Climate Talks: Forests and Trees

Some good news from the global climate talks in Poznan, Poland that, like many UN meetings, didn’t wrap up until the wee hours of the morning last Saturday. Groundwork was laid for a new, post-Kyoto climate agreement to… Read More

Two Als and a Gendered View from Poznan

Turns out Al Gore is not in Poznan for the climate change talks. In fact, today he was in Chicago, meeting with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden. Their topic? Global warming. That’s a meeting I’d… Read More

Getting on the Climate Agenda

Poznan, Poland, is the site of this year’s annual UN climate change meeting, and government delegations, scientists, and civil society representatives are in the Polish city this week and next to hash out an agreement to replace the… Read More

Unusual Duo, But Dynamic To-Do

Who’d have thought that Paul McCartney and Rajendra Pachauri would be a stellar double act? The UK-based musician and the India-based climate scientist have come together (I couldn’t resist that) to bring attention to an issue that’s still… Read More

Whales and War Games

“In this case, however, the proper determination of where the public interest lies does not strike us as a close question.” So wrote John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, in his majority (5-4) ruling against restrictions on… Read More

Green, Baby, Green

It is already beginning to fade into history, but who can forget (yet) the chants of “drill, baby, drill” that became a staple not only of rowdy crowds during the presidential election, but also of the stump speeches… Read More

From Kenya with…Hope

It was hard not to be moved by the outpouring of enthusiasm – joy, even – seen in many parts of the world at the election of Barack Obama as the U.S.’ 44th president on Tuesday. Brighter Green… Read More

Congo Conflagration – Again

New and intense fighting between the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and rebels has engulfed the eastern part of the country, again. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing their homes, some for the second… Read More

Two Views from Kenya

Not long after Brighter Green’s paper on China and factory farming was completed, I was in Kenya, from which I offer this news and view. Kenya does have some intensive poultry facilities, mostly to supply the growing number… Read More

Denaturing, the Fiscal Crisis and Nature’s Rights

OK, so you think $700 billion is a lot to stem (rescue or bailout) the financial crisis, an infusion of cash that may not even stop the stock slide. How about $2 to $5 trillion. No, that’s not… Read More