November 7, 2007

7 Tips to Reduce Carbon Footprint: Grist Founder on Today

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And speaking of Grist, founder Chip Giller (a former classmate of mine!) was interviewed on Today earlier this week and offered viewers seven tips to reduce their carbon emissions by 10% in one week. Among the tips:

- Wash your clothes in cold water
- Eat no meat one day a week
- Lower the heat in your house by two degrees
- Unplug appliances when they're not in use.

The tips come from Grist's new book Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day.

Chip took some flack on the Grist message boards for focusing on baby steps instead of recommending radical changes to our culture of consumption. Personally, though, I think he'll catch more flies with honey, and that the impact created by these small changes would be pretty significant if they were implemented by a big enough audience.

Check out the full Chip Giller interview on Today. Buy Wake Up and Smell the Planet.

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October 16, 2007

Congratulations, Al Gore!

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A belated shout out to former Vice President Al Gore for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Gore has brought much needed attention to the issue of global warming. We're glad he and, more importantly, the environment are finally getting the attention they deserve.
Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

September 24, 2007

React To Ozone and Get Climate Relief

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Nearly 200 governments have agreed a faster timetable for phasing out chemicals that deplete the ozone layer and contribute to global warming. The schedule for eliminating hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) comes forward by 10 years under the agreement signed at a UN meeting in Montreal.

We think this is a very very very good thing. Speed it up and perhaps we can save those pesky polar bears.

Read BBC NEWS

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August 27, 2007

PARK(ING) DAY RETURNS on September 21st

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If you’re unfamiliar with the concept behind Park(ing) Day, it’s a national one-day global event, centered in the city of San Francisco, calling all artists, activist, and citizens together to temporarily take over parking spots, turning them into “Park(ing)” spaces, or temporary public parks. But, what started as a few grassy plots of sod occupying metered parking spots in San Francisco has blossomed into a world-wide event scheduled to take place September 21st, 2007. So get out and occupy a Park(ing) space and save the planet.

Via Inhabitat at Parking Day

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August 24, 2007

UFOs are Really Natural

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Apparently, flying saucers are the future of eco-friendly vehicles because of their very efficient shape. Right now air travel accounts for 3% of carbon emissions worldwide, but that figure stands to rise to 5%. Apparently, ditching the wings and throwing flying saucers into the air will help do that just from the redesign and consideration of new materials that would use less weight. Read the entire article at LiveScience.

Via SCI FI Tech

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May 31, 2007

April 17, 2007

Green Flags in The New York Times

To illustrate "The Greening of Geopolitics", Thomas Friedman's cover story for this past Sunday's New York Times Magazine, the Times commissioned 10 artists to design "green flags." Among the artists whose works are featured: Kiki Smith, Robert L. Lang, Carin Goldberg, and Casey Reas. Here are pictures of some of our favorites:

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Cuartopiso's Green Flag


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Ronan and Erwin Bouroullec's Flag


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Robert L. Lang's Origami Flag (the Times site has a cool video showing how the flag was made)


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An Homage to Rachel Carson by Carin Goldberg


Hope the New York Times posts a gallery of all ten flags soon. In the meantime, check out the slide show at the beginning of the Robert L. Lang video.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

April 16, 2007

Thomas Friedman's Geo-Green Strategy

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Having effectively demonstrated that The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman is campaigning for energy independence. His cover article in this Sunday's New York Times makes the case that "going green" is the key to putting "our post-9/11 trauma and the divisiveness of the Bush years" behind us, that it will "reknit America at home, reconnect America abroad and restore America to its natural place in the global order — as the beacon of progress, hope and inspiration." ArrowContinue reading: "Thomas Friedman's Geo-Green Strategy"

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

April 10, 2007

NYTimes on Socially Responsible Investing

tsnewnocerastill.162.jpgJoe Nocera takes aim at socially responsible investing in an article in the Saturday business section of the NYTimes. The article's title - "Well-Meaning but Misguided Stock Screens" - sums up his opinion pretty well.

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Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

Starbucks Plays It Green: Planet Green Game

starbuckslogo.gifStarbucks is teaming up with Global Green USA to illustrate the need to take action to put an end to global warming.

The company is sponsoring Planet Green, an online game which shows players simple steps they can take to reduce CO2 emissions in the town of Evergreen. You choose a character, pick your mode of transport (bonus points for 0 emissions modes like walking and biking), and you're off.

Hats off to Starbucks for its efforts to educate the public on the effects of global warming. (And thanks to Scott at Single Serve Espresso for letting us know about the Planet Green game.)

Play the Planet Green Game.

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