Nice little animation on our plastic consumption.
environment & politics
“Since the discovery of the Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997, which is predicted to measure twice the size of Texas, five more have been found across the world’s oceans with the Atlantic gyre predicted to be even larger. This plastic takes thousands of years to degrade, remaining in the environment to be broken up into ever smaller fragments by ocean currents.”
Read more on Vimeo.
There’s a gallery of these over at the Guardian. Though just about all forms of energy generation are controversial to some section of the population, I reckon wind turbines are among the most beautiful. There’s a weird, hypnotic grace to their movements – and, besides, I’d far rather live next to one of these than a coal mine.
This is pretty interesting. Grad student Aaron Mickelson has created a whole load of design ideas with the aim to reduce packaging waste.
The fascinating world of corals and sponges.
A nice little video of community wildlife management in Namibia.
When this was about to come on the radio this morning, I raised an eyebrow. Pilger is one of the great radical journalists, highly critical of governments. That he was on the BBC Radio 4′s flagship Today Program, talking about censorship and the corporatisation of journalism, was surprising to say the least.
Afterwards it was marvellous to see part of the establishment get wound up. Some media outlets, such as the Daily Mail, were in essence leaping to the defence of the State. The irony that many were attacking the ‘left-wing’ BBC (personally I find those left and right labels not very useful in 2014 anyway) for not censoring something that criticised the BBC and the British government, and selective censorship in media, was not wasted on me.
Anyway – Pilger’s always worth a listen. It’s a shame there are few journalists like him today.