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Some surprising facts about your carbon emissions

Michael Specter of the New Yorker, as he tends to do, files a brilliant article on a subject that you would think has been beaten to death: climate change and carbon footprints. It's a must read. (I still recommend his 2006 article on water scarcity to anyone remotely interested in development.)

Even though the article isn't just a fact barrage, there are some salient factoids worth pulling out:

  • It is actually more "green" for New Yorkers to drink wine from Bordeaux, which is shipped by sea, than wine from California, sent by truck.
  • The environmental burden imposed by importing apples from New Zealand to northern Europe or New York can be lower than if the apples were raised 50 miles away.
  • By one calculation, half of the world's carbon-dioxide emissions come from just 700 million people, or nearly 10 percent of the population.
  • If you figure in deforestation, Indonesia and Brazil are the 3rd and 4th largest emitters of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere (still falling short of perennial emissions powerhouses, United States and China).  

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State Department e-mail goes haywire

I've blogged before about the U.S. State Department's bizarre daily appointments e-mail for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The e-mail often arrives after the events noted therein have already taken place, rendering it all but useless. Today was no different in that regard, except that whoever mailed it out seemed especially eager to inform me of Ms. Rice's morning meeting with defense ministers from Adriatic Charter states.

Today must be an especially an important day for Ms. Rice, so I'll reprint the e-mail below. Here's what flooded my inbox at 2:11 p.m. today:

Daily Appointments Schedule for February 19, 2008

SECRETARY OF STATE RICE:

ON FOREIGN TRAVEL WITH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

 

 

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE NEGROPONTE:
9:45 a.m.
   Meeting with the Adriatic Charter (Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia) Defense Ministers.
(CAMERA SPRAY IN TREATY ROOM / EDITORIAL PRESENCE WELCOME / NO Q&A)
Pick up time for all press:
  9:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

 

 

MORNING PRESS GAGGLE:

10:15 a.m. with Tom Casey
Pick up time for all press:  10:10 a.m. from room 2310 / no late escort


 

DAILY PRESS BRIEFING:
**(at approximately 12:00 p.m. with Sean McCormack)**