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Posted in March 2011

sustainability rant stuff

I am collecting stuff for a rant about sustainability. Since Firefox is creaking under the weight of a bazillion open tabs, here are some of the links. Somebody else may find them interesting or provocative.

When energy efficiency sullies the environment, John Tierney, NYT 7/3/2011

The Sins of Syn Bio, how synthetic biology will bring us cheaper plastics by ruining the poorest nations on Earth, Jim Thomas, Slate, 2/2/2011

Ugandan scientists grow GM banana as disease threatens country’s staple food. Ban on GM crops waived after bacterial disease causes annual banana crop losses of $500m, Xan Rice in Galamba, The Guardian, 9/3/2011

Disease v. culture: Botulism in the Arctic, Maryn McKenna, WIRED, 5/2/2011

Sinistra divisa sui «fagiolini equi» della Coop. Il Prc attacca un progetto che coinvolge la Toscana: danneggia i nostri contadini e quelli del Burkina. La replica: sciocchezze, Sergio Rizzo, Corriere della Sera, 25/3/2007

Birkeland, J. and E. Corporation (2002). Design for sustainability: a sourcebook of integrated, eco-logical solutions, CSIRO.

Sherren, K. (2007). "Is there a sustainability canon?" The Environmentalist 27(3): 341-347.

I wouldn’t want to leave you hanging – the point I would like to make is that sustainability is a bad design driver because it is anti-historical, impossible to verify a posteriori and useless as a heuristic a priori. The much less grand efficiency, on the other hand, is a good design driver. In other words, if you do design for sustainability I really don’t understand what you are doing (or how you can do it).

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