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Wind power moves ahead in the East; stalls in the West

Front page news yesterday – the hotly-disputed Cape Wind project has been approved. It will be our first offshore wind farm.

On the other side of the country, an enormous wind project – planned to be the largest in the country – was supposed to break ground in Oregon tomorrow, but the Air Force is holding […]

Life- Cycle Studies from Worldwatch Institute

Every Friday for several weeks, the Worldwatch Insitute has been posting a quick life-cycle study on some common item – topics have included antibiotics, beer, dry cleaning, and toothpaste. They’re entertaining to read, and provide some nice historical background as well as a few paragraphs about the environmental impacts of the production/use/disposal/etc. of the product […]

Cities: what 'world class' means; what US Federal policy for cities could do

The first a deliciously cranky short piece about why cities striving to be “world class” is a rotten idea: “World class” just means banal:

The joy of great cities lies in their differences. What’s special about Stockholm is different from what makes London or Vienna attractive. The “world class city”, and its gormless sibling, […]