How to Buy a Round-the-World Plane Ticket (That Kicks Ass).
Chris Guillebeau: "....Each airline alliance has its own rules for how the ticket works. The one from Star Alliance is mileage based, meaning you’ll have a limit of 26,000, 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles on your ticket. The trick here is to optimize your route to...below one of the tiers, (A friend of mine got his itinerary to 33,998 miles, which I thought was pretty good.)". This, and reserving, paying for and planning the mother of all plane trips (along with Things to Watch out for).
posted by storybored
on Oct 11, 2010 -
, guerilla knitting, textile street art, yarn bombing
. Whatever you choose to call it, this artform takes everyday objects of the city — such as trees, lampposts, street signs, bike racks — and wraps them up in colorful knit cozies. You'll find these wonderful oddities all over the world, from Manhattan
to Edinburgh to Philadelphia
to Oakland to Chicago
and back to Manhattan
again. People have written books
about it. It has inspired an Irish cellphone commercial
. Metafilter's own ErikaB
made a tree sweater
that was featured on Metafilter
and on the front cover of Seattle's The Stranger
. Magda Sayeg's blog Knitta Please
is a showcase for some of her delightful projects, including a Smart car
, coffee shop sign
, and crutches
. (Also, previously.
) [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jun 25, 2010 -
For hundreds of years, mariners have dreamed of an Arctic shortcut that would allow them to speed trade between Asia and the West. Two German ships are poised to complete that transit for the first time, aided by the retreat of Arctic ice that scientists have linked to global warming. Arctic Shortcut Beckons Shippers as Ice Thaws
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Sep 11, 2009 -
potholer54 is a youtuber who in his own words; I've been a journalist for 20 years, 14 years as a science correspondent. My degree is in geology, but while working for a science magazine and several science programs I had to tackle a number of different fields, from quantum physics to microbiology.
He has a series called Climate Change
that you might find interesting. [more inside]
posted by nola
on Jun 3, 2009 -
From A-lister to Aid worker: Does celebrity diplomacy really work?
Rock stars," asked Homer Simpson, with his customary sagacity, "is there anything they don't know?" Only these days, of course, it's not just rockers but movie stars
and businessmen – and indeed anyone with an above-average
public profile – who, for one reason or another, are intent on telling the rest of us how the world should be changed for the better.
Or at least
, that's how it seems. So much so that a conference of eminent professors
of international relations assembled recently in The Hague to explore
the modern phenomenon of what they call "celebrity diplomacy
", amid fears that it has reached the point
where superstar lobbyists are damaging the traditional workings of international diplomacy and global politics.
posted by infini
on Jan 16, 2009 -
The Scholar Ship
, an international floating university stewarded by top universities in Morocco
, the United Kingdom
, and Ghana
, have temporarily suspended all voyages
due to lack of funds - mainly caused by the withdrawal of main sponsor and initiator Royal Caribbean International
. The program ran two voyages in 2007
before shutdown. Alumni and prospective students on Facebook
are busily sourcing options to revive the organization, while Semester at Sea is offering spaces
to students who were accepted for the now-cancelled voyages. [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Jun 14, 2008 -
New Jersey is drowning
, or rather it would if the the future as predicted by David Spratty & Philip Sutton in climate code red
comes true. Philip Sutton said in an interview
that "within five years the Arctic ice in the summertime will be all gone.". With all the ice melting, the waterlevels rise - will your house be under water?
posted by dabitch
on Feb 22, 2008 -
Iceland, Norway, New Zealand and Costa Rica
and four cities in other countries have made the pledge to aim for being carbon neutral. New Zealand and Costa Rica had earlier decleared this ambitious goal, but now Iceland and Norway have joined in. Way to go!
Of the 192 nations on this planet, there are now only 188 to go.
posted by nucleus
on Feb 21, 2008 -
YouTube in partnership with The Davos Forum has established a great "contest" although I don't think of it like that. YouTubers are asked to submit a video answering the question "What one thing do you think that countries, companies or individuals must do to make the world a better place in 2008?" I thought a long time about the question, and then, after approaching Mayor Gavin Newsom to be in the video, then getting caught up against deadlines, I had the answer: to end racism around the World.
Here's the video
. Here's Emma Thompson's response
posted by nickyskye
on Jan 27, 2008 -
The Global Incident Map
is an interactive map displaying "terrorism events and other suspicious activities" happening at this very moment (updated every 5 minutes) all around the world. Click on the various icons for "event details" or scroll down for "announcements, alerts and breaking news." Via.
posted by amyms
on Oct 13, 2007 -
Earth, 2100 AD.
has doubled to 1000 ppm. From shore to the horizon, there is but an unending purple color -- a vast, flat, oily purple. No fish break its surface, no birds. We are under a pale green sky, and it has the smell of death and poison.
Paleontologist Peter Ward's new book
links past mass extinctions to global warming and shows
, absent major changes, "Our world is hurtling toward carbon dioxide levels not seen since 60 million years ago, right after a greenhouse extinction."
Maybe it's time for a heresy
: nuclear energy's green, and renewables aren't.
posted by Bletch
on Oct 9, 2007 -
"The model of economic development that we are currently pursuing is unsustainable. Our energy consumption per unit of GDP is seven times that of Japan, six times that of America, and even 2.8 times that of India. China’s labour productivity is less than 10 per cent of the world total, and yet our emissions are over 10 times higher than the global average.
" ~ Pan Yue - deputy director of China's State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA). Part of a new generation of outspoken Chinese senior officials, Pan has given rise to a tide of environmental debate, attracting enormous attention and controversy.
Read his articles here : -
China: economic powerhouse, environmentally unsustainable
- part one
and part two
posted by infini
on Jul 29, 2007 -
There has been a measurable "surge" of carbon
in the atmosphere for the past 4 or 5 years, nearly doubling the annual rate of the 1970-2000 period, which has mystified scientists because it does not match human trends or known natural causes. A new paper (abstract
) suggests we may have reached a tipping point
with more greenhouse gases escaping from trees, plants and soils than in the past - hotter and dryer weather caused by high levels of CO2 is creating a feedback loop of unusually strong out-gassings of CO2 from vegetation more inside
posted by stbalbach
on May 13, 2007 -
How does your country measure up as a place to raise kids?
It turns out that growing up in the UK is a bleaker experience than in any other wealthy country.
UNICEF studied all the wealthiest nations (full report PDF here
), and the US and UK came in at the bottom on almost all indicators (material wellbeing, health and safety, education, family and peer relationships, behaviours and risks, and the subjective feelings of kids and teens themselves ). Doing best for kids were the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. It turns out that GDP and material wealth alone does not ensure healthier or happier or more well-educated kids--the Czech Republic scored very well despite being one of the poorest nations surveyed.
posted by amberglow
on Feb 15, 2007 -
has some anticipations on the soon to be released first volume of IPCC's
4Th Assesment Report , concerning matters such as climate change and global warming.
Quoting the article : It is virtually certain (there is more than a 99 per cent probability) that carbon dioxide levels and global warming is far above the range of natural variability over the past 650,000 years. It is virtually certain that human activity has played the dominant role in causing the increase of greenhouse gases over the past 250 years.
posted by elpapacito
on Jan 29, 2007 -
is a solar power rental company for the home. Free to install (!), a monthly rental fee is equal to what would normally be paid to the power company. Video
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 11, 2007 -
Al Gore trains 1,000 people
from around the world to share the message he presented in "An Inconvenient Truth".
"The goal had been to train 1,000 "presenters" to show slides of melting glaciers and charts of climbing temperatures, but many more have wanted in.
Those selected to gather at the Hilton Nashville Downtown last week included teachers, doctors, a meteorologist, ministers, Wal-Mart employees, actress Cameron Diaz, architects, retirees, veterans and financiers."
posted by PreteFunkEra
on Jan 8, 2007 -