Category: sustainability

Survival Panic, European Protests, Wires, Dirtbags, and Sustainability

Here are the things that caught my eye this morning: Economic Crash Freaks People Out Besides an increase in shoplifting, psychologists said retailers need to be prepared for more instances of violent behavior like that seen at a Wal-Mart store in Long Island, New York the day after Thanksgiving....

Unsustainable Energy Trends

Pretty interesting article. Unsustainable Energy Trends By Byron King I’ve been getting a lot of calls and e-mails from people asking about the falling prices for oil in recent weeks. The immediate explanation is that world economic activity is decelerating. Demand is falling. OPEC announced cuts in output. But...

An Open Letter to the Next Farmer in Chief

Michael Pollan on why the next President needs to pay attention to food…. It may surprise you to learn that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food. Food policy is not something American...

Renewable trees and rational thought.

Can Electricity From Trees Power Gadgets? A new sensor system is under development that runs on electricity generated by ordinary trees! Apparently trees are capable of self-sustaining a reliable source of electricity. While a tree may not seem like much of a powerhouse, the “trickle charge” can add up,...

Hawaii finally catching on to the recycling game

This is embarrassing, but the state of Hawaii is only now expanding their “pilot” recycling project at two locations to include more neighborhoods (like mine). The blue cans rolled out today on moving trucks, with a staging area taking up an entire side street. It is about time, given...

Trash is cash and other stories of not wasting.

Think space exploration isn’t worthwhile? Wondering what we will use for energy when the oil is all gone? Are you disgusted by all the garbage our society produces? Check out this juxtaposition of the three seemingly unrelated ideas… Calgary-based AlterNRG’s plasma gasification technology uses a process developed for NASA...

15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessna on the way to Hawaii

JUNK, a project of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, is a raft now on its way to Hawaii and constructed of 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessna 310. Its mission is to raise awareness about plastic fouling our oceans. They’ve just hit the halfway point in the voyage. Check...

MIT tackles urban gridlock with foldable car idea

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Wouldn’t it be nice to drive a car into town without worrying about finding a parking space? Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised just such a vehicle, a futuristic “City Car” that could even drive itself. Once at your destination, the vehicle’s...

Gaza situation worst since 1967

Are we actually so fucking stupid that we think letting situations like this continue to get worse and worse isn’t going to make the entire world more insecure? Here is a newsflash for those who haven’t figured it out yet…if we didn’t let situations like this fester, we wouldn’t...