"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Psychrophiles: From Biodiversity to Biotechnology
"Psychrophiles: From Biodiversity to Biotechnology" -- soon to be my favorite bedside reading companion -- as soon as I can afford the 100 dollar used price tag ($279 new -- talk about barriers to entry -- don't tell me "supply and demand" rules the extravagant prices of important technical books containing vital infor...mation that can help solve the biggest global problems from climate change to poverty to biodiversity loss -- in the end it is just ink on paper, overpriced methinks for the same reasons the writing is so inaccessible -- so few can access it! )