Chelsea Green Publishing

Our Electric Vehicle: Nothing But Good Things to Say

With all the negative articles that have found their way into the press recently, I thought I should tell our readers about our very positive experience with our zero emission Nissan Leaf. In a phrase, no problem. I'm sure the money behind the recent attacks on EVs has come from the petroleum industry. Their climate change denying spin doctors are very effective in getting negative stories published, but these stories are deceptive and wrong. Before we bought our Nissan Leaf, we were driving an old Mercedes TDI converted to burn veggie oil. That worked fine, but it was smelly, and the car was -- well -- old. With solar panels installed on our roof, we were just biding our time until reliable EVs came back on the market. It ended up a toss up between the Leaf and the Chevy Volt, but we went for the Leaf because we don't need the back-up gas engine. Neither my wife nor I dive more than 70 miles in a day, so the Leaf's range is perfect. For longer trips, we have a Jetta Sportwage
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Why Won’t GOP Candidates Talk About China?

In the run up to the Republican Convention, we’ve heard everything and nothing. We’ve heard Newt, Mitt and Ron go on about issues that have little if any impact on jobs and national security, but not a single word about the real reason we have massive and permanent unemployment. We’ve heard very little about the […]
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Whales: What Happens To Japan’s Scientific Harvest?

Least anyone has any doubts, Japan’s whale hunt is meant for the dinner table, not the microscope. I’m in Tokyo this week where a colleague pointed out a slick, high-end restaurant in the heart of busy Shibuya that specializes in whale meat. The marquee translates as “The Original Whale Meat Restaurant” and features many classic […]
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Toyota’s Green Goodwill Will Save Its Reputation

The world's media engines are in high gear as they go after Toyota for the current spate of accelerator and braking issues. That's to be expected when you are now the world's leading maker of automobiles with an almost mythic reputation for quality. You become a target.
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Big Little Green Idea

I believe we can make a very large impact on our environmental footprint by simply adopting some low cost, common sense changes to our lifestyle. Here's one of those ideas courtesy of my wife's pestering.
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Photo Essay: The Japanese Eco-Onsen

I came over to Japan this week for a quick trip to strategize with my partner and his team for this coming year’s work. He booked an onsen retreat about three hours north of Tokyo way up in the mountains. An onsen is a natural hot springs resort. The surprise is that they picked one […]
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There’s No Health Care Crisis In Japan, So Why Is There One Here?

I’m sitting in my Tokyo hotel room, studying the conflict over US health care reform from a comfortable distance. Here in Japan, they don’t understand our problem. Here in Japan, there is no health care crisis – even with a rapidly aging population. No one goes bankrupt over medical bills. No one is denied medical […]
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Don’t Talk About Green

Don’t talk about green.And while we’re at it, let’s not talk about climate change, environmentalism or being socially responsible. Instead, let’s talk about efficiency and reflecting the true cost of our lifestyle choices in our product prices. This is the surest way to move our society toward a sustainable future.We are approaching the eye of […]
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Sustainable Africa

I’m flying back from Nairobi. I had the privilege of making a presentation to a group of African sustainable business leaders. There was a passion in this small, but engaged meeting, a passion that makes one think of a positive future, rather than obsessing about AIDS, poverty, war and corruption, which are the overwhelming images […]
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Is Japan Catching The Green Wave?

I’m in Tokyo this week having given a presentation on my newly published book, The Gort Cloud. As presentation’s title is “Building Brands For The Age of Sustainability”, I decided to do a quick audit to see if Japanese business is catching the green wave. The first indication is on TV. NHK, the national broadcaster […]
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The Green Diaper Boom

Business may not be so great these days, but the growing awareness of environmental and social issues is creating opportunities for ecopreneurs and their new products and services. In many cases, new green brands are entering and competing in markets that have been dominated by large multi-nationals for decades. This is made possible by the […]
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