Saturday Green Links – 1/8
Forgive the number of links today—I’ve had a lot of time to make up for.
- Taking the Lane – Boston Biker. Speaking of winter biking… I’m uncomfortable taking the lane, but I’m more uncomfortable being squeezed into too little room, so I’m pretty forceful about it when I need to be.
- Perspective – The Green Phone Booth. I love Erin’s very practical conclusion here: people focus too much on unlikely (but interesting) risks while ignoring more common (but boring) ones.
- The Price of Everything – Boing Boing. This makes me wonder: does the exportation of rich countries’ garbage to poor countries actually *improve* people’s quality of life? In the same way that to someone who’s poor and living in a tropical country DDT is preferable to malaria? I must read this book. (Thanks, Jason.)
- Massachusetts Plans for the Clean Energy Future – Energy 2.0.Massachusetts announces an ambitious plan for reducing the state’s carbon emissions.
- Live Blogging an Energy Retrofit – Energy Circle. This goes into a lot of detail—and the results are impressive.
- Comforts and Drafts – Green Building Advisor. I don’t have much say over the insulation in our apartment, but we are trying to get rid of the drafts.
- Contractors Guide to the LBNL Driving Demand Report, Part 1: Behavioral Psychology – Energy Circle. My take-aways from this: focus on the current waste of money, not the potential savings, and use concrete imagery instead of just numbers.
- Chop, Fry, Boil: Eating for One, or 6 Billion – New York Times. Mark Bittman is dreamy. He makes it possible for even someone as recipe-bound as me to experiment.
- A Diet for an Invaded Planet: Invasive Species – New York Times. I like the idea of eating invasive species: that’s why urban foraging appeals to me.
- How the childfree can be parents too – Grist. I am a big fan of being an aunt (or an honorary one).
- Ask Umbra on potentially toxic hair and nail salon treatments – Grist. Ew. There’s formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowouts.
I’m still catching up—expect a lot more next week, too. And, as always, if you see anything interesting this week, send it my way.