Planned obsolescence : don’t tell me your company does it

Sometimes you learn of a new concept that, once planted in your brain, helps you make sense of a lot of things that were bugging you before. And this one doesn’t let go of me. The thing that was bugging me was this : I bought a top of the line Siemens Dishwasher two years …

Olielekkage zoutcaverne Enschede, een duurzame blik

Ik vind dat ik er iets van moet vinden, van de olielekkage uit een oude zoutboorput net over de grens bij Enschede. Ik ken de omgeving goed, jaren gewoond, prachtige natuur. Zout in de ondergrond. Winning Gat boren tot in de zoutlaag, uitspoelen met water dat in pekel verandert, pekel oppompen en met heel veel …

The 5 R’s of sustainability

People, Planet, Profit, you know the drill on sustainability. Along with the 3 R’s : Reduce, Reuse and Recycly they form the most important acronyms to get started in the field of sustainability. But it’s a tough world out there, and it’s really difficult to run a sustainable enterprise in a “warehouse on wheels portion …

Huisvuilscheiding te effectief, rekening omhoog!

Hoe zei mijn favoriete koningin het een paar jaar geleden ook alweer zo mooi over haar aanstaande? “Een beetje dom” Dat waren de woorden die door me heen schoten toen ik vanmiddag een discussie op Twitter volgde tussen een aantal Twitterraars die stopten met hun huisvuil te scheiden omdat de gemeente de tarieven ging verhogen …

Everything you need to know about methane but were afraid to ask

“Listen, the North Pole is starting to tilt towards the sun, so of course it melts, and that’s also why the Antarctic is growing so fast now” This is the kind of rubbish I find on my replies when I tweet about Climate Change. Good thing I have my blog where I can spend more …

Paul Krugman: I was wrong on the feasibility of renewable energy

Very interesting post by Paul Krugman in the New York Times yesterday. He confesses he was wrong and that we Treehuggers were right: decarbonizing our economy is now well within reach and the reason is the unbelievable price drop of solar power. Prices have been cut by 3/4 just since 2008. The negative impact of …

Goed gesprek met een fossiel (revisited)

Gesprek tussen een Fossiel en Lars Hallo, ik ben Lars, verontrust burger die zijn best doet de wereld beter achter te laten voor zijn kinderen. Hallo ik ben Fossiel, voorstander van schaliegas, aardolie, steenkool, bruinkool en gashydraten, eigenlijk alles wat je in de fik kan steken om geld mee te verdienen vind ik mooi. Ik …

Stop development of fuel efficient cars (Jevons Paradox)

The IPCC’s latest report is out and creating a lot of fuzz around the globe. Summary of the report : 2 degrees temperature rise seems inevitable, and to stop temperatures from rising over 4 degrees above pre-industrial levels we need to take serious action, and do that very quickly. After I got over my anger …

Instruction manual for this planet

Dear Extra Terrestrial, the planet you just set foot on must have made at least 10 thousand revolutions around the star it circles since we poisoned its atmosphere with carbon dioxide. We humans, the creatures that once walked the face of this planet with almost 9 billion, leave you this instruction so you can safely …

On Stakeholder Engagement: do it or they will do it to you

MOOC’ing my way to a new job in “Sustainability”, and learning lots of interesting stuff. This week had “Stakeholder Engagement” on the menu. We learned about standards for doing this (AA1000ses), reasons to do it and ways on reporting on the interactions with stakeholders and the showing the results. All rather dry and theoretical but …

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