Millennium Consumption Goals—Part 2

The Millennium Consumption Goals are moving forward—and thanks to all the great comments we received, they’re getting more nuanced too!

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Health, Policy

Charge It to My Green Credit Card

Last month, I came across a Reuters article in Mother Nature Network that discussed the benefits of a new “green credit card” in South Korea. I have to admit it sounds exciting, but the cynic in me also has to respond.

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Shopping

"A penny saved is a penny earned"

"A penny saved is a penny earned." - Benjamin Franklin The stock market is slowly rising thanks to the upcoming holiday season and Obama's push towards clean energy and a green economy. Yet many people are still wary of conditions surrounding the stock market. According the an article written b...

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Tags: Economy

No Bonuses, No How

I was in the building lobby yesterday and happened upon two women. One was sobbing and the other was consoling. The sobbing one was pregnant and bemoaning the fact that she and a third of her staff were just laid off. She worked for a non-profit that helps those who are challenged by the economy....

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Tags: Aig, Economy, Goldman sachs

Four New Books Explore American Consumption

It is always nice when someone else does my work for me. I was scanning the web today, trolling for stories, when I came across an entry by Sarah Kessler on the Sierra Club website—a review of four new books on consumption issues. Together, these four books (listed in parenthesis below) see...

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Tags: Advertising, Consumption, Culture, Economy, Quality of life, Urban

Hope for Correcting Our Collective Myopia

The State of the Union was, as expected, heavy on the economic talk. In the NYT's Dot Earth Blog yesterday, Andrew C. Revkin asks the question ‘Macromyopia’ for Finance, Now for the Planet? Macromyopia, in case you haven't heard, is the "short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity," th...

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Tags: America, Crissi, Economy, Finance, Future, Macromyopia, Money, President

The Economy (and History) of Recycling

Every once in awhile I come across an article that answers a lot of lingering questions: Why do I feel like recycling is so important even though reducing is also key to helping the environment? Is the nation in danger of taking the path chosen by New York City a few years ago, and discontinuin...

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Tags: Economy, Homeless, Recycling, Scrap, Social justice, Trash

Holiday shopping--just don't

Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Turn them away this year. By Dr. Juliet Schor, reprinted from the Los Angeles Times (edited from original) As if American consumers don't already have enough on their minds, we've just had Black Friday with Cyber Monday still to come, the nation's annual rituals ...

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Holiday spending, Shopping


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