- Being “Used To” Our Lifestyle Makes Change Seem Difficult – The range of lifestyles which people have been able to become accustomed to and enjoy throughout history and spread out over the globe, is immense. Some of them are sustainable; ours is not. The willingness to experiment and accept change, to be flexible at a societal level, is of paramount importance today, and has in the past meant the difference between survival and obliteration for countless other civilizations, as detailed in Jarod Diamond's book "Collapse". But change is hard, whether you drive an SUV and have managed to shave your lifestyle requirements down to 8 earths from 10, or whether you're the child of a prostitute in Calcutta. We are creatures of habit, quite literally. (tagged: sustainability film energy green stuff money )
- The Need for Geoengineering – A WSJ op-ed advocating near term geoengineering, of the stratospheric sulfate aerosol variety. It would be fast acting, relatively easy to reverse, and of the options on the table today, is the least mysterious, since it's not so different from the effects of a large (historically speaking) volcanic eruption like Mt. Pinatubo. The author cautions that even at best, all this would do is give us time: we still need to get the atmosphere back to ~350ppm. What a fascinating modern age it is we live in! (tagged: climate technology geoengineering )
- Early Reviews of NYC’s New High Line Park – A round up of several reviews of the High Line Park, which has just opened in NYC. (tagged: architecture urban design landscape garden parks nyc )
- The High Line – An abandoned elevated freight rail line in Manhattan is reborn as a long linear park three stories above the streetscape. I love how the design incorporates the rails and the overgrown feeling that the old line had developed on its own. This and the closure of Broadway at Times Square makes me want to visit New York. Inspiring to see that this kind of change is possible. (tagged: urban design architecture green garden parks nyc )
- Pedalpalooza 2009 – Wow, a two week long bicycle festival in Portland, spanning the summer solstice? Sounds like a wonderful way to start a bike tour! Hopefully it will still be going on next summer. (tagged: bicycle transportation oregon portland festival activism )
- Dennis Threndyle on Shades of Green
- Bill Streifer on Nuclear Energy by David Bodansky
- katmainomad on Shades of Green
- Another City is Possible: Cars and Climate | Flat Iron Bike on Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air by David MacKay
- Another City is Possible: Cars and Climate | Flat Iron Bike on When do fuel costs actually matter?
- High Plains Aquifer Dwindles
The fossil waters underlying the Great Plains, left over from the Pleistocene, are giving out. We done sucked 'em dry. Any hydrologist could have told you it was in the works. We'll see the end of fossil ground water pumping in the 21st century, whether we like it or not.
- Communicating sustainability: lessons from public health
Some lessons from public health for sustainability and climate campaigners. Our choices are largely not our own -- context and norms are far more powerful forces for behavioral change than abstract attitudes. Most people just stick with the default settings. We need to change the default settings.
- Every drone strike in Pakistan visualised
A simple but effective visualization of all the drone strikes in Pakistan, from 2004 to the present. 3100+ people dead, 1.5% of them "high value" targets. More than 75% alleged combatants (males of plausibly military age... 14+ years old) or "other". 5% children. 17% "civilians".
- The Water Footprint of Crops
A fairly exhaustive accounting of the water embodied in various crop products in a 2011 paper by Mekonnen and Hoekstra. For each kg of rice, 14,000 liters of water. For each kg of beans, 5000 liters of water. Wow.
- The NYT on Green Muni Utility Efforts
A piece largely referencing Boulder, talking about cities trying to wrest control of their electricity systems from major utilities. At this point I think I'll probably find any media coverage of this process hopelessly one dimensional, but still, it's nice to know they care.
- High Plains Aquifer Dwindles