Category Archives: environmental sustainability

The vegan myth of a B12 Eden

I am currently in the process of transitioning to a vegan life style. My reasons are ethical and environmental and those reasons have firmed themselves due to the advocacy of my wife. Nutrition-wise there’s almost no problem with being vegan: … Continue reading

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Taxes > Subsidies

Ars Technica summarizes a paper whose authors looked at ways of slowing down deforestation for cattle raising in the Amazon. They consider two options: You can get a reduction forest clearance by taxing land on which cattle is pastured conventionally … Continue reading

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Anthropogenic climate change is currently (almost) the root of all evil

Much of the book we use at my current level at the Alliance Française is about expressing opinions, supporting (or opposing) issues, etc. One of the topics was environmentalism, and one of the exercises consisted of discussing with course mates … Continue reading

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“Clilmate champion” Germany

The beauty of propaganda: Avaaz has a petition up to call on heads of state to ACTUALLY commit to measures to stop anthropogenic global warming. As part of this they write: “[…] we’ll arm climate champions Germany and the UK … Continue reading

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Possible global standard of living?

When we arrived in Argentina, my wife said after a couple of days: “I have come to terms with the fact that our (first-world) standard of living for the entire world is impossible to achieve. But what standard is possible? … Continue reading

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Impressions from Argentina

I am currently traveling in Argentina and that’s a sobering experience. Mitchell has explained several times in detail how Argentina finally broke the peg (after years of impoverishing its population) and got the economy going again but something has gone … Continue reading

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More arguments against private electric cars

On June 30, IEEE Spectrum published an article Unclean at any speed by Ozzie Zehner. In it, he argues that focusing on developing electric cars is a fake solution, because they consume rare materials the extraction of which has a … Continue reading

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