Cool Biz

Having lived in both incredibly dry heat and super wet heat, I can say with certainty that life in these places without air conditioning is quite the challenge. Having a fan makes it manageable, but for how long? In Japan, there is an effort that started back in 2005 in order to help cut energy […]

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Biosphere 2

Deep in the desert outside of a little town called Oracle, there exists one of the most impressive structures built in all of Arizona: Biosphere 2. It started with this intense futurist dream of space colonization, moved onto a much-publicized┬áscience experiment, and eventually landed as a branch of the University of Arizona. Prepare for a […]

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The Five Cs of Arizona: Cattle

This article is part of the five Cs of Arizona, which are climate, citrus, cattle, copper, and cotton. As part of the southwest, Arizona was part of the great cattle trade that swept the American west before the turn of the century. Cattle, much like copper, helped to shape Arizona’s early economy and continues to […]

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Mining and the Environment

Mining is a complex issue here in Mongolia. As such, I’ve decided to write a two part series on mining in Mongolia based on my experiences here in country. The first will be on nationalism and how it relates to mining, and the second will be on mining and the impacts on the environment. The […]

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Mining and Nationalism

Mining is a complex issue here in Mongolia. As such, I’ve decided to write a two part series on mining in Mongolia based on my experiences here in country. The first will be on nationalism and how it relates to mining, and the second will be on mining and the impacts on the environment. No […]

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Something In The Air

It happened on my first trip to the capital city, Ulaan Bataar. I was staying with my co-teacher’s niece, a lovely young woman about my age. She spoke impeccable English, perhaps even better than her aunt. She spent the night telling me about her work with the environment, translation, and how she wanted to learn […]

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