Back from vacation and I am ready to go…okay not so much. Thankfully, it was a short week due to Labor Day and with direct flights home from Denver I no longer had to endure the drive across Nebraska. It’s a lovely state, but no one needs to experience over 450 miles of I-80. Ever.
On to the links…
New Zealand Grants Personhood to a River—Well, I guess if a corporation can have the rights of a person, why can’t a river. I am sure Mitt “Corporations are people too my friend” Romney would find a way to disagree because he is a corporate shill robot.
Why Have We Fallen out of Love with Organic Food—It seems like the press is loving to sound the death knell for organic food because some studies have shown it is not healthier for you. The goal of organic food, however, was to produce food in a system that was healthier for the consumer, the producer, and the planet. It’s about more than just the nutrients in the end product.
Why do We Hold Renewables to a Different Standard—I am sure this has something to do with the fact that a large swath of our political space is essentially owned by the fossil fuel industry, but it seems silly. Considering the amazing amount of externalities that would negatively impact fossil fuels if accurately priced into the products, why do we offer any subsidies? Oh wait, these companies own politicians. My bad.
How Americans are Subsidizing Pro Sports—It’s amazing when multi-millionaire or even billionaire sports team owners cry poverty and hold the gun of leaving against the heads of cities and states. It makes me glad that Iowa does not have a major pro sports team located in state.
Oil Washing up on Coast after Hurricane Isaac—Speaking of externalities, it looks like the oil that spewed from the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon did not just magically disappear. It just took a hurricane to stir things up on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and…presto…tar balls!
Renewable Gasoline, Diesel Right Around the Corner—I know we have heard this story before with biofuels, but there appears to be some real progress away from the first generation fuels, e.g. ethanol, toward better second generation biofuels that do not fall prey to the food versus fuel debate.
Who’s Afraid of Solar PV—This is a great look at the impact of solar photovoltaic on the energy situation in Australia. Check out the charts and see what distributed solar is doing to the demand seen at power stations during peak load periods. Amazing.
Destroying Precious Land for Gas—When will we stop destroying every piece of land in pursuit of fossil fuels? Hopefully it will be someday soon.
Liberia has Sold One Quarter of its Land to Logging Companies—At least the oil and gas companies do not own one quarter of the land in the U.S. It is unfathomable the degree to which private multinational corporations have been buying up huge chunks of Africa over the past decade.
Copenhagen Bicycle Culture—Here is Copenhagen’s bicycle culture in an infographic:
More and More Baby Boomers going Vegetarian—I have seen my father, right at the beginning of the baby boom, become a vegan in his sixties. Usually when I talk about the baby boomers it is negative.
It’s not Just Young People Giving up Ownerhship—Are we turning the corner on our obsession to own everything? It’s one thing when hipsters choose not to own. But when middle class suburbanites pull the trigger you know there is some serious momentum. Bring the car sharing to Cedar Rapids baby!
Blue Zones Offer Lessons in Longevity—So-called Blue Zones, where people tend to live longer and healthier lives, are getting a lot of play recently. The concepts behind why these people live longer and healthier seem so simple when presented as fact.