carbon footprint

Gernot Wagner on The Futility of Going Green and the Economics of What Really Matters (Podcast)

If bringing your canvas bags to the grocery store, carpooling, and forgoing double cheeseburgers makes you feel good about yourself, terrific. But don’t expect the planet to notice. What the world needs, says Environmental Defense Fund economist Gerno…

Ask Pablo: Paper or Plastic? Spending Cash vs Credit Cards

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Dear Pablo: Is it more sustainable to use cash or credit cards to pay for transactions?

The correlation between consumerism and environmental impact goes without saying but aside from …

World Contraception Day is For Women’s Rights, But It’s For the Environment, Too

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The connection between increased access to family planning and greenhouse gas emissions has been covered here before, but since World Contraception Day was this week and we’re still

Ask Pablo: Will iPads in the Cockpit Really Lower Airlines’ Paper Use?

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Dear Pablo: Two airlines have recently switched from paper flight records to iPads. Is this really an environmental improvement?

TreeHugger recently covered news of two airlines (

TreeHugger Trivia: Google’s Carbon Footprint and Electricity Consumption

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We all know Google as the giant Internet company that serves the world billions of pages of search results, YouTube videos, email messages, and lots more, every single day around the globe. All…

Ask Pablo: Do Solar Panels Contribute To The Heat Island Effect?

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Dear Pablo: Does installing commercial rooftop solar PV (with the dark-colored PV cells) negate the effect of painting that same roof white to alleviate the “heat island” effect in citi…

Ask Pablo: Do $1 Coins Have A Smaller Footprint Than $1 Bills?

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Dear Pablo: Do $1 Coins have a smaller footprint than $1 bills and what is the environmental impact of the $1 coins that the US Mint is supposedly stockpiling…

Ask Pablo: Are Repurposed T-Shirts Carbon Neutral?

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Dear Pablo: Say an average fancy t-shirt holds carbon footprint of 6kg but is never sold and sits in the warehouse of a textile/clothing production company. I take that same t-shirt and use it…

Wear a Potato Poncho to the Music Festival

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It’s music festival time and camping time and if you are in the UK, it’s raining time. And more rain. Thus we present the perfect (spud) poncho…made out of potato starch bioplastic, it’s the eco friendly way to stay dry.

…Read the…

Meat Eater’s Guide: Get to Know the Carbon Footprint of Your Diet (Lamb, Beef, Cheese Are the Worst)

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It’s not news that meat and dairy are among the largest contributors to the world’s growing carbon footprint, but lamb, beef, cheese, pork, and farmed salmon in particular generate the most greenhouse gases—sometimes…