You’ve seen Al Gore‘s talk at TED2006, or you’ve bought your tickets on Fandango to see An Inconvenient Truth. He’s got you good and scared: we’re in deep trouble unless we DO something. So what exactly do we do? As part of their first ever Green Issue, Vanity Fair’s Daisy Prince and Emily Butselaar have compiled just exactly what I was looking for as a special web extra: 50 Ways to Help Save the Planet. (Remember 1989′s 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth?) Be sure to check out this list and try to implement at least one thing. Suggestions include replacing incandescent bulbs with compact flourescents, foregoing pre-heating your oven (not necessary), ditching the pre-rinse cycle on the dishwasher, try a clothesline (dryers are energy hogs), use natural paints, go veggie one day a week, and many more easy things you can do. VF also offers a great link collection of green organizations (Be sure to scroll below the fold). Finally, there is an online exclusive portfolio of 22 additional eco-heroes not included in the magazine. Please use the comments to post additional suggestions.
The psychology of energy savings: Talking behavioral economics with Alex Laskey and Sendhil Mullainathan
“For the past five years we’ve been running the largest behavioral science experiment in the world,” says Alex Laskey in today’s TED Talk, given at this year’s 2013 conference in Long Beach. “And, it’s working.” Laskey’s company Opower partners with utility companies to deliver personalized home energy reports, all based off the insight that people are […]
What is it about bees? Three experts discuss why they’re fascinating, why they’re dying and what can save them
In 1945, there were 4.5 million bees in the United States. Today, there are just about 2 million. It’s been a subtle decline over time, but one that has dramatically accelerated over the past seven years. And this should be extremely alarming, given that bees pollinate one-third of the world’s crops. In today’s talk, given […]