WEB LOGS: Speaking of Systems

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Science  09 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5779, pp. 1447
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5779.1447b

To discourage tree-cutting and save topsoil, China has begun taxing disposable chopsticks, triggering higher prices and a search for alternative sources by Japanese importers. This unexpected side effect of a conservation measure caught the eye of geoscientist and environmental engineer Daniel Collins of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His new blog Down to Earth brings a pragmatic attitude to discussions of ecosystem engineering, land use, natural hazards, and related subjects. Other topics that Collins has considered include safety concerns about a new dump for Hurricane Katrina refuse.


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