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Seth Bauer
Seth Bauer was the founding editor of National Geographic Green Guide, editor in chief of Body+Soul magazine, and a longtime journalist at the forefront of social trends. He's also a former Olympic medalist and world champion as a coxswain in the sport of rowing. He lives outside Boston.

Entries by Seth Bauer

The Battery's Down: Will Tesla Recharge the Global Energy Industry?

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 4:39 PM

At yesterday's announcement of Tesla's energy storage products, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered a bold vision: with the introduction of low-cost energy storage, he claimed, there is no reason why we can't complete a rapid shift from fossil fuel-based electricity production to 100 percent renewables.

His optimism will be...

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The Empty Calories of Fossil Fuels

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 4:40 PM

In nutrition science, there's a famous paradox: in many parts of the world, especially the "advanced" nations, the poorest people are not starving. Instead they're too fat: poverty is correlated with obesity. In the U.S., for instance, one-third of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year are obese, compared...

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How to Cut Energy Consumption: Pre-Pay for Watts

(5) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 10:35 AM

Twenty years ago, Elton B. Sherwin, Jr., bought a handy device: a rechargeable flashlight. He plugged it into an outlet by his workbench and within a few hours it was ready to use as soon as the situation called for it.

Only somehow, the situation never called for it. The...

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The Top Ten Way(s) to Slow Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 8:14 AM

A significant part of the solution to climate change is sitting on every retail shelf in America, waiting for consumers to notice. Every year, we replace hundreds of millions of everyday appliances and electronics at or near the end of their useful lives. In general, thanks to a combination of...

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American Suburbia vs. the Planet

(4) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 9:41 AM

A really good rant takes a rare combination of passion, knowledge, wit, and intelligence. Recently, in a long phone conversation with Andres Duany, the architect and urban planner, I was privy to one of the best I've ever heard.

The origin of global warming. The cause of American cultural...

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For Hope about Inner-City Kids, Look Past The Blind Side

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 10:19 AM

Sandra Bullock's new movie, The Blind Side, is a feel-good story of the rise of a lost inner-city kid from dismal poverty to personal and athletic success. Last night, I saw a movie that presents a feel-better story of kids from similar backgrounds. A feel-much-better story.

The film is...

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Summer Reading: Manmade Disaster II

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2009 | 6:09 PM

"Thus there is no rational justification for using climate model forecasts to determine public policy," wrote John S. Theon at the beginning of this year. "Add my name to those who disagree that Global Warming is man made."

Theon is one of the few truly distinguished skeptics of human influence...

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My Story of Stuff

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 1:50 PM

I spent a day last week at a massive event: the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield Massachusetts. Five days in May, then again in July, the show is a wonderland, a living history of household goods brought in by some 6,000 dealers and spread over 75 acres of open fields...

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A Penny for My Thoughts

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 11:33 AM

Can journalism be saved? In yesterday's New York Times, Yale investment manager David Swensen and a colleague, Michael Schmidt, proposed creating endowed institutions for journalism. The industry's financial model has come undone: its three streams of income, always a delicate balance between newsstand or subscription revenue, big...

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A Day Without a Carbon Footprint

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2009 | 2:10 PM

PepsiCo made a big, vitamin-C-filled p.r. splash this week when it released its calculations for the carbon footprint of a half-gallon of orange juice. The New York Times ran a story on it in its Business section describing the process and the growing trend, then followed up with...

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Green Wine

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 8:33 AM

There's no better way to tour a California vineyard than on horseback. So when Karl Wente, the 30-ish head of the 3,000-acre Wente vineyards in Livermore Valley, suggested that we saddle up late yesterday afternoon, I happily lied and told him I'd ridden enough times to handle it.

Though he's...

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How Green Are You?

(11) Comments | Posted May 30, 2008 | 7:00 AM

Trying to be a greener consumer shouldn't be a competition, but sometimes it feels like one. Maybe you drive a hybrid car, so you're burning less gasoline than your neighbor with the conventional car. But your neighbor is a vegetarian, so she's not eating land-and-energy-consuming meats. Who's having a more...

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