Conditioned Response

We’ve been feeling the heat here in Doha at the COP18 climate conference—at least when we go outside the enormous conference center. Inside, it’s pretty cool due to the air conditioning. Another interesting irony of being at a… Read More

Doha: The Unlikeliest Climate Change Conference City in the World?

Qatar has one of the highest per-capita greenhouse gas emissions on the planet, which is why some eyebrows were raised when the U.N. COP 18 climate conference was slated to take place in Doha, Qatar. Now that I’m… Read More

Climate Action Network’s Minute

I’m attending the United Nations Climate Change conference in Doha, Qatar, known as COP 18. The Climate Action Network International, which Brighter Green has just joined, had one minute to offer a perspective to the opening session at… Read More

Ethanol Contributes to Food Price Spikes – But So Does Meat

The United States’ ethanol policy has been identified as a major contributor to the global spike in food prices in recent years, accounting for 20 to 40 percent of the price surges in 2008. The issue isn’t simply our… Read More

Summer Update: East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative

Here’s what’s been happening in Kenya and Tanzania with the East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative over the last few months. Daniel Salau, the program coordinator, and Julie Ojiambo, a Brighter Green intern who traveled to Kenya in… Read More

Could Lab-Grown Leather Mean a Decline in Dairy?

Dairy and leather go hand-in-hand. In addition to consumer demand for dairy products, leather demand provides an often overlooked financial incentive to breed ever larger herds. Indeed, without the support of the leather industry, dairy industry profits would… Read More

Eating Up the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest spans nine different countries across South America, and plays an essential role in the biosphere. It captures global-warming-inducing carbon dioxide, and also produces oxygen necessary for life. Although deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has decreased… Read More

U.S. Drought: Time to Rethink the Global Food System

The U.S. farm belt is broiling. Lack of rain and high temperatures have put the huge annual harvests of corn and soybeans at risk. And because the United States is the world’s largest producer of these two staple… Read More

Pyeongchang 2018: What’s on the Menu?

In the eastern province of Gangwon-do in South Korea, preparations are underway for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Pyeongchang-gun. Infrastructure upgrades including highway expansions and a new subway rail line are all in the… Read More

“Cool China” Calls for One Vegetarian Day a Week

Perhaps for the first time in China’s history since the reign of Emperor Wu of Liang, more than 1,600 years ago, a vegetarian diet is being embraced by a governmental initiative. The difference is that instead of having… Read More