Mixed Salad

It’s not all greens. But there have been several interesting, important and yes, readable, articles and reports published recently on food – security and sustainability – that I wanted to note a few here. Since they’re tossed together,… Read More

A New Africa

For what seems like decades now, scholars, editorial writers, celebrities and anti-poverty campaigners have been talking about the New Africa. It’s here, they’ve said. Or it’s on the horizon. It needs midwifing. It’s delayed. It’s breached. It’s a… Read More

Green Fuels and Follies

First the surprising but very good news: according to the United Nations, global investment in green energy has, for the first time, surpassed investment in gas and coal. Here’s how the numbers come out: $140 billion for wind,… Read More

Low Carbon Common Sense

A bracingly rare article: an environmental case for not eating meat in a mainstream environmental publication. It’s titled “The Low Carbon Diet” and it’s in the current issue of Audubon, the magazine of the National Audubon Society, and… Read More

Fast and Furious

The news about climate change and global food production, that is. Recent studies suggest that unprecedented heat, erratic weather and surging human populations will put intense pressure on food supplies. This will make necessary vast increases in agricultural… Read More

New Year, Old Flu

The Chinese New Year is today: the year of the ox (or, in some renderings, the year of the water buffalo). Celebrations of the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, are taking place across China… Read More

No Heat…No Meat

First, a campaign in Taiwan to get people to stop eating meat as a way of reducing Taiwanese greenhouse gas emissions. According to some reports, the initiative, launched by the aptly named “Union of No Meat, No Heat”,… Read More

In with the New?

It’s a new year, so here’s to a good one. Towards the end of 2008, U.S. president-elect Barack Obama filled out his cabinet. Among his last picks was former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture. The… 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

Istanbul, Not Constantinople

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk writes eloquently (as only he can) about the “huzun” or melancholy that afflicts the city in which he’s lived just about all of his life, Istanbul. I’m just recently back from there and while… Read More