Monthly Archives: December 2010

Gas Holes

An AP report this week announces that gasoline consumption in America “is at the start of a long-term decline.” The premises in the article, by Jonathan Fraley (identified as “AP Energy Writer”), appear sound, and Fraley even quotes esteemed historian … Continue reading

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Life on Earth vs. Sparkly Dishes

 While our culture tends to place too much emphasis on individual initiative in the face of society-wide (and even global problems), some things just get to you.  Heard a report on NPR last week that started by describing a mysterious … Continue reading

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Unintended (But Predictable) Consequences

Here’s a recent BBC report on a disturbing and instructive phenomenon: Conservation measures in one country leading to environmental devastation in another: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11430622. Basically, it’s about black-market lumber from Nepal going to India. You have to read down a ways … Continue reading

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Carl Safina on ‘Sacrifice’

I just ran across this from Carl Safina, author of the book Song for the Blue Ocean and founding president of the Blue Ocean Institute. I saw him speak earlier this year here in Pittsburgh, where he emphasized the urgency … Continue reading

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