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