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?
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
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
Michael Pollan’s investigation of food production in America begins with a simple question. What’s for dinner? Pollan eats and describes four meals, but not before he tracks the ingredients from their start as solar energy through the soil, plants, and animals to his plate.