It is spring again and the problems with wind on recycling days becomes more and more obvious as the snow recedes. Here is a piece I wrote back in 2012 that discusses my exasperation with the wind-blown litter each recycling day. Source: What’s with the wind every recycling day! Advertisements
Originally posted on Gourken's Brain Dump (more of a trickle actually):
Canada is about to turn 150. Imagine that! I am old enough to remember the excitement and anticipation of Canada’s 100th birthday. Bobby Gimby, the Pied Piper of Canada, penned the wonderful anthem for our 100th birthday “Canada“. They designed an amazing symbolic…
Benjamin Mathes describes how he listens to people he disagrees with and everybody wins.
I have used Quicken (by Intuit) since the mid ’90s. I have purchased a new version each year as a new one became available (usually when I bought my tax software from them) so that I would always be up-to-date. Generally, I have been pleased with the software but over the years the service has varied from OK to […]
Software companies are failing to adequately support their products
Note: this is a repost from my Facebook timeline Be careful to always get a quote from UPS Stores before you allow them to do any work for you! Have you ever felt ripped off by a company? Well, today I feel really ripped off by UPS. To be perfectly honest, it is partially my […]
Originally posted on Environmental A World For All:
In case you don’t know California has Prop 37 on the ballot in this upcoming election. Prop 37 will: Require labeling on raw or processed food offered to consumers if it is genetically modified or uses genetically modified food Prohibits labeling of food that is genetically modified…
Unfortunately, this government and many previous governments have spent years successfully vilifying the public service so I am afraid that a large minority of public opinion will side with Clement on this. He has successfully driven a wedge between public servants that I know to be motivated by public interest and some members of the […]
Originally posted on jpratt27:
What better day to step back and take stock of the planet than Earth Day? Started in 1970 to raise awareness in the U.S. about the environmental state of the planet,?Earth Day?is now celebrated in more than 190 countries and has led to the creation of legislation in the U.S. aimed…
Let’s all do something special to celebrate this wonderful country! You better get started now if you want to be ready. How many days until 1st July 2017?.
The same old energy mix — The Japan Times editorial. I follow the folks that write Japan Safety: Nuclear Energy Updates and they just posted an article from the Japan Times where they look at the current government’s plans for energy sustainability over the next few decades. The picture is disturbing in light of the […]
Canada is about to turn 150. Imagine that! I am old enough to remember the excitement and anticipation of Canada’s 100th birthday. Bobby Gimby, the Pied Piper of Canada, penned the wonderful anthem for our 100th birthday “Canada“. They designed an amazing symbolic maple leaf as a logo that taught me more about geometry than […]
Sweden has shown a longstanding commitment to the environment, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and nitrogen leaching. Renewables supply more than a third of its energy needs. Sweden has set itself tough targets for the future, however, and must continue to innovate if it is to meet them, according to a new OECD…
I always look at MIT’s stuff whenever the world gets me down and I feel like giving up. There is so much innovation and enthusiasm there that my hope gets restored. Thanks MIT! New green energy course inspires high school seniors from across the country.
Originally posted on Open Matters:
The working cycle of a solar thermal fuel, using azobenzene as an example. (Courtesy of Jeff Grossman.) A molecular approach to solar power Switchable material could harness the power of the sun — even when it’s not shining. David L. Chandler | MIT News Office April 13, 2014 It’s an…
Originally posted on jpratt27:
The Australian Academy of Science says man-made climate change is real and the consequences will be dire if no action is taken to address it. The academy, in an update to its science of climate change booklet produced in 2010, says its authoritative account of the science behind global warming will…
https://www.priv.gc.ca/media/nr-c/2014/nr-c_140821_e.asp In an update to a previous post, as of last summer, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada was still working on the 168 complaints received about Bell Canada for its data collection and use policy. Stay tuned, it will be interesting to see what they finally come up with.
Letter from Elizabeth May in response to Democracy Watch letter on Strengthening Parliamentary Institutions
Here is an e-mail I sent to the “ask-us” link from the JD Power web site about their survey methodology for “New-Home Builder’s Customer Satisfaction Survey”. I haven’t heard anything back from JDPA, but I will update this post if I do. Be careful how you interpret the results of this survey as it is […]
“In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it’s fair to say that an American’s experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have.” TED.com Another great TED Talk by Michael Sandel that highlights once again that thinking in the […]
I am always amazed at how imaginative people can be. The TED.com blog is full of stories and videos of interesting people with amazing things to say; and so are universities. You will find a number of entries on my blog site that are based on something amazing that has been developed for the third […]
TED talk on effects of wealth on personality This excellent TED talk describes how wealth can change the way we look at the world. The first few minutes are devoted to the type of tests that the researchers used to tease out the differences in perception between rich and poor but the real meat was […]
One of my colleagues at work sent me this list of ten interesting environmentally-related web-pages. He recommended them to me and suggested I take a look at them. You may wish to take a look at them too. Thanks Phil!
Marine Conservation Institute is a leader in the global movement to protect and recover the integrity of vast ocean areas.
We use the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world, and then advocate for their protection, for us and future generations.
For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature.
The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature Continue reading “Some links to interesting environmental sites”
One of my colleagues showed me this site today and it looks really good. This is a link to their blog page. This group has some pretty high priced help on their roster. From Harrison Ford to Hillary Clinton, they seem to have the bases covered. One of the environmental movement needs more of is […]
rabble.ca has published this very short, interesting article by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union president, Dave Coles. In the article he tells of how Canadian companies extractive practices in Columbia trample on the rights of indigenous peoples and give Canada a bad name abroad. It is entitled “Not in our name…A Canadian energy giant […]
I often hear pundits decrying the aggressiveness of drivers. It is hard to disagree with the premise that aggressive driving is bad, but the picture isn’t as simple as the pundits would have you believe.
For one thing, not all aggressive driving is “actively aggressive”. The pundits rarely discuss the passively aggressive drivers, like the folks that drive in passing lanes. They also often fail to look for root causes for the driving aggression.
I have been thinking about this issue for a long time and think I have a few suggestions on how to reduce aggressive driving. My suggestions are in the form of tips and I have organized these suggestions around four possibly overlapping groups of people … 1) the aggressive drivers themselves, 2) traffic planners, 3) other drivers and 4) law makers. There probably isn’t much new here, and I hope it doesn’t appear to be condescending, but aggressive driving is an issue that has been bugging me for years so I wanted to add my two cents to the conversation. Continue reading “Aggressive Driving – Some observations from the peanut gallery”
Originally posted on TED Blog:
Photo: James Duncan Davidson Political philosopher Michael Sandel — the second “Michael from Harvard” this session — returns to TED in the last session of TEDGlobal, “All Together Now,” to address the marketization of our culture. These days there’s very little money can’t buy. If you ever wind up in…
Originally posted on TED Blog:
Photo: James Duncan Davidson When we talk about corruption, certain types of individuals come to mind, says Charmian Gooch, co-founder of watchdog NGO Global Witness. She gives some familiar examples of the type. There’s the (former) Soviet megalomaniac — such as Saparmurat Niyazov, the all-powerful leader of Turkmenistan, whose indulgences…
I just ran across a wonderful innovationthat seems to have been around for a few years but just now seems to be garnering widespread attention. The innovation seems to be the brainchild either the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or of Mr. Illac Diaz of the Philippines. It is as brilliant in its simplicity as it is as a light bulb. I am going to leave the description of the “bulbs” and how they are used to the foundation (and to two interesting YouTube videos (describing the why and how). One of the linked videos below describes this as an idea out of MIT and that makes sense because that institution seems to focus on a lot of simple projects to help the poor (see my earlier blog about solar powered water desalinators that were developed by MIT folks).
In another piece from MIT press, here is a story about how some MIT undergrads brought alternate energy education to schools in Ghana. Now if we could only get the education here in Canada… Undergrads bring energy education to Ghana.
I just ran across this interesting post about a small (1000 gallon per day) and smaller (80 gallon per day) solar-powered desalinization unit that could be deployed quickly and cheaply in disaster zones where potable water is hard to come by and electrical power even harder to come by. You can read more about it here: […]
This is a bit of a departure from my past two posts, but I just saw this film and wanted to share the experience…
Ever wondered what makes the planet tick? Ever wonder whether humanity is really having an effect on the planet and how it works? Do you have children or grand children? Want to see some amazing photography and hear some thoughtful commentary on these subjects? Got a spare 90 minute?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, treat yourself to a breathtaking, if at times depressing experience and watch the film “Home (the movie)“. Continue reading “What are we doing to the planet? Watch the film “Home” to find out!”