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Apr 08 - Peak Everything

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:34

History shows that human society can change if some moral force (civil rights, women's rights) challenges convention. However, before we can be optimistic about solving the environmental crisis, we must be realistic. Otherwise, our confidence is...

Nov 09 - Sustainability and Justice

Background | 10 December, 2009 at 10:45

Most people I talk to support 'sustainability' and 'social justice' goals. Ecology teaches us that we need to frame these human aspirations in relation to the biological capacity of the Earth, the energy, and the resources that support our...

Sep/Oct 09 - Are Cities Sustainable?

Background | 16 November, 2009 at 13:32

A reporter from Dubai phoned last week and asked, "Can Dubai become a sustainable city?" and specifically, "Could the tourism industry be sustainable?" In the age of global warming and declining fossil fuels, the entire airline industry is...

Aug 09 - A Good Solution

Background | 3 September, 2009 at 15:23

Recently, we've been hearing about 'the death of environmentalism' because - allegedly - the world's corporations now understand ecology and will solve our problems with investment, innovation, and gung-ho optimism.

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...

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