Green IT

Let’s listen to professor Kannan Mohan talk about CIS 3700, Green I.T.
CIS 3700 is offered in Baruch College to students who have completed CIS 2200. For detailed information about this course, click here.

The Story of Bottled Water

Let’s take a look a video about bottled water by The Story of Stuff Project

Bike to Work

In an earlier post we mentioned about the new CitiBike program, but this comes with a question, even if we have bicycles readily accessible, would people want to use them? New York City, as we all know, is packed with automobiles which jam the streets every single morning, automobiles that emit carbon dioxide gas when idling in the traffic. Since New York City does not have many lanes dedicated to bicycles, it is hard and sometimes dangerous to ride a bicycle on the street alongside all the automobiles, so even if the CitiBike program is implemented, would people choose to bike to work?

Let’s now turn our focus away from New York City for a bit, and travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, where an 11-mile superhighway, just for bicycles, is being used every day by people going to work. Many people in Demark travel by bicycles, because it is the fastest and most convenient method of transportation. According to the Danish statistics, every 6 miles biked instead of driven saves 3 ½ pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and 9 cents in health care.

Now let’s turn our attention back to New York City, what if the same highway can be built in New York City, this would provide a safe, convenient, and fast way to get to work. Imaging riding on a bike with cool wind blowing down your face, the smell of fresh air instead of automobile exhaust, and the good feeling you get because you helped to saving the planet, not to mention the health benefits from a little exercise, isn’t it a great picture?

We would love to hear your comment about this topic.

Mussel Power!

In the Bronx River floats a raft, it is not an ordinary raft but a raft dangled with mussels. Scientists are doing an experiment to use mussels to reduce the nitrogen content in the water. A phenomenon called eutrophication in nitrogen rich waters results in the depletion of oxygen along with other animal species. The mussels will feed on algae and small plankton that causes eutrophication, storing the nitrogen inside. The mussels, along with the nitrogen inside them, will then be collected and used for fish pellets and fertilizer.

Although each mussel may not take in much nitrogen, but thousands of them will combine forces and show significant results. This is a great way to protect the water and gain something out of doing so; the success of this experiment will take recycling one step further.

For the full article published in The New York Times on July 5, 2012, click here.

For a Soup? Is It Worth It?

Shark fin soup is a delicacy in Chinese cuisine; it is associated with health and prosperity in Chinese culture. Its main ingredient, you guess it, is shark fins. As shark population becomes endangered by hunting, partly due to the demand for shark fins, some states had already banned the distribution, sales and possession of shark fins. Those states include California, Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, and Illinois is expected to pass the law this summer. However, New York State, a place with a big Chinese population, had passed on the proposed bill.

Although shark fin soup is a delicacy to the Chinese community, but is it worth killing tens of millions of sharks for? It may be true that older generations of Chinese people, people who had tasted the soup, would like to keep it on their menu. However, younger generations, especially in the United States, are less concerned about having this soup.

Sharks are important to the balance of the ecosystem, it is not right to destroy that balance just for some soup. People have to find a balance between tradition and sustainability; we have to think about our future generations.

For the full article in The New York Times published on June 22, 2012, click here.

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