Daily Archives: September 21, 2011

**1/2 How Bad Are Bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee

How Bad Are Bananas? is a witty yet dead-serious encyclopedia of the carbon footprint of everything from bananas (not bad, as they are shipped by boat) to our beloved cell phones (one minute = one banana!), to the well-known heavy hitters of flying, and the less well-known horrors of volcanoes. Sounds like a pretty dreary enterprise? Not at all. The author packs a sense of humor and never shies from controversy (yes, plastic bags are much better than paper bags, at least if we focus on the carbon footprint) and I quickly became engrossed in reading the entries linearly.

Certified to enchant teenagers, to boot!

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