Former Walmart Executive Says Sharing is the New Shopping – July 12, 2013
A Conversation with Yerdle’s Andy Ruben
The toilet paper roll story was what grabbed my attention. Last month I went to an evening of storytelling hosted by the good folks at an outfit called Waking Star. The program was billed as, “Journeys – Stories of Aha! Moments.” One of the best Aha! stories I heard that night came from a dude named Andy Ruben.
Ruben spent 10 years working for a company you might have heard of – it’s called Walmart. He became the company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, and dedicated himself to embedding waste reduction and energy efficiency into the company’s DNA. So… more
by: Jason Mark
What you’ll love, hate, and meh about the president’s climate action blueprint
Well, better late than never. Twenty-five years after NASA climatologist James Hansen warned the US Congress about the threat of global climate change, the US government is making a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the dislocations from extreme weather.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
In an impassioned speech delivered today at Georgetown University President Obama (finally) laid out a blueprint for tackling global climate change. This was… more
by: Jason Mark
Atomic Foes Nuked in New Documentary Film – June 18, 2013
Pandora’s Promise is more hit job than conversation starter
This article has been changed from its original version. An earlier version of this story accidentally shortened a quote from Michael Shellenberger about renewable energy’s need for backup power and didn’t include full accounting about the energy usage of an iPhone versus a refrigerator. It also misstated the ratio of coal solid waste to nuclear solid waste by a couple orders of magnitude. The Journal regrets the errors.
Everybody loves a conversion story. With their mix of good-versus-evil and personal vulnerability, conversion stories appeal to the hope that each of us can change for the better. Filmmaker Robert Stone tries to tap into the power of the conversion archetype in… more
by: Jason Mark
Threatened Species Smoked by Pot Growers – June 13, 2013
Northern spotted owl and Pacific fisher succumbing to rat poison used by illegal marijuana farms
The story is what you could call, um, an evergreen: As folks have reported here, here and here, illegal marijuana farms on public lands in California often cause serious environmental damage. Tresspass growers, as they are called, have been known to clear cut forest groves, trash wild areas with irrigation equipment and human waste, and use large amounts of chemical pesticides. Now illegal pot growers are being blamed for another environmental impact – killing rare species like the Pacific fisher and the northern spotted owl through their indiscriminate use of rat poisons.
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