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Cities, Community and Sustainable Development

The rapid urbanization of the population is, in many ways, an environmentally positive event. Too often left out, however, is the question of what life in these cities is or will be like. 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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The Great (and Not So Great) Bike Debates

Two cycling topics, stop signs and bike share racks, have been the source of much bloggery this week. Continue reading

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Biking and the Fallacy of Zero-sum Environmental Thinking

I don’t believe in the zero-sum scenario — at least not in the case of environmentalism, where I like to point out the many win-win and win-win-win scenarios. Continue reading

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Economic Insurrection, or Nature’s Economy vs Wall Street’s

In EcoOptimism parlance, Wall Street’s economy is based on “win” only and the hell with everything else, while Nature’s is win-win-win. In other words, the one per cent vs 100%. Continue reading

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The New – and Improved — Economy

We have solutions that can simultaneously address economic and ecological problems – and, what’s more, land us in a better place than we started. 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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Where’s the (true cost in) beef?

EcoOptimism states we can simultaneously solve our economic and ecological problems while improving, rather than diminishing, our lives. One of the critical steps in finding the ways to do this is through a concept called true costing. Continue reading

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Bouncing Back, or Elastic Demand: The Historical Parallels Between Rubber and Renewable Energy

If history truly does repeat itself, then perhaps we can take a chapter from World War II and fruitfully apply it to the 21st century. Continue reading

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The Story of Change/Changing the Story

As great and important as “The Story of Change” is, for me it still falls short in the same way that so many of the current books on growth do. Prosperity Without Growth, The End of Growth, Plenitude, eearth, et. al. all make great cases for the “new economy,” but leave me wondering how we get from here to there. Continue reading

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