Tyler Falk

Tyler Falk writes about sustainable cities for Smartplanet. He was formerly an editorial assistant at Grist.

to hell in a fruit basket

Glenn Beck’s survival guide: Food and energy independence

Thinking I’d catch some of the conservative side-show after health care passed, I moseyed over to Glenn Beck’s website to find out when the healthpocalypse will destroy “our” America. But I found something even more shocking. More evidence for Beck’s closet treehugging is coming to the surface. Colbert slammed Beck a few weeks ago for his crisis garden advertisement, and now subliminal messages for local food and energy independence, under the guise of post-apocalyptic survival necessities, are popping up all over his site.   Call it what you want, Glenn. But we can see who’s side you’re really on. Check …

Oscar the green

Green Oscar nominees to watch

“Avatar” is on top of the world at the Oscars.Photo: Official Avatar Movie’s photostreamThe carpet will still be red at the Oscars this Sunday, but there will be a little more green among the nominees. Leading the way is this year’s blockbuster “Avatar,” James Cameron’s self-proclaimed most successful environmental film of all time. Tied with “The Hurt Locker” for most nominations, including Best Picture, “Avatar” is the most popular green-themed film, but don’t let the Nav’i distract you from other eco-ly legit films. For starters, Tom Philpott’s cinematic sweetheart, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” garnered two nominations — Animated Feature Film and …

Jeff Biggers talks about his new book on coal

Jeff Biggers talked about his new book Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland on GRITtv with Laura Flanders last Friday. Check out the interview: Biggers was also on Democracy Now! to talk about the myth the of clean coal technologies that President Obama continues to promote.


Obama talks about ‘clean coal’ and solar during YouTube Q&A

During Monday’s YouTube Q&A session, President Obama was asked why he supports “clean coal” and nuclear power at the expense of cleaner forms of energy. A group of young activists from the Energy Action Coalition posed this question: “President Obama, record numbers of young people elected you in support of a clean energy future. If money is tight, why do you propose wasting billions in expensive nuclear, dirty coal, and offshore drilling? We need to ramp up efficiency, wind, and solar that are all economically sustainable and create clean and safe jobs for our generation.” Obama’s response, in short: Clean …

Don't crap our future

Seeking sustainability, finding skeptics at the American Farm Bureau meeting

Seattle, Wash. — Attending the American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in the Emerald City on Sunday, I felt like a Red Sox fan at a Yankees game. It did nothing to calm my nerves when I heard Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman say this: A line must be drawn between our polite and respectful engagement with consumers and the way we must aggressively respond to extremists who want to drag agriculture back to the day of 40 acres and a mule … Who would blame us for thinking that the avalanche of misguided, activist-driven regulation on labor and environment being …

The meat industry is illuminated

Jonathan Safran Foer on his book ‘Eating Animals’

If you’re a meat eater, don’t read Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book Eating Animals. Unless, that is, you are a meat eater curious about the health of your body, the planet, or the animals you consume. The acclaimed author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Foer, has been an on-again, off-again vegetarian since age nine when his herbivore babysitter explained to him why she wasn’t eating chicken. Years later, as a first-time father-to-be, Foer set out on a three year journey to learn where the meat that we eat comes from. The result is Eating Animals. …

A whole new world

New interactive map shows devastating effects of global temperature rise

No need to waste your money on the new apocalyptic thrillers coming soon to theaters. A new world map released Thursday by the British government, and unveiled at the Science Museum in London, provides plenty of real life doom and gloom — and it’s free! The slick and colorful interactive graphic shows what a 4 degree C (7 degree F) rise in global temperature will mean for specific regions of the world. High, er, lowlights include: a high risk of forest fire danger in every populated continent; a decrease in rice yield of up to 30 percent in China, India, …

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