Category Archives: Environmentalism

Carbon Footprints

There is no escaping the dreaded and guilt inducing term ‘carbon footprint.’ Recently a study by Harvard physicist Alexander Wissner-Gross came out stating the carbon impact of Google searches and visiting websites – online energy. What Wissner-Gross has found is … Continue reading

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Environmental History Backwards?

The standard approach of environmental history is to ask how human actions effect an environment or ecosystem. Even intellectual environmental histories are interested in how human ideas and philosophies about the natural world cause environmental changes. Reading about conservation, animals, … Continue reading

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Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a great idea. It uses a simple action – turning off the lights – to bring attention to climate change and global warming. But there is one glaring flaw in targeting lights and electricity as the symbol … Continue reading

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Amchitka Everywhere!

“Brothers and sisters in Greenpeace.  Greenpeace is beautiful and you are beautiful because you are here tonight.  You came here because you are not on a death trip.  You believe in life.  You believe in peace.  And you want them … Continue reading

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Intellectual Knowledge, Denial, Climate Change

Back in December, at a friend’s very casual colloquium (aka party) called “There Will Be Nachos,” I was asked by someone I’d just met to convince them people cause climate change and it is not just the natural warming/cooling cycle … Continue reading

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Not sure I want to re-read that now…

Once upon a time, back when I was a sheltered and naive undergrad, I read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. The books were interesting; they made me think and though I did not agree with everything in … Continue reading

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Embracing Failure as a means of Promoting Progress.

Tomorrow world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to work out a new global strategy for combating climate change.  The meeting is being billed as the new Kyoto, the solution to the climate woes of the world and the last chance … Continue reading

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Energy in World and The Age of Stupid

Sometimes a book is beautiful in the simplicity, coherence, and utter obviousness of the central tenet. Vaclav Smil’s Energy in World History is one such book. It is a world history written by following how humans use energy from simple … Continue reading

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Reading Silent Springs in the middle of a very noisy one.

It can be hard to concentrate on an environmentalist declentionist narrative while sitting next to a glacier fed river, surrounded by mountains, singing birds, and lots of insects…but some how I managed to concentrate on Silent Spring and not get … Continue reading

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