How Many Plastic Bags Does It Take to Get to Chicago?

Research in focus: ‘Green’ on the ground but not in the air: Pro-environmental attitudes are related to household behaviours but not discretionary air travel To land in Chicago is to see life subsumed by geometry. A near perfect grid criss-crossed by the occasional spoke. When I drink in this view, I know I am home. Wherever… Continue reading How Many Plastic Bags Does It Take to Get to Chicago?

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Farm Box

Or: Necessity is the mother of all dinner My first dalliance with farm box deliveries was ended by a head of bok choy. The little cabbage sent me running around town looking for ingredients I had never used and never would use again. Dinner that night was a delicious swan song, a wasabi-laced ode to… Continue reading How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Farm Box

The Fuzzy Cartography of Climate Impact

Or: What size carbon shoe do I wear? To understand the effects of my choices on the climate, I need a baseline to compare against. Author of How Bad Are Bananas?, Mike Berners-Lee argues that the carbon footprint really is the only measure of a person’s climate impact. Berners-Lee also cautions that exact calculations are as yet… Continue reading The Fuzzy Cartography of Climate Impact