Reading Time: 6 minutes This month, the Common Wealth Climate and Community Project released an assessment of US and UK military emissions since the Paris Agreement in 2015. The numbers, drawn from the military’s “opaque” reporting (i.e., much is not disclosed for security reasons) are predictably not great: together, they produced at least 430 million tCO2e (tons of CO2-equivalent […]
Reading Time: 10 minutes One frightfully “woke” day in April 1970, some 20 million US citizens across 2,000 colleges and 10,000 grade schools participated in a “teach-in” about environmental crisis and stewardship. Some took part in active demonstrations, cleaning up facets of their communities or marching in the streets. Others engaged in lectures and sit-ins to improve awareness of […]
Reading Time: 7 minutes Can books like Kim Stanley Robinson’s ‘The Ministry for the Future’ offer a useful narrative vocabulary for hashing out possible solutions to our overheating world?
Reading Time: 12 minutes Plenty of media can make us better armchair activists. The challenge is to hold competing ideas in tension, because real-world policy doesn’t exist in a vacuum.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The unnatural sight of a smoke-clouded sky triggers a primeval instinct in us. We don’t have to cower from nature as our ancestors did, but we should treat it as a sign that we need to change course.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The Build Public Renewables Act takes New York State one big step toward a better future.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Freedom-loving libertarians who build communities under the assumption that natural resources are unlimited discover, to their dismay, that this isn’t so.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Last week, Nature Human Behavior published “Negativity drives online news consumption”, a study that found a strong connection between negative headlines and higher click-through rates. But desensitization is also a significant risk when grim news abounds, as it has in recent weeks (and months, and years). The latest meeting between war crimes suspect Vladimir Putin […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Wealthy, well-developed nations are nearing ZPG (zero population growth), which makes life better for everyone.
Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ll never forget what I saw in a dirt-poor, dusty Yemeni mountain village more than a decade ago. It was plastic bags—the kind city-dwellers have long toted groceries in—and they virtually covered the steeply sloping mountainsides that fell away from the roadway bisecting the village. I had never before in my life seen such a […]