Archive for March 2009

Investing in nuclear power is a bad move because it is very likely that there will be another bad accident along the lines of Three Mile Island or Chernobyl. After the next one, there will be another public outcry, likely to result in closure of plants, or at the least resulting in plants under construction […]

Upon rooting around, I found a really nice animation that explains how carbon dioxide absorbs and then re-emits radiation, thus warming the planet. Basic understanding of what they nicely explain on this site is very important to any discussion of climate change.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a story on the upswing in nuclear power that could occur in the US in coming years.  This article and others are coming up because March 28th is the 30th anniversary of the incident at Three Mile Island, when a nuclear facility was lost, shall we say, extremely quickly. Is it […]

Boxed Water claims the product is good for the environment because they use recyclable materials.  The boxes resemble milk cartons, and another claim is the empty boxes take up less space than plastic or glass bottles because the boxes can be flattened, reducing shipping costs.  The product has been getting some criticism, in part because the […]

In case you haven’t heard, the World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions. In the US, this hour of darkness […]

The Tesla Motors Model S Sedan is taking shape, and they are in the throws of trying to get a federal infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars to help get them going. While this is a cool car, at Environment Memo we do not think that the future at all lies with automobiles.  As I […]

Following up on plants that tweet when they need watering, the device is supposed to send out a tweet as a result of over-watering, as well! Over-watering is the second most common reason why house plants do not survive, after under-watering. Once soil is saturated (that is, there are no more air spaces available for […]

There’s a really cool idea from an outfit called Botanicalls, which is selling a little kit that senses soil moisture in a flower pot or planter, and then goes out on the internet to tell the owner (via a tweet) when watering is needed.  It’s available here for about $100. This device is somewhat expensive […]

There are other reasons to consider dual water distribution systems, beyond the idea from the previous post that such systems conserve the best sources of fresh water for potable use. There can be substantial deterioration of water quality as it travels, sometimes for days, from the point of production to the point of use. The […]