The Oregonian brings word of outdoor companies going “carbon neutral” in the near future. They include roof-rack manufacturer Yakima (aiming to be zero-emissions before this fall), outdoor-gear behemoth REI (planning to neutralize its emissions by, um, 2020), Nike (which already powers more than half of its electricity use through wind energy), and shoe company KEEN. Well-played, outdoorsy folk — and well-played Oregonian, for not buying fully into carbon offsets’ promise of “neutrality,” and quoting gallant Gristmill contributor Clark Williams-Derry.

On a different note, updates on Beijing’s preparations for the 2008 Olympics are in the news nearly every day. The city has offered assurances that tap water in the Olympic Village will be safe to drink, even though most of Beijing’s 15 million residents rely on bottled water.

And then there’s this:

 

Beijing will explore more ways to recycle in bid to build an environmentally friendly city in the run-up to the Olympics Games next year, said officials at a press conference by the Organizing Committee for the Beijing Olympic Games (BOCOG) on Wednesday.

 

… which I mention mostly because BOCOG is fun to say and reminds me of Böögg. Co-Sarah and I have had a jolly good time these past few weeks saying “Booooooog!” And yes, we know it’s not actually not pronounced that way.