Another reason to avoid free two-day shipping: they are shipping dogfood by air

The carbon footprint of air freight is ten times that of truck freight; perhaps it’s time for “slow shopping.”

Norwegians suffer from desperate shortage of parking, will come to America in droves

We learn from Streetfilms that they are removing all the parking in Oslo; no wonder they want to leave.

Jargon Watch: Design for Disposability

Leyla Acaroglu explains how we got into this mess.

Should we really be building out of plastic? No.

I thought it might be a way to use up all that plastic that they are going to make, but I was wrong.

On Stanley Jevons and LED lights

And why LEDs are different than other ways of improving energy efficiency- we keep finding new ways to waste energy.

My New Year’s Resolutions for writing in 2018

No more being seduced by objects of desire, it is time for serious sustainability.

Woody Guthrie’s 1942 New Years Resolutions Resonate Today

The great folksinger had 33 resolutions for the year; no record of how it turned out in the end

And the car of the year is … a Ford MegaRaptor?

In which I learn how really out of touch this TreeHugger is with the reality of what people want in a car.

Solar freakin’ roadway opens in China

Is this totally silly and a waste of time and money, or is it a great leap forward? Or is it too soon to tell?

2017: The year in urban design and transportation

There is a bit of repetition here. Sorry, but I have had a really hard time with cars clogging up our cities.

Are we using less energy because of LED lighting, or more?

It is wholly a confusion to suppose that more efficient lighting leads to diminished consumption. The very contrary is the truth.

Fossil fuel companies are fueling a global plastics binge; what will we do with it all?

They are building hundreds of new “cracking” facilities to make 40 percent more plastic. Are we going to drown in it?

Why we should build our homes the way we build cars

It’s almost 2018 and we are still building our homes like it’s 1918. It’s time to fix this.

Just what we needed dept: Biomega launches world’s first dedicated Bicycle Tie and Bow Tie

It is reflective and glows in the dark, perfect for “enhanced safety in traffic”- and the dance floor.

The Future We Want: The year in Elon Musk

But what about the future we need?

Why do Americans (and Elon Musk) hate public transit so much, and love chasing "Cyberspace Techno-dreams"?

Jarrett Walker, author of Human Transit, blames what he calls “Elite Projection.”

Forget Bitcoins; invest in green renewable energy with WePower tokens

They are a new way to raise money and build green power.

A good overnight sleeper bus would be a wonderful thing. Then there is the Snoozeliner

There is a real need for comfortable, safe and green ground transportation, not a silly press release.

Guastavian vaults are still being built, and are as thin and elegant as ever

They are so thin that it’s hard to believe that they stand up.

Built on a tilt: climbable bookshelf is also earthquake resistant

It’s wood, it’s small, it’s resilient.

Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante drastically cut by Presidential decree

But this won’t go down without a fight.

Can a "Life Sticker" prevent door prizes?

Just what we needed: more magical thinking about techno-fixes instead of safe infrastructure and driver education.

Your McMansion with your big open kitchen is a firetrap

According to UL study, “It burns!”