The Paris talks on climate have begun. How bad is the problem? Could we come through ok? Could a tech break-through help? These are a few of the vital questions answered briefly, simply and directly in a great Q&A by The New York Times: Short Answers to Hard Question about Climate Change. Of course, the […]
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Living in Lower Manhattan–near sea level and near the water’s edge–I was in the evacuation zone for Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.
Tired of waiting for government to get serious about saving the climate? Make your feelings known and take action in your own life to show you’re serious too. Here are suggestions ranging from the grand to the everyday.
Flooding in Smithfield, KY, 5.13.11. Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Is the rash of deadly tornadoes in Joplin, Tuscaloosa and other parts of the country related to global warming, as author and environmentalist Bill McKibben recently suggested in a satiric piece for the The Washington Post? How about the disastrous floods we’ve been […]
I’m worried there’s going to be a mad dash to natural gas now that people have been reminded how dangerous nuclear power is by the nuclear disaster in Japan. I’m not a fan of nuclear power, but don’t want to see us jump from the frying pan into the fire either — particularly the “fire” […]
Composting your lawn and food waste yields triple benefits. (1)It provides fertilizer to help your garden grow. (2)It reduces the waste you send to the landfill. (3)And it sends carbon present in the waste back to the soil where it belongs, rather than allowing it to go up into the atmosphere where it would contribute […]
Updated 8/15/10 – July 2010 was the second warmest on record, according to a new NOAA report. While July didn’t quite break the record, the first half of the year did. It was the hottest January to June since record-keeping began in 1880. Is the extreme heat a sign of global warming? Probably — at […]
New Yorkers: if you’ve been meaning to sign up for green power, but found it too difficult till now, head on over to greenpowernyc.com. Pick a wind product or a blend or let the site choose for you. Any which way you’ll reduce your contribution to global warming for a few dollars a month. (The […]
In the new interactive anthology, Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming, new and established writers speak out from the depths of their own experience about the climate crisis. The 67 works in the anthology were selected from “nearly 1,000 submissions about beloved places, animals, plants, people, and activities at risk from a changing climate […]
Some people have commented that they’ve had bad experiences with compact fluorescents. Others have written in to say they’ve had terrific luck with them. I’m not surprised. Like most consumer products, CFLs vary in quality…a lot. There are differences in the color of their light, brightness and the amount of time they actually last (as […]
A green living columnist for environmental organizations in her spare time, Sheryl Eisenberg wrote This Green Life for NRDC from 2004-2014 and previously wrote Greentips for the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her "real" life, she designs websites with her firm Mixit Creative for environmental groups and other non-profits and small businesses.