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Email is evil* (because the cognitive tax it imposes is currently too high)
April 21, 2014, 9:23 am
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When possible, we should strive to not wasting resources, not physical resources and not mental resources

Shane O'Mara

fern fern (Photo credit: muhawi001)

Email has become dysfunctional as a communication tool. Another morning, and another 50 overnight emails, with another 100 or so to arrive during the day. And there’s nothing special about me in this regard. Email harvesting and sales of email distribution lists is big business these days. You hire a car, or search for a hire car, and lo and behold, a daily email from every hire car company. Search for tickets for an event, and emails every day from every which way you look. Search and buy supplies and consumables for your lab, and you are damned by intermediators sending you emails on junk you don’t use every day (no, I’m not a structural engineer. I don’t need a strain gauge for torsional load measurements on bridges, thanks.) And then the daily onslaught of eToCs, spamferencers, notifications that your papers have been cited…

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Go green for Earth Day!
April 22, 2011, 1:15 pm
Filed under: Forums, Green choise, project, Sustainable, website

The Earth Day Network is aiming for a billion pledges of green actions in the name of Earth Day. What will your pledge be? Always recycle your plastic bag? Exchange all light bulbs in your house with energy saving bulbs?

Publish your pledge of green on the Earth Day website, shout out your green ideas to the World!

Photo courtesy: japanese forms on Flickr images



The Story of Stuff
November 11, 2009, 10:46 am
Filed under: Book, consumer culture, stuff, Sustainable, video, website | Tags: ,
You buy stuff and you trash stuff - do you want to know the whole story?
Ever wonder what happens to all the stuff you buy?

Maybe you already know the story of the stuff that you buy: where you bought it, where it was produced, how it was produced, how the raw materials were obtained, etc.

You may also know part of the story of what happens to the stuff that you bought: what you do with it, what it does to you, when you trash it, where you trash it and how you trash it.

But did you ever see the greater picture? How it all fits into how our society works, and would you be so pleased with your stuff if you knew?

Annie Leonard has done an amazing job of raising awareness of the issues surrounding our consumer culture by publicising this 20min video featuring herself as the narrator of the “Story of Stuff”. Go watch, learn and share.



Project 10 to the 100th
September 29, 2009, 7:58 am
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The Google way of changing the World:
Project 10 to the 100th is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. By public vote, they will select which of 150.000 submitted project proposals will receive funding of $10 million.The proposals have been divided into the 16 “big ideas”:

  • Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures?
  • Opportunity: How can we help people better provide for themselves and their families?
  • Energy: How can we help move the world toward safe, clean, inexpensive energy?
  • Environment: How can we help promote a cleaner and more sustainable global ecosystem?
  • Health: How can we help individuals lead longer, healthier lives?
  • Education: How can we help more people get more access to better education?
  • Shelter: How can we help ensure that everyone has a safe place to live?
  • Everything else: Sometimes the best ideas don’t fit into any category at all.

And the Google criteria for selection will be:

  • Reach: How many people would this idea affect?
  • Depth: How deeply are people impacted? How urgent is the need?
  • Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two?
  • Efficiency: How simple and cost-effective is your idea?
  • Longevity: How long will the idea’s impact last?

Go vote now, for what you think will be the best project to change the World.



Go Green, Live Rich
April 9, 2008, 11:53 am
Filed under: Book, GreenMindFulness, Review, Sustainable | Tags: , , ,

Go Green, Live Rich

David Bach, who is known as a financial advisor and author of the very popular books “Automatic Millionaire” and “Start Late Finish Rich”, has gone green. His new book: “Go Green, Live Rich” gives advice on how you, by making green choices in your everyday life, actually accumulate huge savings on your budget. Putting it this way, there is no good reason not to start making developing your sustainable life style today.

Ideally, IMHO it should also be the path of politics in this area to make all sustainable choices the economically optimal choises. In that way the society as a whole would by the powers of the free market go towards a more sustainable choices for our environment.

Read a full review of “Go Green, Live Rich” on Treehugger.com

Get some of the green tips immediately from David Bach himself on Yahoo.com/finance



Eat CO2 and produce methane
March 3, 2008, 11:00 am
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Natural Gas Production by CountryThe objective for the genetically modified bacteria which are currently a major project of the Craig Venter lab is for the bacteria to “eat CO2 and produce methane“. If they manage to develop these bacteria to consume CO2 on a larger scale, they could help not only to reduce the overproduction of CO2 but also to serve as biofuel factories.

Read the full story on Yahoo news: Famed geneticist creating life form that turns CO2 into fuel

Illustration: Natural gas production by country, wikipedia 



Energy balance
February 28, 2008, 2:10 pm
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Most people find it easy to understand the problem of over-consumption of fossil fuels. The fossil fuels like oil and coal are being exploited faster than they are generated by nature, and we will end up in a situation where we can no longer depend on fossil fuels to supply the world energy expenditure. That is why a lot of time and money is spent on researching alternative sustainable energy sources, which will not be affected or depleted when we expend them.

Energy Balance

Another energy issue that somehow many people find difficult to understand is the energy balance on a personal level. However, the problem is the opposite. On average the energy intake of the population in most western countries by far exceeds the energy expenditure, and as a result we see more and more people of serious overweight. Treating obesity is an extremely difficult task, but prevention is, in theory, very easy: “maintain the energy balance”. If you uptake more energy, you have to expend more energy, in order not to gain weight.

The Dutch Nutrition Centre acknowledges increasing obesity as a national problem, and they have employed a Master Plan to help the Dutch maintain their energy balance. I am looking forward to see the same kind of initiative taken in the rest of the European countries with increasing obesity in their population.