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34 Articles by Eliav Bitan

Gender and Climate Change

What possible relationship could there be between gender and climate change? From the most personal aspects of our bodies and minds, to the most general qualities of the planet we live on, the categories of gender and climate change seem as distant from each other as possible. This appearance is ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in September 2008, about Climate Change, Economics, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Health, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government

Back to School Shopping: The Stapleless Stapler

Fall is here and I have headed back to school. While I'm there, every research paper I hand in represents a little waste. The pages I hand in (double spaced no less!) are only the beginning. While I can edit on my laptop, nothing will ever replace my hard-copy ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in September 2008, about Consumerism, Design, Education

GOP VP Nominee Sarah Palin in Global Warming Science Denial

Sarah Palin, John McCain's vice presidential nominee, has demonstrated a shocking ignorance of climate science, indicating that the McCain campaign is completely out of touch with reality. While I can relate to Palin's small town background, and am glad that she appreciates her time in the outdoors as ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in September 2008, about Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Politics & Government (7 comments)

The Exxon Valdez Decision

This summer, the Supreme Court released rulings on issues from the death penalty to gun control. One death that the Court failed to understand is the murder of Prince William Sound. This case began, of course, with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in American history. Thirteen ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in July 2008, about Coal & Oil, Environment & Wildlife, Politics & Government

Green Schools - What Are The Benefits?

We go to school to be exposed to the unknown, to the strange, and to the new. No one goes to school to learn things they already know. Perhaps this explains educational institutions' seeming comfort with change. The constant confrontation with strangeness seems to prepare student and faculty for progressive ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in July 2008, about Architecture, Clean Technologies, Education, Energy Saving

350.org: Why We Need To Keep CO2 At 350 PPM

According to environmental writer Bill McKibben, and leading climate scientist James Hansen, 350 parts per million is the upper bound of safe CO2 levels on Earth. For a reasonable dissent that suggests 450 ppm, click here. McKibben has created an awesome website, www.350.org, to focus on getting to ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in July 2008, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Education, Politics & Government

Learning About Exxon Through Advertising

Sometimes a short piece of media can exemplify a whole way of looking at the world. An Exxon commercial I just saw demonstrated exactly the fossilized mindset of petrol-lovers. The ad sought to present Exxon as using technology to meet people's needs. What are our needs? Exxon's representative ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in July 2008, about Clean Technologies, Coal & Oil, Consumerism, Industry & Business, Media (3 comments)

The Return of the Electric Car

Returning from the dead like Lazarus, electric cars seem poised to return to America's roads. As gas prices are expected to stay above $4 a gallon, and people wait on 6 month waiting lists to buy a hybrid Prius, demand for low and no gasoline vehicles is huge. (A ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in June 2008, about Energy Saving, Industry & Business, Transport (1 comment)

A Bottled Water Solution

Environmental Guru Paul Hawken wrote that we ought to “design a system where...doing good is like falling off a log" (Ecology of Commerce) When it comes to plastic water bottles our current economic and social systems are making doing bad as easy as falling off a log. I'm ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in June 2008, about Consumerism, Health, Philosophy & Religion, Recycling, Water

Global Warming Causes Massive Earthquakes

I used to think global warming would cause drought, storms, and rising sea levels. This June, scientists realized that global warming is also going to increase global earthquake activity. How? The answer has to do with glacier movement. Glaciers are huge rivers of ice, progressing in a stately fashion from ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in June 2008, about Climate Change, Events (24 comments)

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