The Footprint Blog

Bringing balance to online shopping

Online shopping is a great option for making quick, easy purchases that are shipped right to your door. However, shipping your items across the country can carry a heavy burden on the environment (yes, pun intended). Which is why we are thrilled to announce a new carbon balanced shipping partnership with jasmere.com, an online site that features a "daily offer"… read more →

“Doubt is our product.”

I just finished reading Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway's exhaustively researched new book, ***Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming***, and must recommend this work to anybody interested in how science is communicated and debated in the public sphere. Oreskes and Conway are science historians, at UC-San… read more →

Payments for livestock loss not changing opinions

It turns out that even though ranchers and farmers get paid for any livestock killed by reintroduced wolves, that cash doesn't change negative opinions about wolves one bit. Retributional compensation is supposed to help. Whether local governments, voluntary insurance cooperatives, or NGOs provide the financial support, the idea is that livestock losses caused by reintroduced predator species could be mitigated… read more →

Copenhagen Wheel competing for Dyson Award

Looks like the Copenhagen Wheel Adam was so gaga about has topped the list of US regional entries, and will compete against 17 other inventions from around the world for the James Dyson Award of design. The winner will be announced on August 24, but in the meantime, we can all enjoy the snappy marketing video above. At a retail… read more →

EPA rejects attempts to reconsider endangerment finding

The EPA recently responded to 10 petitions challenging the historic Endangerment Finding that linked increases in the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases with a decline in human welfare. The petitioners challenging the Finding - mostly conservative groups including the Ohio Coal Association, the Southeastern Legal Foundation and the State of Texas - argued that the EPA should reconsider based on… read more →

Heat seeking camera used to assess home energy use

The quality of your home's insulation can be hard to assess without tearing into walls or poking a hole in the roof to see what's underneath. But a group of municipalities in Belgium have taken a creative approach to helping people learn about their roof insulation: they hired an airplane-mounted thermal imaging camera to photograph neighborhoods over a four-night period… read more →

Climate bill officially dead

The climate bill is officially dead in the Senate, and I'm still wading through the numerous eulogies to figure out how I feel about that fact. I'm not surprised, even though we've recently used these pages to buffer ourselves with hopes that something could work out. But I am extremely disappointed. I think Dave Roberts has the best angle when… read more →

Losing a climate leader

The world lost an influential and effective communicator and scientist last week when Dr. Stephen Schneider, founder of the scientific journal *Climatic Change* and Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford died of a heart attack while returning from a conference on climate change. The list of awards, honors, and academic positions that Prof. Schneider held over his life represent… read more →

The green (10,000) mile adventure

  • July 8, 2010
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In just 2 weeks, intrepid travelers/adventurists from across the world will embark on the Mongol Rally, a 10,000 mile drive that starts in London, England and ends in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The rules are simple: raise money for charity and get to the end (however you choose). One team was adamant about making their adventure as sustainable as possible. Baatar… read more →

Save the whales! Save the planet!

It turns out sperm whales are every bit as good for the atmosphere as they are awesome to look at. Scientists from Australia have calculated that the whales may in fact be responsible for the removal of 200,000 tonnes of carbon every year, approximately the same as taking 40,000 cars off the road. Large mammals are generally considered to be… read more →
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