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Green (& Not So Green) News of the Year (2011 Top 10 List)

  2011 was a big year for the environment, in some good ways and some bad ways. Here’s a quick run-down of the top 10 stories of the year, in my opinion: 1. Tremendously high levels of carbon emissions continue to warm Earth. Despite efforts to switch to clean energy, increase energy efficiency, and use more […]

December 28th

Cargo Bikes, Rio Style

Brazilian Bike Culture The Copacabana neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro is enjoying an upswing economically, as is the whole of Brazil.  The changes are progressively upbeat, integrating a greener travel style. Copacabana’s air is a bit fresher and the sounds of traffic are more naturalistic and harmonious due to the widespread use of […]

October 27th

Big Day of Climate Action Coming — Moving Planet (September 24)

By Bill McKibben

Dear Friends,

The last two weeks have been spectacular.

In Washington DC, phase one of the tar sands campaign has just come to an end, and 1,252 North Americans have been arrested in a massive civil disobedience campaign. This historic groundswell was focused on stopping the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline — but it also sent a larger message that people everywhere are willing to take bold action to move our planet beyond fossil fuels.

September 7th

3-4 Tips for Getting Started Bicycling

I write about cool bike stories here a lot, since bicycling is both one the best ways to green your life and is one of the best ways to make your life more relaxing, healthier, and more enjoyable.

But, one of the things I strive for here on Planetsave is finding ways to help people make positive changes in their lives, not just talk about how cool green living is.

September 1st

Bicycling Facts Infographic (+ Top Green Living Posts)

Just ran across this great infographic on bicycling facts and the future of bicycling on our sister site sustainablog and, of course, wanted to share it on here. It’s the feature green living “story” of the day. The infographic is from our friends over at Well Home Energy Audit. Check it out and enjoy!

August 19th

Cool Bike-Sharing System Comes to Wrocław, Poland {Pictures & Videos}

I’m a bicycle lover. In particular, I’m a huge proponent of bicycling for transportation purposes. Bicycles are super efficient (perhaps the most efficient transportation option out there), meaning they are very environmentally friendly and also save you and the city a lot of money. They are also a ton of fun to ride, good for your health, good for your mind, and highly accessible.

Green Living Monday {News Wrap-Up}

I seem to eternally be searching for the best way to share every single green news story I think is important with you. But never seem satisfied or able to keep up with my systems. Maybe this one will last?…

The idea I’ve got now is to do a weekly link drop of stories we didn’t cover each day of the week, but with a different theme each day of the week. To start with, Monday will be “Green Living Monday” (as you can see above). Why? Who knows, that just sounded good to me :D. Also, I guess it is because I am trying to stress green living more and more these days.

June 13th

Bike to Work Campaigns Growing {Join In!}

More cities are implementing Bike to Work campaigns and using the outcomes from these events to find ways to support city planning for improved bicycle commutes. Delaware even has an interative database that allows green commuters to track the impact they are making. Nationally, Ray LaHood, Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation, promoted biking to work on his blog by highlighting this Year’s Clif Bar 2-Mile Challenge which runs from May through October.

Living & Bicycling in Silicon Valley, Northern California {7 Things I Loved}

Following up on my posts about what I loved about living and bicycling in Sarasota, FL and Chapel Hill-Carrboro, NC, here are 7 things I loved about living and bicycling in Northern California. In the middle of graduate school, I lived in Sunnyvale for a summer, worked in Redwood City, and did most of my grocery shopping in Palo Alto. So, despite being 3 different places, they were sort of one place to me and I’m combining them all for this.

Transportation Energy Use {Infographic}

One of our sister sites, Gas2.org, recently had a great infographic on the energy efficiency of movement that I thought was worth a share on here as well. As I point out repeatedly here on Planetsave, transportation is one of the biggest contributors to our environmental problems and one of the critical factors in our modern world that reduces our quality of life. The infographic mentions, for instance, that 22% of worldwide energy use and 27% of carbon emissions are from transportation (the figures are even higher in the U.S.).

May 31st

Better Bicycle Funding an Economic No-Brainer

Even the most die-hard supporter of our current personal transportation infrastructure (essentially, roads and bridges designed for cars) will likely admit that bicycling (and walking) has some fundamental benefits: a very low environmental footprint, a lot of saved money for those using bikes for at least some of their transportation (though just how much savings is a matter of some debate), better health for riders, etc.