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It’s Vegetarians Vs Meat Eaters Again

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
It’s Vegetarians Vs Meat Eaters Again

If the world stopped eating grain-fed meat tomorrow, in short order some 800 million people could be fed on the grain the animals no longer needed. Of course, that’s not going to happen, but it shows that even a small reduction in meat consumption by enough people would have a huge impact. In fact,... Read More...

Tea Party Strangles Green Laws

Monday, February 6, 2012
Tea Party Strangles Green Laws

The photographs show rows of chairs mostly occupied by elderly people who have been mobilized by the Tea Party. They are definitely not from the "one per cent," but they are doing the one per cent’s bidding. Their avowed goal is to stop anything that smells green, anything that may preserve the environment if... Read More...

10,000 Bicycles Coming to a New York City Block Near You

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
10,000 Bicycles Coming to a New York City Block Near You

You leave your apartment. A couple of blocks away, there’s a bunch of big, but perfectly good bikes locked into racks. You slide your bikeshare card into a reader next to one of the bikes and the rack releases the bike. You have an appointment about 50 blocks away, so you ride the bike... Read More...

"The Third Industrial Revolution," by Jeremy Rivkin

Monday, January 23, 2012
"The Third Industrial Revolution," by Jeremy Rivkin

For all of us despairing of the future of green technology and an abatement of carbon emissions, there is good news in the form of Jeremy Rivkin’s current book, The Third Industrial Revolution, (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011). According to Rivkin, a new energy-information paradigm is emerging, and the sooner we adopt I, the sooner we will... Read More...

No Loaves and Fishes: Feeding Nine Billion in 2050?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
No Loaves and Fishes: Feeding Nine Billion in 2050?

We have recently been told that a billion people go to bed hungry every night, something that is only intellectually conceivable to most Americans. It is also an incomprehensible number. It is astonishingly three times as many people as there are in the entire United States. As things stand now, it appears that the... Read More...

Oh, the Hostility! – Of the Automobile Industry Toward Electric Cars

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Oh, the Hostility! – Of the Automobile Industry Toward Electric Cars

Reading the article by the Times’ car writer Phil Patton on the design of electric cars  in the January 6th issue is déjà vu all over again, as the Yankee catcher Yogi Berra famously said many decades ago. In the article Patton couldn’t contain his contempt for the subjects of his concern. Describing the... Read More...

Two Big New Year’s Resolutions: Ten Ways to Accomplish Them

Monday, January 2, 2012
Two Big New Year’s Resolutions: Ten Ways to Accomplish Them

Forget all those resolutions you’re going to forget about anyway and make two resolutions that could at least change the U S of A, if not the world. I. Stop Wasting Energy.We Americans are among the top nine countries (of 130) in the world, keeping company with oil-rich wastrels like Bahrain and the United... Read More...

Our Christmas Turkeys, Eaten with a Grain of Shame

Saturday, December 24, 2011
Our Christmas Turkeys, Eaten with a Grain of Shame

While few of us are ready to give up the Christmas turkey, as environmentalists we’re going to have to admit that most of us, who will consume 40-million of these birds  in the U.S. this season, are not choosing a Christmas dinner that’s in the best interests of the planet. We’re not talking to... Read More...

Dreaming of a Green Christmas? A Few Hints for the Dedicated

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Dreaming of a Green Christmas? A Few Hints for the Dedicated

All right, it’s Christmas. “I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas” has not yet made the charts, but as a devoted (or often-devoted) environmentalist you wouldn’t mind if your Christmas gifts this year didn’t contribute to the morass we are making of the earth. There is plenty of guidance around. Check out such environmental sites... Read More...

Electricity: Lost in Transmission; Saved by Distribution

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Electricity: Lost in Transmission; Saved by Distribution

There’s no record at the moment, but there had to be a few homeowners in Vermont or New Hampshire at the end of October who were lucky. They came out when the freak snowstorm at the end of October was over, swept the snow off their solar panels, turned the heat back on and... Read More...

GREEN BOOKS

Water: Our Most Precious Resource: by Marc Devilliers. This highly readable report on the looming global water crisis is amazingly informative on water issues around the world from China to Texas.

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