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Paper Bags worse than Plastic


In the light of the decision of Whole Foods, the world’s largest eco-friendly food store, to stop the use of plastic bags completely, Hank Green of EcoGeek points out that this might not be such a wise decision after all:
Creating recycled paper, it turns out, is a much more energy-intensive process than creating plastic […]

Plastic Bags, The Facts


By now it should be well known that plastic bags are hazardous for the environment. But each time you visit the grocery store and have your goods packed into one, are you even remotely aware of just how bad they really are? Take the time to learn the facts.
They are made with petroleum or other […]

“Running the Numbers” - Excellent for Perspective


Chris Jordan has a gallery called Running the Numbers - An American Self-Portrait, which is an (excellent) attempt at putting massive numbers related to controversial issues in the US into perspective, such as pollution, the war, tabacco deaths, SUV sales, etc.
This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. […]

Will the World Survive China?


The new year already has a startlingly bitter “new look at the truth” in store for us: Mother Jones has published an article that inspects the looming threat of China on the world’s resources as it develops and expands at an astonishing rate.

As if China’s hunger for resources due of its massive manufacturing enterprises are […]

Golf Courses - Subtle Environmental Disasters?


George Monbiot has an article about the political issues surrounding Gary Player and his controversial involvement in Myanmar, but in the process, he has touched a sensitive nerve: the impact of golf courses on the environment.

All over the world, the construction of golf courses is associated with dispossession and environmental destruction. You’ll find a flavour […]

No Left Turns - Millions Saved


Picture yourself at an intersection, on a swelteringly hot day, looking at the stream of oncoming traffic while your engine hums along, and you wait to turn left (or right, depening on which country you live in). Now, apart from traffic congestion (that’s a different matter altogether), imagine how much emissions could be prevented if […]

Did you know?

In 2010, there will be 4200km of new highways in and around Shanghai, China that didn't exist in 2000. Varese, a town in Northern Italy, runs on 100% renewable power. The town uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. The town has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year.


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