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310: The Start and End of Any Serious Conversation on the Environment

on March 20, 2020 in Podcast

This episode puts together the most important and fundamental considerations about the environment: What works The basic cause contributing to all environmental problems Earth’s carrying capacity An attainable bright future A means to reach it that has worked on a smaller scale It feels to me like a solid TED talk. On Alan Weisman: 250: Why talk about birthrate and population so much? 248: Countdown, a book I recommend by[…] Keep reading →

303: The environmental results I predict versus what I work for

on March 10, 2020 in Podcast

People ask, “Josh, do you really think you can make a difference?” or comment that what I or anyone does won’t matter. In the first part of this episode I describe how I think our environmental future will unfold—the outcome I consider most likely. It’s not pretty. I foresee a lot of gloom and doom about nature, but however much problems in nature, I think human reactions will be more[…] Keep reading →

294: Population: How Much Is Too Much?

on February 24, 2020 in Podcast

What is Earth’s carrying capacity? Why is it important? Many ask how we will feed 10 billion people. Mathematician way of asking is if we can feed so many and if so how. Maybe we can’t. First, don’t want to know. While it depends on many assumptions that aren’t hard or measurable numbers, like standard of living, distribution of resources, and technology, we can say it’s maximum misery per person.[…] Keep reading →

294: Population: How Much Is Too Much?

on February 24, 2020 in Podcast

My notes I read from for this podcast: What is Earth’s carrying capacity? Why is it important? Many ask how we will feed 10 billion people. Mathematician way of asking is if we can feed so many and if so how. Maybe we can’t. First, don’t want to know. While it depends on many assumptions that aren’t hard or measurable numbers, like standard of living, distribution of resources, and technology,[…] Keep reading →

My electric bill after a month with the fridge off

on February 9, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Exercises, Nature, Visualization

A little over a month ago, I wrote in How long can I keep my fridge unplugged? how learning about fermentation and uses of electric power led me to see how long I could last in the winter with my refrigerator unplugged. Deciding to start First, I want to reiterate my process to decide to start the challenge. First the idea to try it came. Then I wondered if it[…] Keep reading →

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