An anti-coal advertisement by the Coen Brothers

(via I Watch Stuff)

Bring back the dead!

After reading an article on 10 extinct beasts that might conceivably be reintroduced as living, breathing animals on planet earth, is it wrong that the thing I most fiercely crave is to watch a sci-fi movie where the phrase “it might be possible to boot up the moa genome in an ostrich egg” is used? […]

Will Skystream 3.7 work for me?

Too bad about the “your property is greater than .5 acre and is unobstructed” requirement. Because otherwise I would totally buy a windmill.

Numbers in Pictures

It doesn’t look like much, but what you’re looking at is the number of cell phones “retired” in the U.S. every day — 426,000. View a close up, and other similar photo montages of consumption at Chris Jordan’s Running the Numbers. (via GOOD Magazine)


A graphics-rich daily exploration of superfund sites across the country. (via Tawny Grammar)

Yes, that coal

If you don’t have time to pick up a copy of Jeff Goodell’s Big Coal, then you ought to at least take a read through his compact Washington Post article, King Coal: What It Costs Us. Related: George Orwell writes about coal mining. (via Gristmill)

Pollution deaths

Numbers can be stifling and boggling, but more amazing (and depressing) than the fact that 40% of deaths, worldwide, are related to pollution, is the statement that some 57% of the world population is malnourished. Which is shocking to me, but not. More shocking, however, is that in 1950, the percentage was 20. (via EurekAlert: […]

Water, water, every where… and much of it to drink

Elizabeth Royte, who wrote the charming eco-logue the Tapir’s Morning Bath, does a piece on New York City’s water supply. It’s interesting, both historically and also in the infrastructural how-it-works sort of gee-whiz way. (It also encourages me to move Royte’s book on garbage further up on my to-read list.) (If the NYT can make […]

Why it’s a good thing baby whales aren’t the size of goldfish, or, Alligator v. Python

Not exactly breaking news, but Burmese pythons are setting up shop in the Everglades, and–apparently–they quite like it. Each year a significant number of Burmese pythons – like the snake on sale in a pet store here – are taken home by people who never quite understand the presale warning. They are told point-blank that […]

Turn up the volume…

…on soil remediation! Researchers have developed a prototype that cleans soil by making mud of it and blasting it with ultrasound: Sound waves travel through water as a series of high pressure waves with low pressure areas in between. The low pressure causes the water to boil and form microscopic bubbles. The high pressure then […]