Here in Washington, D.C., we’re having what’s called a “code orange day” — and that’s not good. According to Clean Air Partners, a non-profit organization that helps cities and communities in Washington and Baltimore raise awareness about air pollution so they can reduce it, code orange means that the air I’m breathing outside is, well, […]
I’ve had the good fortune to vacation in Turkey twice, so when British travel company Thomson offered to collaborate on a post about reducing plastic pollution in the seas around Turkey, I jumped at the chance. I’ve traveled all over the world, but Turkey remains a highlight of the places I’ve visited. In part, that’s because […]
Should you take polluters, companies, governments or even citizens to court? When should you sue to protect the environment? The simple answer is, “When they break the law.” In most nations of the world, important laws now exist to protect clean air and clean water, minimize the environmental impacts of destructive practices like logging and mining, prevent […]
If you've been wondering what fracking is and whether it's good or bad, you're not alone. It's a complicated, high tech process whose advocates say it produces abundant clean energy. As an environmentalist as well as a consumer, though, I've been concerned about the impacts fracking is having on drinking water, clean air, and farmland. […]
Mother's Day has become a gigantic shopping event. Next to Christmas and Valentine's Day, consumers spend more money for Mother's Day than they do for any other holiday in the year. This year, according to the National Retail Federation's annual Mother's Day survey, Americans will spend $20.7 billion! That amounts to an average of almost […]
Are we “greener” than we were four years ago? Yes, we are, and Barack Obama deserves a lot of the credit. Despite strident anti-environmental opponents on Capitol Hill, President Obama has managed to use the power of his office – deployed primarily through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the […]
Here's the clearest explanation I've seen of why it's so important to use a reusable mug, cup or water bottle, courtesy of Shane at Environmental Booty and her client, Factory Direct.
In 1983, I stepped off a somewhat rickety Air China plane onto the tarmac of the Beijing International Airport – and practically needed a flashlight. Only one light burned in the airport terminal, and passengers were met not by taxi cabs and relatives driving cars but by friends and family ready to transport them home…on […]