Our Blog | January 2011

Wind Energy and Climate Change - It's All Connected

by: Heather on 01/31/2011

My partner is a member of the IEEE - an international engineering organization made up, as far as I can tell, of very smart people who spend a lot of time thinking about technology. I like the fact that he belongs to this group, because he tends to leave the IEEE magazine lying around, which exposes me to a lot of material that most non-techie …

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Rob Sanders Named Publisher of New Society Publishers

by: EJ on 01/25/2011
Posted in: Events

Scott McIntyre, Chairman of D&M Publishers Inc. (D&M), announced today that Rob Sanders takes on the role of Publisher of the Gabriola Island-based imprint New Society Publishers, effective March 1, 2011. In 2008, D&M Publishers Inc. purchased New Society Publishers from Chris and Judith Plant, who spearheaded the company for 21 years to create a …

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Zoe Weil on Humane Education

by: Heather on 01/19/2011
Posted in: Author Events

I suspect most of you are familiar by now with Ted.com and their Ted talks or "Ideas Worth Spreading". Zoe Weil, author of The Power and Promise of Humane Education and Above All Be Kind recently spoke at the first TEDxDirigo conference in Maine. Her talk was entitled "The World Becomes What You Teach".

I found the "true price" example that …

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Guest Post - Katie Alvord - Divorce Your Car

by: Heather on 01/14/2011

This just in from Katie Alvord - author of Divorce Your Car!
Ending the Love Affair with the Automobile. This article originally appeared on World Streets and is reprinted by permission.)

For your next Car Free Day, go on a diet.

When it comes to transport, we’ve become obese. I mean this in multiple senses. Our population of vehicles has burgeoned; already around 1 billion worldwide, it’s expected to double within just 20 years. The vehicle miles we travel, or VMT, continue to swell; just in the U.S., for instance, VMT now fluctuates around 250 billion per month – trillions per year – and grows each month by an average 200 million more. Even our waistlines have expanded due to excess motor vehicle travel; one study attributes six extra pounds to the extra driving done by typical suburbanites.

Losing Transport Fat with Car Diets:
Cutting VMT Instead of Calories for Multiple Benefits

We’re all too familiar with the downsides of these trends. VMT growth means that greenhouse gas emissions continue out of control, making mitigation of climate change ever more costly and difficult. Vehicles added to the global fleet, still mainly internal combustion and petrol-powered, further denigrate air quality and sicken urban populations. Additional health problems stemming from lack of exercise and obesity – heart disease, diabetes, and more – shorten lives and strain budgets, costing $150 billion per year in the U.S. alone.

To the various interest groups grappling with these major issues, here’s a suggestion: consider car diets. The “diet” – most often associated with cutting consumption of calories – can be a useful model for addressing all these issues at once. Car diets – here defined as cutting not calories, but VMT – can be approached both on an individual and collective basis, and have benefits both ways.

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Canadian Researcher Jude Isabella Recieves Funding from Environmental Journalists

by: EJ on 01/12/2011

Jude Isabella, a scientist, freelance writer and editor of YES Mag: The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds was recently awarded a grant in the inaugural round of funding from the Fund for Environmental Journalism. The money goes towards work on her upcoming book about pacific salmon. She is investigating how human and salmon life histories are …

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