30 July 2012

Anything but water

  1. "The UK National Ecosystem Assessment was the first analysis of the UK’s natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and continuing economic prosperity."

  2. Doing it right: "Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in Portugal"

  3. The Economist reviews two books differentiating capitalism from crony capitalism and regulatory corruption that we're seeing in Europe and the US.

  4. Some details on the evolution of car-sharing schemes.

  5. Watch this TED talk on "eco-mindshifts" -- it gets interesting after the first few minutes. Then read this article for its discussion of how environmentalists can get attention (in the absence of markets for the environment or politicians who represent majority interests), i.e., "Even in our digital, Internet age, taking to the streets and facing arrest still matter. Thus the organizers chose to focus their actions on the White House—an appropriate site since President Obama alone had the authority to approve the pipeline."
H/T to CD

1 comment:

  1. TED talk was a bit 'out there' but also had some good ideas.

    I like the idea of landscaping road in front of fire hydrants as they are trying in NYC. Since no one can park there and a truck can run over the flowers if needed in emergency...it works as a way to clean water before going into bay/river.

    I wonder how efficiently it works? How much road pollutants can be filtered in a patch of dirt/plants the size of a parking spot? What are the optimal plants?

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