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City Mouse vs. Country Mouse: Whose Carbon Footprint Is Bigger?

Peter Hanlon | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Peter Hanlon

City life can be stressful at times and expensive always, but at least you can take solace in having a small carbon footprint. Tiny apartments to heat and cool, no driving -- of course you're not using as many resources as your suburban and rural brethren! But a new study suggests that urbanites shouldn't be quite so smug.

Combatting Gluttony With Temperance - 7 Virtues + 7 Vices For Our Vets

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

In today's culture, capitalism drives our consumption machine. It's all instant gratification, all the time -- and that's when everything else in our life is smooth sailing. When a condition as complex and unnerving as PTSD enters the equation, it makes an overly abundant vice like overconsumption even more tempting.

Green Consumerism Is No Solution

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.14.2013 | Green
American Anthropological Association

Those of us concerned with the real impacts of global consumer culture are stuck in the territory between cynicism and tokenism, trying to think more productively about the kinds of strategies that can make a symbolic and material difference.

Facing the Climate Crisis

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 07.31.2013 | Green
Asoka Bandarage

If we are seriously concerned about planetary survival, and thus human survival, we need to reflect more deeply on our uncritical internalization of dominant values and worldview.

How Green Should Economic Growth Be?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Well before one gets to extreme dilemmas, there is a lot that can be done -- based on common sense -- to make growth greener without making it slower. There are win-wins.

China: The Morphing Dragon

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The Chinese economy has changed dramatically over the last three decades. This extraordinary pace of transformation is poised to continue over the next two decades.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's... an "It" Bag

Edward M. Epstein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
Edward M. Epstein

I've never actually seen a Hermès Birkin bag. Most of what I know about these accessories, which I'm told go for as much as $150,000 each, is based on Mark Khaisman's colored packing tape mock-ups, now on view at Philadelphia's Pentimenti gallery.

Thoughtful Consumption In Our Travels

Rick Steves | Posted 05.18.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

By promoting tourism in the West Bank, I hope to play some small role in helping the struggling local economy, promoting peace at the same time.

Make More of Your Own Stuff

Stanley Hainsworth | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanley Hainsworth

We live in a culture of conspicuous consumption in the United States. You can buy anything you want. At any time. When I moved back to the states afte...

Brazilian Competitiveness: Folia and Hangover

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

As the Carnival in Brazil kicked off last weekend, Brazilians were ready for a party. They have reasons to celebrate. Despite a lackluster GDP performance in the last two years, unemployment rates remain at record low levels.

How to Really Green the Super Bowl

Daniel T. Blumstein | Posted 03.23.2013 | Green
Daniel T. Blumstein

Our future will be brighter if we, as Americans, re-learn how to value the simpler pleasures and consume less. A first step towards this goal is to focus on building our social relationships while watching an exciting game, rather than planning our next purchase. Now that's a way to really green the Super Bowl!

Household Finance vs. Economic Policy Making: Better Decisions Can and Should Be Made Using Real-Time Economic Data

Steve Schultz | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Steve Schultz

In the world of personal finance, where consumers constantly are forced to make decisions about daily cash-flow and paying bills, the availability of up-to-date reliable financial information is critical.

A Better Deal?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The ability to buy in bulk, as smart as it may be as a strategy for some people and in certain situations, has been shown as a leading contributor to overconsumption that is now all too common in our society.

Watch: Teen Builds Mortgage-Free Dorm on Wheels

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.16.2012 | College
Kirsten Dirksen

Total cost was $12,000, but it's debt-free and it's much more than your typical college digs. It has a full kitchen (including a fridge/freezer, sink and camping oven), a sofa-bed he built himself, a nearly full-sized shower (he chopped the top off) and a composting toilet.

WATCH: "Shotgun Shack" Family Remodels Tiny Home for $700 DIY-Style

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.03.2012 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Three years ago, this family left their 4-bedroom home to move into a 320-square-foot prefab. Yikes!

Waste More, Want More: Americans Still Throw Away Good Food

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.27.2012 | Green
Andrew Lam

Not long ago, frugality was a virtue. Now, two-third of our economy is based on consumption.

Are You Poor If You Own A Flat-Screen?

CNN Money | Posted 10.01.2012 | Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Can you really be poor if you own a flat-screen TV ... or two? Depends on whom you ask. With income inequality at the center...

Happy Birthday, Walmart. Thanks for All the Greenwashing

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

No amount of recycling can make up for all the waste and environmental destruction Walmart creates through its business model.

Imperiling People, Posterity, and the Planet

Robert Walker | Posted 05.16.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

John Beddington, the U.K.'s chief science adviser, three years ago gave a speech in which he warned that population growth, climate change, and the world's rising demand for food, energy, and water constituted a "perfect storm" that could destabilize the world by 2030, or sooner.

When Scientists Speak, Who Listens?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

If scientists get any media attention it's only because the science-deniers are ridiculing them. We live in the Era of Willful Ignorance. It is not only acceptable; it is fashionable to throw scientific caution to the wind.

Reduce, Reuse, Repent: Earth Day Revival Amuses And Transforms

Will Braun | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Will Braun

So what does a postmodern Earth Day altar call look like? People pledged to learn to live in smaller circles -- to bike less and walk more, to eat locally, to plant gardens. Many pledged to take a digital sabbath -- "no screens on Sunday."

What Money Can't Buy: The Skyboxification of American Life

Michael Sandel | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Michael Sandel

At a time of rising inequality, the marketization of everything means that people of affluence and people of modest means lead increasingly separate lives. You might call it the skyboxification of American life. It's not good for democracy, nor is it a satisfying way to live.

Limits to Growth: Of Stuff, Value, and GDP

Brian Czech | Posted 06.15.2012 | Business
Brian Czech

I'm starting to think that perpetual growth notions are the Achilles heel of the human brain. They pop up like munchkins on a wackamole machine. You s...

Americans: Our Economic Model Is Broken

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business

If the economy's so great, then why do so many of us feel bad about it? A new survey finds that a large majority of Americans think the country's "...

The Pleasure of Guilt

Ravi Dhar | Posted 05.05.2012 | Business
Ravi Dhar

We conducted a series of five experiments to test the relationship between guilt and pleasure, and in every instance we found that those who felt guilty also experienced the greatest enjoyment.