energy use and climate change


An overview of the 7,000 events planned in 188 countries for's 10/10/10 events (inspired by author/activist Bill McKibben).

The Earth From On High: A Review of HOME

HOME, a new documentary from French filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand, narrated by Glenn Close, is a tremendous illustration of nature at its finest and humanity's impact on it at its most destructive. The film is showing for free at the East Village Cinema starting tomorrow.

After Irene: Impacted Northeast Farms and How You Can Help

Hurricane Irene caused the worst flooding eastern upstate New York and Vermont have seen in centuries, devastating farms and dairies throughout the Northeast. We've mapped as many as we could find, as well as local events organized to support them.

10 Last-minute Gifting Ideas

Earth-friendly gifts can include upcycling and regifting, as well as non-consumables like service and donations. Here's some ideas for green, meaningful gifts.

Connecting the Dots on Climate Change -- and Food

Last Saturday, the folks at and others around the world participated in a global event designed to demonstrate that climate change is no longer a shadow looming on a distant horizon. It’s evident in an upsurge in extreme weather -- how do you connect the dots?

Book Review - Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming

Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, by Laura Stec with Eugene Cordero, is a treasure trove of facts and tidbits about what we eat and how it affects the health of our planet. Part cookbook, part textbook, part righteous party planning manual, this 2008 addition to the "good food" canon takes a very different approach to coaching readers through the details of a carbon-friendly diet.

Energy and Agriculture

Energy has always been essential for the production of food. Prior to the industrial revolution, the primary energy input for agriculture was the sun. As a result of the industrialization and consolidation of agriculture, food production has become increasingly dependent on energy derived from fossil fuels.

A Nation Of Meat Eaters: See How It All Adds Up

Meat has more of an impact on the environment than any other food we eat because livestock require so much more food, water, land, and energy than plants to raise and transport. Take a look at what goes into just one quarter-pound of hamburger meat.


Industrial agriculture pollutes air, water, and soil, reduces biodiversity, and contributes to global climate change. Find the unsavory details here.

Climate Change

Choosing to eat less meat is one of the most effective personal choices we can make to address climate change. This may come as a surprise. When we think about the climate crisis, we tend to think about fossil fuel or dirty coal-fired powered plants. However, the global food system is responsible for an estimated one-third of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Change and the Nexus

Of course climate change is real, and here's why it should be taken into account when deciding the future of our food, water and energy resources.

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