Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Circular Economy

What do you do once you’ve sailed single-handedly around the world and been made a Dame Commander of the British Empire?  Why, you re-design the world economy, of course, and talk some of the biggest companies in the world into getting on board your vision.

Connections

givewell.org makes carefully research recommendations for your charity dollars.  If you’re wondering what the most effective use of your charity dollars are, I strongly recommend reading their recommendations.  On of the charities they recommend is the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI).

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Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it.

“Bake them a cake, write them a poem, give them a kiss, tell them a joke, but for god’s sake stop trashing the planet to tell someone you care. All it shows is that you don’t.”

George Monbiot points out the absurdity and the cost of our obsession with consuming plastic junk to mark the season.

http://www.monbiot.com/2012/12/10/the-gift-of-death/

 

In better news, Princeton researchers design a significantly more efficient solar panel

http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S35/48/07I81/index.xml

 

And a gravity-powered lamp for developed nations that’s cheaper than burning kerosene.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/282006