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New Book Figures Out the Carbon Footprint of Everything Book: How Bad Are Bananas

How Bad Are Bananas looks into the carbon footprint of everything from toilet paper to being cremated.


Mike Berners-Lee, the founding director of Small World Consulting, looks into the carbon footprint of everything in his new book, How Bad Are Bananas.

The book is full of detailed charts and graphs that examine the greenhouse gasses emitted by a vast array of seemingly innocuous everyday activities and world-changing events. Calculations range from a slight 10 grams for sending a text message or drying your hands to the massive emissions embedded in the World Cup, data centers, and war, all of which weigh in around one million tons. There are some surprises—a paper bag has twice the footprint of a plastic one—and surprisingly nuanced discussions about the 80 grams that go into bananas and many other foods.

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Hawaii's Loco Moco and the First Plate Lunch President, Explained Video: Sarah Vowell's Unfamiliar Fishes

What the plate lunch says about the history of Hawaii, President Obama, and America, according to This American Life regular Sarah Vowell.

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Sarah Vowell's latest book, Unfamiliar Fishes, will be out at the end of this month, although the book trailer is out now. (I know, of all the things you could be watching, a book trailer might rank low. But trust me!) In it, Vowell lends her distinctive voice to one of Hawaii's distinctive regional foods: the plate lunch.

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Video: How Popcorn Pops (in Super Slow Motion)

The team behind the forthcoming six-volume, 2,200-page tome Modernist Cuisine show us exactly what happens to a kernel of popcorn when it's...

The team behind the forthcoming six-volume, 2,200-page tome Modernist Cuisine show us exactly what happens to a kernel of popcorn when it's heated—at 6,200 frames per second.

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Why Rene Redzepi's Noma Cookbook is Worth Reading

Chef Rene Redzepi's latest cookbook is more than just local Nordic food. It's a wider reflection of the culture of place.

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