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Do You Know the New Eco Lexicon from Cramer-Krasselt’s Cultural Dictionary?

Posted by Digital Citizen on Friday, June 19, 2009

Cramer-Krasselt Cultural DictionarySo you’re green and hip, but is your language green and hip? How many of the environmental terms from ad agency Cramer-Krasselt‘s Cultural Dictionary (1 MB PDF) do you know?

Whatever you don’t know, impress your eco-friends by working these terms into your language. Or see how many you could use as often as you can. And, of course, use them with style! No term is hip unless used with a little style, and it’ll only be hip if used by hip people like you!

Bootleg trail (n)
A path that has been created by its users, such as mountain bikers or ATV riders, rather than by official designers.

Carborexic (n)
A person who has an unhealthy obsession with minimizing their carbon usage. Related: Energyexia.

Carbon trading (n)
A system which provides entities with permits for how much pollution they are allowed to create. These permits can then be bought and sold amongst other entities.

Chemical equator (n)
A chemical barrier in the atmosphere which separates the polluted air of the earth’s Northern Hemisphere from that of the relatively unpolluted Southern Hemisphere.

Dinosaur wine (n)
A term to refer to oil or its derivatives.

Eco-embedded (adj)
Not relying on consumers to make eco-friendly choices, but instead removing the decision from their hands with either government or business actions. Thus, eco-consciousness is embedded in daily life.

Ecoflation (n)
The increased cost of doing business due to the rising concerns over eco-consciousness.

Ecomodding (v)
Modifying, or modding, one’s car to make it more fuel efficient.

Ecosexual (n)
One who chooses their partner based upon a shared interest in eco-conscious causes.

Edible estates (n) Coined by U.S. campaigner Fritz Haeg, it refers to the practice of digging up front lawns and replacing them with edible plants and greens.

Energyexia (n)
The strict following of a regime to reduce one’s own carbon footprint. Related: Carborexic.

Freedomlawn (n)
Residential land set aside to cultivate natural plant life that grows without cultivation, chemicals or cutting.

Gashole (n)
A negative term to refer to a gas hog…usually associated with SUV drivers.

Gas sipper (n)
This 30-year-old term referring to a car that “sips lightly” found new relevance in 2008 with the rise in gas prices.

Green audit (n)
The act of assessing a business based upon its perceived adherence to environmentally
friendly practices.

Green-collar (v)
Workers employed in environmental and sustainability related fields. Think organic farmer.

Greenprint (n)
A government’s or community’s environmental plan. Also a verb to make such a plan.

Greyjing (n)
A nickname for Beijing that refers to its polluted skies.

Nano-solar (n) Small energy-absorbing panels that can fit on everything from windows to backpacks.

Natural capitalism (n)
An economic theory which seeks to combine the new found concern with eco-friendliness with business interests in order to maximize profit while minimizing environmental impact.

Negawatts (n)
The latest word for energy efficiency, coined by Amory Lovins.

Popcorn storm (n)
A term that refers to a short, unexpected rain shower that disappears as abruptly as it appeared.

Rewilding (v)
The process of returning an area to its original and natural vegetative state.

Ruralpolitan (n)
A professional who leaves the city for a rural area, but maintains their professional life.

Scuppie (n)
Socially conscious urban professional.

SRLI (n)
The Sampled Red List Index. An index that attempts to measure the threat of extinction to the various species of life on the planet.

Upcycle (v)
To give an object a better and more upscale existence.

Witches’ knickers (n)
Plastic bags caught in trees or bushes.

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Commentary: Sydney, Australia greens its “world’s largest” New Year’s fireworks show via other means than the fireworks

Posted by envirostats on Monday, December 31, 2007

Good effort, and some is better than none, but missing the point. Where are the stats about the perchlorate and particulate matter generated? Or about increases in both the days after such an event? 

Happy New Year, everyone! Thank you for reading Envirostats. May your year be full of good health, green joy and prosperity. [Envirostats author] 

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The City of Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks display is regarded as the largest and most technologically advanced annual fireworks display on the planet.

* The display draws larger crowds than in New York, London, Paris or Berlin, with more than a million people watching from the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

* Fifteen months of design, planning and preparation for the Bridge Effect.

* Approximately 11,000 shells, 10,000 shooting comets, and a total of 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects will be incorporated into the display.

* 112 firing points on the Sydney Harbour Bridge itself

* More than 60,000 metres of wires and cables are required to interface with the computers to launch the display

* Fourteen 20 foot shipping containers full of pyrotechnic equating to 112,000kg of equipment.

* A pyrotechnic crew of 40.

* The fireworks on the Bridge and barges are fully digitally launched, requiring 12 computers that will shoot a total of 9,200 cues.

* The 9pm show will use four fireworks barges.

* There are seven barges for the midnight show, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

* Fireworks will be seen off eight city rooftops.

* The 2007 Bridge Effect, designed by Brian Thomson and bridge lighting display by Martin Kinnane, is approximately 36m x 36m and weighs more than 40 tonne. It is installed on the bridge in approximately 22 nights over a three month period.

* 9,000m of rope light will be used to construct the effect. It is attached to a panel and truss system which uses over 50,000 cable ties.

* Programming the effect takes a year of planning and five days on-site using over 300 individual circuits.

* More than 4km of power cable is required to power the effect which will use up to 25,000kw of green power from set up to dismantle.

* The fireworks display is designed by Sydney’s Foti International Fireworks. This is the sixth year in a row that the company has been involved in the event. The Fireworks Director for the midnight fireworks is Fortunato Foti and Tino Pangallo for the 9pm Family Fireworks.

The City is doing it’s best to ensure a greener Sydney New Year’s Eve as part of the City’s continuing commitment to a sustainable future by:

  • Using GreenPower, which will save approximately 60 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year;
  • Recovering and recycling 80 per cent of rubbish collected from the event;
  • Using recycled water collected from the City’s rainwater tanks, recycling plants and pits for street cleaning after the event;
  • Distributing personal ashtrays on the night to help reduce littering of cigarette butts;
  • Nominating WWF-Australia as the official Charity of 2007 Sydney New Year’s Eve. Their vision is to save life on Earth and create a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

New Year’s Eve is a time for everyone to think about our future and take action to fight global warming.

On the night, please consider the environment by placing your rubbish in the bins provided or taking it with you and disposing of your cigarette butts in the bin.

Please also leave the car at home and catch public transport, walk or cycle.

City of Sydney, official PDF, Dec 23 2007

Posted in Air, Australia, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Hazardous Materials, Lifestyle, Statistics | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

14% percent of GHG emissions from all sources in Australia in 2006 was from enteric methane from cattle and sheep, but nothing from kangaroos as they have special bacteria in their stomachs that allow them to have methane free flatulence.

Posted by envirostats on Saturday, December 29, 2007

Methane (CH4) has the global warming potential of 21 compared to CO2, meaning a given mass of methane does 21-23 times the global warming damage to the atmosphere as the equivalent mass of CO2, or in another comparison, it’d take 21-23 times the mass of CO2 to do the same damage as a given mass of methane.

Animal flatulence, as well as human, deliver a significant amount of methane, and thus greenhouse gases, to world GHG emissions. The story was about scientists trying to get farm animal stomachs to work the same way as kangaroo stomachs and eliminate methane from those animals’ flatulence.  [Envirostats author]

– Athol Klieve, a senior research scientist with the Queensland state government, via Yahoo!, Dec 5 2007

Posted in Australia, Biodiversity, Environment, Global Warming, Statistics, Sustainability | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Commentary: Top 10 endangered sites due to global warming which are contributing to “doomsday tourism”

Posted by envirostats on Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Doomsday tourism, eh? Nice term. It’s a fine difference to eco-tourism, where you just want to see natural sites. Here, you want to see natural sites that is not predicted to remain for long. 

An interesting story about the eco-tourist boom of those rushing to see sites that are changing so fast they may disappear and never be seen as they were. Most of these are ice disappearing in one form or another, or sea levels rising. Let’s hope those who are rushing there are doing so responsibly so these sites are not gone sooner than would be otherwise without their presence!

Antarctica: the Müller ice shelf and the Larsen ice shelf are shrinking dramatically.

Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: global warming is blamed for melting of the year-round snows at the summit of Africa’s highest mountain. They could be gone in 15 years.

The Arctic ice cap: the melting of icebergs and ice caps in the Arctic is blamed on global warming and threatens the habitats of species such as polar bears.

The Maldives: rising sea levels (3½in per year) could make these 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean uninhabitable within 100 years.

Venice: the Italian city is sinking into the Adriatic and rising sea levels could make things worse.

Alaska: American travel agents report thousands heading for the shrinking glaciers and melting permafrost.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia: it’s been predicted that rising water temperatures, which are bleaching the famously vivid reefs, will kill 95 per cent of the living coral by 2050.

Kitzbuhel, Austria: the home of the world’s most fearsome ski run is among low-lying Alpine ski resorts whose long-term futures are threatened by rising temperatures – on average the warmest they have been for 1,250 years.

Galapagos Islands: rising water temperatures are bleaching coral and causing the deaths of marine species.

Patagonia: South American glaciers are also retreating.

According to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, more than 37,000 tourists visited the continent last year – double the number five years ago. A third came from America, while the second largest contingent – one in seven visitors – travelled from Britain. “There definitely is a rush to see and explore the world before it changes,” said Matt Kareus, of Natural Habitat, which operates excursions to Antarctica.

Interesting. We Canadians flock to warmer weather. Going to Antartica isn’t exactly our style, though, mind you, I personally took a half day vacation last winter to photograph Halifax harbour freezing in -36C windchill. We’ve got the deepest ice free unfrozen natural harbour in the world, in case you didn’t know. Besides, we Canadians have got the North Pole so why go to the South Pole? 🙂

At least we’ve got the North Pole for now. 🙂

Merry Christmas again! [Envirostats author]

– Eco-tourism story via The Telegraph, Dec 23 2007

Posted in Africa, Australia, Environment, European Union, Global Warming, Lifestyle, South America, United Kingdom, World | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Australians used 1.4 million tonnes of printing and fine paper in 2006, of which only 11% of office paper is being recycled and with the average paper document copied 19 times.

Posted by envirostats on Friday, December 21, 2007

Office paper wastage is by no means solely an Australian problem. See Stats 0494, 0495 and 0496 for other similar office paper usage trends, although they are not exactly the same so a direct comparison can’t be done, but the gist of it is well seen. However, in North America, office paper recycling is about 32.5% by weight in Stat 0486, when all the recycled paper usage is averaged out. Perhaps that’s why the Paper-less campaign is on in Australia that was the source site from which these statistics were found.

Recycling one tonne of paper (in Australia) would save 17 trees, 31,000 litres of water and 4,100 kWh of electricity.
– Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW) 2007

I added the “in Australia” in the statistic above that I did not post as a headline statistic because I know making paper in different places require different amounts of resources due to a variety of factors, from transportation to climate for growing the trees to the types of trees grown and harvested for paper, etc. However, that statistic was pertinent to this headline statistic and post. [Envirostats author]

Project Paper-less (Australia)

Posted in Australia, Environment, Lifestyle, Paper, Solid Waste, Statistics | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »