Sometimes it’s what’s left out of a news story that makes the reporting disappointing, because omissions may leave readers lacking critical information. I was reminded of this in a recent piece in the New York Times, which reported that after three decades of rising income inequality in the United … Continue Reading ››
The U.S. “cash-for-clunkers” program—formally known as the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) Program—has apparently been successful far beyond what Washington policy-makers expected. The $1 billion set aside for the program ran out in a matter of days, leading Congress to vote an additional $2 billion for it. Government data indicate that the average … Continue Reading ››
Everybody is talking about green jobs. Well, at least about the more glamorous and desirable ones: green architects, wind power engineers, solar technicians, etc. But by far the most numerous green jobs in the world–at least 15 million–are a little bit like a dirty secret: community waste recyclers.
All too often, municipal administrations try to be … Continue Reading ››
We recently posted a guest opinion piece in our Eye on Earth series, “U.S. Climate Funds Increase, Future Levels Remain in Doubt.”
The author, Miriam Pemberton of the Institute for Policy Studies, observed that in fiscal year 2008, the U.S. federal government had spent $88 on the military for every dollar spent on … Continue Reading ››
Recycling is a good thing, right? Well, it depends. Recycling helps to reduce waste and pollution, conserves precious resources, and, by recovering scrap materials, allows secondary production of materials that requires far less energy input than producing them from scratch. For aluminum, the energy savings
run as high as 95 percent; for copper 85 … Continue Reading ››