As I write this post, Earth Hour 2010 gets underway off the coast of New Zealand, when the diesel generators on the Chatham Islands are turned off, as the first of 125 countries and territories sets in motion a 24-hour wave of hope and positive action on climate change that the organizers hope will sweep the world for Earth Hour. As the video explains, Earth Hour is designed to focus attention on climate change and the environment: [â€¦] Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday … [Read more...] about Earth Hour 2010 today
I havenâ€™t seen or heard much about the Climate Camp environmental get-together thatâ€™s been taking place in south London since last week. Spotting this tweet from the Metropolitan Police over the weekend saying that their mobile police station is closed as there's no demand for it made me curious to see what was actually going on. After all the fanfare last week, I would have expected to have seen some TV coverage on at least one of the days. Maybe there has been and I just missed it. Or … [Read more...] about Absence makes the heart grow fonder
So London's Metropolitan Police is now on Twitter. Not for reasons you might think, though. No reaching out to engage with the public at large. Not to connect with Londoners to talk about issues of common interest that might be on peopleâ€™s minds in a very large city. Not even to provide citizens with information that might be useful as well as create positive impressions of the police service with people inclined to engage via a channel like Twitter. No, the Met is there on Twitter only as a … [Read more...] about No engagement marks the digital battle lines
Iâ€™d not heard about The Age of Stupid before seeing a story in the Financial Times about it that showed up in my RSS reader this morning. The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute film about climate change, set in the future, which will have its world premiere in London on March 15th 2009 and then be released in UK cinemas on March 20th 2009, followed by other countries. SYNOPSIS Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the … [Read more...] about The Age of Stupid
Sir Richard Branson isnâ€™t just a guy with a beard and a penchant for sweaters, balloons and boat racing. Heâ€™s also the man behind one of the most successful brands in the world: Virgin. So starts the bio page that describes Richard Branson on Virginâ€™s corporate website. Itâ€™s a good, concise description of a man who epitomizes his organizationâ€™s brand, so closely identified is he with that brand across so many different business areas, and who is a powerful communicator (or, as some … [Read more...] about Unfiltered Branson
Possibly the most interesting news so far to come out of the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona this week is that there seems to be clear agreement among mobile operators and equipment manufacturers to develop and bring to market a universal mobile phone charger. Imagine: a tool to charge your phone that will fit any future phone on the market. You know whatâ€™s it like right now, donâ€™t you? If you have, say, three phones from different manufacturers, youâ€™ll have three … [Read more...] about Fingers crossed for a mobile industry standard
Last month, IT industry analysts Gartner published their 2008 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Here's what it looks like: What I find especially interesting is where on the hype cycle some of these technologies are, especially seeing their current and predicted positions along the Technology Trigger and cresting the Peak of Inflated Expectations. What will languish in the Trough of Disillusionment, and what will emerge onto the Slope of Enlightenment? Gartnerâ€™s own summary … [Read more...] about Notables in the 2008 Gartner hype cycle
Reading about CO2Stats (via TechCrunch), a company who says it monitors your website's environmental footprint and purchases renewable energy to neutralize it: [...] The carbon footprint of air and automobile transportation is widely known, but few people are aware that the electricity generation required for information and communication technologies (ICT) is now responsible for 2% of global CO2 emissions, exceeding the emissions of the entire aviation industry. With CO2Stats it is for the … [Read more...] about Is your website green?