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Meat Eater’s Guide: Get to Know the Carbon Footprint of Your Diet (Lamb, Beef, Cheese Are the Worst)
Image: Dave Hogg via flickr It's not news that meat and dairy are among the largest contributors to the world's growing carbon footprint, but lamb, beef, cheese, pork, and farmed salmon in particular generate the most greenhouse gases—sometimes four times more than other animal products and 13 times more than plant-based proteins. That's according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group, the Meat Eater's Guide, that assesses the environmental and health impact of our food choices. It contains some interesting information you might not expect in a report like this. For example, eve...Read the full story on TreeHugger
Winnebago Via ready to roll. Image: Jenn Pentland I have a confession to make. At the risk of provoking gasps of disapproval from the green gallery, I am declaring my love for The Road Trip. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of the open road, despite what comes out of the tailpipe. Rolling down the interstate perched behind the wheel is at least as mesmerizing as staring into the campfire or sitting on the Pacific shore watching the waves crash. Partially to feed my need for speed, but mostly to introduce our kids to new people, cities and landscapes, we (my wife and I) sold our house, ja...Read the full story on TreeHugger
Image: bgarciagi via flickr TH note: Thanks to Harvard Business Review a three year old study is making the media rounds for a second time. We covered it at the time and have analyzed the issue of over-simplication of food miles a number of times. But it's worth bringing up again. All the talk in recent years about Read the full story on TreeHugger
The Guardian's Damian Carrington has an interesting blog post examining how the economy must shift to accommodate for growing carbon emissions, and therefore help reverse them. "To break the link between growth and carbon emissions, we must adopt a top-down approach of binding climate goals." Read his post then come back here to comment on what you think about the impact of the global economy on our planet's carbon budget. ...Read the full story on TreeHugger
As I mentioned in my somewhat controversial post on 5 un-green things I hate about America (before I start getting death threats again, I want to note that I also wrote 5 green things I love about America), I had never owned a clothes dryer till I came to the States. That may be why I wasn't aware that clothes dryers don't just run on electric—they can be gas powered too. But which is better, from an environmental perspective? Our own Pablo has already calculated that Read the full story on TreeHugger
My panels are bigger than your panels... Image credit: CoCreatr, used under Creative Commons license. When I wrote about residents who turned their entire street into an energy graph, I was interested to note that the project deliberately avoided giving out household-specific energy information. The idea was to encourage comparisons to an average, but to avoid direct competition and/or naming and shaming hou...Read the full story on TreeHugger