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2011 in review

January 29, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

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Lessons from History

January 21, 2011

The Earth as Modified by Human Action

This is the title of a book written by George P. Marsh. His book is an evaluation of the effect of human activity on the world, and he is worried about the extend of changes inflicted onto the natural environment. The author does not aim to write a scientific paper, rather, he wants to reach  “…the general intelligence of observing and thinking men…”

This is the first, and most likely last, blog where I will copy an entire text (in this case, the preface to the first edition of the book) written by some else, without further adding any comment.

It would be interesting to learn how George P. March would react to current problems related to global warming, temporal shortages of feed and food, water, species extinction, ocean acidification, and so on… and his evaluation of a concept such as Marine Agriculture.

But George P. Marsh died many years ago in 1882, he wrote the preface to his book in …..1868. Yes, that is 143 years ago……and he was truly worried about the fact that human activity dramatically changed the earth.

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Eat the Sky?

January 20, 2011


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Anna Lappe asks: Can we support a sustainable food system? (see: Eat the Sky: The Food and Climate Connection). My answer is: Yes we can. The question is, when will the necessary transformational change take place…


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Marine Agriculture in a Context of Human Development

January 9, 2011

From: UN Human Development Report 2010, Figure 1.3, Page 24.

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BioFuel is a Hyperonym, are all Biofuels Sustainable?

January 8, 2011

Different types of biofuels have different levels of sustainability

All kinds of Biofuels, all quite different

The word ‘Biofuel’ is used to indicate renewable energy – as opposed to fuel from fossil sources (gas, oil, coal). But Biofuel stands for a lot of different types of energy, and they do have quite different sustainability characteristics. Which Biofuel is the ultimate sustainable source of fuel?

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Ocean’s Color creates Hurricanes

January 3, 2011

Crystals scatter white light in all colors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A change in the color of ocean waters could have a drastic effect on the prevalence of hurricanes, new research indicates. In a simulation of such a change in one region of the North Pacific, the study finds that hurricane formation decreases by 70 percent. That would be a big drop for a region that accounts for more than half the world’s reported hurricane-force winds. [cited from UnderwaterTimes]


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The Blog ‘Marine Agriculture’ 2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

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