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  • A Whole New Way to Think about "Paying with Plastic"

    The very best solutions not only come up with a brilliant answer to an important problem, but often manage to help address other issues too. Here’s one that seems to fit that bill, pointed out to us by Izabella Kaminska. It’s called Plastic Bank. More

  • 10 Things to Know About Food on World Food Day

    Today is World Food Day. It offers the opportunity to strengthen national and international solidarity in the fight to end hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. With falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures making it difficult to feed growing populations, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. More

  • Harvesting Justice #2: Think Globally, Eat Locally

    Food sovereignty is rooted in the daily work of every small farmer, rancher, fisherperson, landless farm worker, and everyone else involved in local food production. Yet no matter what they produce, their ability to survive is affected by international market forces. The movement, therefore, also includes community, national, and international activists working for just trade and economic systems. More

  • Reduce Work Hours to Address Global Warming?

    Are our work schedules driving global warming? An economist finds that reducing work hours in the developing world could also lower greenhouse gas emissions… and maybe even improve American quality of life. More

  • How the Sharing Economy Can Save the World

    Why own when you can rent whatever you need, whenever you need it? The benefit of this approach is that each micro-transaction boosts the local economy, while the same goods are circulated again and again. This is called the sharing economy, and our friends at Triplepudit are planning to write a series on it… with your help. More

  • The Great Transition, Part II: Building a Wind-Centered Economy

    Over the past decade, world wind electric generating capacity grew at nearly 30 percent per year, its increase driven by its many attractive features and by public policies supporting its expansion. Wind is abundant, carbon-free and nondepletable. It uses no water, no fuel, and little land. Wind is also locally available, scales up easily, and can be brought online quickly. No other energy source can match this combination of features. More

  • More Evidence on the Growth of the Bicycle Economy

    Yet another report illustrates that bicycling isn’t just good for our health and the natural environment, but that it also provides tangible economic benefits to communities that embrace it as a form of transportation. More

  • Radical New Market-Based Campaign Aims to Make Forests More Valuable Alive than Dead

    Over the past 2 decades, since the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, we have witnessed the launch of many initiatives to stop deforestation. Despite the good intentions of each approach tried, we have continued to lose an area the size of New York City every other day to deforestation. These activities account for 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions – more than the entire global transportation sector. Code REDD plans to harness the economic activities that create deforestation as tools to fight it. More

  • Throwaway Economy Headed for Junk Heap of History

    In their book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, American architect William McDonough and German chemist Michael Braungart conclude that waste and pollution are to be avoided entirely. “Pollution,” says McDonough, “is a symbol of design failure.” The challenge is to re-evaluate the materials we consume and the way we manufacture products so as to cut down on waste. More

  • Fukushima Meltdown Hastens Decline of Nuclear Power

    With the world’s fleet of reactors aging, and with new plants suffering construction delays and cost increases, it is possible that world nuclear electricity generation has peaked and begun a long-term decline. More

  • Global Economy Expanded More Slowly than Expected in 2011

    The global economy grew 3.8 percent in 2011, a drop from 5.2 percent in 2010. Economists had anticipated a slowdown, but this was even less growth than expected, thanks to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, unrest in oil-producing countries, the debt crisis in Europe, and a stagnating recovery in the United States. More

  • Food Price Spike Persisting

    The UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization has released its monthly index of global food prices for November, and it shows persistently high prices across major food categories. More

  • Gränsfors Bruks: Still Hand Forging Axes in High Tech Gadget Age

    A big part of my life is building. I moved into my own hand-built cob house two summers ago, and currently I’m building a timber frame kitchen, and planning for a another house. I pursue natural building, using local and recycled materials, and with that, using traditional techniques. This includes the use of hand tools. […] More

  • Economic Growth: Another Benefit of Bicycling

    A few months ago, I took note of Jay Walljasper’s arguments for public investment in bicycling infrastructure: in short, government spending on trails and bike lanes pays off in terms of increased ridership. That’s a good thing, of course — people are emitting less carbon and getting more exercise — but what about financial payoff? […] More

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