Much deserved praise for departed Peter Kaplan, humane & skilled editor (& family man). @bkColin @newyorkobserver quotes Kaplan piece on Clay Felker focused on line with double meaning now: “Never hold your best stuff.” Given life’s brutally unfair vagaries, never more true.
"I knew this was going to be a strange holiday season when I glanced at the car in the opposite lane…" (©2013 A. Revkin)
The United Watershed States of America. What if boundaries followed water flows? via @washingtonpost
Valuable @Stanford study shows life-cycle #tarsands C intensity dropped a lot but still 12-24% higher than from conventional oil production. Abstract (Env. Research Letters):
There has been increased scrutiny of the Alberta oil sands due to their high carbon intensity (CI) relative to conventional crude oil. Relying entirely on public and peer-reviewed data sources, we examine historical trends in the CI of oil sands extraction, upgrading, and refining. Monthly data were collected and interpolated from 1970 to 2010 (inclusive) for each oil sands project. Results show a reduction in oil sands CI over time, with industry-average full-fuel cycle (well-to-wheels, WTW) CI declining from 165 gCO2e MJ−1 higher heating value (HHV) of reformulated gasoline (RFG) to 105 (−12, +9) gCO2e MJ−1 HHV RFG. 2010 averages by production pathways are 102 gCO2e MJ−1 for Mining and 111 gCO2e MJ−1 for in situ. The CI of mining-based projects has declined due to upgrader efficiency improvements and a shift away from coke to natural gas as a process fuel. In situprojects have benefitted from substantial reductions in fugitive emissions from bitumen batteries. Both mining and in situ projects have benefitted from improved refining efficiencies. However, despite these improvements, the CI of oil sands production (on a pathway-average basis) ranges from 12 to 24% higher than CI values from conventional oil production. Due to growing output, total emissions from the oil sands continue to increase despite improved efficiency: total upstream emissions were roughly 65 MtCO2e in 2010, or 9% of Canada’s emissions.
How can the garment industry be more sustainable?
By Theo Hilton
This past Thursday, I attended an event called Fashion as Evolution: Consumer Power, hosted by Ampleen at the Scandinavia House on Park Avenue. The room was packed with fashion students, experts and professionals for the first in a series of events focusing on consumers’ potential to affect the shift toward sustainable practice in the garment industry.
When keynote speaker Amy Hall, director of social consciousness at Eileen Fischer, first presented a Powerpoint slide, showing the words “Fashion vs. Sustainability,” I must confess I didn’t expect much. I was glad when she went on to provide these rather startling statistics about today’s garment industry:
- under 3% of clothes bought in the United States are made here
- 85% of our textile waste goes straight to the dump
- There are more people working as slaves today than ever before, many in garment production
Via @AIRworldwide, a telling #Haiyan stat beyond human toll, comparing total $ losses to insured losses:
"[T]otal damage to residential, commercial, and agricultural properties from Super Typhoon Haiyan will range between USD 6.5 billion and USD 14.5 billion. However, because insurance penetration in the region is relatively low, AIR estimates that insured losses will range between USD 300 million and USD 700 million."
Guarantees a very long financial disaster for residents of affected areas.