Random Weekend Linkage

Most weekends I like to kick back, watch the world go by and post some links if anything grabs my attention.

This weekend, we’re packing, so life is hectic! Robyn and the girls leave for Canada next Tuesday so there could be a couple of days where I’m offline while we hang out with my family in Sydney for an early Christmas celebration.

Anyway, back to the links… 

Sustainable Water

Canada’s voluntary national guidelines for water quality lag the regulatory systems used by the United States and Europe and fall short of World Health Organization recommendations, according to the David Suzuki Foundation.

“Although Canada is envied around the world for its natural wealth of fresh water, there is a disturbing gap between the quality of our water and the quality of our drinking water guidelines,” the report said.

Source: Planet Ark : Canada Lags US, Europe on Water Safety – Report

A study of Melbourne City Council workers has found 46 per cent willing to drink water made from recycled effluent.

Source: Recycled water more palatable | Herald Sun

Sustainable Food

We got tomatoes in our veg box this week. They were grown at a local farm. Great for keeping down food miles. But it’s November.


Source: Are Food Miles Really The Problem? – Green Girls Global Blog


Sustainable Energy

According to a piece in Forbes, wind has the potential to supply one third of the world’s electricity by 2050.

Source: Greenthinkers: Wind Power And The World’s Electricity Needs

Australia, with 40% of the world’s uranium reserves, currently has no commercial nuclear power plants and strictly limits uranium mining. Along with the U.S., Australia refused to join as a signatory to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

The panel, commissioned by Prime Minister John Howard’s government last June, asserted that developing nuclear power and easing curbs on uranium mining could reduce carbon emissions from coal and lift revenues from uranium exports by $1.4 billion a year. The commission advocated constructing 25 nuclear reactors to supply a third of Australia’s electricity by 2050.

Source: Australian panel calls for nuclear power, more uranium mines | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist

…a few companies do actually make small mini or micro wind turbines for residential and remote markets (not that many of our local building codes and zoning restrictions would let us put one up).

Southwest Windpower makes the Skystream 3.7, which was recently awarded 2006 Best of What’s New Award from Popular Science in the Home category, according to the company. They claim to have more than 90,000 turbines in field, and you can get one by calling up one of the dealers.

Source: Greenthinkers: When it Comes to Wind – Smaller is Better?

Sustainable Transport

The City of Santa Monica, California, provides real-time parking availability information on the Internet in hopes of relieving traffic problems from motorists circling for a parking space.


Source: Cities Try Online Fix For Parking Crunch | Planetizen

Sustainable Blogging

The 21 points included in this checklist will cover the basics of what you need to do during those all-important first two weeks of your blog’s life. While there are no guarantees in the blogosphere, if you follow these launching tips closely, your chances of success are greatly improved.

Source: 21 Surefire Tips for a Successful Blog Launch

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.