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July 09 - Ecological Trauma and Recovery

Background | 3 August, 2009 at 15:00

As a global community, we often appear as a dysfunctional family. We bicker constantly, the strong abuse the weak, and alleged leaders behave like addicts, unwilling to change the destructive habits that are destroying our home. As in any abusive...

Apr 09 - Forests: Carbon Sink or Carbon Bomb?

Background | 29 May, 2009 at 14:49

Deforestation contributes to global warming. A rising Earth temperature kills trees and damages forests. Dying trees release more carbon. Atmospheric carbon increases planet temperatures. This cycle of forest collapse represents a critical...

Mar 09 - Climate Alarm!

Background | 4 May, 2009 at 16:52

Last summer, for the first time in recorded history, boats could circumnavigate the North Pole. To the oblivious observer, this might seem like a good thing. Perhaps some green entrepreneur will build resorts on Finland's Svalbard Islands.

Sep 08 - Population

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:41

In 1972, Ben and Dorothy Metcalfe from the budding Greenpeace Foundation in Canada attended the world's first UN Conference on the Human Environment, in Stockholm, where they succeeded in putting nuclear bomb tests on the agenda with the help of...

Jul 08 - Peak Oil

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:38

As the era of cheap liquid fuels draws to an end, everything about modern consumer society will change. Likewise, developing societies pursuing the benefits of globalization will struggle to grow economies in an era of scarce liquid fuels. The...

May 08 - Deeper Solutions

Background | 27 February, 2009 at 15:43

Since the late Pleistocene, 100,000 years ago, when a few thousand Homo sapiens poked around Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean, human population has doubled 22 times. We have one more such doubling left, and that's it. Human population will...

Mar 08 - Greening the Titanic

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:31

Elle magazine announces that eco-friendly fashions are hip and features Stella McCartney vegan, silk dress sandals at $495, which would work well on a date in the $100,000 Tesla electric sports car. "In this epoch of global warming," declares...

Jan 08 - Eco History

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:29

When the first Greenpeace boat sailed across the Gulf of Alaska in 1971 toward the U.S. nuclear test site in the Aleutian Islands, the crew and their supporters in Canada had no idea that the campaign would launch a global organization. Irving...

Jun 08 - The End of Price

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:37

In the 1980s, fishermen caught the last wild Beluga sturgeon from the Sea of Azov, source of prized caviar, and wild sturgeon in the Caspian Sea failed to reproduce. The sturgeon catch plunged by 95 percent, and the cost of caviar soared. Such...

May/June 09 - Overshoot and Tech Dreams

Background | 7 July, 2009 at 16:15

Global warming is a symptom of human overshoot: the consumption and waste that exceeds the biophysical capacity of the Earth. If we attempt to reduce the fever, but ignore the disease, we will, at best, extend the suffering.

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