Thursday, May 22, 2008

Reading Roundup: May 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.

Winners of First “Picture Sustainability” Photo Contest Announced! | Susty
Pretty pictures of life and wildlife, found on TreeHugger. The canopy walkway shot is somewhat disconcerting to look at.

All of Inflation’s Little Parts - The New York Times
I like data visualization thingamabobbers. This one is from the NYTimes and uses government stats to show percentage change from march 2007 to 2008 of various items using color, and irregular block sizes to show percentage of total spending. Mouse over boxes to see what they are, or zoom in to see the really small things, like Eggs (up 29.9%, 0.1% of spending). via WorldChanging.

Energy is Wasted, Wasted, Wasted... : TreeHugger
On the data visualization front, this one has been kicking around my browser a month now. Cool pie charts that show how much energy is wasted/lost (eg: electricity transmission losses, transportation, etc.) Again, seems the NY Times has some good visualization folks.

Bush Government Sues To Make Testing Meat Illegal : TreeHugger
I really wish I could be surprised by the administration trying to stop a small meat producing company from testing all of its animals post slaughter for BCE/Mad Cow. Of course, the next step will be, even if they do get the test done, they won't be allowed to label their meat as guaranteed BCE free, just like milk producers are being prevented from labeling their products rBGH/rBST free in some areas.

Toyota's foresight pays off, part two | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
Interesting read for the analysis of the pollution comparison between a gasoline and diesel engine. There goes my theory that diesel was better (well, I knew that already because of the recent reports about soot accounting for up to 60% of greenhouse gas emissions).

What's bugging locusts?
Huh, juvenile locusts swarm to avoid being cannibalized by the other locusts when their local food sources run out, which in turn causes a moving wave of eating destruction.

StreetFilms » Lessons from L.A.: A Rush Hour Drive with a City Planner
A discussion with a city planner for LA about urban planning for people, not cars, "and if we're constantly thinking of our streets instead as just a place to move cars its almost like its a sewer pipe."