Category Culture

Good News: Cheap Solar!

Nanosolar Update – First Panels Now Shipping » Celsias via kwout Nanosolar is now shipping product which they claim as… @ the world’s first printed thin-film solar cell in a commercial panel product; @ the world’s first thin-film solar cell…

All a-Twitter

Okay, I’m seeing why I might want to go back and reconsider Twitter. I can envision several populations of “friends” I might want to become or stay connected to: A group of people who share my environmental/sustainability interests. A group…

This Is Your Brain: On the Web

brain: Definition, Synonyms and Much More from Answers.com via kwout Some, like Marshall Kirkpatric at ReadWriteWeb, believe it might not be long before Google (with ads support) will offer human brain chip interfaces to the web. All web, all the…

Global Dilemma: Eat or Drive?

Agriculture and all its related energy, water and soil uses has been at the forefront of causes of global warming (a future post to support that supposition.) Now, agriculture (and those it would ostensibly feed) faces serious present and especially…

So Where Is Your Pastel Leisure Suit?

I was working this morning on a piece for the first week of 2008–a year in which I will  celebrate the second anniversary of my 30th birthday. And so I looked back at 1978–the year I turned 30 and felt…

The Nature Gap

Don’t make it any wider this Christmas. Give children toys, not devices–things that encourage engagement with other children, their muscles, and nature. Is there a problem? Between 1997 and 2003, the proportion of children ages 9 to 12 who spent…

We (Still) Owe Our Souls…

…to the Company Store. Read Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Coal’s True Cost “Last evening’s GOP CNN/YouTube debate and the Democratic presidential debate on November 15 were jointly sponsored by a coal industry coalition (read this link!-ff) comprised of mining, railroad…

Living Naturally: Part One

We don’t, you know. Let’s set the arbitrary standard for natural: to eat, breathe, sleep and move in the ways our ancestors of hunter-gatherers did in 10,000 BC (which is not that many generations ago.) There were not a lot…

The Switch: Light, Coal, Water and You

Fact: Water is increasingly a limited and limiting necessity. Atlanta’s current predicament is a likely sample of conditions to come across the country and the world. SEE THE DROUGHT MAP (and thank God for today’s rain in the southeast!) Fact:…

WWJB?

We got the free samples on Friday and liked them so much, we participated–in BND. NOV 23 was Buy Nothing Day. No traffic snarls on Goose Creek. We saw two cars go past the house and got a truckload of…

Music Hath Charms

Oliver Sacks is going blind. And he’s writing a book about music. If you don’t know him, you might want to. As a writer, Sack’s work and method is a model to aspire to. His is one of those rare…

It’s the Economy, Stupid

Well, it’s the Merely Human Short Vision Personal Gain Economy–the kind that wins for the shareholders while the huddled masses and voiceless forest, desert or dunes takes it on the chin. Will we ever factor into that misguided term the…

Consumed: America’s Insatiable Appetites

Listen live, download to your iPod or read this Marketplace series on America’s (and now the rest of the world’s) gluttony for STUFF. I especially appreciated Jared Diamond’s interview in Part 3, and he’s right. The war has to be…