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Disproving the Tragedy of the Commons: Rio+20 Sustainable Development Commitments
By Jennifer Barnette When Garrett Hardin wrote his famous essay The Tragedy of the Commons in 1968, he used the example of herdsman grazing their animals in a common pasture to exemplify the “tragedy” that results when multiple actors, acting independently and “rationally” (in the economic self-interest sense),...
Jul 25, 2012 6:45 PM ET
The LEED 2012 Green Building Standard’s Green Power Credit
by Alex Pennock The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has recently opened a fourth comment period for many of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards. The review process has been long and involved, but I’m extremely pleased to see that the language for the updated Green Power credit is no longer up for comment and seems settled, as it...
May 29, 2012 4:00 PM ET
The Art of Beekeeping on Urban Farms
Urban beekeeping can be a rewarding complement to small-scale farming, but honeybees face challenges, including vandals and colony collapse disorder.
Jul 26, 2011 10:00 AM ET
Carbon Dioxide is Killing Coral: How Rising Ocean Acidification Damages Marine Ecosystems
Ocean acidification from high carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere threatens coral reef habitats, and the hundreds of marine species that rely on them. How this works at
Jul 12, 2011 2:30 PM ET
Guest Post: Shifting Language
An interesting shift happened in 2010: consumer awareness of the term “carbon footprint” surpassed that of “renewable power” (according to Natural Marketing Institute (NMI)’s 2010 LOHAS Consumer Trends Database, and based on a nationally representative survey of 4,000 U.S. general population adults). We think this is significant because renewable power has been...
Jul 7, 2011 10:23 AM ET