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Big ideas for low-carbon living

Yesterday the New York Times offered up a green issue of its Sunday Magazine focused exclusively on carbon. Some of the stuff you've seen before (particularly if you read this blog) and some of the stuff is a bit slight (hasn't Blackle been debunked about 100 times over by now?), but there are, of course, plenty of interesting nuggets. Here… read more →

It’s true: Free is good

I moved recently, a relatively painless experience that was made all the smoother by the magic of Freecycle. Yahoo! is presently plugging Freecycle with some free giveaways as part of an Earth Day promotion, so if you haven't yet been introduced to this scrappy online community, now might be a good time to sign up. Freecycle is not much more… read more →

Go hug an elevator

The New Yorker turns in a fun, New Yorker-ish look at elevators, the unsung heroes of the environmentally-friendly urban lifestyle: > Two things make tall buildings possible: the steel frame and the safety elevator. The elevator, underrated and overlooked, is to the city what paper is to reading and gunpowder is to war. Without the elevator, there would be no… read more →

The World Is Just Awesome

So, yeah, this is an ad for cable television network. I still find it really fun to watch. Question: who's the guy singing, "I love arachnids"? It looks like Liev Schreiber, but I'm thinking that's not right. Any Discovery Channel fans out there? (For that matter, the guy with the rocket launcher looks like Howie Mandel, but I'm thinking that's… read more →

New guide to green parenting

It's a powerful image. A child asks a parent, "What did you do to try to stop it?" I am not a parent, but I am at an age where many of my friends are starting families. No matter what shade of green they were before becoming parents, I've noticed a consistent and considerable change in behavior. They are researching… read more →

Bush on climate: right words, wrong numbers

President Bush just delivered his speech on climate policy at the White House this afternoon. Billed as a major shift in the president's views on the subject, Bush set a goal of stopping the growth in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. The president said that U.S. representatives would present this target at a meeting of the major carbon-emitting countries… read more →

Making child’s play out of clean energy

Staff at TerraPass Towers have been busy looking around for new products to add to our popular green store. While Smart Strips, Kill A Watts and other energy-savers (many more to be announced soon) can be great ways of directly reducing your footprint, they're not the most, well, fun products on store shelves. Recently we came across some great games… read more →

When does additionality matter? (Part 4)

This post is the slightly tardy conclusion of a series (see parts one, two, and three). Let's wrap this up by shifting gears a bit. Additionality is central and essential part of the carbon offset market. Additionality is also, in the long term, probably not relevant to the energy efficiency market. The reason hinges on the difference between carbon offsets… read more →

Paper, plastic, beef or veg

Someone once asked why we don't write more about food issues. This post is for you. Prompted by Seattle's proposed twenty-cent charge on grocery bags, Sightline has once again highlighted their study of the environmental impact of paper vs. plastic. Check out the handy graph on the right. The vertical axis is "embedded energy," meaning the amount of energy required… read more →

Congestion pricing, R.I.P.

Just a few days ago I wrote approvingly of New York City's plan to levy an $8 fee on drivers entering the downtime Manhattan area during peak hours -- and now, on the brink of passage, the plan is dead, spiked by a recalcitrant state legislature. Environmental economist Charles Komanoff has been close to this issue for a while, and… read more →
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