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Kicking emissions to the curb

Political parties may be divided on the issue of climate, but Americans agree on solutions

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has authority to regulate greenhouse gases as a pollutant (some called it a strong rebuke of the Bush administration's policies), George W. Bush saw fit to ramp up his language on the issue of global warming (hint: the new key word is "serious"): The decision (of) the Supreme Court we take very seriously. It's the new law of the land. I've taken this issue very seriously. I have said that it is a serious problem. I recognize that man is contributing to greenhouse gases. But, despite …

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Conservation cowboys

Rich Westerners bypass gov’t to save rainforests

I have mixed feelings about these "conservation cowboys" -- rich Westerners who tromp down South in pursuit of grandiose eco-preservation schemes. They possess immense amounts of discretionary capital and can often sidestep cumbersome, slow-moving government machinery. But there's a tinge of colonialism about it. If they tread too heavily, I fear they'll end up sparking a populist backlash in the South that casts environmentalism as a form of imperialism (more of a backlash than there already is, that is). As much as it might offend our sensibilities, it's better for rich people to be putting their minds and money toward …

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My therapist says all this thinking about the environment isn't good for me

Somehow, I don’t feel that bad for you

The latest impact of climate change: eco-anxiety. Symptoms: Generalized discomfort and stress related to the future of the world and possibly your personal role in said future. Ways to fight it: Blame "the media." Blame the IPCC. Spend lots of money on an "eco-therapist." Carry around minerals. Buy greener stuff to make yourself feel better. From the Columbia News Service: [A] growing number of people have literally worried themselves sick over a range of doomsday scenarios. Their worry has a name: eco-anxiety. And the latest report on climate change -- a United Nations panel warned Friday of increased hunger, water …

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Was It Something We Said?

Global warming and other woes cause rise of eco-anxiety The world already has ecotourism, eco-movies, and eco-purses -- in fact, more eco-trends than you can shake an eco-stick at. So it was only a matter of time before another trapping of modern life took the prefix: eco-anxiety. Seems people are flocking to, yes, eco-therapists to talk about the unpleasant feelings they get upon pondering things like global warming, food shortages, nuclear waste, and pesticides. (Then there's the one that keeps us up at night: does Cameron Diaz use toxic hair dye?) Melissa Pickett, one such therapist, says symptoms can include …

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On the Ball: Jolly green Giants

SF baseball stadium goes solar

Baseball season has started, and the Seattle Mariners are 2 and 1, which means the weather is still fair for this fan. If I lean a bit from my desk, I can see the M's Safeco Field out of Grist's downtown-office window. I cannot wait until some large building is named after Tampax. Or Ex-Lax. Or Preparation H. But that's not at all what I came here to talk about today. I came to give props to San Francisco, which is wonderful in so many ways, including its recent ban of plastic bags and (finally, my point!) its plans to …

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Meghan Meyers, founder of green-wedding mag Portovert, answers questions

Meghan Meyers. What work do you do? What's your job title? I'm the founder and CEO of Portovert Magazine. How does it relate to the environment? Portovert is the first and only eco-savvy wedding magazine. We share inspirational tips and ideas on ways to have a stylish and sustainable event. You'll find a mix of DIY projects reusing found objects, information on new "green" products, and ways to reduce overall consumption. Portovert.com is more than a magazine -- it's a comprehensive event resource. We recently partnered with NativeEnergy to launch the exclusive wedding carbon calculator, which you'll find on our …

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Global warming floods London ...

In Second Life

How did Grist miss this one last week, as reported by National Geographic News? Tokyo, Amsterdam, and the entire Mediterranean island of Ibiza were inundated with floodwaters today due to rising sea levels brought on by global warming. Oh: Or at least, that would have been the headline if events in the virtual world Second Life mirrored reality. A rolling flood temporarily swamped several areas of the online world as part of a campaign to illustrate the potential environmental and financial impacts of climate change. "Our message was, 'You may have a second life, but [you still need to] offset …

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Rock and reel

Gore to open Tribeca film fest

This just in: The Goracle will open the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, playing host for the global-warming-themed SOS Short Films Program. The program features seven short films and music performances by groups set to appear at the Live Earth concerts on 7/7/07.

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Lame over

The latest attempt to make learning about the environment fun is … not fun

Starbucks and Global Green USA have teamed up to put together a new online game called Planet Green. The objective: Travel around a small town called Evergreen (Get it? Ever ... green ... ha!) looking for ways to save on CO2 emissions. The game reminds me of something that might be produced to teach small children about the dangers of sexual predators or crossing the street in heavy traffic. Well-intentioned, yes. A whole lotta fun? Heck to the no. The problem, methinks, is that the game gives you almost no control over your own destiny. Any time you get to …

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Rebooting campus computing

UC system greens electronics program

Yolanda just posted a bit on UC Berkeley's pending approval/disapproval of a Green Initiative Fund. And in more green UC news, last week all of the UC system got a little greener by passing an "Environmental Sustainability Policy" that includes provisions on energy, global warming, waste, and eco-friendly electronics purchasing. As part of that pledge, the ten UC schools become the first universities in the nation to adopt guidelines for buying greener electronics, finding better ways to dispose of e-waste, and initiating "takeback" recycling. The school system will only buy products registered under the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, which …

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