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Threadless.com are now producing their own tees. They claim they’re “sweatshop free” (though no indication of any accreditation or auditing scheme) and that they’re a blend of the two different types of tees they’ve used in the past – which sounds tops (the American Apparel ones were too thin, the Fruit of the Loom were too boxy).

My favourite t-shirt company just got better 🙂

YouTubers…

Ben posted this over here. He’s not sure why. Having seen it, I’m posting it here. Not sure why.

All I know is I really needed it today after a tough day at work to remind me why social media and the net are personal and important.

And I feel strangely compelled to post a video to YouTube all of a sudden taken with the iSight built into my iMac. (For some strange reason, I’ve never thought of it for doing that kind of thing.)

P.S. I saw Ben’s post testing the new website design I did for them. Check it out.

Yes, I’m still alive…

…for those that might be wondering.

Work is crazy in the lead-up to a new campaign, and training up our new web developer… Yay!

Also busy packing and preparing for the move to the new apartment next Monday.

In the meantime we’ve managed to score our first gig for my new band!!! Two gigs in fact – the first is on 28 December with The Devoted Few and Neon Knight at Gasworks Parramatta.

The second is a slot early on 24 January at the Sando in Newtown.

Anyways, just thought I’d pop up for air. Gotta get back to it…

Proportional emissions

Tim Burrows: UN overtaken by snail. Tim points out an interesting fact.

If China was to emit at the same rate as Australia, it would be responsible for about 90% of global emissions instead of the 30% or so that they account for at present.

China is taking an active stance on reducing emissions. As Al Gore points out in An Inconvenient Truth, it’s mileage standards for cars are far stronger than the US. And there are many other things they are doing. Not perfect, but a lot better than our country’s piss poor efforts.

He then goes on to talk about a proportional carbon allowance:

As George Monbiot points out in his book ‘Heat’, rather than stopping the clock and freezing everyone’s emissions at their current level, surely it would be fairer to base emissions caps on a proportional split of allowable emissions levels. That is, take the allowable total emissions of the world, divide that by the population of the world, then multiply by the population of each country.

On this basis, most developing countries would be allowed to actually increase their emissions slightly, while developed countries would have to make drastic cuts. This would allow developing countries some time to adapt to the new regime, while putting most of the burden on the countries that caused the problem in the first place.

I’ve seen this theory before (it’s not Monbiot’s creation I don’t think). But it makes intuitive and rational sense. And it shows how irrational some of the alternatives are. But that’s politics for ya…

Cotton as a food crop

The Australian: Modified cotton to be edible.

They believe environmentalists would find it hard to object to a crop with the potential to reduce world hunger.

Right. So they’ve genetically modified the cotton plant – one of the most water-intensive crops on the planet that by some reports is responsible for 11% of the world’s pesticide use (more), so that the world’s poor can eat it.

Apparently that should be enough for “environmentalists” to get over their aversion to GM crops.

A comparison of water use of various crops (you’ll have to scroll down the page) shows that cotton uses more water than corn and wheat. I can’t seem to find a similar comparison of pesticide use for various food crops, but I suspect the trend would be the same.

Mebbe we should be focusing on better food crops than GM cotton?

Green Electricity Watch – latest report

Green Electricity Watch reviews Green Power providers across Australia and produces a “scorecard” to help customers determine the wheat from the chaff when it comes to clean energy.

The latest report has just been released. Origin Energy continues their good form, but TRUenergy have also stepped up this year. Check it out if you were thinking of switching to Green Power soon.

And remember, some providers will try to offer you unaccredited “green power” – make sure you look for the Green Power green tick and only get the accredited offerings.

Flip-flopping?

Oikos: Costello on climate change: Back to the future?.

From the ABC, Costello says:

“I think the ground is changing. I think it is important that we bring new countries into this discussion. And I think, from Australia’s point of view, if the world starts moving towards a carbon trading system, we can’t be left out of that.”

David does more than just point out that the Kyoto Protocol in fact does include an emissions trading mechanism – he points to Alexander Downer telling us just that in 1998.

This at the same time as the so-called Environment Minister apparently claims Australia is recognised as a world leader on global warming (I heard that from someone in the office earlier today, but can’t find a reference)…

Do they take us for fools?