The underlying assumption about buying local—that cutting the final transportation distance of a food item will necessarily reduce the carbon emissions associated with its consumption—may very well be flawed. According to Stephen J. Dubner, author of the bestseller "Freakanomics," preliminary research into the matter has failed to show a correlation between a local diet and a low-carbon diet.
June 10, 2008
Wednesday evening marked the debut of Planet Green, the Discovery Channel's $100 million gamble that the renewed zeal for environmental protection and carbon cutting will translate into ratings and advertising revenue. Planet Green already boasts some big sponsors like General Motors, which signed an exclusivity agreement to be the only automotive advertiser on the network. The question remains though: will the viewers come?
June 9, 2008
The public relations war waged by groups like Wal-Mart Watch and Wake Up Wal-Mart on the country's largest employer—and for a long time, biggest corporate villain—appears to be entering détente. Nearly half of the staffers at the two organizations have been let go, and Wal-Mart has in turn, scaled back its public relations efforts—which were ramped up several years ago to engender good will in the face of heavy criticism.
May 8, 2008
Many things that end up on the curb each week aren't thrown out because they're broken or even obsolete — they're just not useful to their owner anymore and they take up too much space. Five years ago, a man by the name of Deron Beal set out to make us think twice about the value of the stuff we no longer use, through a network of community message boards called Freecycle.
April 21, 2008
Congestion fees may be a new concept in the United States, but the idea dates back decades and has been implemented in dozens of traffic-heavy highways and urban areas throughout Europe and Asia. Such measures have usually been successful in reducing congestion and encouraging the use of public transportation, while helping to raise the funds necessary to build alternative transportation infrastructure.
April 7, 2008