Beats & Breaths Calculator →
billions beaten and millions breathed
Sustainable Packaging Coalition →
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition envisions a world where all packaging is… Sourced responsibly Designed to be effective and safe throughout its life cycle Meets market criteria for performance and cost Made entirely using renewable energy Once used, is recycled efficiently to provide a valuable resource for subsequent generations In summary: we envision a true cradle to cradle system for...
GreenBlue is a nonprofit institute that stimulates the creative redesign of industry by focusing the expertise of professional communities to create practical solutions, resources, and opportunities for implementing sustainability.
Agents can randomly seize travelers’ laptops or... →
“For several years, U.S. officials have been searching and seizing laptops, digital cameras, cell phones and other electronic devices at the border with few publicly released details. Complaints from travelers and privacy advocates have spurred some lawmakers to question the U.S. Customs and Border Protection policy.”
Terror watch uses local eyes →
Article via Denver Post on various states use of “Terrorism Liaison Officers” for example: to catch people taking pictures or video footage “with no apparent aesthetic value…” to name one disturbing thing covered… ugh
Climate Change May Challenge National Security,... →
White House Refused to Open Pollutants E-Mail →
“The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened, senior E.P.A. officials said last week. The document, which ended up in e-mail limbo, without official status, was the E.P.A.’s answer to a...
Rethinking the Country Life as Energy Costs Rise →
“As gas prices climb, people who once considered an exurban commute are now considering center-city living.” Which is what Europeans have mostly lived for thousands of years. Leaving regional and local country land for local food production. Indeed, this was the way it was in the U.S. until the later half of the 20th Century.
Fascinating article on the banana industry (no,... →
“The final piece of the banana pricing equation is genetics. Unlike apple and orange growers, banana importers sell only a single variety of their fruit, the Cavendish. There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas — most of them in Africa and Asia — but except for an occasional exotic, the Cavendish is the only banana we see in our markets. It is the only kind that is shipped and eaten...
The Big Pander to Big Oil →
New Generation of Brazilian Musicians →
“SIMON MARKS: The increasingly assertive approach of Brazilian musicians to the global market comes at a time when the country is flexing its muscles on the international stage. Brazil today is seeking a larger role at the United Nations, in world trade talks, and in its own region. And many musicians see themselves as cultural ambassadors of a Brazil that has changed. Rio-based...
P. M. Forni of Hopkins talks about civility on The... →
Netherlands Graphic Design Museum →
That ‘new shower curtain smell’ gives off toxic... →
“The study found that these shower curtains contained high concentrations of phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive effects, and varying concentrations of organotins, which are compounds based on tin and hydrocarbons. One of the curtains tested released measurable quantities of as many as 108 volatile organic compounds into the air, some of which persisted for nearly a month. Seven of...
Animals Can Comprehend And Use Symbols, Study Of... →
Listen to Diane Rehm interview authors Maggie... →
In the 11:00 segment Distraction and Democracy. Critical thinking skills seem to matter.
Fun Jet Blue ad typography →
A bit longer download on slow connections. But worth a short wait.
Cusp Conference 2008 →
“will bring together thinkers, innovators, skeptics, believers, visionaries and explorers from the arts, sciences, technology, business, design and government.” Chicago Sept. 10 and 11, 2008
Steven reviews some design books →
CCA Summer Institute in Sustainable Design →
“At the California College of the Arts (CCA) two-week Summer Institute in Sustainable Design you will gain first-hand experience in sustainable design concepts and practices through direct interaction with nature in Point Reyes. You will then learn how to apply this knowledge in the urban environment of San Francisco. Unlike the typical “talking head” conference, the CCA Summer...
Evolution as a principle is not disputed in the scientific mainstream, where the...– Opponents of Evolution Adopting New Strategy - NYTimes.com
Yale Environment 360 →
A great site from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Bloggingheads: Are Blogs Bad for Us? →
Stick to middle of this video for Cass Sunstein commenting on serendipity of news print versus the non serendipitous nature of Web and other media. I absolutely agree. He mentions the importance of the image next to the text. Well, that’s graphic design! The ease of zooming in and out on the iPhone for web pages and looking at details, in much the way we do with printed matter, is really the...
Put a Little Science in Your Life →
“Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable — a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional. To be able to think through and grasp explanations — for everything from why the sky is blue to how life formed on earth — not...