Category Archives: Nature
People widely expect technology to solve our environmental problems. What technology? They don’t know. Something someone will invent in the future. What about the pattern that technology has driven consumption of fossil fuels and plastic, accelerated using up resources, and created pollution such as plastic, carcinogens, and so on? But but but they make things more efficient. They do for a while, but the trend is toward accelerating the system[…] Keep reading →
Here’s what I mean by yummy: Here’s what I mean by delicious (a delivery from my CSA): What’s the difference? “Yummy” food tends to have qualities such as: Little fiber Fried Sugar, fat, and salt provide the dominant flavors and textures Little raw ingredients Mostly yellow, orange, or brown Other colors often come from food coloring and don’t represent the raw foods Sauces Packaged Corporate processing Many ingredients “Delicious” food[…] Keep reading →
This morning I volunteered to pick up trash along the Hudson River. The experience included baby geese, a crab, lots of plastic and waste, and people not connecting their behavior with all this garbage.
How Much Should a Plastic Bag Cost? Why do some places still allow them to cost zero? It’s hard to avoid plastic bags. Partly it’s hard because they are everywhere. It’s harder because in most places they’re free, with no external incentive to avoid using them. Many of us bring bags to stores with us. Those of us with unconscious competence at it can’t believe people use as much plastic[…] Keep reading →
In my third year of avoiding flying, not one person I’ve shared the idea with has communicated to me that they’d consider even delaying one flight. I’ve met a few other people not flying too. Everyone knows that flying pollutes. People also want to sleep at night, which polluting makes difficult. I’ve heard everyone explain to me why their flying doesn’t pollute, most often that the plane was going to[…] Keep reading →
“We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention” threatens the headline of an article about a social scientist. There are plenty of similar articles about plenty of similar people. The article recounts Hillman predicting many problems and suggesting solutions, but not getting them implemented. If we want to solve environmental problems we have to separate science and engineering from leadership. Scientists’ and engineers’ training[…] Keep reading →
I had to share a few points I made on a thread commenting on China moving faster than the U.S. on the environment. Someone wrote: “It’s a strange shift in affairs that China appears to have the greatest incentives (urban pollution, petroleum imports) today to advance clean transportation and energy while the US has stalled or moved backward, at least the Federal level.” I responded: “> the US has stalled[…] Keep reading →