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24 posts from March 2008

March 06, 2008

Bordeaux by Boat

Tesco, Britain’s largest retailer, is working to develop a system of carbon labels for each of their 70,000 products. You might assume that you can easily calculate the carbon footprint of your favorite item by analyzing how far it might have traveled to land in your basket, but to really determine the carbon footprint you need to go further.

For example, if you live in New York, it would create less carbon emissions to drink Bordeaux instead of Californian wine. Although your Bordeaux is traveling from a further distance, it comes by boat, which creates less carbon output than the California wine which travels by truck.

For more information, check out Terri Gross' interview with Micheal Specter, a New Yorker Journalist who explains the idea of putting carbon footprint labels on our food. For a great article on the subject, read his story in the New Yorker, "Big Foot: In Measuring Carbon Emissions, it's Easy to Confuse Morality and Science".

March 05, 2008

Field of Green Dreams

Field The old ball game will have a new face on Opening Day 2008, when the Washington Nationals unveil an ecofriendly baseball stadium (pictured in an architect's rendering at left). Under construction on an urban-infill site a block from a subway stop, Nationals Park will have a vegetation-covered roof over one concession area, efficient lighting and water systems, drought-resistant landscaping, and few parking spaces. At least three other teams have installed solar panels on their stadiums. Now if they could just replace the Budweiser with organic beer.

How Green is Your Bike?

"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race," wrote H.G. Wells.  The perfection of the humble bicycle may, in fact, turn out to be the 19th century's greatest gift to the modern era. Anytime you ride a bicycle, you're building up some serious green karma, and we salute you. But there's green and then there's really green.

Take our "How Green Is My Bike" quiz to find out just how green your bicycle riding really is.

March 03, 2008

Bike it Out

Short car trips are, naturally, the easiest to replace with a bike trip (or even walking). Mile for mile, they are also the most polluting. Engines running cold produce four times the carbon monoxide and twice the volatile organic compounds of engines running hot. And smog-forming (and carcinogenic) VOCs continue to evaporate from an engine until it cools off, whether the engine's been running for five minutes or five hours.

Check out the following links!

Glow in the dark bike:


Bike made out of bamboo:

Bicycle made entirely out of wood:

Home furnishings made out of recycled bicycle parts:

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