Tag Archives: Superstorm Sandy

The Distillery: September 28, 2017

Disasters can represent opportunities, especially in avoiding or mitigating future ones. Continue reading

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2014 Word of the Year

EcoOptimism’s December tradition: our word of the year. Continue reading

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Holy (grass-fed) Cow, It’s Been a Year

Reflections on a year of posts, which — somehow — leads to a new formula for environmental impact Continue reading

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Community and Sustainability

It’s apparent that a key to sustainability is popular support and participation – buy-in, some call it. Communities enabled by active street life can foster this. From there, “act locally” can become “think globally.” Continue reading

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It’s Not the Economy vs the Environment

What to make of the mixed message in Sunday’s New York Times op-ed by David Leonhardt? Dispelling the prevalent and stubborn myth that environmental measures are a drag on economic recovery is critical to efforts to gain public and political … Continue reading

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Answering the Wrong Question

Pro-nuclear environmentalists are committing the ecological sin of not thinking in systems.They’re looking at the energy issue as if it’s independent from our other environmental and social dilemmas. Continue reading

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Resilience – 2012 Word of the Year?

Even before Sandy, the word ‘resilience’ was on its way to becoming a meme. Then, when a “natural disaster” struck the political and financial powers of New York City – along with countless others – the idea started to take … Continue reading

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Are we scared yet?

Scary things I’ve experienced or heard in the past couple of weeks: ·         Sandy. ·         A new report that global warming will be worse than predicted. ·         An insurance industry report on skyrocketing costs of weather disasters. ·         Dramatic evidence … Continue reading

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Wrongest Product Nominee Discovered During Sandy

Wrongest Product Award nominees can crop up when you least expect them. Or perhaps that’s the only time they appear. In this case, I stumbled upon the BrightLight pillow (batteries not included) while on line in a CVS during Superstorm … Continue reading

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Sandy May Be the Tipping Point, But We Really Didn’t Need One

As I write this from my temporary Manhattan-refugee location in Brooklyn, I come back to the point of EcoOptimism. Continue reading

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