This week’s TIME has a big package of stories on global warming. Upping the ante on the de rigueur “10 things you can do,” the magazine offers a whopping 51, an odd mix of large structural reforms and consumer tips like drying your clothes on a clothesline.
Coming in at No. 1? Ethanol. Oy. Then again, a carbon tax comes in at No. 5, so all is not lost. Also earning the DR thumbs up: geothermal heat, urban living, cutting down on meat, supporting farmers markets, and just for the weirdness factor, avoiding left turns.
Elsewhere in the issue, you can find:
- an extensive summary of current efforts to tackle the problem, containing the usual biofuels > clean coal > green building > corporate greening > political climate changing > what about China and India? > rousing conclusion narrative structure,
- a piece by Mark Hertsgaard on adaptation,
- a cool interactive graphic of a green home,
- a short bit on Ed Begley,
- a woefully insufficient blurb on the biofuels vs. food question, and
- a bit on tax incentives for going green.
There isn’t much here that will be new to regular Grist readers — except maybe in Hertsgaard’s piece, which is the best of the bunch — but this is just the sort of magisterial, graphically rich overview that ginormo companies like Time-Warner can produce with their ginormo budgets.
Hopefully it will have a transformative effect on Middle America. Or at least raise an eyebrow or two between episodes of American Idol.