Posts by: adam

Our urban future

Trend watch! Supercities will be all the rage in the 21st century, as fully 2/3 of the world's population concentrates in urban regions. This centuries-long migration represents the culmination of a process of industrialization stretching back to the early 1800s, with all of its attendant social and environmental consequences. I've got a handful of links that take a data-driven driven… read more →

The sixth extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert's latest New Yorker article on the present era of mass extinction reads like a detective novel with a healthy dash of gothic horror thrown in. Unfortunately, it's behind the pay wall, so I'm going to have to do my best to summarize a long and intricate story. The cause and nature of extinction has been hotly debated since… read more →

Recipe: Israeli couscous with cauliflower

I'm going to be occasionally outsourcing these recipes to my friend Gina, who, unlike me, has a fancy degree from the Culinary Institute of America, has worked in fancy kitchens like the Zuni Cafe, and is just generally the master of all things delicious. Gina also has a food blog in which she answers questions from home cooks -- think… read more →

High-tech greenhouses

Because I've been frequently critical of the half-baked notion of vertical farms, it seems only fair that I link to this article about high tech greenhouses that, at first blush, have a somewhat vertical farm-y feel to them. Vertical farms, you may recall, represent the extreme of the local food movement: massive edifices sited in urban environments that use a… read more →

Recipe: salt potatoes with two dipping sauces

There's a debate in the Bitten blog over the provenance of this simple potato recipe. The blog's author credits it to José Andrés, possibly the most highly regarded chef in the world, who serves something similar in his new culinary temple in Los Angeles. Not so, says a commenter. These are just salt potatoes, a specialty in Syracuse and all… read more →

In the future, we’ll all be energy traders?

Journalists tend to focus a lot of attention on smart meters, simply because these are the piece of the smart grid puzzle what will be most directly visible to consumers. And as with any nascent technology, we're treated to a lot of highly speculative "world of tomorrow" descriptions of the changes just around the corner. In the future, consumers will… read more →

Stop talking about lifestyle

Today's episode of "Sacrifice is for Suckers" is dedicated to Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski, who recently warned that climate change is going to force some difficult choices on Americans who are used to having their cake and burgers and ice cream and SUVs too: > "Other than taxes," he added, "the hardest thing I find to talk with my constituents… read more →

Recipe: glazed carrots with shallots and tarragon

Here I've turned Mark Bittman's description of a dish into an actual recipe, but you can play with this endlessly by mixing up the vegetables and the herbs. I will say, though, that I have yet to improve on the version below. By the way, this dish is really good. Surprisingly good for something so simple. If you make it,… read more →

A tale of two transportation systems

Two recent news items offer up in pleasingly compact form parables about the choices we face as a society and the trends, both good and bad, that will shape our built and natural environments for decades to come. First, a high-speed rail line in Europe achieved an ambitious emissions reduction target -- three years ahead of schedule. > Eurostar announced… read more →

Keeping count in New York and Copenhagen

Despite already having absurdly high numbers of bicycle commuters, the city of Copenhagen is always looking for ways to increase the share of trips taken by bike. The latest bit of social marketing struck me as pretty clever: a digital counter displays a running tally of the number of cyclists who pass through one of the city's major thoroughfares. Lucky… read more →
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