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Top 5 Stories We Read This Week: Hacking the Cloud, FSC+, and More

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 11, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Paula Melton last modified Aug 10, 2012

Author name:  Paula Melton Blog Category:  On Our Radar A beautiful map of amazing places, why FSC is still best wood certification, and the scary story of why you should still make your own file backups. My kids scrambled up the granite hill known as the South Bubble for the fourth or fifth time last week in Acadia National Park. Acadia is the only National Park we've been to, but after seeing the Sierra Club's "subway" map, we intend to change that ASAP. Photo Credit: Paula Melton Next stop, Yosemite The Sierra Club has released an elegantly simple “subway map” of U.S. National Parks. How many stops have you made? See the map over at Treehugger and start your checklist. FSC : Still the best A great read on why FSC is still the best rating system for forestry products, although the others have improved. Perkins+Will recently reviewed its “FSC + Better” policy and decided to stick with it because “as a rule, FSC emphasizes real performance in the forest, whereas the other systems are more focused on intended outcomes,” writes P+W’s Doug Pierce. (For more context, see our series examining the “wood wars” in terms of economics , LEED credits , and global warming .) Back up! And get your head out of the clouds! Environmentalists have rushed to embrace cloud-based storage and computing practices, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves; aside from the serious energy issues to think through, we also need to back up our data in multiple places and think more carefully about security. This piece by Mat Honan at Wired reads like a thriller about the dangers of a purely digital life—but it’s frighteningly real. If you’re living in the cloud, be careful up there. read more






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