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Smart Water at Home, More Water Abroad

Smart Water at Home, More Water Abroad

Monday was World Water Day - a day recognized by the United Nations to draw attention to the growing water crisis.

When you work on water for a living, every day sort of feels like “water day.” And it is easy to forget that while we in the U.S. have serious water problems of our own, some of which have been vividly illustrated in a terrific series in the New York Times this year and last, many of these problems pale in comparison to those in other parts of the world.

Small Actions Add Up to Big Cuts in Global Warming Pollution

Small Actions Add Up to Big Cuts in Global Warming Pollution

I spend a lot of my working hours fighting to pass clean energy and climate legislation that will reduce America’s global warming pollution. But I also take steps in my personal life to cut down my own carbon emissions.

I stopped eating red meat and stick with vegetarian options most of the week, I installed compact florescent light bulbs, I signed up for renewable power through my utility Con Edison, and I take public transit to work.

Bicycling Just Got A Little Easier

Bicycling Just Got A Little Easier

Google Maps has added a new feature.

In addition to driving directions, walking directions, and public transportation directions, everyone's favorite online mapping tool now offers bicycling directions.

Stormwater, Compost and Rain Barrels

Stormwater, Compost and Rain Barrels

What does stormwater runoff have to do with home composting and rain barrels? We’ll get to that in a minute, but first we have some more basic topics to discuss.

New York City's "Group Rides"

New York City's "Group Rides"

Starting Friday, commuters in New York City will have a new transportation option. During morning rush hour (6am to 10am), along three test routes, people will be able to ride in shared, fixed-fare taxi cabs.

Quick Fix

Quick Fix

What's the fastest way to save money and cut carbon emissions?

I bet there are lots of great answers out there, but, according to an article in Wednesday's New York Times, the best answer might be the most counter-intuitive. The fastest way to save money and cut carbon emissions might be to slow down.
What Do The World's Most Romantic Cities Have In Common?

What Do The World's Most Romantic Cities Have In Common?

Venice.  Amsterdam.  Prague.  Paris.  These are some cities that are making "ten-most-romantic cities” lists.  I just looked at three such sites, and Venice, Prague and Paris were consensus picks.  Amsterdam was on two of the lists, as were Rome, Edinburgh, and New York.


What are some of the things these cities have in common?

Would You Stay In A Seascraper?

Would You Stay In A Seascraper?

Its designers call it The Gyre, and it's a big idea.

Big like 400 meters deep. Big like more than a kilometer across. Big like housing over 2000 people. Big like totally off the grid.

To Wrap Or Not To Wrap

To Wrap Or Not To Wrap

The Freakonomics Blog ran a story on Monday about produce and plastic packaging, arguing that if our priority is to reduce food waste - which, according to James McWilliams, the post's author, it should be - then we should be happy to see our apples and cucumbers wrapped in small
Cruising into the Main Stream

Cruising into the Main Stream

Speaking of driving, Eco Salon posted a list today of what it thinks are the Hottest Green Cars of 2010.

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