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The Greenest of Wash

Here at Guilty Planet, every day is Earth Day. So on Earth Day, I thought it might be fun to check out a few self-proclaimed eco-friendly products (the Rainforest Action Network also has a take on corporate Earth Day sponsorship). How about HINT water. I think I’ve seen it sold in Starbucks. Here’s a letter…

Sometimes, something makes you stop and give pause to modernity. Or humanity. Or both. I have had a few such moments lately, like when I saw one of these Mobile Gyms in Vancouver for the first time the other day. Talk about a band-aid on a bullet wound: And then I came across a book…

You know it’s been a while when you’ve forgotten your log in information for your blog. My habitual apologies for the long silence. A lot has happened lately so let’s get to it: –CITES a Bust for Marine Life (Mar. 25): At the CITES meetings held in late March in Doha, there were winners and…

The UN has rejected the proposal that Atlantic bluefin tuna be listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, which is currently in session. CITES regulates the international trade of threatened species. All imports, exports and re-exports of species included in CITES must be authorized by a licensing system that is…

Bluewashing, a phenomenon I first described in this article about Al Gore getting hammered for eating sea bass, has made it in Schott’s Vocab at the New York Times. The confusion involved in seafood consumer campaigns was also recently highlighted by Marc — Mental Masala at The Ethicurean and also by Frank Nelson at Miller-McCune.…

In addition to their notorious beauty, there could be another reason to mail-order a Russian bride. In a study that compared donations to a public goods game by Russian and Italian men and women, Russian females were constantly and, more interesting, increasingly cooperative. The experiment involved 12 Russians and 12 Italians, made up equally of…

So much of what the scientists do is less relevant than it could be. This was the motivation behind the theme at the 2010 AAAS annual meeting, Bridging Science and Society. Our panel discussed non-regulatory means of enhancing cooperation – namely through reputation and shame. Ralf Sommerfeld, a recent graduate who worked with the Max…

The jellyfish burger digital artist Dave Beck and I created has won an honorable mention award in the illustration section the National Science Foundation Visualization Challenge and was also featured in the New York Times. Watch for the rubbery future of seafood coming to this week’s issue of Science, too. And be sure to check…

Fish2Fork

Vertical agitation meets shame in Fish2Fork, a new seafood conservation effort led by Charles Clover (author of End of the Line), which seeks to highlight which restaurants are best and worst when it comes to the seafood they sell. The focus on restaurants is a great move and I particularly like how Fish2Fork highlights the…

Vertical Agitation in Action

To make a real difference, we’re going to have to change patterns of consumption at levels higher than just households. This vertical agitation can take lots of different forms, but I want to highlight some of the great work being done academically and on the ground. Last year, an article in the International Zoo Yearbook…