Tag: dave connell

Five Things I Learned About ACES in Five Minutes on Twitter

Written by | July 13th, 2009

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Here at Cool Green Science we love us some Twitter. It gives us access to a huge source of news and views on environmental topics, helps us interact directly with our readers and spread the word about Conservancy projects. (Go to www.twitter.com/nature_org to follow our tweet goodness.) One of the topics I follow daily on […]

Celebrities: They’re Green…Just Like Us!

Written by | June 15th, 2009

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Celebrities are the conscience of America. They tell us how to vote, help set our foreign policy and provide guidance on healthcare decisions. Without celebrities, we would have no moral compass. Many celebrities make great contributions to society through the environmental movement. They save the whales, fight deforestation with their chest hair and design vegan […]

How to Tech Responsibly

Written by | May 8th, 2009

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Twitter user K_M_Anderson asked the nature_org Twitter account recently: “Love new tech but worry that servers and bandwidth are coal-powered? taking open space? any info re enviro impact? how to tech responsibly?” Thanks for the tweet, K_M. As you now, the answers to your questions are not so simple. The fact is, it’s hard to […]

We Don’t Need Earth Day. We Need An Earth Generation.

Written by | April 22nd, 2009

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Does Earth Day matter as a serious day of environmental action? Yes, in as much as St. Patrick’s Day matters as a serious exploration of Irish culture. There’s nothing wrong with these days, but to consider either of them serious — or something that “matters” — is frankly delusional. On St. Patrick’s Day, school children […]

Can the Suits Save the World?

Written by | April 8th, 2009

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As anyone who follows The Nature Conservancy’s Twitter feed knows, I spent much of yesterday attending Carbon TradeEx in an event that can be best described as a carbon markets wonkfest. So what does such a meeting look like? Well, first of all everyone (except for yours truly) wears a suit — or at least […]

Crowdsourcing the Birds

Written by | March 27th, 2009

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In honor of the groundbreaking new report, The State of the Birds, this week has been unofficially dubbed “Bird Week” on Cool Green Science. (See our migratory bird expert Dave Mehlman’s posts on the report.) My contribution to “Bird Week” has to do with flocks — but not flocks of birds — flocks of data and flocks of […]

Distributed Computing, Meet Social Networks…

Written by | March 20th, 2009

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… social networks, meet distributed computing. Power, meet passion. I’m a huge fan of both distributed computing networks, which allow users to contribute their unused PC capacity directly to a cause they believe in, and online social networking sites, which allow users to learn about the niche content they love from other users just like […]

Taking Energy Production to the Woodshed

Written by | March 13th, 2009

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When discussing renewable energy, you’re likely to hear a lot about wind, solar, geothermal and even hydropower. Heck, you’re likely to see the conversation turn to nuclear power (not renewable, by the way) before anyone mentions one of our oldest and humblest renewable sources of energy – wood. But the good old American log – […]

Innovation From Crisis Will Save the World

Written by | January 13th, 2009

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It’s sometimes hard to see it, but these are good times in the course of human history. The economic crisis, climate change and the most rapid technological advancement since the Industrial Revolution are converging — and with that convergence comes the paradoxical potential of saving the world from itself and boosting the economic prospects of […]

Everybody Stop Googling!

Written by | January 12th, 2009

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The big news around the green-tech blogosphere today are the results of a new study by Harvard physicist Alex Wissner-Gross, which finds that two searches on Google produces about as much CO2 as boiling a kettle of tea. Shock and dismay! Wait, what the heck does that actually mean? What it means is that, if […]

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