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Car-Charge Economics · The Wikipedia ar­ti­cle on Elec­tric Car Use by Coun­try is in­ter­est­ing. Below I ex­cerpt a graph (mis­spellings: theirs) of the lead­ing electric-car ju­ris­dic­tion­s: As I write, Nor­way lead­s, at over 20%, while the US av­er­age is 1.5%. (Visit the Wikipedia link for the lat­est when­ev­er you read this.) Let’s con­sid­er the busi­ness im­pli­ca­tion­s ...
How To Stop Kinder Morgan · Yes­ter­day, I was ar­rest­ed and charged with Civ­il Con­tempt for fail­ing to re­spect an in­junc­tion for­bid­ding protesters from com­ing with­in 5 me­ters of the prop­er­ty where Kin­der Mor­gan is try­ing to bring a pipeline for tar-sands bi­tu­men to the Paci­fic. Here­with a few words on why this kind of ac­tion might work and how to go about do­ing it. Wel­l, and I guess I should tack on a note about why the pipeline is a stupid idea and should be stopped, but I sus­pect most read­ers here are al­ready on-board with that ...
Springtime Tab Sweep — The World · The on­ly uni­fy­ing theme is that they’ve been build­ing up in the brows­er for month­s, and are gen­er­al­ly con­sis­tent with my world­view ...
Green Phone · I’ve no­ticed that hav­ing an An­droid in my pock­et makes me more like­ly to take pub­lic tran­sit around town as op­posed to driv­ing. Yeah, it takes a lit­tle longer, but it’s not down­time; I can be catch­ing up on email and ad­min work and so on. A huge amount of most people’s work­load is man­age­able giv­en any­thing with a de­cent email client and browser ...
Not Easy Being Green · I land­ed at SFO and, rolling in­to the Rent-a-car cen­ter af­ter the usu­al stu­pid­i­ty, saw this big green sign: “Rent a hy­brid and get $15 off!” Since Avis more of­ten than not foists an over­sized mis­shapen thirst-crazed Detroit Mis­take on me, I thought it sound­ed good. So I bounced up to the counter and said “It says $15 less for a hy­brid, I’ll take one.” They looked sur­prised and, af­ter con­sult­ing their com­put­er­s, in­formed me that the hy­brid was a $30/­day up­grade, and the $15 a one-time re­bate for the whole rental of how­ev­er many days. Then they sent me on my way in an­oth­er pa­thet­ic SUV.
Candlelit Quiet · I mean Earth Hour. Lau­ren lit a bunch of can­dles and we just sat there en­joy­ing the si­lence. Wel­l, un­til I got out the cam­er­a ...
Green Biz · Wow, was my em­ploy­er ev­er busy while I was hid­ing in Saskatchewan. I think this whole Eco In­no­va­tion launch is maybe the most im­por­tant thing we’ve done since I joined in 2004. There are a whole lot of ar­rows point­ing the same di­rec­tion: The ris­ing, and gen­er­al­ly un­con­trol­lable, cost of en­er­gy. The space and HVAC con­straints in mod­ern da­ta cen­ter­s. The fu­ture of the plan­et. It’s not (quite) an emer­gen­cy yet, but there are plen­ty of en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic, and po­lit­i­cal sce­nar­ios that could land us in (not en­tire­ly fig­u­ra­tive) hot wa­ter pret­ty damn quick, alone or in com­bi­na­tion. I sus­pect the whole industry’s go­ing to be climb­ing in this band­wag­on; it would be ir­re­spon­si­ble not to.
Electricity · Two Carr-provoked posts in a row to­day; check out Avatars con­sume as much elec­tric­i­ty as Brazil­ians, and then the quan­ti­ta­tive com­ment from our own en­vi­rogu­ru Dave Dou­glas. Sup­pose you want­ed to know for sure how many watts your databox­es are suck­ing? Wel­l, our serv­er peo­ple have come up with a clever lit­tle mar­ket­ing gim­mick, the Try and Buy Pow­er Meter Pro­gram; pick up a T1000 or T2000 through T&B and they’ll send along an ac­tu­al pow­er me­ter. Kind of sym­bol­ic since they on­ly cost about $30, but stil­l, I bet this mo­ti­vates a few peo­ple to have a look who wouldn’t have, oth­er­wise; which has to be a good thing.
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Forest Practices From Above · Via Dave Shea, a vi­su­al les­son on mod­ern forestry. I’ve ac­tu­al­ly vis­it­ed a clear-cut or two, that’s some re­al ug­li­ness. You don’t have to be a fa­nat­i­cal green, here in BC, to start hav­ing a re­al at­ti­tude prob­lem about forestry com­pa­nies and their pet politi­cian­s. Kind of like the Ents’ at­ti­tude to­wards Saruman’s Orc­s. There has to be mid­dle ground; I like liv­ing in a wood­en house and read­ing words on pa­per. But look at those pic­tures; we can’t go on like this.
Hot · Anec­do­tal ev­i­dence usu­al­ly isn’t worth much at­ten­tion, but put enough of it to­geth­er and if it’s all point­ing the same way maybe there’s some sta­tis­ti­cal sig­nif­i­cance lurk­ing in there. Here­with some anec­do­tal ev­i­dence on glob­al warm­ing, with pic­tures ...
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