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Literature Spotlight - The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse

Local organic farming bad for the environment? Traffic congestion good for it? New York City the greenest city in the US? David Owen brings a unique perspective to the environmental conversation in his authored work entitled The Conundrum

Increased efficiency is often considered as having a positive impact on the environment; I mean, who can argue that a hybrid Toyota Prius is worse for the environment than a Ford F150? Based on the premise that increased efficiency leads to increased consumption, Owen makes that very argument and challenges the reader to think beyond the short term benefits of efforts to be more efficient and look at the big picture of long-term consequences our decisions have. 

If you are someone who has taken steps if your life to be more environmentally conscious, this is an excellent read to see if your good intentioned lifestyle changes are in fact having the desired outcome you hope they do.