- Food news:
- Christie Wilcox covers in more depth what I wrote about briefly, how concerned should we be about pesticide residue on food? “To date, there is no scientific evidence that eating an organic diet leads to better health.”
- Two interesting graphics-how the world wastes food and a fun set of glimpses of what a more Sustainable food system might look like.
- Researchers have found a marginal improvement in the health of the average american diet but also a growing inequality in healthiness as well.
- The New Yorker piece on Dr. Shiva continues to spark dialogue with Raj Patel giving us a more data based look at the period of the Green Revolution in India and Manu Joseph uses the controversy as a jumping off point for discussing the links between activism and delusion.
- Meanwhile, Specter seems unperturbed by it all, critiquing GMO labeling initiatives in his latest New Yorker piece.
- Adding bike lanes has actually reduced traffic on many New York streets1)David Owen would not be as excited-anything that makes driving more pleasant is bad while bike sharing programs create suprisingly complex math problems— maybe the Chinese have some ideas?
- Electric (or at least hybrid) buses may be more impactful to roll out than private electric cars-Daniel Gross reports on one company’s efforts.
- An initiative to watch: Helsinki launches a fully integrated transport system to make car ownership obsolete.
- Big problems in suburbia:
- Robert Self gets us up to speed on the dark history of American suburbs from their dependence on cheap hydrocarbons to their racist beginnings.
- Reihan Salam makes an excellent point that the suburban lifestyle was designed for one parent to be at home maintaining the place full time, a situation that is increasingly rare-thus making suburban living increasing unviable for more and more people.
- Meanwhile the suburbs are ever more segregated, especially the “inner ring”.
- And the solution that many local governments have arrived at is to increase court fines-hammering minorities and poor the hardest.2)This might be the most regressive form of taxation since feudalism.
- A new study finds that there is “99.999% certainty humans are driving global warming.”
- Nice case study on how Palo Alto has gotten to 100% carbon-neutral electric power.
- “Questions of ‘what goals?’ and ‘who decides?’ that are my fundamental concerns with the ecosystem services concept,” are fundamental for all Sustainability issues.
- And finally some really good news: the eastern north pacific blue whale population is believed to have recovered fully to their carrying capacity! We really can Achieve Sustainability.
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|1.||↑||David Owen would not be as excited-anything that makes driving more pleasant is bad|
|2.||↑||This might be the most regressive form of taxation since feudalism.|