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Over at Grist, in “Preposterous Prefix Parables” Mark Peters has a good time tracing the origins, uses, and abuses of “eco-“. First separated from the word ecology in 1969, the prefix has of late become one of the most abused in the English language. A few of the more obscure eco-terms Peters has dug up: eco-porn; ecobot; eco-whistleblower; and econolomics (ugh!).
This week, Congress is debating whether or not to mandate higher fuel economy for cars and light trucks. Predictably, the U.S. auto industry is fighting such increases tooth and nail....
As they catch my eye, I plan to post links to important, controversial or outstanding stories on the environment and green biz. Here are few recent picks. In the "The...
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy just released its scorecard of states’ efficiency efforts. If your state is an energy producer, odds are it’s an efficiency laggard. If it’s a net energy consumer, it’s more likely a leader in encouraging efficiency.
What drives me nuts is the trail of flattened, crushed and glinting plastic bottles left in the wake of all this hydration. The bottles are problem from cradle to grave. During production and distribution, the energy used to pump, bottle, ship, and chill the millions of bottles water is enormous, especially when contrasted with the highly efficient network of reservoirs, tanks, pipes and spigots that bring water to most homes and buildings in the U.S.
BusinessWeek correspondents John Carey and Mark Scott, cover the green scene, keeping on top of the business aspects of energy, the environment and climate change, as well as the technologies, policies, markets and people that are shaping how the earth's resources will be used in the century ahead.