Biodiversivist

My real name is Russ Finley. I also have my own blog called Biodiversivist, which contains articles in addition to those submitted to Grist. I live in Seattle, married with children. Suffice it to say that although I am trained and educated as an engineer, my passion is nature. I very much want my grandchildren to live on a planet where lions, tigers, and bears have not joined the long and growing list of creatures that used to be.

  • The Great Brain Robbery and the Seattle Pee Patch

    The neighborhood dogs use my daughter’s vegetable garden as a communal toilet. You can’t blame them really. The garden is right next to the sidewalk and they are just dogs. I suppose you could blame the dog owners holding the …

  • Nissan Leaf, meet Ford Pinto

    There were two interesting cars parked on my street this week. One was a Nissan Leaf (see my test drive video here). The other was a Ford Pinto. The Pinto was one of the forerunners of today’s small hatchbacks. It …

  • Review of The Rational Optimist — How Prosperity Evolves

                              Photo courtesy s.red via Flickr Crossposted from the Biodiversivist blog Just how rational are we? Had the optimists not prevailed would the Titanic have sailed? I’ve read …

  • Disarming the Food to Fuel Conflict

    Corncob Bob (left) and Bob Dinneen, CEO of the RFA. Crossposted from the Biodiversivist blog In this post I am going to critique an article titled: Disarming the Food to Fuel Conflict …which was written by someone who did not …

  • Nissan Leaf As An Emergency Power Source

    Crossposted from the Biodiversivist blog   While doing a test drive I discovered that the Nissan Leaf has an ordinary 12 volt lead acid battery under the hood. It charges off of the main battery pack, which is several hundred …

  • Nisson Leaf Test Drive

      Crossposted from the Biodiversivist blog   Nissan is touring the country with a dozen or so electric Leafs to let people test drive them. It was exciting to be sitting in the first viable mass-produced electric car from a …

  • Not so somber analysis of energy policy debate

    Crossposted from the Biodiversivist blog I’m posting on this because my comment on Roberts’ and Everley’s debate blew up into a full-blown diatribe and now I have to do something with it. I didn’t watch the video. A podcast would …

  • Electric Bicycle Evolution

    I spotted an interesting looking electric bicycle in front of my neighborhood grocery store a while back. The picture you see below came from an owner’s manual I found on the internet. It has some nice features like:   1) …

  • Biofuels Reduce The Biosphere's Capacity to Absorb Carbon

    Crossposted from the Biodiversivist blog Brace yourselves for another thought exercise. Tim Searchinger is a researcher who has been published in the prestigious journal Science at least five separate times by my count. His, in hindsight, rather obvious, common sense …