Given: I think too much. We're fixing up the bathroom and I'm considering putting some cash into fixing the driveway, but then I wonder if the house will be (literally) under water in a few years time... (Sulphur, LA - on the Texas side of Lake Charles). Am I paranoid or is this valid?
Ideas for what the world might look like in 50-200 years? Specifically looking for doom-and-gloom speculation, but based on some semblance of evidence or realistic projections. [more inside]
Hello, My brother and Sis in law are expecting twins in a couple days. What gifts can I send them? It has to be able to ship to Singapore, around $100 (USD) or so, and best if it can ship through Amazon Global. [more inside]
What's a powerful GPS with a nice big screen? [more inside]
Does the mass of human construction radiate enough heat to contribute to global warming? [more inside]
Are there differences between Eastern style websites as opposed to Western style sites? [more inside]
Enlighten me on current state of the art thinking, discourse and vocabulary around gender politics please. Terminally unique details inside. [more inside]
Best web practices for a global company's website? How to handle content and translation..? [more inside]
Are we as environmentally screwed as I think we are? [more inside]
A friend has advised me of a way to rake it in when the economy goes boom. Can you guys have a look at this and see if he is wise or just deluded. [more inside]
Does climate change ever work in farmers favor? If one region becomes inhospitable for growing a crop due to climate change (like coffee in Peru), does it mean another part of the world may become perfect for growing that crop that was previously not? [more inside]
Where can one get/buy research on global internet usage by doctors or healthcare providers? [more inside]
What source says that human beings are the most secure they've been in 200 years? [more inside]
As serious as global warming is, and as close as we've come to the point of no return, I find it incredible that there isn't at least a moderate-scale boycott against the oil companies that are behind the public misinformation campaign and lobbying against legislation. And if not a boycott, at least some sort of active protests. Am I just looking in the wrong places? Wouldn't a boycott of say ExxonMobil (from what I've read one of the largest supporter of the denialist machine) by a few tens of thousands have an impact? Or is their revenue just too big?
I'm looking for photos on the web or books showing international cities evolving over the last 10, 20, or 50 years, particularly in the developing world: Mumbai, Dhaka, Guangzhou, et al.
A colleague's (adult) daughter was recently diagnosed with Global Ischemia and they are looking for support resources - books, support groups online or in person, basically anything that can help them cope with this would be helpful. My colleague is not very tech savvy so I am hoping to compile a list of resources to make it easy for them to browse. Any other helpful tips or advice appreciated! [more inside]
If all the people in all the world took all of their cash (whether it's in a bank or not) and divided it equally amongst everyone, how much would each and every person in the world end up with? [more inside]
How much CO2 emissions result from cigarette smoking? Could aggregate cigarette smoking worldwide be considered to have an effect on global warming?
What websites that are well known in most parts of the world didn't originate from an English speaking country? [more inside]
Need examples of notable global warming skeptics whose predictions came true, or did not.
I'll shortly be teaching a unit of work to senior high school students titled "Navigating the Global". I'm after short stories, preferably available for free online, that deal with the themes of global vs local culture. [more inside]
What contemporary artists or arts organizations are using art to address major global issues? [more inside]
How will global warming affect the nature and prevalance of clouds? [more inside]
Interesting things to do? Time available - six months (Sept. Feb. inclusive). Location - anywhere. [more inside]
If every working person on the planet earned the same wage, what would we all be earning? [more inside]
In his book Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen makes the case that phasing out coal is the most important thing for humanity to do, to reduce the chances of catastrophic climate change. As such, my question is this: which organizations in Canada and the US are doing the most to advance that aim, both domestically and internationally? [more inside]
In January, I'm leaving the US for Europe, where I'll be for the next six months, if not more. I want to buy an E-reader, so I can continue to read books in English, and also to save myself from lugging books back and forth. Given the circumstances, seems to me the best choice is to buy a Kindle 2 right now. Am I right? [more inside]
How can I expand my blog/website's reach. [more inside]
With regards to psychotherapy, a common opinion I've noticed on MetaFilter is that Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is perceived as being the most efficient way to go, in addition to being one of the very few therapies likely to be reimbursed by health insurance. However, this may be coming from a largely American perspective. As such, I'm curious: What are some major features of psychotherapy in countries other than the United States? [more inside]
Does everyone categorise shades of colours in the same way? I'm interested in the way shades of colours are bundled together in different cultures/languages. [more inside]
Is there more world hunger today or 200 years ago, globally and in the USA? [more inside]
I need an authoritative listing of the world's seaports (by country) or failing that, a list of the number of seaports by country. Exhaustive searching has only turned up inaccurate/incomplete lists and I can't seem to find one on the IMO website either. Any ideas?
I am interested in searching for global locales based on weather: avg temperature, rainfall, days of sunshine etc. Can anyone recommend such a web site? Barring that, what websites are best to review these weather characteristics over time for a given locale?
Are there any books in the global warming debate, written after 2006, that provide counter arguments to Bjorn Lomborg's views in Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming or Nigel Lawson's An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming? [more inside]
Are global birth and death rates roughly consistent over the course of a day/month/year? (Are there are any clear patterns of daily or seasonal spikes?) [more inside]
I need a good collection of readings identifying major issues associated with energy production using biomass. [more inside]
What tools are out there for globalizing/internationalizing English text? [more inside]
Fifteen years ago I heard that we had ten years to turn the world around or it would be too late. When can I stop caring about the Environment?
In high school, I remember a teacher who taped some news show and showed it to us in class and it said that we had like, ten years to turn the planet around or global warming and our First World lifestyle where ten percent of the planet caused fifty percent of the emissions or something would push us past the point of no return. Anyway, my question is, have we passed it yet? When can I stop caring about the Environment? [more inside]
Why is the (supposed) story about libraries and the recession seemingly spontaneously appearing in every single newspaper this week? [more inside]
I'm looking into global climate history. Is there a particularly good overview for this? [more inside]
I am trying to put together a list of environmental eco-friendly sites targeted from young children (kindergarten) to grades 3-4, and 4-6. Looking for anything interesting that has stats, games and so forth. Appreciate your time and input. I need a lot (30 plus...even if you give me one, that is a help)
one world government? a bad idea? [more inside]
How would you estimate the number of web servers that a country uses? According to Gartner and IDC, about 8-9 million servers are shipped in a year (2007) -- but how does that break down by country? [more inside]
Do chinese people get sick of eating chinese food? This is not a slam against chinese food, as its one of my favorites, but more of a question of people, not just in china mind you, of a particular culture, food wise, getting tired of eating that same food all the time. [more inside]
How do I pronounce POGGE? [more inside]
Niche social networking setup that relies on symbols/emoticons and pre-set phrases to communicate? [more inside]
What are the most exciting developments that are actually functioning in ecology, sustainability and alternative technologies? The more specific the better! [more inside]
Best way to mitigate effects of potential peak oil and global warming issues without looking like a nutjob? CYOA in a realistic manner? [more inside]
How do you create system-wide desktop icons in KDE 3.5? [more inside]
New Year resolution: write a novel this year. Need some resources [more inside]
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