Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Reading Roundup: Super Sized Earth Day Edition, Apr. 22

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

Seed: Suspending Life
An interesting theory about the cause of the largest mast extinction in the fossil record and some thoughts on how the discovery of some of the causes of the die out, and more importantly, the survivors, might be applied to trauma treatment.

Clouds Invading a Mountain
Cool photograph of a mountain valley partly filled with clouds.

Help Get All Those Yellow Pages Books to Stop Calling : Planet Green
I'm reminded that there is a stack of unclaimed yellow pages in the foyer of my building. I don't think that anyone took a copy when they arrived on the stoop, though someone did bring them into the foyer. I should probably recycle them before they end up in the dumpster.

Jack Nicholson driving a hydrogen car ... in 1978 - AutoblogGreen
A video of Jack Nicholson driving a hydrogen powered car, from 1978 and waxing optimistic about the future of lower pollution and oil free driving. If only.

Peak Oil, Petrodollars, and Climate Change Apathy » Celsias
An interesting analysis of how Sadam Hussein was waging economic warfare against the US by switching Iraq's oil sales to the Euro and other trends towards the same recently.

Plug-in Hybrid Cars: Chart of CO2 Emissions Ranked by Power Source : TreeHugger
Cool chart and explanation that is supposed to take into account the manufacturing and disposal of the vehicle as well as fuel use. The only thing that I'd point out is that so far as I know, there is no where in the US where you are guaranteed to charge a PHEV or other EV using 100% coal fired electricity.

World Facing Huge New Challenge on Food Front » Celsias
Food shortages and responses to it around the world. Not good, food prices are rising and supplies are tightening as countries restrict their exports of basic grains to forestall shortfalls and further price increases.

Panasonic household fuel cells coming in 2010
Presumably this is a combined heat and power (CHP) home installation powered by natural gas. Interesting to think that a small fuel cell like this is about as efficient as a large power station and would reduce energy consumption. I assume that assumes the thing runs full time to completely power the home.