Plastic Straws: A Life Cycle

They come in crazy, bendy, and color-changing varieties. And, while many people use them daily, their 20 minutes of convenience have major hidden consequences. I’m talking about drinking straws. History Humans have been using “drinking tubes” for over 7,000 years. Mesopotamians used straws made of reeds or gold to filter beer, and the Continue Reading ››

5 Eye-Opening Global Trends You Should Know About

It’s not easy to keep track of the complex ways in which our everyday choices have an impact on a global scale. But as the world’s population surpasses 7 billion, each of our actions—positive or negative—gets multiplied. Read on to learn about five global trends from our latest publication, Vital Signs: The Trends That Are … Continue Reading ››

How Will Cuba’s Reopening Affect the Country’s Energy Future? PART II: Looking Ahead

For decades, Cuba has faced a severe energy crisis. Because longstanding trade embargoes have limited the inflow of cash from the West, the country’s response has centered mainly on reductions in energy use. Cuba has made great strides in improving energy efficiency and raising awareness about energy conservation (as described in my previous post). … Continue Reading ››

How Will Cuba’s reopening affect the country’s energy future? PART I: The Energy Revolution

Since the United States and Cuba reopened their respective embassies last month, reestablishing full diplomatic relations for the first time in 54 years, foreign policy experts have focused mainly on the expected impacts on Cuba’s economy and trade. But this geopolitical development also will affect the ambitious energy policies of the cash-strapped country. Despite the … Continue Reading ››

Raising a Future Ecowarrior

A few months back I wrote a reflection on raising an ecowarrior thus far (my son is almost 3 now) for Adbusters and I thought I’d repost here, as it grapples directly with the underlying question of “Is Sustainability Still Possible?’ and if not, how should we raise our children?

“It’s … Continue Reading ››

Futureproofing America with a Yardfarming Revolution

Erik Assadourian, co-director of State of the World 2013 and creator of the reality TV show Yardfarmers sat down with Cullen Pope, editor of EATT Magazine, a few weeks back for an interview. We wanted to repost the interview here as Erik offers some insights into his strategy to get us to a more … Continue Reading ››

Utility 2.0: An Opportunity Not to Be Wasted

The waste sector permeates almost every aspect of our society, and its mismanagement can lead to serious problems. Worldwide, we generated 1.3 billion tons of waste in 2012, which accounted for about 5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. This volume is project to rise to 2.2 billion tons by 2025, with most … Continue Reading ››

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