Reviews

Some recommendations from our own shelves

’Tis the season, so I asked people in the TerraPass office to look at their own shelves and recommend some eco-themed books or movies that affected them personally. I had no idea what titles people would come back with, and although the resulting list ranges widely, it also seems surprisingly cohesive. All the recommendations offer viscerally affecting images or first-person… read more →

Shine a light on energy savings with LEDs

A show of hands, please. Who checked their tire pressure in the last week? Last month? OK... last three months? The Car Talk guys recommend that you check the pressure at least monthly, preferably more often. Eyeballing your tires is rarely good enough. Maintaining the correct tire pressure not only keeps you safe, it also saves gas. Properly inflated tires… read more →

Fight climate change with green products from TerraPass

Find out exactly what in your home is consuming all that electricity We celebrate every time we get a letter from a TerraPass customer asking to trade down to a smaller TerraPass because they sold their car, insulated the roof, or asked clients to video conference instead of meeting face-to-face. It's all part of our philosophy that fighting climate change… read more →

A somewhat-less-rambling review (and giveaway) of Breath Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility

Break Through, by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, is a vexing book. Others have commented on how they preferred one half to the other half. For me, it was more like every other chapter. Sometimes every other page. The book is an attempt to diagnosis some of the failings of the environmental movement and to chart a path forward via… read more →

Review of “Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming”

I just finished Storm World, Chris Mooney's in-depth reporting on the science and politics of the poorly understood link between hurricanes and global warming. The topic is appealing, both because hurricanes have such a terrifying grip on the popular imagination and because the attendant controversy is in its own way a sort of perfect storm of media, politics and science.… read more →

Lazy Environmentalist: Zagat for going green

A handy little bookshelf guide for green buying Sustainability is such a vast field that its easy to get lost. This is especially true for consumers who are looking to vote green with their dollars. How many times have you bought something, only to hear later about a cool, sustainable version of the same product? Enter Josh Dorfman, founder of… read more →

Change the world in just 600 pages

One of our daily reads is WorldChanging.com. I spent Monday in an IFTF future planning session with WorldChanging co-founder Jamais Cascio, and was reminded what a broad and optimistic group of thinkers make up that very virtual team. And I was also reminded that they have a new book out. We rely on the WorldChanging site for our daily of… read more →

New electric car film is…electric

Who killed the electric car? That's both the title and the question at the heart of Chris Paine's remarkable whodunit documentary on the history of the electric automobile. The film, which traces the development of the electric car from its popularity in the early 1900s to its near-death in 2003, drew a packed audience and received a standing ovation at… read more →

“An Inconvenient Truth”: Al Gore’s global warming movie delivers the goods

Try to imagine 50 Silicon Valley leaders sitting on the edge of their chairs for a nailbiting, 90-minute powerpoint presentation. In the land of "10 slides and you're out," filmmaker Lawrence Bender has accomplished something very special -- bringing the passion of Vice President Gore's live talk on global warming to the screen in a way that feels completely natural… read more →
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