Archive for the “Environmental concepts” Category

UNESCO is releasing a 600 page report, which, as they say is to highlight the need to draw on the social sciences to bring about the economic and behavioural changes required to achieve sustainability. These concepts clearly are important. For example, there’s the need for changing the way we develop and expand our population centers […]

There’s been a fair amount of media buzz lately about activist/journalist Naomi Klein. This led me to check out her views and methods. Here’s an interview with Klein by Bill Moyers (actually, it’s the first half of the one-hour show), which helps understand where she and her compatriots are coming from. One of the things […]

Huffpost reports that Procter and Gamble will be phasing out microbeads, tiny plastic balls used in products like facial scrubs, body washes and toothpastes. They scrub away dead skin, similar to using a sponge, and are designed to wash down the drain. They don’t biodegrade, they’re going to be taken up by fish and other […]

This is pretty cool. The experiment was set up in 1944, and finally we can see the drop fall  for the first time on camera.

Will people be abandoning Florida after recent tragic sinkhole events? I suppose there are a lot of news media types pointing out how it’s more likely you’ll be hit by lightning than getting swallowed by a sinkhole. The scientific story, from a great USGS article, for those who’ve missed, it is that

It’s an interconnected world. Lake Erie is getting hammered by phosphorus, leading to toxic algae so vast that in 2011 it covered a sixth of its waters, contributing to an expanding dead zone on its bottom, reducing fish populations, fouling beaches and crippling a tourism industry that generates more than $10 billion in revenue annually. […]

There’s a lot of buzz about Mark Lynas having done an about face on GMOs: In a January 2013 lecture to the Oxford Farming Conference, Lynas detailed his conversion from an organizer of the the anti-GMO food movement in Europe to becoming a supporter of the technology.

The round file is the trash can, and it’s hard to believe National Geographic would be touting this idea without providing some discussion of the inefficiency (read: waste) of wireless power transmission. As their article says, quoting the CEO of a firm selling this approach for charging electric cars: “The electric-car industry has figured out […]

Turns out that Newt Gingrich’s consulting firm was a hired consultant to a major ethanol lobbying group—at more than $300,000 a year. Well, he’s an expert, after all.