The Spillover From Sorting (and Not Sorting) Trash At first glance Shanghai’s new trash-sorting law looks easy. Just deposit your plastic, paper, textiles, metal, and glass in the blue recyclables bin. Then, the brown bin gets the wet trash and … Continue reading Trash-Sorting Confusion
Do Climate Marches Encourage Others to Take Action? There has already been an unprecedented wave of climate activism in 2019, from the Extinction Rebellion demotrations in the United Kingdom to the Youth Climate Strikes that mobilized young climate activists across … Continue reading Climate activism
Barcelona’s radical plan to take back streets from cars In 2016, I wrote a brief story on “superblocks,” a hot new urban-planning idea out of Barcelona, Spain, that would reclaim streets from cars and transform them into walkable, mixed-used public … Continue reading Introducing superblocks
The Unintended Consequences of Plastic Bag Bans When I walk with my friend Eli and her dog Dosa, we take our plastic bags. Originally from ShopRite or the local farm stand, the bags were filled with groceries. Now, handy for … Continue reading Recycling plastic
Be Honest About the Cost of Renewable-Fuel Standards If you are concerned about climate change, you are likely enthusiastic about renewable fuels, such as solar and wind, and about laws that require their use. For example, the Green New Deal … Continue reading Good and bad guys
The Problem With Putting a Price on the End of the World On a Saturday afternoon in early December, inside a soaring auditorium on the campus of Stockholm University, William Nordhaus gave the crowning lecture of his half-century career as … Continue reading Is any policy big enough?
Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood The experience of natural spaces, brimming with greenish light, the smells of soil and the quiet fluttering of leaves in the breeze can calm our frenetic modern lives. It’s as though our very cells … Continue reading Green and happiness