Guest Post: Wake Up and Smell the Solar Race, U.S.

On Wednesday October 19th, a group of seven U.S. solar manufacturers filed a formal complaint with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission against China for illegally dumping inexpensive solar panels in the United States. The group is known as the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, and is led by SolarWorld, a U.S.-based …

Avoiding Doom & Gloom: A Guide to Online Inspiration

  On Wednesday October 19th, a group of seven U.S. solar manufacturers filed a formal complaint with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission against China for illegally dumping inexpensive solar panels in the United States. The group is known as the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, and is led by SolarWorld, a …

Smart Growth Lightweight: A review of Peter Calthorpe’s Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change

I’ve always been interested in land use planning and transportation as an environmental sub-discipline. So when I heard Peter Calthorpe on National Public Radio talking about his new book, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, I went straight online and ordered a copy. Well, not straight. First, I went into a bookstore (a what?) …

Six Eco Groups You Should Join Now

Live in the Bay Area and looking for like-minded greenies? Check these growing networks of environmental pros This post is not about social networking. Or, let me correct that, it’s not about online networking, but rather the socializing related to networking. In particular, green or environmental networking in the San Francisco Bay Area. Along with …

Carbon Dioxide is Killing Coral: How Rising Ocean Acidification Damages Marine Ecosystems

  While many Americans have heard that carbon dioxide emissions are a major cause of climate change, carbon dioxide also contributes to a lesser-known but similarly serious problem. That problem is ocean acidification, and it threatens not only the vibrant beauty and biodiversity of Earth’s coral reefs, but also the livelihoods of millions of people. …

Guest Post: Shifting Language

An interesting shift happened in 2010: consumer awareness of the term “carbon footprint” surpassed that of “renewable power” (according to Natural Marketing Institute (NMI)’s 2010 LOHAS Consumer Trends Database, and based on a nationally representative survey of 4,000 U.S. general population adults). We think this is significant because renewable power has been talked about for …