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Hassle-free rechargeable batteries

15 billion batteries end up in landfills every year. Which is a staggering number when you think that the toxic power monsters can easily be recycled. Or better yet, just get rechargeable ones in the first place. But if you're anything like me, then you've struggled with rechargeable batteries. Not least, because you have to have the charger with you… read more →

More ECO:nomics

Two more tidbits from the ECO:nomics conference: Recently I flagged a surprising comment from the Wall Street Journal: conventional wisdom in the press corps holds all three presidential candidates as equal on climate. I offered a few theories to explain this media blind spot, and upon reading David Roberts' summary of a panel discussion between the candidates' energy advisors, it's… read more →

Culture war: country music edition

I wasn't particularly planning to continue on the culture war beat, but then, I wasn't expecting Orion Magazine to publish exactly the type of article I'd like to see more of. In One Nation Under Elvis, author and environmentalist Rebecca Solnit uses music -- specifically country music -- as a jumping off point to examine the cultural and class markers… read more →

Interview with Fred Krupp

I had a chance to interview Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund and co-author with Miriam Horn of Earth: The Sequel (review here). EDF has a long and successful history of fighting to curb harmful pollutants. The new book looks at some of the emerging technologies that may make the whole idea of pollutants an outdated concept. TerraPass: I… read more →

ECO:nomics round-up

GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt I'm not at the ECO:nomics conference, the gathering organized by the Wall Street Journal to provide "a CEO-level view of the rapidly developing relationship between the environment and the bottom line." But several other bloggers are, so you should check out some of their commentary. Most of David Roberts' reporting has focused on the fascinating spectacle… read more →

More Friday fun: test your awareness

As part of the cycling safety campaign, the British government put together an online awareness test. Only takes a minute. Check it out. If you've never seen this sort of thing before, it'll blow a few circuits. I failed miserably, by the way. (Via the Practical Pedal.) Update: Um...by "Friday fun" I mean I am offering this post up to… read more →

Saving water while out of the shower

According to my wife, among my most obnoxious green peccadilloes is letting the water run while the shower is warming up. We have long pipes from our hot water tank to the shower and it can take a few minutes to get hot water in the morning. As a consequence, my hectic morning routine often has me reading email while… read more →

WWF takes deep dive on offset standards

The World Wildlife Fund and Stockholm Environment Institute have just released an in-depth report on the state of standards in the voluntary carbon market. There really is no headline takeaway from the study. Rather, it provides a dense and chewy look at the state of play in the industry, the technical features of the various standards, and the primary issues… read more →

Fire fighters fighting global warming

Check this out: That's the Professional Fire Fighters Local 3786, in Robbinsville, New Jersey. Here's a close-up of the truck: And here's a video the group put together laying out the efforts they've made to green their firehouse. Buying a TerraPass to balance the emissions from their fire engines was only one of several steps taken, including a bunch of… read more →

Getting people on bikes, part II: bike shops

Continuing on with this cross-cultural exchange: I recently bought a new bike myself, a Trek touring cycle, and the experience was pretty unpleasant in all the predictable ways. It's impossible for non-obsessives to sort through all the options, and most bike shop employees really aren't interested in helping. So how does this work in Denmark, where cycling is ubiquitous? Has… read more →
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