India Paper at Last!

Brighter Green’s multi-year, multi-media project, Climate Change and the Globalization of Industrial Animal Agriculture is now complete with the release of the India case study, “Veg or Non-Veg? India at the Crossroads.” India’s status as a vegetarian society… Read More

Large Scale or Small Scale

Large-scale projects may sound beneficial and grandiose but whether they actually provide the necessary benefit is questionable. Recently, a large Kenyan power company, Lake Turkana Wind Power, released a plan to construct 350 wind turbines on leased land… Read More

Ask Him Why He’s a Vegetarian

A near-final version of Brighter Green’s forthcoming policy paper, Veg or Non-Veg: India at the Crossroads (policy brief, here [PDF]), charting the climate change, food security, resource use and animal welfare impacts of the intensification of India’s livestock… Read More

The Quiet Ones

The quiet ones. That’s how the falafel-maker at the Durban conference‘s outdoor food court described himself and other vegans and vegetarian food-producers. The loud ones, he said, are KFC and McDonald’s and other meat and dairy-heavy fast-food chains…. Read More

The Unanswered Question?

At a packed side event on China and low-carbon development featuring one of China’s lead negotiators at the Durban climate talks, Brighter Green got to ask a question: what about the expanding livestock sector in China and rising… Read More

Children and the COP Climate Summit

Children at the climate talks? Ban Ki-moon talked the other night about a boy he met in Tuvalu who told Ban he can’t sleep at night because he’s so worried about floods from rising seas, the result of… Read More

Winding Down (the Climate?) at the Durban Conference

Seen at the climate conference in its waning days: lots of young people from all over the world wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “I [heart] KP,” as in the Kyoto Protocol. News comes this a.m… however, that the KP… Read More

Arriving and Greening

Martin Khor of the Third World Network spoke last night about China and consumption. Through the Web, the Chinese, he said, have plenty of access to representations of the American dream. He listed a few: three cars in… Read More

Courage and Hesitation in Durban

Ban Ki-moon speaking at the UN climate summit a few minutes ago: Let us make Durban a “profile in courage.” Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president followed him (yes, the bold face name leaders have arrived), reminding the delegates… Read More

COP 17 Cuisine: Climate-Friendly and Not

You’d think…that with food and agriculture and their links to global warming getting increased attention from climate change researchers and negotiators, including here at COP, that what’s served would be more climate-friendly. You’d think that would be the… Read More