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    TAG : Guardian

    Whisky for the Environment

    Whisky fuels lots of things—rebellions, country and western songs, and Shane MacGowan, to name just a few. Now it’s going to power 9,000 homes in Scotland.More specifically, whisky byproducts are going to power the homes, in the distillery-rich region of Speyside, by helping to fuel a local ...

    Blogging from the Frontlines of TB

    “I cannot tell you a lie my friends, that is the most stigma I have faced up to now, but I have a strong heart,” writes Grace Lamwaka (July 1st, 2011) on the TB&ME blog launched by the nonprofit organization Doctors Without Borders, otherwise known as Médecins Sans Frontières ...

    Stop Saying Information Wants to be Free

    In Utne Visionary Cory Doctorow's latest Guardian column, he calls for the death of the "information wants to be free" argument. This is not a new argument for Doctorow, but it is damn well formed this time around:it's become the easiest, laziest straw man for Hollywood's authoritarian bullies ...

    How Many Words Do You See in a Day?

    According to a post on the Guardian'sdigital technology blog, "news sites average around 450 links on their homes pages, whereas 10 years ago they averaged just 12 links per home page." And you're probably clicking on those links. What does it all mean? The New York Times interface specialist ...

    If You Ran A News Organization, What Would You Do Differently?

    Dan Gillmor, director of the Knight Center for Digital Media, has issued 22 new rules for news organizations. He offers up his edicts as weapons against lazy and unimaginative journalism. Here are four of my favorites:- Transparency would be a core element of our journalism. One example of ...

    Bizarre Facts from the History of Animal and Insect Experimentation

    Ten million billion ants, 60,000 papers on the genetics of the common fruit fly, the weaponozation of at least 18 arthropod-borne diseases, and one skinned frog. In the books section of The Guardian, science writer PD Smith offers a titillating roundup of bizarre facts from the history of ...

    The Global Warming Blame Game

    Blame for China’s soaring carbon emissions is being tossed between East and West like a political hot potato in a debate that illustrates just how tricky international climate negotiations can be.The Guardian reports on a new study that found that manufacturing of exports, many of which are ...

    Distressing Dispatches from Gaza

    While rocket attacks in Gaza have subsided since a ceasefire was brokered in late January, the devastation for those living in the war zone has hardly ebbed.Writing for the New Statesman, Sami Abdel-Shafi describes post-ceasefire Gaza as “almost exactly as it was before the war.” ...

    Alastair Harper on The Reader as Outlaw

    “I was never an avid reader until I was 11 or 12,” writes Alastair Harper on the Guardian Books Blog. "Before I started reading," he remembers, "I was a rather subservient, slow little boy who never really did anything wrong, but never did much right either. Books inspired me to be very ...

    British Direct-Action Protesters Under Fire

    A few months after a British jury acquitted the “Kingsnorth Six” global warming activists, the U.K.'s attorney general is attempting to invalidate the “lawful excuse” defense frequently employed by direct-action protesters facing criminal charges.The Kingsnorth Six were cleared of ...

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