Saturday, the Washington Post finally published the news that George Will has been intentionally misinforming his readers on the topic of climate change.
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March 23, 2009
March 20, 2009
Two quick postscripts to finish out the week. After Wednesday's post about the shape of knowledge, I found mention of a study done at Los Alamos National Labs, mapping the interconnections and relationships among academic fields, based on clickstream data from online journals. No huge surprises, but one interesting conclusion: humanities and social sciences articles apparently provide significant inspiration (metaphors? marketing data?) to folks researching the hard sciences.
March 19, 2009
Sustainability, as any cause, has its wild-eyed fundamentalists. True believers who know, in their souls, the one true path to nirvana and the single step necessary to get us there. I'm not one of those -- if anything, I'm an assertive agnostic on how we get there from here. I just know we've got to make the journey and that there will be lots of steps along the way.
March 18, 2009
March 12, 2009
Elizabeth Redden's article today on study abroad and sustainability gives a good overview of the topic. For Greenback U and many other schools, the travel (mostly by air) involved in study abroad is responsible for a significant percentage of inventoried greenhouse gas emissions. Still, it's something I'd like to see campuses increase, not cut. Why? Look back at that previous statement. "Inventoried greenhouse gas emissions." Not "total greenhouse gas emissions."
March 10, 2009
I often find it interesting to chase down links and other references provided when folks respond to my posts. Generally, I learn something. Sometimes, what I learn is that I didn't make myself clear in my original wording.
March 9, 2009
... isn't technically about sustainability. It's about food. Or, more technically, our agricultural system. It's here. You should go read it and then come back. I'll wait. OK, so what did you think? My first impression was that the writer (Paul Roberts) got it right on a number of fronts. Among them:
March 5, 2009
Having dissed George Will, a conservative darling of the ostensibly liberal media, I want to balance the scales by dissing George Monbiot who's truly on the left. In general, I enjoy reading Monbiot. He's no Ida Tarbell but, with time, he might turn into Izzy Stone.
March 3, 2009
Promoting sustainability at Greenback U. brings me into constant contact with both students and faculty. Each group has what I call its typical objection when presented with encouragement to behave more sustainably.
March 2, 2009
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to watch an old (old, old) movie -- Trouble in Paradise. It was released in 1932, and starred Herbert Marshall, Miriam Hopkins and Kay Francis. Particularly enjoyable to this Rocky & Bullwinkle fan were Edward Everett Horton and Charlie Ruggles in supporting roles. (If that reference doesn't make sense, you haven't watched "Fractured Fairy Tales" nearly enough. And a fairy tale is what this movie is, through and through.)