It’s a small tax in just one city, but the disposable shopping bag fee to be launched in the District of Columbia on New Year’s Day marks the beginning of sanity for the disposable society. It’s a sensible way to raise (modest) government revenue while tilting personal behavior (also modestly) toward global environmental … Continue Reading ››
Like many people, I suppose, when it comes to important and complex issues I tend to be swayed by the latest plausible thing I’ve read. Following the failure of the Copenhagen conference to make any serious headway on climate change, I’ve started to think that James Hansen is right.
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A few days ago I watched the upcoming film Last Supper for Malthus: The Permanent Food Crisis. This film cleverly uses running commentary by the ghosts of Thomas Malthus and David Ricardo to discuss … Continue Reading ››
Beyond Band-Aids for hunger
St. Louis Post Dispatch
By Danielle Nierenberg and Brian Halweil
Tuesday, Dec. 29 2009
It’s been 25 years since a well-meaning music producer threw together a bunch of megastars to record the humanitarian torch song “Do They Know it’s Christmas.” Bob Geldof’s Band-Aid raised millions of dollars and immeasurable awareness … Continue Reading ››
Over the holidays, one of the State of the World authors, John de Graaf is debating on The Economist’s website with Robert Gordon of Northwestern University on the following resolution:
This house believes that Europeans would be better off with fewer holidays and higher incomes.
If the Copenhagen climate conference were an episode of the popular children’s show “Sesame Street,” one might imagine the following announcement at its conclusion: “This show was brought to you by letter F”—F for farce, failure, fiasco.
Madame Helen has five cows and uses methane from their manure to cook all her meals with a biogas unit (photo … Continue Reading ››