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Jul 10 2008

Visa Approved

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Hooray! The Swiss Consulate woke me up (at 9:30am) to inform me that they had approved my visa. It only took four weeks, and contrary to my interpretation of the Consulate’s website, you don’t need to come in person to get your passport stamped (which is apparently a 24-hour process!) You do need to send them your passport and a return envelope–the woman made fun of me for including a regular 41-cent stamped white envelope. *shrug*

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Jul 06 2008

Switzerland in the New Yorker!

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The article is also about a Danish island called Samsø which is now exporting more energy than it is importing.

On Switzerland and the 2,000-Watt Society:

Those of us who live in the industrialized world, by contrast, consume far more than two thousand watts. Switzerland, for instance, is a five-thousand-watt society. Most other Western European countries are six-thousand-watt societies; the United States and Canada run at twelve thousand watts. One of the founding principles of the 2,000-Watt Society is that this disparity is in itself unsustainable. “It’s a basic matter of fairness” is how Stulz put it to me. But increasing energy use in developing countries to match that of industrialized nations would be unacceptable on ecological grounds. Were per-capita demand in the developing world to reach current European levels, global energy consumption would more than double, and were it to rise to the American level, global energy consumption would more than triple. The 2,000-Watt Society gives industrialized countries a target for cutting energy use at the same time that it sets a limit for growth in developing nations.

More on the 2,000-Watt Society.

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