Here’s what’s hot and green online this afternoon:
- Green Cemeteries: The Wall Street Journal says green cemeteries “that eschew caskets and embalming” are growing more popular. “I get a lot of calls from people thinking it’s a groovy alternative to opening a bed-and-breakfast” says Green Burial Council director Joe Sehee. (Hat tip: Environmental Capital.)
- Cap Yes, Tax No: Gernot Wagner at Environmental Economics makes the case for cap-and-trade over a carbon tax — saying climate change won’t give us time to experiment with tax rates.
- No Such Thing: And John Whitehead says anytime anybody says green stimulus is a win-win — reach for your wallet.
- Blow Harder: Staples’ proposed 200-foot wind turbine that would have helped power its Massachusetts corporate headquarters is lacking one little thing: enough wind.
- Coffee, Tea of Offset? Carbon offsets are now available via kiosk for travelers at San Francisco International Airport. (Hat tip: Green Inc.)
- No Longer Big Brother? Joel Makower thinks IBM’s new ad campaign for a “Smarter Planet” has a chance to be a cut above most corporate greenwashing.
- Renew This: Germany has overtaken the United States as the most attractive after-market for investment in renewables, according to Red Green and Blue.
- How About A Giant Floating Vacuum? 54 percent of 80 climate researchers polled by the Independent say we should prepare geoengineering techno-fixes for climate change — like aerosol clouds. (Hat tip: Climate Feedback.)
- And a Child Will Lead Us. Do kids really need to get outside more? Andy Revkin says they’re already there — and doing wild stuff to save the planet.
- Big as Brazil: Mongabay offers a huge essay that asks: Can market measures save the Amazon?
- In His Father’s Footsteps: Richard Garriott, friend of The Nature Conservancy and son of astronaut Owen Garriott, makes Wired’s Top 10 list of things that were fired into space in 2008.
- Could it Get Any Greener? More rumors of a solar-powered Prius.
- Shades of George Costanza: No Impact Man reaches into the trash to reuse a thrown-away coffee cup…and says you should do the same.
(Image: Biodegradable cardboard casket. Image Source: KQED QUEST – Some rights reserved.)