Category Archives: Environment

Back Bay’s Solar Scooter

Observed on Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay, Boston: As best as I can tell, this thing has an engine (it’s not foot-powered), and it’s solar powered. If so, that means it doesn’t smell like a lawnmower (i.e., fumes) when it goes … Continue reading

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NYC Eliminates Homicides For Twenty Months (Cleaning the Air Matters)

This will probably disappear into the ether, but this is good news (boldface mine): On Thursday New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that cleaner air is now preventing nearly 800 deaths and 2,000 emergency room visits annually. He was … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Public Health

Freedom Is an Unregulated Ceiling Fan

Having failed to defend the Republic from the scourge of Invisible Light Bulb Vigilantes, we now observe that Republicans are preparing against the next assault on your freedoms–the regulation of ceiling fans (boldface mine): The Tennessee Republican says new regulations … Continue reading

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A Question For the Physicists: Is Lockheed’s Hydrogen Fusion Real or Vaporware?

This is way outside of my expertise, but, if real, this seems like a critical technological breakthrough (boldface mine): At Google’s Solve For X, Charles Chase describes what his team has been working on: a trailer-sized fusion power plant that … Continue reading

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The Conservative Bias of Our Not-Liberal Media: The Environmental Beat Edition

Recently, I noted that certain policies, even those are quite popular, never get discussed (forget about being enacted into law). One reason is that large scale media outlets have a bias–and it’s definitely not liberal (boldface mine): Peter Dykstra, who … Continue reading

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Reconsidering the Easter Island Collapse (and the Irony of Jared Diamond’s Interpretation of It)

Barbara King recently asked “Why Does Jared Diamond Make Anthropologists So Mad?” It’s not my place to speak for anthropologists (I’m not Mike the Mad Anthropologist), but I do know what has made me very skeptical of Diamond’s claims: his … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Easter Island, Ecology, Environment | 3 Comments

I Hope You Survived Frankenstorm

As far as I can tell, most of Boston did alright, but New York City was hammered. Last night, NYU Medical Center’s Neonatal and Pediatric ICUs had to be evacuated, and Coney Island Hospital could not be reached by emergency … Continue reading

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