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Eco-conscious gizmos for the enviro to lust after

Dedicated enviros shun consumption, and for good reason. But some consumer items aren’t all bad, and might even (gasp!) be good, particularly if they replace more harmful products or encourage greener living. We’ve rounded up …

Sidewalks are sexy!

and other things I learned at Hahvahd

I just spent a couple of days at a journalists’ forum at Harvard whose topic was climate change and cities. The basic premise being that — as our Mayor Nickels and his climate-fighting compatriots well …

Umbra on Earth Day office parties

Dear Umbra, Earth Day seems like a good opportunity to raise environmental awareness in the office. Do you have any ideas for an Earth Day office party? The best I can come up with is …

Open skies the limit?

As nonstop flights between the U.S. and E.U. increase, what will be the effect on climate?

Throw open the skies and get your passports ready! You may have heard by now that the proverbial jump across the pond is about to get much easier and, perhaps, cheaper. As of March 30, …

From Ruslana to Russia (With Love)

Ukraine’s world Meet Ruslana: the pre-shears Spears of Eastern Europe — and a vocal supporter of clean, green energy. We can’t quite make out all those lyrics, but we’re pretty sure her skimpy outfits are …

State Farm pulls bike-bashing ad

Remember that stupid ad from State Farm, where the natty professional laments that gas prices have gotten so high he’s been forced — gasp — to ride a bike to work? Oh, the humiliation. Well, …

While food prices rise, here’s a stick-to-your-ribs pasta dish that won’t cause sticker shock

Every time I go to the supermarket lately, I get sticker shock. Why is it suddenly costing an arm and a leg to keep body and soul together? Part of the explanation lies in recent …

How to reach Joe Sixpack on climate issues

Gore's spending $300 million on it, but actually, I think a more direct approach might do the trick.

The green-collar jobs movement tests its voice in Memphis

Pat Walters is a freelance journalist based in Memphis. He’s captivated by stories about ecology, landscape, and culture. His work has appeared in publications including The St. Petersburg Times and The New York Times Magazine. …

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