Along with some guy named Al Gore, Olympics chief Jacques Rogge has been honored with an award by the United Nations for being an environmental enforcer. Good on ya, Jacques! (Perhaps he was behind the fancy sewer heating system in Vancouver?)

The next Olympics hurtling our way is Beijing 2008, and apparently the International Olympic Committee is concerned about sooty air and traffic congestion. You know what I’d like to see? After all this bad press, it’d be awesome if Beijing was really able to make huge strides forward and put on a green-livin’, easy-breathin’ Games. It might even (gasp!) show The World that large-scale sustainability can be done.

Hey, I can dream.

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