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Dealing with e-waste

The following headline on the BBC News website caught my eye this morning: "UN warns on e-waste mountain." Perhaps it is because I had recently watched "Manufactured Landscapes" - a superb Canadian documentary that featured many depressing scenes of poor Chinese people picking through massive piles of electronic waste (e-waste).(1) The commentary in the film stated at much of this waste came from the world's wealthiest nations, a fact supported by the United Nations Environment Program which has estimated that they generate up to 50 million tonnes of discarded electronic products annually. (2)

GMO's and Biofuels

"Trade ruling on GM foods should help Canadian farms," declares the headline to an article posted on CBC News website. (1). It seems the European Union has been forced to open its markets to genetically-modified organisms. One of the pressures to do so came from the rapidly increasing demand for oilseeds such as canola which are used to produce green fuels or biofuels. Isn't interesting how the solution for one problem becomes the cause of another?

Shell and the Niger Delta

I see that the price of oil is once again on the rise. As of today, light sweet crude is fetching slightly more than $60 US a barrel.The increase has been attributed to the continuing decline in the US dollar and to increased violence in Nigeria.

As I've learned in recent months, oil comes in many grades depending on such things as viscosity (how easily a fluid flows) and impurities (primarily hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide). Light sweet crude has high viscosity and low impurity content, making it less expensive to refine, most often into gasoline. Not surprisingly it is in high demand globally. It is also running out.

International Herald Tribune OPED pieces

climate change oped http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/13/opinion/edlopouk.php protected areas oped http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/06/15/opinion/ednikita.php

Biosphere Navigation

As I stepped out of my car this morning, the wind pressed against my face like a moving wall of ethereal liquid. It interrupted my soliloquy of thought and consideration; its largesse surrounded and swirl-rounded me; like a fast-flowing-river around a stationary boulder (!). It was a vast, moving, corporeal wall that extended away above, like a rolling wave, and rolled over me as a pebble on the rushing creek bed.

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