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Biosphere 2, 3 and One

Posted by on Jul 31, 2011 in Ecology | 5 comments

Biosphere 2, 3 and One

In Oracle, about an hour drive outside of Tuscon, the capitol of Arizona/USA, is a research facility called Biosphere 2 (1). The task is very ambitious as the name Biosphere 2 indicates.  It tries to emulate Biosphere 1, which is Earth. The main objective was to acquire the knowledge and experience for building such closed circuit stations in outer space. The other objective was to better understand the interaction- and dependence of the different Ecosystems on earth. It is not clear what...

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The Housing Bubble

Posted by on Jul 24, 2011 in Ecology | 5 comments

The Housing Bubble

The Israeli news paper Haaretz, July 24.2011 (1), reported about a demonstration, which took place in Tel Aviv the night before. It was held in protest, against the catastrophic housing situation. In Israel in general and especially in Tel Aviv. This demonstration was the mobile form of protest, the immobile one is the Tent City (2) in the north of Rothschild avenue in Tel Aviv. The housing situation in Tel Aviv is, no joke, catastrophic. I, personally, know of some apartments in Tel Aviv, that...

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Pedestrians – the forgotten species

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 in Sustainability | 0 comments

Pedestrians – the forgotten species

The following examples, which can be found in every city might seem of minor interest, but it does show clearly how empty-headed our politicians sometimes are. Modern cities are built for cars. The common pedestrian is taken into account as something marginal. Since at junctions the traffic lights have to change colors every once in a while, to let the cars from each side of the junctions move, pedestrian crossings are possible. This statement is of course too extreme, but one can’t...

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Individualized Public Transportation

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in Ecology | 7 comments

Individualized Public Transportation

For some reason, or other’s, the Transportation Ministry decided that the greater Tel Aviv area in Israel is in dire needs for a reform of it’s public transportation system. And they are right. Public transportation is, to put it mildly, catastrophic. The reform took off at the beginning of July 2011 and it is bound to fail. As of now, in the second week, it is not heard that it brought much improvement to the situation compared to before. Strangely enough, the media does not...

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Ecology vs. Sustainability

Posted by on Jul 5, 2011 in Ecology | 4 comments

Ecology vs. Sustainability

Ecology or Sustainability. What is the difference? In the last decades of the 20.century Ecology (1) was the buzzword in the public debate about the deplorable state of nature and the bleak outlook into the future. More and more people started to understand that the environmental decline is leading to a big problem. The nuclear threat, a conflict between the East and the West, with all the fall out, did nothing to pacify the people. And then Chernobyl (2) happened in 1986, which mobilized...

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