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the intricacies of eco-accounting

Posted Jul 28 2008 8:14pm
oh, my poor neglected's been keeping me way too busy...

but i came across this article today and had to post. it's good to be aware of how much pollution we are causing and try to reign it in, right? but when the calculations are parsed ad infinitum (i had to look that up) it becomes discouraging and counterproductive. witness today'snew york times:

"If you walk 1.5 miles, Mr. Goodall calculates, and replace those calories by drinking about a cup of milk, the greenhouse emissions connected with that milk (like methane from the dairy farm and carbon dioxide from the delivery truck) are just about equal to the emissions from a typical car making the same trip. And if there were two of you making the trip, then the car would definitely be the more planet-friendly way to go.

These results would vary, of course, depending on exactly what kind of car you’re using and what kind of food you eat (or, if you’re going by pedicab, what kind of food your cabbie eats)."

analyzing every potentially pollution-causing decision i have to make in a day like this would cause my head to explode. i'm sticking with the imperfect but livable strategy of prioritizing where i can have the most impact, conserving when possible, using common sense, and not sweating the small stuff.
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