A commercial fully hydrogen car is hitting the pollution-fogged highways of southern California in 2008. At the Los Angeles Auto Show Honda just unveiled its FCX Clarity, an “advanced fuel cell” car that gets about 68 mpg, accelerates cheetah-like, is as silent as a church, emits only water out the tailpipe, looks cool outside and in, and handles as well as a sports car. If you live in southern California you can lease one for $600 a month for three years.
December 13, 2007
Buying local isn't just for the ethical shopper — foodies have also embraced "local, fresh, seasonal" as their mantra in recent years. But what if you can't always find locally grown food that's also organic? Do you scrub off pesticides from the squash you got at the farmers market, or just skip the market in favor of Whole Foods?
December 12, 2007
With businesses like Google and Dell making noises about their desire to eventually be completely carbon neutral, the non-profit organization Carbonfund.org has developed a certification system for companies that wish to declare their products "carbon-free." The first U.S. food product to achieve this label is Royal Hawaiian Honey, distributed by Tropical Traders Specialty Foods.
December 10, 2007
Time to choose wall calendars for the new year, or to purchase a calendar as a nice stocking stuffer. But why just opt for the same, staid, 12-page picture-and-grid calendar that is geared to unnatural or denatured time? The ECOlogical Calendar—now in its fourth year—is a dazzling, sumptuously illustrated, nature-time/knowledge packed uber calendar.
December 10, 2007
Ski resorts in the U.S. (and the world) view themselves as chic poster boys for global warming. With temperatures rising, one of the first visible phenomenon is less snow at resort-level altitudes. Projections in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and the Rockies look at 5-6 degree temperature increases by 2100 if global warming is not dramatically reduced. Snow pack would fall by 89%. Ski resorts have embraced anti-global warming politics and measures with a bear hug.
December 7, 2007