Over the last few weeks there has been quite a bit of hand-wringing over China’s rare earth elements monopoly. For those unfamiliar with the subject, rare earths are a group of 17 elements that can be found together in bastnasite and monazite deposits. Rare earths are necessary to create a wide range of products: cell […]
The United States emits more C02 in six seconds than Somalia does in two days. Breathing Earth is simulation that displays the number of deaths, births, and tons of CO2 emitted in every country on the Earth in real time. It is more than worth a quick look.
A Collection of essays, reports, and blog posts of merit. Due to the particularities of my schedule, I will be unable to post much this next week. Perhaps the week after that as well. We shall see. To make up for this lack of material, I offer you a few interesting readings loosely connected in […]
I have added two new sites to the ‘Naturalist’ section of my blog roll, Yale Environment 360 and Wandering Gaia. Two articles posted at Yale Environment 360 prompted its addition to my feed reader. The first is an essay by Jonathan Foley titled “The Other Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis in Global Land Use”. The abstract […]
TOP BILLING: The Ultimate Burden Bob Herbert. New York Times. 24 August 2009. Bob Herbert writes a disquieting Jeremiad against the American people for allowing their best men to have their limbs and faces torn off without giving a damn. By far the best opinion editorial I have read this year from the New […]
What stops population growth?Lecture by Hans Rosling. Gapminder Foundation 1 January 2009. An intelligent lecture that uses dynamic graphics to disprove a few population-related myths. Well worth the ten minutes it takes to watch. H/T to Dot Earth.
TOP BILLING: An Analysis of Mitigation as a Response to Climate ChangeRichard SJ Tol. Copenhagen Consensus Center. 14 August 2009. Climate change costs: Too much is not enough.Katie Mackenzie. FT Energy Source. 14 August 2009. The Copenhagen Consensus Center has published the most important report related to climate change I have seen in a year. […]