https://youtu.be/pvFh6fsfXQE I am happy to let you know that things are underway within the EU to ensure that products will last longer and will be easier to repair in the future. These are proposed measures at the moment, they're not law, but they soon could be. The idea, according to the EEB (European Environmental Bureau) … Continue reading Proposed EU measures to extend product lifetime
Plenty could be written about this subject. I just want to call for change in two areas, because I believe they'd have the greatest impact here and now: Desktop computers should have a projected life span of 20 years. Laptops and mobile phones should have a projected life span of 10 years. Why 10 years … Continue reading Truly sustainable computing
One of the things I strongly believe in is the need for manual labor, especially during these highly industrialized times. I believe such work yields better results and it keeps us grounded, in touch with the earth from which we ultimately draw our living. I dislike the "modern" methods of lawn care, where one uses … Continue reading Modern lawn care: a lot of hot air
A neat talk by Peter Tyack at TED, entitled "The Intriguing Sound of Marine Mammals", in which he explains the effect of human noise on the sounds made by marine mammals, and what's being done to correct the situation. A few tidbits: Better propeller designs decrease propeller noise by up to 90% Insulating the engine … Continue reading Marine mammals, underwater sounds and shipping noise
ComputersOFF.org is hosting a virtual Green IT Week from June 1-7. This is an issue that's of particular importance to me. Having been an IT director, I know how much power the combined laptops, desktops and servers of an organization can consume, and how much pollution is generated by the disposal of computer hardware (see … Continue reading Green IT Week: June 1-7, 2010
Ann Wizer from XSProject Foundation (as in "excess") is making custom-designed bags and other products from non-recyclable plastic waste found in Indonesia and the Philippines. She buys the raw materials from trash pickers, whom she pays at above-market rates, and, using trained artisans, creates beautiful products from trash that would be clogging landfills, streets and … Continue reading Turning trash into usable products
While most agree that global warming is occurring, they do not agree on the root cause. Some say global warming is caused by man, mainly by CO2 emissions, while others say it is part of a larger picture of cyclical global warming and cooling events that have occurred throughout history. Unfortunately, the debate is mostly … Continue reading Is global warming a cyclical event?