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Musk's New Tesla Gets Extra Credit

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By Clayton Aldern

Today in break the internet news, the new Tesla P85D — an all-wheel drive version of the Model S — scored a 103 out of 100 in a Consumer Reports evaluation. For those of you keeping track, that’s an improper fraction. (And for those of you who really don’t have anything to do, it’s an improper fraction with a prime number in the numerator, so you......read more

Greendex Ratings

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Annual study ranks consumer sustainability around the world.

National Geographic and Globescan teamed up for the third annual Consumer Greendex study, which evaluates the "greenness" of shoppers in various countries around the world. The study monitored 17,000 consumers in 17 countries, taking into account energy use, transportation, food, housing, and knowledge of environmental issues. The end result is a vaguely scientific index of sustainable......read more

The Sustainability Generation

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For Millenials, environmental ethics are an everyday thing. Steven Cohen of the Earth Institute discusses what that means for the future

For people born since the mid '80s, environmental consciousness is second nature. And as the Millenial Generation begins to take on a power position in society, the "environment" will assume an even greater role in the politics of the age. That's the central tenet of a recent HuffPo piece by Steven Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute, who further argues that current methods of......read more

Jonathan Franzen: Liking is for Cowards

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Technology is no alternative for love, argues American novelist

Jonathan Franzen is the author of the acclaimed recent novel, "Freedom," and an avid conservationist and bird watcher to boot.  In a weekend op-ed for The New York Times, Franzen takes us on a fascinating exploration that finds unlikely links between consumer technology, love, and environmentalism. [T]he ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne, is to replace a natural world......read more

Diners Say They'll Pay More for Sustainable Food

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Survey indicates that restaurants are 'drastically underestimating' the importance consumers attach to sustainability

If you serve it, they will come. That's the conclusion drawn from a recent survey asking restaurant-goers if they would be willing to pay a premium for their meal if they knew the restaurant sourced sustainable food and recycled its food waste. The poll of 1,000 people by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) found more than half would be prepared to pay more for their meal if they knew......read more

'My Things' by Chinese Photographer Hong Hao

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Controlled chaos reflects Chinese consumer culture

We think the photography says it all. But here's some background from Hao's gallery: Hong Hao is a Contemporary photographer from Beijing. He studied printmaking and created his first major series, a group of prints resembling Chinese maps, executed with a remarkable attention to detail. With My Things, Hong individually scanned hundreds of common objects and arranged them into......read more

Tiny Bits of Plastic Pose Big Threat to Great Lakes

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Are plastic microbeads from consumer products are finding their way into the food chain

Long the dumping grounds for various types of toxic waste, the Great Lakes have faced no shortage of pollution problems over the years. The latest, while tiny in size, is one of the trickiest and most dangerous issues yet. Scientists have discovered that plastic microbeads, a common ingredient in facial scrubs and toothpastes, are finding their way into the Great Lakes--the world's largest......read more

Recycled Plastic Bottles Create Colorful Car Canopy

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Genius DIY project makes clever use of consumer waste

Nebraska designer Garth Britzman has made what may be one of the coolest recycling projects we've ever seen. Britzman collected 1,500 plastic pop bottles and partially filled them with colored liquid to create an amazing, wave-like parking canopy for his car. Called (POP)culture, the stunning installation seeks "to stimulate creative alternatives for recycling and reusing materials." More info......read more

Sustainability, Politics, and Consumerism

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Steven Cohen on the shift to a clean economy

As 2011 ends and we find some time for reflection, I am thinking a lot about the issue of material consumption and sustainability. Many of my students believe that a key answer to the crisis of planetary sustainability is for individuals to reduce their material consumption. When they say this, they are not thinking of the planet's poorest people, but the planet's richest people. There is a case......read more

Storing Wind Energy In-House

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When supply outstrips demand, utilities look to consumers to help stabilize power grid

In the Pacific Northwest, wind power has become an important source of income in rural areas, where energy entrepreneurs are eagerly erecting turbines in windy zones like the Columbia River Gorge. But wind is a volatile beast, and all the new turbines have presented utilities with a problem: when it's storming, the turbines create more electricity than the grid can soak up. In the New York......read more

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