Archive for March 2010

Climate Progress does a real good job of addressing the latest NY Times news about Calera, the firm touting a process to sequester carbon dioxide in cement. A bit of research reveals that Calera received about $1.4 of federal stimulus money from the Department of Energy (link to spreadsheet here), helping buttress the point that […]

Today (March 22) is World Water Day. One way to commemorate it is to get in line to set a new Guinnness Book of World Records record of people waiting on line to use the toilet (currently reported to be at 860 people).

Treehugger seems quite enthusiastic for better electric cars, stemming from better batteries. What we need is fewer cars, of all types, and better land use planning tied to effective public transportation networks. Still, we do need better storage so that solar and wind can replace fossil fuels (including the much vaunted gas) as soon as […]

EWG ranks fruits and vegetables for pesticide content.

The aforementioned editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer on hydrofracking mentions that An EPA study in 2004 deemed the process safe … But this is not true. One reason why the  EPA concluded the practice could be done safely was that individual states would be monitoring the process using the Underground Injection Control provisions of the […]

The Philadelphia Inquirer has an editorial on the “Risks of Hydrofracking.” They point out some important factors, including the fact that drillers are not being forthcoming about what they are injecting into the subsurface. But this information may be easier to get than people often allow. As I’ve noted previously, if these compounds are discharged […]

Miticides are pesticides that kill mites, and it seems they can get to pretty high levels in bee pollen.

Which came first, the boatloads of people, or the water, to Southern California? There’s a good piece on the water crisis in California in the National Geographic. One key factor jumps out: Fully 70 percent of residential water in southern California is used outside the home for lawns, pools, and other niceties.

Books just don’t work very well to create outrage anymore. There are other, better ways today, using the new media: posting pictures, using YouTube, etc. Upton Sinclair’s landmark 1906 book, The Jungle, came out before mass media, and when people actually had some time to read. And the abuses he noted were dramatic, such as […]