Fiji water throws TerraPass office into confused hysteria

Well, not really. But this is an interesting curveball. Fiji Water has announced a raft of sustainability initiatives, including a pledge to become not just carbon neutral but carbon negative through direct investments in renewable energy and the purchase of carbon offsets: Specifically, the company says it will install a windmill in 2009 to provide energy to its bottling plant… read more →

Bike commute update: GEICO drops my insurance rate

A quick update on my bike commute: This morning I called GEICO to see if my reduced driving habits would lead to a lower insurance rate. I told the agent that by biking to work and for errands I would drive 3,000 miles less for the year. I also reported that I no longer parked my car in the public… read more →

A final rambling disquisition on Nordhaus and Shellenberger

For many days now I've been sitting on my planned review of Breath Through, the much-discussed book by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger that lays out a vision of a new environmentalism rooted in an vision of human advancement. Possibly my foot-dragging is because I'd rather talk about the controversy that preceded the book's release, which in some ways is… read more →

How TerraPass turned me into a bike commuter

Can bicycles really make a difference in fighting global warming? I had been pondering this question for several months, especially as I watched my colleague Tom bike to work from his home in Menlo Park to our office in San Francisco with an assist from the special bike cars on Caltrain. Tom was riding almost every day, rain or shine.… read more →

Tony Blair for Climate Czar

In modern American governments, presidents have delegated intractable policy problems to individuals who officially (or unofficially) became known as czars. Frank Zarb was Energy Czar during the first U.S. energy crisis, General Barry McCaffrey was Drug Czar under President Clinton, and most recently, President Bush appointed Lt. General Douglas Lute as War Czar to coordinate U.S. activities in Iraq and… read more →

“Nasty little rascals” — coal fires responsible for hundreds of millions of tons of CO2

You learn something new every day. It turns out that runaway coal bed fires can burn underground for millenia. As we dig up more and more coal, such fires become increasingly common. Uncontrolled coal bed fires in China now account for about 200 million tons of carbon dioxide annually -- roughly as much as that produced by all the cars… read more →

Boo! Water shortages!

Just in time for Halloween, the New York Times publishes two pieces on the climate change's "other water problem." Why worry about rising sea levels when you don't have any fresh water to drink? The first is a fascinating, frightening, and essential look at the potential devastation that water shortages could wreak in the American West. The immediate drivers of… read more →

Ecotourists’ prayers are answered: green travel reaches Libya

A group of wealthy Libyans, including the eldest son of leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, recently gathered in a remote section of their country to declare it a a "carbon neutral green-development zone" designed to attract ecotourists. This is way less ludicrous than it sounds. Libya has some of the last remaining undeveloped coastline on the Mediterranean, coastline that is not… read more →
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