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We’ve Had it Up to Here.

A recent report by the Asian Development Bank predicts that garbage output by Asian cities will more than double by 2025–from 760 thousand tons to 1.8 million tons per day. That amount of garbage would rapidly swamp the municipal governments charged with taking care of trash disposal. Here in the U.S., New York and Maryland…

One Billion Bulbs

Most people would rather have five dollars now than ten dollars next month. One Billion Bulbs is doing its best to retrain these hoarding instincts.

Pimp My Tactical Biorefinery!

Researchers at Purdue University have created a portable refinery that converts food, paper and plastic trash into electricity. The prototype biorefinery generates approximately 90 percent more energy than it consumes.

Over at BLDGblog, Geoff Manaugh has a long interview with Ed Mazria of the activist architectural nonprofit Architecture 2030. Mazria is organizing an “Emergency Teach-In” for architects, student architects, and design professionals. The event, to be held at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City on February 20th, and broadcast live on…

The Redder, the Greedier

Anyone know how to explain this? Story at The Economist. Hat-tip, Evan Priestley.

It’s Hard to Be King

If you were king for a day (or President for a century), could you slow the course of climate change? This Flash game from the BBC challenges you to create a carbon-neutral future, while still maintaining your coffers–and your presidency. With international carbon-reduction treaties to contend with, and policy suggestions like, “Privatize Electricity”, it takes…

If the Devil Owned Hell and Texas…

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Bush is expected to call for increased focus on biofuels, to mitigate U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Meanwhile, in Bush’s home state, Interstate I-10 through Houston is being expanded to 18 lanes. “Texas has always been pretty far over on the side of exploiting natural resources…

Seeds of Peace (and Quiet)

Just ask the French: plants don’t actually need soil.

John Candy Would Approve

Calculate your CO2 emissions by plane, train, or automobile. Here’s a puzzler for the greenhouse gas enthusiasts among you: According to this calculator, car and airplane emissions even out over progressively longer trips, despite the obvious weaknesses of an as-the-crow-flies methodology (see above; we’re driving through Lake Erie). Is this trend real? Is there actually…

…reads the headline of this article from the The Times of London. Pump prices have risen by one third over the past year and in some parts of the US have topped $3 (£1.68) a gallon. Among the ultra-rich of Beverly Hills, the cost of fuel has even slipped over the $4 mark. This is,…