Marc Gunther: What I'm Reading Now
We're introducing a new feature where board members share what they're reading right now. Keep an eye out for more from Marc Gunther and others, and let us know in the comments what you're reading as well.
The end of football? Why the NFL could lose its "license to operate." A fascinating story by the economist Tyler Cowen, about what the US would look like without football. The violence and injuries associated with the sport could mean the NFL loses its “license to operate.” What Would the End of Football Look Like, on Grantland.
Terrible: A lethal version of "the sharing economy" The sharing economy conserves resources and shifts people from ownership to usage models--but this story is all about sharing guns. In a Mailbox: A Shared Gun, Just for the Asking, on the New York Times.
Big news for the ocean: Safeway breaks new ground in sustainable tuna, on GreenPeace.
Petition claims Google associates with hate groups by sponsoring Conservative PAC event in DC. I was surprised to see Google as a sponsor of CPAC, not because of the conservative politics, but because some of the speakers are on the record as making anti-gay and bigoted remarks. Google, Don't Sponsor Bigotry, on Change.org.
That fishy smell: Is the Marine Stewardship Council too bureaucratic? Too lax? Both? Smart analysis from Brendan May, now a consultant, who formerly ran the Marine Stewardship Council. His writings this week deliver insight into its problems on his Mayday Blog.
Why shouldn't @BillGates back climate scientists who research #geoengineering? The Guardian sees a conspiracy in Bill Gates’ support for geoengineering research. I see a concerned billionaire putting his money to good use.
As ‘Yuck Factor’ Subsides, Treated Wastewater Flows From Taps, New York Times. Water is a scarce resource, so reuse will become increasingly important.
A Very Warm January, New York Times. Enough said.
Thinking fast and slow about climate. A terrific post by Dan Lashof of NRDC.
Bottled water named Fred is still bottled water. Dumb.
"By 2025, 35% of all cars sold will be electric" An optimistic forecast about electric cars. Electric Vehicle Market Forecast on TriplePundit.
Long, interesting story about Syngenta is investigating reporters and NGOs, Center for Media and Democracy. I’m not sure whether there’s anything wrong with companies analyzing the reporters who cover them, but this operation by Syngenta struck me as an over-reaction.
My "green" rabbi: Fred Scherlinder Dobb on climate, Judaism and a Biblical emissions mandate. I’d like to see more clergy talking about climate as a moral issue. 14 by 14, Huffington Post.
Big Oil, big profits, big subsidies, a report from Daniel Weiss at others at the Center for American Progress.
I was the the guest on Sea Change Radio, talking about "Walmart: Green or Greed?"
Nike will use recycled CO2 instead of water to dye textiles, a story by my friend Joel Makower at GreenBiz.com.
Toilet paper could wipe out tiger forests, says WWF, which joins a chorus of NGOs and companies that oppose the practices of giant Asia Pulp & Paper.
Google, Cisco lead new Greenpeace "Cool IT” climate rankings rankings.
Osha Davidson reviews the new affordable Toyota hybrid, The Prius C (C = city, compact, cleanenergy, and <gasp> comely). The Prius C: Not a Swan, Maybe, but a Damn Fine Duck, The Phoenix Sun.
Live better: Walmart announces "Great For You" icon to promote healthier foods
Oil, Food, Water: Is Everything Past Its Peak? Eric Roston, sustainability editor at Bloomberg, explains.
“The web is like polar ice caps: under severe, long-term attack by forces of our own creation." Very interesting story by John Battelle, sugesting that as we spend more time on Facebook instead of on the open web, the collective value of the Internet will decline. In a similar view, Facebook has negative externalities and Google positive ones, says The Atlantic’s James Fallows in a posting with useful links.
Shocker: The Sierra Club took millions from the natural gas industry, until Mike Brune put a stop to it. Bryan Walsh of Time broke this story.
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