Archive for June, 2009

Can Excessive Conformity Collapse Civilizations?

June 30, 2009

“Hal Whitehead of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Pete Richerson of the University of California, Davis, believe excessive conformity can prevent the adaptability and innovation needed to survive during periods of rapid environmental change. In fact, they think conformity may have contributed to the demise of the Mayan civilization in southern Mexico on […]

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Recycled Recreation in Reclaimed Space

June 29, 2009
Recycled Recreation in Reclaimed Space

This weekend I trekked up to Bushwick to check out the neighborhood’s newest fixture: The Putting Lot.  This nine-holed interactive installation has garnered considerable attention in the local art media, and rightfully so.  In addition to making brilliant use of a previously abandoned space, the course is made almost entirely from recycled materials. Some of […]

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The House to Vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act

June 26, 2009

The House is expected to vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act either today or tomorrow. The grist provides an informative summary of where The House appears to stand on the issue currently. Regular citizens can help pass the bill by following former Vice President Al Gore’s easy instructions here.

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Mass Transit is Saving the Earth (and More), on Governors Island

June 25, 2009

Most of us already know that the subway and bus systems are key to the remarkably low carbon emissions of an average New Yorker. Most accounts peg this number at about one third of the national average but how has this situation developed and what needs to be done to improve it? How can we […]

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A Green Coalition Gaining Momentum in Europe

June 23, 2009

Earlier this month Europe chose a Parliament and the Europe Ecologie coalition of European Green parties, led by the Franco-German Mr. Cohn-Bendit, came in third in the French voting as reported by the New York Times. Mr. Sarkozy, the center-right President of France, also did very well in the elections and will begin his second […]

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