Something’s, Well, Fishy

Sometimes people say the strangest things…the International Whaling Commission meeting yesterday rejected Greenland’s request to hunt 10 humpback whales. The IWC judged the hunt not essential for Greenland’s indigenous population and too commercial to qualify as subsistence whaling…. Read More

Rustling in the Rainforest

Earlier this week, the Brazilian government

World Environment Day

Yes, it’s the annual celebration of World Environment Day. Even though the occasion usually draws a yawn, if that, in most of the U.S. and Europe, it is celebrated enthusiastically in other parts of the world. “Kick the… Read More

Billion Bag Ban

On June 1st, China imposed a national ban on ultra-thin plastic bags, the kind we all get — or have — at supermarkets, drug stores and even, sometimes, at fruit or vegetable stands. From yesterday, shoppers in China… Read More

World, Warming, in a Coffee Mug

A few months ago I got a global warming mug as a gift. It’s high-concept. When you pour in a hot beverage, a world map stuck on the mug changes. Coastal regions disappear (so long, Bangladesh and south… Read More

Old King Corn

Documentary film King Corn tells the story of two college friends who, in a post-graduate quest narrative, set out to understand America’s food system, particularly the centrality to it of corn. They lease an acre of land in… Read More


In a recent editorial, the New York Times mused on a world where meat is grown in vitro in a lab. While acknowleding their “disgust” at the methods used by the modern meat industry in the U.S., the… Read More

Animals and War: Further Dispatches

More news from the frontlines about the toll of war on other animals. In a recent article, Newsweek calls endangered species the “new conflict diamonds.” Trade in ivory and wildlife, poached mainly in Africa and shipped mostly to… Read More

Road to Bali

As delegates gather in Bali, Indonesia, for the latest conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, it’s worth remembering that the Kyoto Protocol inexplicably contained perverse incentives (well, it’s not entirely unexplained, but that’s… Read More

Reflecting on Nobel Peace Prizes

It’s been nearly three weeks since the Norwegian Nobel Committee named former U.S. vice president Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change joint 2007 Nobel Peace laureates. The news took me back to the day just… Read More