environment

That’s A Lot of Carbon

Submitted without comment. … Okay, one comment. Wouldn’t holding this conference over Skype instead of in-person have saved untold tons of greenhouse emissions and set a good example? Lima Climate Talks Set for Record Carbon Footprint – US News: “Hardly…

But It’s Natural!

Flesh-eating bacteria, hurricanes, halitosis, ebola, malaria, typhoid … all “natural” things. Soap, antibiotics, pasteurization, refrigeration, iPhones … all man-made things. RealClearScience – The Biggest Myth About Organic Farming: “The majority of Americans believe that organic foods are healthier than food…

You’re Just Moving It Outside

I’ve wondered about this for a long time. Air-conditioners don’t really make things cooler, I think they just pump the heat elsewhere, ideally, outside. That’s why you can’t have a standalone AC unit sitting in the middle of a room.…

This Trend Is Unsustainable

I’d add “artisanal” and “local” to the discussion. “Sustainable” is the New “Smurfy”: “Now, “sustainable” is the coolest, most meanlingless word in English.” And. Why The Word Sustainable is Becoming Unsustainable : TreeHugger “The word “sustainable” was a buzz word back in…

Bitcoin Mining As Eco-Peril

A little hyperbole in that post title, but what the heck. (pic via Wiki) Do you remember?: … global cooling, acid rain, Alar, ozone layer holes, mutating frogs, global warming, and now … bitcoins. [ If you’re curious, here’s how bitcoins…

How Is Your Eco Street-Cred?

I don’t even know what to say. Are Smart Gadgets Making Us Dumb? – WSJ.com: Meet BinCam: a “smart” trash bin that aims to revolutionize the recycling process. BinCam looks just like your average trash bin, but with a twist:…

Now Not Even Solar Power Makes Them Happy

They already despise nuclear power and natural gas which are much cleaner than than oil and coal. If I didn’t know better, it would be easy to believe that these people weren’t really “progressive” in any honest meaning of the…

Washing Machines for Me but Not for Thee

Wonderful TED video and points. Enjoy. Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine – Video on TED.com: What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from…

It’s Not A Delicate Balance

Another gem from Matt Ridley. Ecology and Change: Nature Has No ‘Balance’ for Us to Keep – Mind & Matter – WSJ.com: Academic ecologists have abandoned such a static way of thinking for something much more dynamic. For a start,…