I get it that electric gizmos are sexier than their diesel-powered cousins and all that. Who would want to drive the A-Team van when you could drive something shiny and shaped like a computer mouse? But surely we're going to base spending on more than just looks, right? ....Right?
Every hour the sun bathes Earth with as much energy as all human civilization uses in an entire year. Let me tell you about some spectacular and pragmatic solar technologies helping to reduce our global carbon footprint.
In the past five decades, the media have covered a host of ecological topics, from environmental science to the ways consumers can live greener lives. But they have failed to explain their own contribution to environmental problems.
Americans are behind Obama, in the sense that they support the president's concept of a national clean energy standard. But they're also behind, in the sense that the voting public is unwilling to go as far as the president wants to go because of costs.
Environmentalists took over Hollywood and the media ages ago. And now, with those crazies in the White House, they've taken over our government. Next, they'll take control of corporate America and then you can kiss your big old, made-in-the-USA carbon footprint goodbye.
One day in seventh grade, I noticed the inefficient design of school buses. Then it hit me! Why not build a shield to retrofit buses by redirecting the airflow to decrease drag and increase gas mileage?
COTAP connects projects to individuals who want to offset their carbon footprint, but have a strong preference that their donations support poor farming communities in developing countries that already experience the brunt of climate change.
With Earth Day hurtling toward us faster than you can skin a free-range carrot, we consider our nation's progress in cleaning up the ecosystem that we've been trashing for decades. Here at the Oh Zone, we did what any skilled researcher would do to find the answer. We asked Siri.
I also thought about how my living arrangements would ameliorate or worsen the most potent threat to our civilization: climate change. As I came to learn, none of the options was as green as I thought it would be.
If we could see the world with a particularly illuminating set of spectacles, one of its most prominent features at the moment would be a giant carbon bubble, whose bursting someday will make the housing bubble of 2007 look like a lark.
Today we continue our Year-End Retrospective with a look at the biggest news stories of scientific research into cannabis, public opinion polls on legalization, and statistical research on cannabis consumers.
NRDC Growing Green Award winner Jim Cochran grows organic strawberries on the California coast. Those who have tasted them will confirm that Jim's berries are among the sweetest, most flavorful strawberries you'll ever try.
If you're traveling over the holidays and you can't pack the whole family into the car (or better yet, bus or, my personal favorite, train), here are a few things you can do to lighten your carbon load.
As cars are hybridized, homes are downsized, and diets are localized, perhaps we should extend the eco-scorn heaped on Hummers, McMansions, and factory beef to a deeply ingrained American institution: the daily shower.
Population growth tends to get blamed on other people: Africans and Asians who have "more kids than they can feed." But actually the population problem is all about me: white, middle-class, American me.