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 ››
Senior Researcher, Brian Halweil, appeared on NPR’s Science Friday, ”Sizing Up Sustainable Food ,” last week with Michael Polland and James Mc Williams
On a recent episode of Science Friday, when the host asked whether organic farming could feed the world, one of the guests suggested that the impracticality lay with compost.
“The concerns with fertilizer … 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 ››
Image-courtesy MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
These two roulette wheels are putting a new spin on gambling. They’re the conclusions … Continue Reading ››
This short video, from Worldwatch Institute’s partner Germanwatch, uses a cultural setting that’s familiar to many of us–drinking with buddies in a bar–to raise a difficult question. Who’s going to pay for our consumer lifestyle and the catastrophic effects it’s having on the climate? Unfortunately, the answer is, “those guys.” But while that’s true for … Continue Reading ››
Between now and 2010, over 100 new shopping centers will spring up in India translating to 31,846,504-square feet of mall space being created, according to findings from a report titled ‘Mall Realities India 2010.’ True that this number has been toned down from the expected 800, but that isn’t stopping this country from developing … Continue Reading ››
At the 17th session of the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development a Finnish representative shared a new educational effort in Finland: integrating sustainability directly into the Finnish school system.