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Why Europeans Are Kicking Our Butts When it Comes to Living Green

In Europe it is far easier to channel your good intentions into action. And you feel far worse if you don’t.

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I believe most people are pretty adaptable and that some of the necessary shifts in lifestyle are about changing habits, not giving up comfort or convenience. Though I initially railed about the hassle of living without a dryer or air conditioning in Rome, I now enjoy the ritual of putting laundry on the line, expect to sweat in summer, and look forward to the cool of autumn.

Elisabeth Rosenthal has covered international environmental issues for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune for the last three years, traveling extensively to report on environmental projects. Before that, she was a correspondent in the Times' Beijing bureau for six years. She has a MD from Harvard Medical School.

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