Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Link love

Jeremy ponders how to love his global neighbour in a market-driven world.

Why personal energy efficiency could have a bigger effect than you think.

Twenty-two Australian mammals become extinct during the century leading up to 1960. Now, mammal populations are in freefall in Kakadu, Australia's largest national park. Even in a conservation area, biodiversity is not secure.

Kate ponders whether snowball earth was the trigger for complex life forms.

How to save on accommodation costs by couchsurfing, and create a better world at the same time. H/T Joe. In the past, we've benefitted from a similar organisation called Servas.

Milan points out the somewhat obvious difference between the survival of human civilisation and the survival of the planet.

A brief introduction to survivalism.

The Canadian government recently turn up a report into the impacts of the tar sands development. Here is what they don't want people to know.

Stoneleigh reflects on trade during boom and bust and what a just-in-time supply chain means in an era of greater disruption.

The carbon bath: visualising the climate problem.


The Cheen said...

i just happened upon your blog, and i really appreciate your combination of spiritual and worldly issues. two of my favorite authors are eliot and lewis because of their impact on my faith, and your blog reflects a lot of ideas in line with their writing.

byron smith said...

Thanks - I aim to offer an account of worldly things that shows they are shot through with spirituality and of spirituality that is grounded in the real world. In other words, I don't think that "spiritual" is the opposite of "material". Therefore, growing in spiritual concern doesn't mean disengaging from practical issues.

I also love both Lewis and Eliot and have read much of both of them (although little of either in the last coupe of years, to be honest, hence they don't figure as prominently in this blog as they would if I'd started it about five years earlier).

byron smith said...

More on the buried tar sands report.