Our Blog | January 2008

Carbon Offsets

by: Heather on 01/17/2008
Posted in: Activism

Reprinted with permission from EarthTalk by E/The Environmental Magazine.

Carbon offsets are monies that consumers and businesses pay voluntarily to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions they generate directly by driving, flying, running the air conditioning and otherwise using non-renewable energy. Companies and nonprofit groups that sell …

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Shift Happens!

by: Heather on 01/16/2008
Posted in: Activism

Billed as "a movie made by a movement", The Shift is a work in progress documenting the biggest social transformation in human history. This looks like it will be a very important film, with the doom and gloom more than balanced by the emphasis on hope for our collective future. The movie's website offers you the opportunity to help participate in …

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China bans plastic shopping bags

by: Heather on 01/14/2008
Posted in: Activism

Chinese authorities have banned the plastic shopping bag starting June 1st in a bold move that sets an example that North America would do well to heed. According to a report on China Trade News,Chinese people use up to 3 billion plastic bags a day and the country has to refine 5 million tonnes (37 million barrels) of crude oil every year to make …

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Further Thoughts on the Biodiesel Paradox

by: Heather on 01/09/2008
Posted in: Peak Oil

Yesterday I pointed you towards Sharon Astyk's blog discussing Stuart Staniford's article on the potential impact of a rapidly growing biofuel industry on world food production.

This whole biofuels issue is more proof that we can't just look for an alternative way to fuel our resource-intensive lifestyle - our only hope is to break the pattern …

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Biofuels vs Food

by: Heather on 01/08/2008
Posted in: Peak Oil

On Sharon Astyk's blog today she features an in-depth analysis of an article called Fermenting the Food Supply by Stuart Staniford. Stuart argues that "biofuel growth is by far the greatest near-term challenge arising from the plateauing of global oil supply", and goes on to prove his point with an impressive array of statistics, graphs and data …

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