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A Google View of Mountaintop Removal Mining

EcoGeek recently got a haircut. Pretty good one. First good haircut in, say, four years. Typically, it's one of those situations where we drop in to a $10 haircut joint and viagra sales in uk say "just a little off the top" and then whammo, we're practically scalped. Then we go into about a week-long reclusive period of hiding under furniture like shamed cats, waiting for regrowth.

Well, Fantastic Sam's has nothin' on the mining industry.

Mountaintop removal mining is cialis alternative basically the order viagra viagra worst haircut a person could give the earth. It involves clear-cutting and exploding the hell out of the place in order to extract minerals. Now Google Earth has featured content that will show you the extent of the damage in our own country in a few ways.

You can see what the mining scabs in Appalachia look like from above to understand the size of the problem and you can even see what the land looked like before it was attacked.

How? Like this:

1. Download the latest version of only here viagra 100 mg Google Earth.
2. In the "Layers" tab, expand "Featured Content."
3. Under that, expand "Global Awareness."
4. Check "Appalachian Mountantop Removal" and explore the other features within that menu.
5. If you get riled up, check out, where they're trying to stop mountaintop removal mining in the area.
(Thank goodness Google hasn't yet invented a tool that allows folks to levitra discounts stare at EcoGeek's crappy haircut from all sorts of angles and distances.)

Via BetaNews and Green Options


Climate Challenge: The Video Game

In the tradtion of Sim-Earth and Civilization, Oxford Unviersity and Red Redpemption bring you "Climate Challenge," a game of global leadership in an environmentally hazardous age.

The BBC is hosting the online game, in which you play the president of Europe. Climate Challenge gives you ten turns (each representing 10 years time) to steer your government successfully through this century.

Each turn, you need to set policies for your government in the areas of National Policy, Trade Policy, Industry, Local Policy, and Household Policy. You must balance popular opinion, as well as your finances and energy, food, and water needs. You also must address CO2 output, and there are periodic negotiations for setting emissions targets (like your own mini-Kyoto round) for your own country, as well as encouraging other parts of the world to participate.

The game takes some balancing, and doesn't lay out a clear and generic cialis 100mg easy path. You can't simply go in and choose all the greenest policies without regard to the popularity of those policies. Too much stick and not enough carrot, and you'll get voted out of office. But, if you don't take the necessary steps, you will end up not dealing with energy needs and global warming and other problems.

A very fun as well as educational product.

via: cocolico


The TreeHugger GRNDX

TreeHugger has just created a very cool flash application that tracks the viagra brand appearance of environmental phrases in the media. As the overall number of fast delivery viagra environmental phrases increases, so does the greendex ummm...number.

Each phrase has it's own number as well, which rise and fall as days go on. Today doesn't seem to be a very good day for the TH Greendustrial Average, down 7.2%. But we're confident that the overall performance of the market will be strong.

Click on any of the subjects to see related stories. Via TreeHugger (of course)


GotoMyPC Advertising Directly to EcoGeeks?

I love the internet. Oh...that didn't surprise you? Well, one of my very good reasons for this affection is that the internet allows us all to telecommute much more effectively. On this front, GotoMyPC's service is golden, allowing users to work on whatever computer they want to, without needing to burn a drop of gas.

Now, generally, the environmental concerns here are seen as secondary, but I just spotted this advert at Engadget and thought it was worthy of sharing. It seems that GotoMyPC realizes that their software can have a positive environmental (and fiscal) impact through telecommuting, and they're using it as a selling point. It's great news for us all.


Linux Prevents Obsolescence: Could Reduce E-Waste by Millions of Tons of per Year

So it looks like Vista is almost certainly going to result in a mass dumping of order cheap viagra perfectly good computers. For an operating system that, basically, offers two new features, this is certainly unfortunate. But what can be done? Well, A report from the government of the United Kingdom discussing the benefits of open source software indicates that Linux could certainly alleviate this problem.

"A typical hardware refresh period for Microsoft Windows is 3-4 years. A major UK manufacturing organisation quotes its hardware refresh period for Linux systems as 6-8 years." A significant difference...a doubling even, of the lifetime of a computer.

Thus, a world using Linux would be a world with half the free cialis sample computer waste (and, admittedly, halved sales for Dell and the best site no prescription the rest.)

A widespread switch to Linux could prevent millions of tons of waste from going into landfills. Every computer not needed would prevent the use of 240 kg of viagra soft fossil fuels. Spread that out over the 17.5 million computers that wouldn't be going obsolete every year and Linux could deliver the world a much more sustainable future.

The good news is, the world looks like it's increasingly ready to upgrade from Windows. Most of Asia has switched, as least in part, to Open Source Software (OSS); some countries, such as Indonesia, also think that Linux changes scofflaws into legit users. Cuba has reported a 500 percent increase in Linux installation in two years; of course, they can't really get Windows due to export restrictions. Big Blue is giving a specific tutorial to switch from Windows to Linux, and two out of three Dell customers are now demanding that The Bird be pre-installed.

Many versions of Linux will run on a Pentium 1 with 128MB of RAM, while Slackware can run on a 486. It's also generally free, and available for download, so there's no packaging or shipping associated. Linux, it turns out, is far and away the most green way to run your home computer system. And, these days, it's as simple, as usable, and almost as pretty, as OSX or Vista anyhow.

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