is to give a really big bottle so as to minimize the bottle-to-wine shipping weight. Magnums -- which are twice the size of regular bottles -- certainly look… read more →

Remember when truth was more than inconvenient?

I found myself surprisingly touched by this story of a 71-year-old MIT physics professor whose online lectures have become an internet sensation. The article includes the story of a florist whose interest in rainbows led him to Google, which led him to Professor Lewin's videos, which eventually led him to take courses in physics, calculus, and differential equations just so… read more →

Climate news keeps on rolling in

If you've been as overwhelmed with holiday stuff as we have, perhaps you haven't been able to keep on top of the recent avalanche of climate news. I had hoped to do deeper (and timelier) analysis of this stuff, but perhaps people will like the capsule version better anyway: Bali climate conference High drama at the UN conference in Bali:… read more →
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