It’s time to dump Earth Day and join the Extinction Rebellion

There is a big green wave coming this way that makes Earth Day look like tired baby boomer nostalgia.

Why aren’t young people interested in getting licences or buying cars?

On this Earth Day and in the middle of this Extinction Rebellion, I like to think that it’s because they see what is coming down the road.

Remember Peak Oil? It’s back!

It seems that the biggest Saudi field is losing its punch.

The new Apple AirPods 2 get a big fat zero for repairability

IFixit took them apart, but they can’t put them together.

The Deliverator electric cargo motorcycle covers the last mile in style

It’s a lot cleaner and greener than your usual delivery van and takes up a lot less space.

How to design a truly sustainable office building

Here’s a checklist for an extreme green dream office, courtesy of Dr. Peter Rickaby.

626 organizations back legislation to address climate change

A modest proposal

New study concludes that jet air dryers should not be used in hospitals

They do a terrific job of taking bacteria from your hands and spreading it all over the walls and floors.

Here’s the dirt on a rammed-earth renovation in Australia

Add heritage preservation, passive house design and a butterfly roof and it pushes a lot of buttons around here.

Is public transportation a human right?

Greyhound Bus is pulling out of half of Canada, and it is raising a lot of questions.

Thank you, Donald Trump, for making Canadians healthier

In response to the new American tariffs, Canada responded by taxing American sweets, meats and whiskies.

Here’s a new idea: off-the-rack prefabs by top architects

Cube Haus is “disrupting the existing housing market, delivering high-design value, modular homes at reasonable prices.”

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.