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Stop with the Roses for Your Mom, Consider Bananas Instead

Tim Berners-Lee, the author of How Bad Are Bananas, makes the case for a low-carbon Mother's Day.


Mike Berners-Lee is the founding director of Small World Consulting (and Tim's brother). In his new book, How Bad Are Bananas, he examines the carbon footprint of everything from text messaging to having children. He extols the virtues of reducing our carbon footprint and our climate impact. His message is simple: We all have unnecessary junk in our lives and much of that's worth cutting out—without cutting out the fun. Take a rose, the iconic Mother's Day gift, for example.

GOOD: What’s the carbon footprint of a rose?

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Q&A: Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser on High-Speed Rail

Vincent Kartheiser is finally buying a car—but he'd rather not have to. We talk with the Mad Men star about the merits of mass transit.


When I called Vincent Kartheiser on Wednesday to talk about mass transit and high-speed rail, he had literally just been in a fender bender. The irony was not lost on Kartheiser, who reprised his role as the smarmy ad guy Pete Campbell from Mad Men for a clever Funny or Die video this week to support U.S. PIRG's high-speed rail campaign.

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Q&A: Laurie David on the Importance of Sharing a Meal

Laurie David's new book chronicles the lost art of the family dinner. Some advice on how the rest of us might make shared meals more of a routine.


Are shared meals with friends and family a regular part of your life? If you're anything like most of us, the answer is likely no. Laurie David, environmental activist and an ex-wife of Larry David, is hoping to change that with a new book called The Family Dinner. Part-cookbook, part-shared meal bible, it chronicles her family's relationship to the lost art of eating together and offers tips for how the rest of us might make shared meals more of a routine.

GOOD: Environmental activist or radical family dinner revolutionary. Which is more fun?

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Farming the Front Lawn

Spending an extended period of time around dirt, explains artist/activist/architect Fritz Haeg, is a deviant act. "In our society we are not...

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