“Who’s Under Your Carbon Footprint?”
asks a coalition of Catholics concerned by climate change, in a new ad in The New York Times
. It’s part of a recent advocacy campaign brought on by the Catholic Climate Covenant
reminding people of the connection … Continue Reading ››
Yesterday, the New York Times
ran a front page article on “The Story of Stuff,”
a powerful exposé of the consumer culture that at this point over six million people have viewed. Considering how effectively “The Story of Stuff” communicates the … 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 ››
This blog post was co-written by Brian Halweil and Danielle Nierenberg.
Since he took office a short six months ago, President Obama has galvanized the food community-from buzz about the White House garden to the Obama foodscape blog, Obamafoodorama.com
And now he has reinvigorated the global discussion on hunger with a few simple words. During a … Continue Reading ››
Three news stories on global food production caught our eye this past week.
First, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO
) suggested a new source for jobs and foreign exchange in Africa: a vast stretch of the African savannah that is “ripe for commercial farming.” An area of some 400 million hectares is ideal … Continue Reading ››
According to new projections from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO
), there are now more than 1.02 billion people in the world who are hungry, more than ever before. In other words, one sixth of humanity is going hungry every day.
For the last few decades, FAO’s biennial estimate of the number of … Continue Reading ››
What if all of us who write about or work on hunger and food security issues, thought of ourselves as criminal investigators, rather than advocates?
That’s the interesting question that came to mind for me as I was listening this morning to Roger Thurow, a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, talk about his new … Continue Reading ››
Last night I spent two hours talking to a group of mostly female Mexican environmentalists and animal advocates. They’re all members of Associaciones Protectoras de Animales de Mexico (APASDEM). In one of the member’s apartments-located conveniently above an organic market-we talked about the state of farming and livestock for food production in Mexico.
The picture is … Continue Reading ››