Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Reading Roundup: Apr. 1

Reading Roundup is a regular feature of WebEchoes. It exists to limit the number of "read this" posts with minimal commentary on my part.

The Bionic Burger » Celsias
There's a guy who collects McDonald's hamburgers. Seems a silly thing to collect, though since they appear to be non-biodegradable, even after 18 years, it does make a scary point about what passes for food.

Huge Antarctic ice chunk collapses - CNN.com
a single 160-square miles section of ice sheet collapsed in Antarctica last month.

The Ten Most Beautiful Bridges in the World : TreeHugger
I wouldn't have placed Golden Gate at number one. Some good photos of various (some quite old) bridges.

The Global Spread of GMO Crops » Celsias
Short version - a plant breeder spends 15 years developing a strain of red corn using organic methods only to have it contaminated by pollen from GMO crops.

As the feds bail out Wall Street, here's a food-related fix for Main Street | Grist
Tom Philpott proposes directions the government should be regulating for fuel and agriculture instead of handing money out to troubled banks and lining the pockets of big business.

Shell gets into sugary biofuels with Virent
An interesting idea for something other than ethanol from the same feedstocks. No mention of yield per unit mass input or what the process looks like. I'm sure this will be covered in the future if it pans out.

Trouble in the Bat Cave » Celsias
Remember the Bee hive abandonment from the last couple of years? Add a massive die off of bats to the list of unexplained wild critter die offs.

Carbon policy details: Part 3 | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
A longish explanation of why cap and trade is better than a simple tax on carbon. Essentially, it comes down to getting something for the investment in reducing emissions. keep in mind the author is "in" the energy industry.