Society

If they green it, will fans come?

Baseball has always been my favorite sport. As winter subsides and spring marks the beginning of the baseball season, I took a moment to reflect on our nation's favorite pastime. Of all sports, baseball is the most dependent on fair (if not warm) weather. With more games getting rained out or called off because of extreme weather in the month… read more →

Our urban future

Trend watch! Supercities will be all the rage in the 21st century, as fully 2/3 of the world's population concentrates in urban regions. This centuries-long migration represents the culmination of a process of industrialization stretching back to the early 1800s, with all of its attendant social and environmental consequences. I've got a handful of links that take a data-driven driven… read more →

Ditching my wheels

I've recently been wondering just how green the car sharing service I use actually is. The service is certainly convenient, but am I actually reducing my carbon footprint? It appears the answer may well be yes. A new study in England suggests that each shared car replaces on average 23 privately owned cars. Further, car share participants take significantly fewer… read more →

Copenhagen wasn’t built in a day

Last week's post on the small things that can frustrate a bike commute provoked a lot of responses from Footprint readers. Hills, distance, reckless drivers, lack of bike lanes, no showers at work... it's a long list. For my part, I got over the hump (literally) and took the bike route around the huge hill, giving me a longer, shallower… read more →

Roadblocks for bike commuters: show me the route!

It's Bike to Work Week. Did you notice? Perhaps not yet: most of the major events in the US are taking place this Friday (or Thursday for Californians). Last year Adam posted some simple tips for newcomers to bike commuting. The central theme being, don't take this too seriously and make it as easy as possible for yourself. I'm a… read more →

Stop talking about lifestyle

Today's episode of "Sacrifice is for Suckers" is dedicated to Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski, who recently warned that climate change is going to force some difficult choices on Americans who are used to having their cake and burgers and ice cream and SUVs too: > "Other than taxes," he added, "the hardest thing I find to talk with my constituents… read more →

Why Mom loved the green card

I have to be honest: I have never understood my mother’s infatuation with cards. Every year on or around my birthday they appear without fail through the mail slot. I say "they" because there are usually two -- the one from the serious and dignified mother, with gilt cursive lettering and pictures of a budding tree, and the other "jokey"… read more →

Keeping count in New York and Copenhagen

Despite already having absurdly high numbers of bicycle commuters, the city of Copenhagen is always looking for ways to increase the share of trips taken by bike. The latest bit of social marketing struck me as pretty clever: a digital counter displays a running tally of the number of cyclists who pass through one of the city's major thoroughfares. Lucky… read more →

Health advisory: eat less than 10 servings of raw beef per day

A huge decade-long study of 500,000 Americans has come to the conclusion that red meat is bad for you (cancer, heart disease, scabies, etc.). The news prompted Dr. Barry Popkin to offer the following advice: > People should eat a hamburger only once or twice a week instead of every day, a small steak once a week instead of every… read more →

The problem with Earth Day

I'm in a bit of a funk. I've been mulling over why Earth Day isn't a bigger deal. After streaming Earth Day tweets including resolutions for a couple days, and reading them through, I think I've come to a conclusion: Earth Day doesn't work, because it stands for too much. We need to simplify. There's nothing wrong with being inclusive.… read more →
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