On Beauty, and Time, Too

I’m spending a few days in Athens and it’s hard here not to ponder a concept like beauty, particularly after visiting the Parthenon. Why is something beautiful? Is it because we’re taught that it is (like classical Greek… Read More

Vegetarianism: Personal Choice, Interpersonal Consequences

As always, I skipped the turkey and gravy this Christmas. However I was able to partake in every other part of the meal’the roast potatoes, the stuffing, the brussel sprouts, the homemade oat bread. Because I won’t eat… Read More

Big Fish, Big Trouble: Silver Carp in the Great Lakes

Although the Great Lakes boast a $7 billion/year fishing industry, there is one fish that’s not welcome here: the Asian carp. The invasive silver Asian carp can weigh up to 100 pounds and eat 20 percent of their… Read More

Five Minutes for the Climate

“[C]rucial meeting with Premier Wen of China, and then 5 minutes to grab a steak,” UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown tweeted during the penultimate day of the Copenhagen climate talks. Less than five minutes: the time it took… Read More

Did Smoke Get in Their Eyes?

After an all-night session that stretched into the gray Copenhagen afternoon, COP 15, the climate summit, is over. A 12-paragraph agreement has been “noted,” and government delegates, NGO representatives (who’d largely been shut out of the negotiations at… Read More

Small Farmers…and Farm Futures

The small farmers’ movement has been well-represented at the Klimaforum (if not on the many government delegations, where it appears agribusiness got the slots), making important points about the need to distinguish between “Big Ag” and small, more… Read More

Waiting’and Sneezing’in Copenhagen

People have taken to calling it the “COP cold.” Many here in Copenhagen, waiting to see what actually comes out of the climate summit as the temperature drops outside, are suffering from it. That includes me, at least… Read More

Copenhagen Screening: SRO

There is some good news, too, from Copenhagen: Brighter Green’s screening of “What’s For Dinner?” Wednesday night at the Klimaforum was filled to overflowing with a multi-national audience, including lots of young people. The room could hold 80… Read More

Climate Corrections

Brighter Green colleague Brazilian Simone Lima, told me about an interesting misstatement, made yesterday at the Bella Center that might contain a grain of truth. Speaking to delegates, Dilma Roussef, Brazil’s minister for development and possibly the country’s… Read More

Contested

Negotiations here in Copenhagen are at a critical stage. Time is running out for a climate deal’a strong, binding agreement. Some say it won’t happen. Others say the U.S. is leading a “race to the bottom” and that… Read More