Friday Linkage 10/12/2012

A good and productive week here at the house.  I installed a blower unit on my fireplace, put two batches of beer into carboys, and managed to stay out of trouble at work.  A roaring success.

On to the links…

Activist Tim DeChristopher Released—Tim DeChristopher, the activist who slowed down the leasing of public lands to fossil fuel companies, was released from prison following his sentencing for that very act.  In reality, he was imprisoned because he bid on the leases with no intention of paying and was unrepentant.  Normally, when a corporation cannot pay or chooses not to pay for the bid upon lease rights there is no criminal penalty.  I guess corporations are people too my friend.

Recessions Cannot Save Us from Climate Change—One of the surprising stories to come out of the Great Recession was that carbon emissions fell because people, in general, consumed less stuff.  Too bad that trend is over and carbon emissions are back on the way up.

Antarctic Sea Ice Loss Animated—In case you needed an animated example of why we are cooked.

How Wind Power Helps Lower Electricity Prices—This is not something that you are going to see Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan talk about on the stump when railing against wind power tax credits or brining up Solyndra for the millionth time.  Wind power is a good thing.  End of story.

The Future of Oil and Gas—If you have some time on a cold day, sit down and read this report cover to cover.  It is filled with useful insight into the future of the oil and gas industry as seen from one viewpoint.  I think it also illustrates the cracks and lever points for renewables to exploit going forward.

Chicago Pushes the Limits on Sustainable Streets—Streets are such a huge part of the built environment that reimagining what these landscapes can be is a critical component of creating a better urban environment.

Walking the High Line’s Incomplete Third Section—The High Line in New York City is one of those projects that just seems to get endless press.  I can see why, it’s just such a cool project.  Now every city is going to try and figure out what industrial relic they can turn into a bucolic attraction. Good luck.

Coyotes Next Door—Apparently, coyotes are the pioneer species of larger carnivores to move into human dominated environments.  I always found coyotes more annoying than anything when I lived in rural Minnesota.

Farming the Urban Sea—I just love how this article shows how much potential there is in revitalizing the ocean habitats near our urban centers and what benefits that we can accrue from that process.

If You Want to Feed the World, Stop the Land Grabs—Oxfam and other international agencies just seem like agents for Big Ag and Big Food.  The answers are always the same to the problem of feeding the people.  Just grow more export commodities and then use the money to feed the people.  Wait a second.  Why not use the land to grow food to feed the people and not lose anything in the conversion to hard currency?  Just saying.

Five Acre Farms in New York—I love the idea of a co-op forming to market local foods to a large urban area.  It seems to solve the major problem of local producers integrating into larger supply chains because they do not sell in the volume required to be a supplier.

Video Inside of a McDonald’s Beef Processing Plant—Sure, it’s a Canadian plant doing the process, but you get the idea about how the process works in turning ground beef into burgers for your dollar menu extravaganza.

Twelve Great Posters from When Turning Down the Thermostat was Patriotic—  Man, I love me some propaganda from World War II.  Nothing like being Chilly Willy for the troops:


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