Tag Archive for 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…

Carbon Footprints: Tesla vs. Civic

That’s a provocative title. Worth a read. Tesla’s Carbon Footprint Is No Better Than A Honda Civic’s – Yahoo! News: The beautiful Tesla Model S electric sports sedan has been an object of desire, rapture and ignominy to driving enthusiasts, eco-champions and…

FEMA, Berkeley, and Non-Native Trees

This is one sordid tale. A few questions … [ And how does one get the title “activist?” Is that self-imposed? Bestowed by others or some kind of semi-official committee? Are there objective criteria? ] I see that the body of the…

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…

Is “Ocean Acidification” The New Climate Change?

Remember when we had acid rain, honeybee colony collapse disorder, mullets, holes in the ozone layer, Alar, mutated frogs, restless leg syndrome, and more recently, climate change (née global warming)? Well, lately I’ve been seeing references to “ocean acidification.” Seems popular. Ocean acidification…

Why The Rise In Autism and Food Allergies?

Matt Ridley‘s idea here is definitely provocative, but I can’t help think there might very well be something to it. Matt Ridley on ‘An Epidemic of Absence’ – WSJ.com: Your great-grandparents faced infectious diseases that hardly threaten you today: tuberculosis, polio,…

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…