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China Builds Bus That Drives Over Cars: Be Very Afraid

Not from the Hill or the Street this time, but I just had to bring this up… China has overtaken the United States as the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gases and biggest energy consumer. That’s staggering and all the more terrifying, knowing the rate and capacity at which industry […]

No, This Is Why You’re Fat

Did you know that nobody in Washington, D.C. is overweight? Also, people are fat because they are lazy slobs, period. Get hip to this: people used to walk more, back in the “Old Days.” They also died of syphilis and croup and had slaves, but whatever. New fattie James Polk […]

Pooch that Toots? Natural Ways to Stink Out Gas

I’m going to be frank about this. My dog farts – a lot. It’s gross. He stinks. And farting just makes my pup’s already large carbon paw print even worse since flatulence contains the greenhouse gas methane! So I set out on a mission to find natural solutions for his […]

We Heart Our Readers: Mandi of Chicvegan

Editor’s Note: Thanks to you, we are feeling the love. To show our gratitude, we are profiling some of our most cherished readers who often stop by to see what we have cooking on the site. Please make them feel welcome by saying hello! Name: Mandi Hoffman Location: Portland, OR […]

The Goldberg Variations: How Green Are the Ivies?

ColumnAs the saying goes, “Girls go to college to get more knowledge,” but do they care if their schools are eco-friendly? My poor, misguided parents somehow failed to realize that getting me into a decent college was supposed to be their mission in life. In fact, they had practically no […]

Scenes from the Spill #3

“Water on oil fires is not only a waste of time, it is a dangerous activity because the burning oil now gets to ‘surf’ on the water, going to new places to find more fuel, oxygen and heat. The only way to put out an oil fire is with foam.” […]

The Climate Wizard Maps the Future

Anyone wanting to know how global warming will affect their community in the future now has a new interactive tool, The Climate Wizard, at her fingertips. Developed by The Nature Conservancy, the University of Washington and the University of Southern Mississippi, the Climate Wizard provides visitors with quick and easy access […]

Shrimp, Petroleum and a Hurricane Named Katrina

Last week I wrote about about my friend Mary Osborne’s trip to the Gulf. Writing it hit me a hard emotionally, as I’m preparing to tour the area with a delegation of people from my hometown of Portland, Oregon in the next few weeks. Right now, we’re doing logistics, fundraisers, […]

7 Lessons from Canada’s Environmental Pragmatism

In two words? Canada executes. Having just returned from extraordinary Vancouver, I can appreciate how its greenness extends beyond the pristine meadows of Stanley Park to thrive in the souls of its dwellers who witness their slightly higher taxes at work in the form of a well-maintained, pothole-free environs. It’s […]

Going Away? Try an Off-the-Grid Yurt

Sleep under the stars, from the comfort of your own bed? While some may call it cheating, others find it brilliant, including me. Yurts are round tent/cabin structures, a contemporary form of the shelters used by central Asian nomads. They can be equipped with a sink, electric outlets, and a […]

Wake Up and Smell the Polymers

Imagine a TV ad featuring a loopy  Zooey Deschanel singing the praises of plastic. Not pretty, nor as comfy as the touch and feel of cotton – which carries its share of pitfalls as well. Still, ubiquitous plastic has functioned as the toxic fabric of our lives for the past […]

Coming Soon to a Fueling Station Near You: A Plug

If current trends are any indication, the change will be shocking as some 4,600 electric vehicle charging stations are built in the US by next fall. In just a very few short years, we’ve gone from collectively bemoaning the demise of the electric car to now being presented almost daily […]

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Do People Blow Your Mind? You Just Might Be a Humanist: HyperKulture

Some people experience overwhelming awe in church, some on magnificent mountaintops, some in elegant equations. But some of us tend to get “it” when witnessing stunning examples of our human footprint. If that sounds like you, you just might be a humanist—something with very down-to-earth implications.   “I was blown […]

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