Monthly Archives: January 2009

Green Web sites to Pass Along

Each week I pass along some Web sites from, and this week included some interesting sites relating to our green world. I thought I’d share them here.

  1. Green Job BoardsList of job boards “that focus on social or environmental responsibility.” The listings (some with annotations) cover general green jobs and jobs in specific industries such as solar energy and green building. From the Green Collar Blog, which provides news and resources on employment in environmental fields.  URL:
  2. Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon WorldThis report, released in October 2008, examines definitions and policies, employment impacts, and employment outlook for jobs that contribute to preserving or restoring the environment. Employment sectors discussed include energy supply alternatives, green and energy-efficient buildings, transportation, basic industry, food and agriculture, and forestry. Includes links to a report summary (also in French and Spanish) and press release. From the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).LII Item:
  3. Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon EconomyThis report, published in September 2008, “shows that the U.S. can create two million jobs by investing in a rapid green economic recovery program.” Provides the full report, a summary of findings, and accompanying publications about the impact of a green recovery program on specific U.S. states. From the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts.URL:
  4. Greening the GhettoJanuary 2009 profile of Van Jones (born Anthony Jones), author of “‘The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems’ [in which] he argues that the best way to fight both global warming and urban poverty is by creating millions of ‘green jobs’ — weatherizing buildings, installing solar panels, and constructing mass-transit systems.” Includes background about Jones, and details about his views and ideas. From the New Yorker.URL TRUNCATED, SEE LII ITEMLII Item:
  5. Landmark Study on Green Collar JobsThis study (published in 2007 and released in February 2008), “found that green collar jobs are highly suitable for people who would typically struggle to find work.” Includes the full report, findings from which were based on interviews with more than 20 green businesses in Berkeley, California, and an executive summary and news story. From California State University; report author is an urban studies professor at San Francisco State University.URL:

Obama was really serious about that whole change thing

While the proof is in the pudding, Obama has made some interesting moves in his first weeks on the job. He appointed a new Climate Czar, Carol Browner. He is also starting to re-instate the ways that the EPA interpret regulations.  The Bush administration toned down (to put it lightly) the activities of the EPA.  Take a look at this article from the New Scientist: US States May Regain Control of Vehicle Emissions.Here’s a video about it:

Do two Google Searches Equal 1 Pot of Tea

I have posted about the energy used by Google and other tech organizations in the past, but I came across an article today that ways that 2 Google Searches Equal 1 Pot of Tea. Basically, the amount of energy used to complete 2 searches on Google equal the energy used to boil 1 pot of tea in terms of carbon dioxide output. Here’s the question for all of you scientists out there, is that a lot of energy devoted to searches? Let me know what you think.

Cost of Consumerism

Before the new year hit, I heard an interesting piece from NPR’s World View about the costs of consumerism. It seems that the end of the 20th century has proven that capitalism is superior to communism, but we have to be careful not to think that this means that capitalism doesn’t have and cause problems that we must address. This show really challenges us to consider the special mixture of American consumerism and capitalism.

Today, we go back to our Critical Thinking on Capitalism series with an environmentalist who’ll tell us the way we do business is killing the planet, and we’ll hear from a political scientist who says we must change what we value in order to “prosper.” Also, Human Rights contributor Doug Cassel looks at global poverty and capitalism since the fall of the Soviet Union.