Posts Tagged ‘environment’
Earth Hour 2012–Fail

The criticisms of Earth Hour are quite scathing and I generally agree with many of them.  Still, might as well try to do something. Despite the slacktivistic nature of Earth Hour, choosing to observe it in a genuine fashion can be difficult within even the most progressive communities, and thus, damn near impossible in a […]

What I did on June 4th
What I did on June 4th

I actually have a white shirt and seriously considered putting it on this morning, not because of the significance, but because it is one of the only clean shirts I have at the moment.  I had halfway buttoned up before I realized that it was June 4th and it might not be a good idea […]

Underground City
Underground City

I picked up a copy of Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us from Indigo’s books under $10 table.  I’m not sure what a book has to do to be heaved onto the $10 table…perhaps this is where former “International Bestsellers” go to spend their twilight years…next to the the Chicken Soup for the Atheist books.  […]

Manufactured Landscapes II and the Nail House
Manufactured Landscapes II and the Nail House

Edward Burtynsky (Manufactured Landscapes) was at Queen’s this evening and presented a number of his photos and discussed his goals in seeking out and visually documenting the world’s industrial landscapes.  Unlike his documentary, he presentation didn’t focus on China and including more recent work in the Alberta Tar Sands…he also spoke quite a bit more […]

Irkutsk July 25-28th 2008

An example of poor weather karma is excellent conditions while traveling on the rails but consistently wet conditions while on stopovers.  Such is the case in Irkutsk, 70km from the shores of Baikal.  I caught an early morning glimpse of the lake as the train raced by on the 25th and it is simply massive […]

Rising petrol prices and the consumer response

I pulled this off the Planetizen blog (Click to enlarge). So where are you? One gallon is approximately 2.78 liters. My bike is really cool. …actually, I don’t have a bike…but I would say that if I did.

Running climate models from home

My latest geeky addition to my already over-worked and desperately-waiting-retirement computer. Pretty sleek, huh? Back when I was doing my undergrad the hip thing circulating geek-dom was participating in distributed computer networks with the most popular one being SETI@home. Basically the network required one to download a small program which would then analyze small packets […]

Plastic Bags

On June 1st, thin plastic bags (with a thickness of less that .025mm) were banned in China and bag-charging has been implemented for all PVC bags. Prices appear to range from .3 to 1RMB per bag, depending on the size. I was aware of this ban last week but I was curious about how it […]

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