This Week’s Top 10 (7/22/07-7/28/07)

Here are my favorite environment, health, climate change, international development or country specific blog posts (and articles) for the past week in no particular order.

  1. Welcome Back, Potter from Grist

    I inhaled it in two days and was very pleased to learn that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the “greenest book in publishing history.”

    [T]he switch [to eco-friendly paper] for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has saved nearly 200,000 trees and avoided almost 8,700 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

  2. ENERGY STAR Certification Updated for Computers from floppyhead.com via Digg

    On July 20th, ENERGY STAR’s new specifications for computers went into effect.

    Only about 125 desktops and laptops currently meet the new stringent requirements.

  3. KENYA: Covering elections and promoting press freedom by phone from IRIN Africa

    NAIROBI, 27 July 2007 (IRIN) – Mobile phones have revolutionised communication in Africa… This year’s Kenyan elections should also be a milestone in the role of mobiles in politics and the media.

    Kenya is one of four countries involved in a pilot programme, Voices of Africa, which aims to use new mobile technology to better equip struggling young journalists.

    In the coming months, reporters will receive mobile phones with relatively high-speed data connections, using General Packet Radio System (GPRS), a service running on an increasing number of African networks, which allows users to send and receive large amounts of data, such as audio and images.

    Multimedia content will be uploaded on to a server directly from the field, allowing reporters to be first with the news. “First witness accounts is what we want for journalism: first-hand news and scoops,” says Wafula.

    Thanks Emily M.

  4. Biofuels Impacting on Charity Food Operations from Celsias

    Increased production of biofuels is causing food prices to rise by such an extent that the World Food Programme, a United Nations agency combating famine, is having trouble feeding as many hungry people as in the past, the agency said in an interview with the Financial Times.

    Sigh.

  5. The World Bank as social venture fund from iPienso

    “The World Bank,” a colleague once told me, “is less than the sum of its parts.” …the Bank underperforms because it constantly degrades its most precious resources — the energy, skills and creativity of the people who work there… so the basic prescription for improving the Bank’s performance is very simple: Just take the handcuffs off the staff and let them show the world what they can do…

  6. How Much Land Would You Need To Grow All Of Your Families Food? from The Seitch
  7. UN concerned at Haiti lynchings from BBC News

    The UN Special Representative in Haiti, Edmond Mulet, has warned of a sharp increase in lynchings and other mob attacks in the Caribbean nation.

  8. Gulf dead zone to be biggest ever from BBC News
    This year could see the biggest “dead zone” since records began form in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

    The dead zone is an area of water virtually devoid of oxygen which cannot support marine life.

    It is caused by nutrients such as fertilisers flowing into the Gulf, stimulating the growth of algae which absorbs the available oxygen.

    “The relatively high nitrate loading may be due to more intensive farming of more land, including crops used for biofuels, unique weather patterns, or changing farming practices.”

    Its 2003 Global Environment Outlook said that the number of seasonal hypoxic areas has doubled each decade since the 1960s.

  9. Instructables, Popular Science and TreeHugger’s “Go Green!” Contest

    TreeHugger has teamed up with Instructables and Popular Science to bring you the Go Green! contest. We want to know how you’re reducing your environmental footprint, and hopefully saving some cash in the process. Are you modding your gear, simplifying your life, or building something awesome? Tell us what you’re doing to go green, and teach us how — share what you know!

  10. Beggars can’t be choosers? from Managing Globalization

    Just when it looked like things were getting better for carriers of HIV in poor countries, old-fashioned negligence has thrown a monkey wrench (or spanner, if you prefer) into the works. Last month’s recall of an HIV drug made by Roche is causing ripples across the developing world, as Elisabeth Rosenthal writes. Critics say Roche could organized the recall much better, but can anyone call them to account?