Archive for November 2009

An interesting article in Forbes explains how a well-known Stanford biochemist, Patrick O. Brown, is moving from genetics research to helping change farming and food consumption patterns. Brown’s reasoning stems from the fact that livestock practices result in so much methane and nitrous oxide, which trap heat far more efficiently than does carbon dioxide (mechanisms […]

It’s interesting to compare artistic, albeit cynical, sentiments of results of civilization shown in the works of Thomas Cole and, more recently, R. Crumb. Cole did a series of five paintings, The Course of Empire, 1833-36. Oil on canvas, The New-York Historical Society, as detailed at, here.  Cole is quoted as having written in […]

I want to get back to the big deal some people are making about the pilfered climate change emails (discussed previously here). There’s a lot of cherry-picking going on, to the detriment of the full truth. Here’s an example (pulling from the compendium of “alleged” stolen emails here). Many are quoting the statement by one […]

It’s Buy Nothing Day (aka Black Friday), as described here by Adbusters: We’re asking tens of millions of people around the world to bring the capitalist consumption machine to a grinding – if only momentary – halt. We want you to not only stop buying for 24 hours, but to shut off your lights, televisions […]

The Detroit News has the sad facts here.  Detroit is still behind on mileage.  As they point out

There’s a new study out of Oregon called ““Life Cycle Assessment of Drinking Water Delivery Systems: Bottled Water, Tap Water and Home/Office Delivery Water.”  We’ll have more on the results soon. It’s plainly in the title, but I confess to having trouble when first I went to the Executive Summary (here), which does not have […]

One problematic event in the timeline of the PCB debacle on the Hudson, discussed yesterday here, was the removal in 1973 of the Fort Edward Dam, a hydroelectric dam about 50 miles north of Albany. This dam was downstream from much of General Electric’s PCB discharges at Fort Edward and Hudson Falls, NY, and a […]

Harper’s has a new article on that old, pesky-for-General Electric, case of their having pumped PCBs in to the Hudson River for many years, entitled The General Electric Superfraud:  Why the Hudson River will never run clean (December 2009). has a basic summary (here) of what transpired:

Along the East Cost, including Environment Memo’s HQ state of North Carolina, there’s a big need to rebuild the oyster beds. One way to do that is detailed here by the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, which states North Carolina is launching an innovative recycling program to collect oyster shells from individuals and businesses and […]