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    Not so terribly long ago, people everywhere experienced nights so black that even the Milky Way could cast shadows on the earth. According to some estimates, around 80 percent of people now live under night skies so polluted by artificial light that they’ve never seen the Milky Way at all.

    As with many aspects of modern life, light pollution represents both a triumph of technology and a minor disaster. Along with increased safety, convenience and economic benefits, an artificially lit world brings heath problems, environmental degradation and another layer of inefficient energy consumption. It also disrupts a fundamental relationship that has evolved between humans and the natural world. Far from the province just of goblins and bandits, historians such as A. Roger Ekrich have noted how darkness influenced cultural and social practices. The territory of intimacy and imagination, night can also carve out a refuge from the never-ending responsibilities of the day.

    This notion, that night is an integral, and profound, part of the human experience, not merely a few inconvenient hours away from the sun, underpins author Paul Bogard’s impassioned defense The End of Night: Searching for Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.

    In the book, Bogard, who teaches creative nonfiction and environmental writing at James Madison University, and often lectures on the subject of light pollution, charts a geography of night across Western Europe and North America in which the maj...

  • http://occupywallst.org/forum/cybersecurity-and-international-relations-crown-ca/

    In less than two decades the Internet has become a valuable communications medium for more than two billion individuals, an engine for economic growth, and a vehicle for social and political change. At the same time the Internet has also created opportunities for fraud, theft, piracy, sabotage, economic- and state-based espionage, and network disruption, issues that involve cybersecurity in one form or another. The international politics of Internet governance are also in contention. Nations are competing in the international arena to determine which bodies will be responsible for setting standards for Internet technologies and controlling the assignment of domain names. The outcome of this competition will have a profound impact on the Internet architecture, operations, security, and content. Domestically nations are also adapting their legislation to this new regime. Coping with these issues requires a cadre of policymakers who are conversant with the technologies of the Internet and technologists who are prepared and equipped to work with policymakers. Individuals of both types are in short supply. This conference brings together experts on the many aspects of cybersecurity and international relations. Its goal is to educate the larger community about the fascinating challenges that exist in this area and to highlight opportunities for creative and constructive contributions.

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  • Crown_biomass_177_

    The heavily forested city of Ketchikan, Alaska, is built on rock and surrounded by water. Every commodity that comes into Ketchikan must arrive by sea or air. The use of fuel oil is problematic for both economic and environmental reasons because the oil must be obtained and refined elsewhere and transported (using additional fuel). What's more, fuel oil is subject to price instability. Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in Ketchikan, which provides information to more than a million visitors each year, is the site of a pilot biomass boiler system now coming to life. Two oil-fired boilers serving the 250,000-sq-ft center were replaced with a highly efficient system fueled by local wood. Manufactured by Hurst Boiler & Welding Company Inc., the hot-water boiler was custom-designed to fit within very limited indoor space.

    Under the direction of E. Dane Ash, project manager for Tyonek-Alcan Pacific LLC, the biomass boiler system was developed with Hurst representative Gregory W. Smith of Global Energy Solutions Inc. to address environmental concerns, as well as issues related to building space, fuel costs, comfort, reliability, and simplicity of operation.

    The new boiler is located on the lower level of the Discovery Center, which requires heating for a minimum of nine months a year. Local wood densified into fuel pucks is delivered to an elevated walking-floor storage bin in a vestibule area built to protect against excessive moisture. (The biomass-fired boiler can burn any ...

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