Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The good news for Jan. 7, 2009

So much news, so little time. Most of the articles I've collected for your reading pleasure today have to do with the environment, and green technologies (except for the abortion one, which probably isn't as "green" as one of the comments wryly suggests). I've written extensively on the subject of sustainability and conservation, and I'm always on the lookout for news of positive developments on those fronts. There's plenty of doom and gloom involved, so we all need some reassurance from time to time, no? Anyway, I encourage you to check out the following articles:
  • [Grist] In the midst of the many and varied pile-of-shit rule and legislative changes being pushed through the pipes at the last minute, the Bush administration went ahead and authorized the creation of the largest marine sanctuary on Earth. Excellent! Still, I can't help but wonder: Do these guys realize that you can't just designate a few patches of land and sea as nature reserves and then go off and plunder the rest of the planet? It's all connected, you jerks!
  • [TreeHugger] Macintosh's annual bonanza-o'-self-promotion is on, and they've just announced the development of a laptop battery that's both far more long-lasting and recyclable. Pretty cool, Mac, pretty cool.
  • [World Changing] Smart folks ponder the future, and what big questions and events will shape it the most. Unsurprisingly, climate change takes center stage.
  • [Capital Times] UW Health is considering whether or not to add second trimester abortion services. Anti-choice advocates are, naturally, livid.

2 comments:

Dave Reid said...

"Do these guys realize that you can't just designate a few patches of land and sea as nature reserves and then go off and plunder the rest of the planet? It's all connected, you jerks!"

Unfortunately I think that is actually what they believe.

Emily said...

You're probably right. My question should probably just be taken as incredulously rhetorical.

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