Post post debate

Well, the pundits and analysts and partisans and more than a few hacks have weighed in on the Biden vs. Palin debate. But what I’ve heard less about is what we didn’t hear issue-wise. Not only in the… Read More


No, I’m not attempting to provide pre-debate punditry on the likely outcome of the Palin-Biden VP-wanna be match-up on October 2nd. What I am doing, though, is observing an interesting strain in the Palin coverage: recognition by the… Read More

Amazon Update

In August, the Amazon forest was being cleared at nearly twice the level of July, according to the Brazilian government. That’s a 228 percent increase over a year ago. The government, chagrined, says local elected officials are letting… Read More

Green for All – September 27th

Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at a Grantmakers without Borders conference in San Francisco on which the estimable Van Jones was a speaker. As many will know, Van is a visionary,… Read More

Taking the Climate (and Forests) to Lunch

Forests are getting more attention in the global discussion of climate change, and how to address it. They should. Intact tropical forests are, despite decades of campaigning on their behalf, still being cleared at alarming rates in the… Read More

Meat Heat

So far September’s been a pretty good month for shedding some light on the connections between meat and global warming. First, Brighter Green’s policy paper on China and factory farming has gotten a good reception. Fall forward. More… Read More

Skillful Means: A New Report from Brighter Green

New York-based policy action tank Brighter Green’s new report, Skillful Means: The Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming (PDF) explores the emerging superpower’s “livestock revolution,” which is having serious impacts on public health, food security, and equity… Read More

Food for Thought

File this under “Suggestive Connection”: In a report on the BBC, an Australian researcher is recommending a vast increase in the farming and eating of kangaroos in order to combat global warming. Because of their different digestive systems,… Read More

Primates: Good News and Bad

A drought of blogs here, due to a range of other Brighter Green projects, but rain (of a sort) has returned. In fact, it has been a very rainy summer in New York, but sunny, too. A paradox,… Read More

(Inter)National Interest

I know that for most readers, the words “National Geographic” don’t conjure anything very exciting. Interesting, sure. Many of us grew up amid stacks of the yellow-bordered periodical in our living rooms or stored carefully in our basements,… Read More