Emissions slowly begin to drop ?

I guess I should have read the whole article first. There are plenty of fun wording issues to ridicule…

http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=34902

U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Slowly Begin to Drop
Source: GreenBiz.com
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2007 — In the EPA’s annual national greenhouse gas inventory, the agency has found that overall emissions during 2005 increased by less than one percent from the previous year.

The drop follows a steady increase over the last 15 years, when greenhouse gases climbed 16 percent between 1990 and 2005.

The Department of Energy reports that greenhouse gas emissions have risen an average of 1.2 percent per year each year.

guerilla project facilitation

From a thread that came up today on ‘post-mortems’:

I’ve been searching around for a replacement term for a long time:

Retrospectives
After Action Reviews

Neither really roll off the tongue, but they feel a little better than post-mortem.

But really – the questions to ask are the most important:

What did we learn?
What are we going to do better next time?
What are we going to do?
If there’s a problem, what changes will solve it?
And what is the commitment to make that change?

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no one belongs here more than you

Don’t know if you’ve heard of Miranda July, but I thought her new site was pretty neat.

== ● No One Belongs Here More Than You ==
http://www.kottke.org/07/04/no-one-belongs-here-more-than-you
(from kottke.org)

Miranda July, who you might remember from her film Me and You and Everyone We Know, has a book coming out in May, a collection of stories called No One Belongs Here More Than You. The book has a web site that’s one of the most effective and creative I’ve seen in a long time. Here’s a screenshot of one of my favorite pages, just to give you a taste:

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1-800-GOOG-411

There are other free 411 services out there, but I thought I’d share this one:

Google threw a new product called Goog-411 into Google Labs today – a free telephone based information service that could replace toll 411 calls. About 2.6 billion 411 calls are made in the U.S. each year, and it is a $7 billion/year market.

Goog-411 can be accessed by dialing 1-800-GOOG-411. The product is completely automated and there is no way to talk to a human for additional or clarifying information. You tell it your city and state, and then ask for a specific business or business category.

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150 best apartment ideas

There are a couple nice pages in this link.. original link below.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/0061139734/sr=1-3/qid=1175487863/ref=dp_images_all/103-8644087-1651865?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1175487863&sr=1-3

== 150 Best Apartment Ideas ==
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mocoloco/KGTY/~3/105942160/003963.php
(from MoCo Loco)

150 apartments from all over the world, “This compilation expresses the diversity of current trends in apartment design and provides an inspirational source of ideas for those active in the field of design or interested in catching up on the latest in contemporary residential architecture.”. Lots of ideas for small spaces (here are some pages from the book). Hardcover, 600 pages, well illustrated, $19.77 at Amazon.

+ 150 Best Apartment Ideas at Amazon

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USDA coffee ruling

http://www.salon.com/mwt/food/eat_drink/2007/04/03/coffee_organic/

Until now, however, there has been a special provision for “grower groups” that made certification practical for farmer cooperatives in the Third World, whose memberships can reach into the thousands. Because of the immense logistical demands of inspecting every farm in a large co-op, a compromise was reached: An organic inspector would randomly visit only a portion of the group’s farms each year, usually 20 percent. The grower groups would then self-police the remainder through a manager who made sure they followed the rules. The following year, an inspector would return and visit another 20 percent of the farms. After five years, all farms would be inspected.

But in the ruling made public this month, the National Organic Program overturned that system, saying every farm in a grower group must now be visited and inspected annually — as has been the practice in the United States — rather than only a percentage.

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