Category Archives: Travel

CO2 implications of travel. Which mode is best?

How do You Make an Ice Cube from the Sun?

“Solar power, of course,” said Neil Johannsen,  retired Director of Alaska State Parks, answering his own question. He asked me that question as I looked at his solar-powered van, Plover, named after a bird. I love that question. That is … Continue reading

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Oil Trains in Your Backyard

A couple nights ago, Climate Action Bainbridge (formerly Coal-Free Bainbridge) greeted ferry passengers with No Oil Trains signs to commemorate the oil train explosion in Quebec that killed 47 people and to raise awareness that the same highly flammable oil … Continue reading

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An Airline with a Green Heart

I found myself on a flight recently (yes, I know!) to the East Coast. As I paged through Alaska Airlines’ in-flight magazine, an article by Keith Loveless entitled Waste Not caught my eye (page 9). In a highlighted sidebar there … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Low Carbon Girl!

Low Carbon Girl’s first birthday. And, what a year its been. China’s air pollution is just FREAKING me out. And, all of their ADAPTATION to air pollution – designer air masks – really? – hey folks, let’s not be so … Continue reading

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Bike Commuting 101

For years I admired Seattle bike commuters from a distance and wondered: how do they do that? How do they bike in the cold, dark rain without arriving at the office looking like a hot mess? Then, with the help … Continue reading

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Got Solar Panel Will Kayak

Or, should I say: Got Joos? Just because I love nature, the great outdoors and mother earth doesn’t mean I don’t have instant withdrawals if separated from my devices. I’m a modern nature lover. You need to know this about … Continue reading

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Sustainable Travel

There’s an oxymoron.  And, yet, I’m sure you’ve seen ads for sustainable travel or green travel or eco-something-or-other. Travel by its very nature increases your carbon footprint unless you’re walking and even then it would be best if you were … Continue reading

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Could Weeding be the Next Big Status Symbol?

I wonder. It seems that everything old is new again, doesn’t it? Not that weeding was ever a status-symbol activity, but green lifestyle choices such weeding instead of using chemicals are gaining momentum (thankfully!). One place we need to be … Continue reading

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Chasing Sustainable Lifestyle Changes

Last night I watched Chasing Ice* with my good friend Jen. We’ve been talking about environmental issues since we met, more than ten years ago. One of our concerns has been reaching a tipping point when the earth won’t be … Continue reading

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Would you like deforestation with that?

Ahhh! Fast food. So, salty, so sweet, so bad for the environment (not to mention our waistlines). Does the thought of crispy, salty, warm fries have you craving a little fast food? It may be too late for your children, … Continue reading

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