Would Adam Smith buy green power?

Carbon offsets make for strange bedfellows

I sometimes joke that the one environmental topic that unites the far right and far left is a distate for carbon offsets. This, I should stress, is a joke -- overly broad, unfairly general, etc., etc.* But it is the …

The problem with carbon offsets

A sensible way to view them

Greg Easterbrook, whom I respect (even though I don't always agree with him) has an interesting op-ed in today's New York Times on carbon offsets. He examines the issue and concludes that reducing greenhouse gases will be a boon for …

The unity of the virtues

Aristotle in the climate age

Alex Steffen: To think that we can “solve” climate change without addressing poverty, human rights, democratization, conflict, epidemic disease, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, food issues and the like is to suffer from carbon blindness. Any climate plan which does not …

Energy FACTory

Global Inheritance seeks creative types for new project

The creative minds over at Global Inheritance are at it again with an exciting (and somewhat mysterious) project they’re calling the Energy FACTory. The project will be part of a … ahem … certain live event reaching some 200,000+ people …

The power of community

Cuba’s response to its peak oil emergency

The Orion Grassroots Network just screened this new film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil for a capacity crowd, and I'd recommend it to any organizer seeking to stimulate conversation about how to start to getting our …

A) Giant Antpitta, B) Bananaquit, C) None of the above

An ecotourism success story

Conservation news is generally depressing, to say the least. Apparently, this has been pointed out to the folks at Mongabay and that is why they came up with the "happy-upbeat environmental news" section for those who just can't take it …

This one goes out to all the ladies

Blog Against Sexism Day

Today is International Women’s Day, and in honor of that, bloggers are banding together for Blog Against Sexism Day. So what do environmental concerns and women’s issues have in common (and how much do I hate the phrase “women’s issues” …

Subsidies: The good, bad, and the ugly

Possibly the most important environmental issue out there

Understanding the role subsidies play in environmental outcomes is crucial; I would argue that it is the most important environmental policy issue of all. So here's a very quick primer.

A green superhero?

And I’m not talking about the Green Lantern or Green Arrow

By all rights, being the science-fiction-loving computer geek that I am, I should be a comics fan. But I'm not, and need not be to know that Captain America is ... [spoiler alert!] ... dead. As The New York Times …