Miscellaneous Green Archives

By Ben Adler

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The most famous cliché of editorial advice — “write what you know” — has always served me in good stead. I’ve often regretted ill-advised ventures outside my areas of expertise. (In 2006 I wrote a screed complaining that critics over-rate Ghostface Killah, based on my deep knowledge of hip-hop circa 1997. And don’t ask me about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ever. Please.) Ed Glaeser, Harvard economist and author of Triumph of the City, has just made such a mistake. While Glaeser knows free-market economics, he clearly knows nothing about the people who live in
Source: Grist

Happy Birthday, Grand Central Terminal

By Lloyd Alter

The Cathedral to Transportation is one hundred years old, and never looked better.
Source: Tree Hugger

The Canadian Penny Died Today

By Lloyd Alter

No more penny for your thoughts north of the border.
Source: Tree Hugger

By Lloyd Alter

Heather Dubbeldam doesn’t miss a meme with her Popup Office for Toronto’s Interior Design Show
Source: Tree Hugger

By David Roberts

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Every year, I am drawn inexorably to the ads that play during the Super Bowl. Every year, when I am exposed to the stew of crude misogyny, cornpone nostalgia, martial sentiment, and the overweening assumption that all of life’s meaningful moments are tied to commercial products, I despair for humanity. But there’s always one or two that are interesting.

This year the most interesting ad, however, didn’t run during the Super Bowl because CBS canned it. Here it is:

As you can probably guess, CBS reportedly scrapped it because it directly criticizes Coke and Pepsi, which were also
Source: Grist

By Michael Graham Richard

Sir David Attenborough is Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker. He’s afraid that urbanization could lead to a disconnect from nature, and that the media can help breach the gap.
Source: Tree Hugger

By Jaymi Heimbuch

If you want to explore your Grand Canyon hike before you set off on the trail, you can now just turn to Google Maps.
Source: Tree Hugger

By Lloyd Alter

Lahood presided over “the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”
Source: Tree Hugger

Drumbeat: February 4, 2013

By Leanan


Vast Oil Reserve May Now Be Within Reach, and Battle Heats Up

Comprising two-thirds of the United States’s total estimated shale oil reserves and covering 1,750 square miles from Southern to Central California, the Monterey Shale could turn California into the nation’s top oil-producing state and yield the kind of riches that far smaller shale oil deposits have showered on North Dakota and Texas.


For decades, oilmen have been unable to extricate the Monterey Shale’s crude because of its complex geological formation, which makes extraction quite expensive. But as the oil industry’s technological advances succeed in unlocking oil from increasingly
Source: The Oil Drum

Ask Umbra: Are bathroom wipes safe?

By Ask Umbra

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Send your question to Umbra!

Q. Dear Umbra,

Are there any truly safe personal pre-moistened bathroom wipes? I was shocked to see some of the chemicals being used in a product that has “Natural Wipes” used in the name. There are some very unnatural ingredients, such as: sodium benzoate, methylisothiazolinone, propylene glycol, and fragrance. I’m possibly overreacting, butt what’s a person supposed to do? This really has me bummed.

Help!
Detroit, Mich.

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A. Dearest Help!,

Wow, you sure made a hole lot of puns there.

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Source: Grist

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