Category Archives: Global warming

Environment and climate change

Italian wine in a box

There is a strong argument being made why you should buy wine in a box rather than a bottle unless you have a very strong reason to do so, like, you want to age a wine or the wine that you absolutely must drink for whatever reason is not available in a box (in that case you should try to make sure that you recycle the bottle and also let your favorite winery know that they should make the wine in a box option available).

I have some more good news to report that comes from Tyler Colman. Italy, source of some of the best wines in the world, is allowing wine to be sold in boxes and still be able to get the Italian Ministry of Agriculture’s quality assurance label.

Just to point out that in case your favorite wine is not available in a box, you can buy many excellent wines from France, Australia, and the United States. Then there is always water or vodka.

Solar powered car

In some ways the incredibly high oil prices have a positive side to it. Finally, we are forced to think about how to minimize our dependence on oil. While just ten years ago, automakers vehemently claimed that any other technology to drive cars was not viable, we now have consumers happily driving around in hybrid cars. There is already a lot of progress made with regards to automobiles powered by hydrogen or electricity or vegetable oils. Now Louis Palmer, a Swiss designer, has put together a solar powered car that he is driving around the world. When you watch the video you will see that it is a rather clumsy piece of hardware but it does prove that once car companies make the investment, we can have a solar powered car, at least for niche applications.