Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

A solar powered mobile phone.

March 22, 2009

The world’s first, launched last month by Dutch company Invitation


“This is the age of hybrids. It isn’t just the cars — we the drivers are hybrids, too.

March 12, 2009

“Our bodies used to be all flesh, but now we are wired to iPods, GPS devices and the Internet. The hybrids we drive are the hybrids we are, and it took the whole of the 20th century to mainstream the idea. The United States was always a nation of hybrids: Immigrants mixed here to make a new kind of people — a hybrid people called Americans. The 20th century, the “American century,” was the huge rush of euphoria that came from the mixing of so many differences. This was the reality, but acknowledging it was something else: Not until the 1970s did we allow the possibility that we could accept our roots and also be Americans. The age of the hyphen was upon us: We became African-Americans, Italian-Americans, Mexican-Americans and so on. Even Native Americans, while not hyphenated, were prefixed by “Native” to distinguish them from the Anglo-Saxons who insisted that they were just “Americans.” Hybrid reality preceded the hyphen in places like New Orleans, where mixed-race Creoles created jazz, that most American of all arts. At the beginning of the 20th century, artists started making hybrids, and they haven’t stopped since. Collage mixed paint and newspapers, assemblage assembled diverse materials, sculptors combined steel and foam, soft and hard, rock and water. What artists did was to rid us of the pernicious notions of “purity” circulated for centuries by overanesthetized and frustrated ideologues. Artists made obvious what everyone knows: There isn’t a single human being or any living thing that isn’t a combination of things. There are no pure races, there are no pure nations or tribes, and there are no clear lines of descent from the gods, who are themselves nothing but hybrids. Zeus even messed with animals, and the mono-God is composed of earlier gods like a psychedelic quilt. The human urge to claim some kind of purity is a curious feature of our hybrid natures, but it’s a dead end. Ideas of race purity lead to genocide. Setting apart one’s tribe or nation ends inevitably in war. Monopolizing the engine of a moving vehicle to burn only petroleum leads to disaster. All monopolies of vision that claim to be unhybridized are doomed to a tragic end. Happily, we’ve accepted first the hyphen, then the idea that we have more in common than what separates us. And now we have a hybrid, black and white leader, ready to drive the hybrid Americans of the 21st century to new sources of energy. Say it out loud: I’m hybrid and I’m proud.”

From Andrei Codrescu on NPR. Hear the podcast here:

the coming water wars – by 2025 water availability per capita will be down by a third

March 11, 2009

check out this great graphic about water and the lack of it


From the International Networks Archive

more portraits of american mass consumption

February 27, 2009

Cell phone chargers, Atlanta 2004 (44×66″)


Compost for dinner

January 27, 2009

Nice tableware made from fallen leaves that naturally biodegrades withing two months (right in the middle of dinner).



Yeah, but just how good are those biofuels…?

January 19, 2009

Just in case you wanted a quick comparison of the alterantives. Sorry if you didn’t.


50 ways to be useless…

January 19, 2009

I thought these were good tips for helping the planet

why gas prices should be raised

January 13, 2009

Gas prices were at $1.79 a gallon yesterday compared to $4.11 in mid July. Since then sales of fuel-efficient hybrids have plummeted (sales of the Toyota Prius were 45% lower in December than a year earlier) and sales of gas guzzling SUVs have increased in relative terms.

The drop in fuel prices is bad for the environment in two ways: consumers are more tempted to use more gas; and there’s less incentive for automakers to develop fuel efficiemt technologies. Many in Detroit are calling for less fluctuation in gas prices and some are arguing for higher taxes on gas to reduce consumer appetite for gas and make more money available for innovation in greener alternatives.

As Bob Lutz of GM said “If gasoline stays cheap, it puts the industry in a situation where we’re at war with the consumer.”

More trash talk….

January 9, 2009

Take a look at this living map of trash being swept around the Pacific Ocean causing a build up or island of trash, called the North Pacific Gyre, now the size of Texas. Sucks, huh?