| May 23, 2007

Can 'organic' feed us all?

Having experienced firsthand the waste, power abuse and nepotism that malign the United Nations from within, I am not usually a fan of its conferences. I am, however, a big fan of organic produce and composting, so my interest was piqued earlier this month ...

| Apr 25, 2007

Ponder awhile the wisdom of Bhutan

If nations had laws requiring that we all went about our business wisely and with respect for the planet, those laws would prioritize precaution and force polluters to clean up their mess. So far, however, few citizens demand such statutes — and fewer governments ...

| Mar 28, 2007

Hail to the '3-alarm' Chief

It must be tough being Al Gore. No American has done more to raise awareness of global warming and climate change, and yet the media continue to needle him and still routinely misquote him as saying he “invented the Internet.” Until recently, even environmentalists ...

| Feb 28, 2007

Stepping up the heat on energy use

After years of frustration (and quite a bit of ranting to anyone who would listen), it is reassuring to see that the issue of climate change is at last making regular headlines in the United States. Now for the hard part: Converting science and ...

One dive at a time

| Jan 24, 2007

One dive at a time

They say time and tide wait for no man, and it’s safe to say that few people understand this truism as well as diver and explorer Dr. Greg Stone, one of 12 individuals recently named a National Geographic Adventure Hero of 2006. The December ...

The Trip of a Lifetime

Nov 26, 2006

The Trip of a Lifetime

How much trouble can two errant JT columnists, seven female undergraduates from a Tokyo university, an ex-bush fighter and motley others get into during 10 days exploring the wilds of Namibia? Join Stephen Hesse, Hugh Paxton and their intrepid entourage for a lively, humorous ...

Status quo really is planet's dead end

| Nov 22, 2006

Status quo really is planet's dead end

If you’ve looked around at the state of our planet and been tempted to say, “God help us,” you’re not the only one. From intentionally set fires burning across vast tracts of Indonesia’s tropical forests to clear the land for agriculture, to high-level reports ...

| Oct 25, 2006

Where's the will to break energy status quo?

Berating the Kyoto Protocol for failing to cut greenhouse-gas emissions is a bit like kicking the dog at a party when someone passes wind. Sure, it’s nice to skirt the blame, but don’t fault the Kyoto accord for society’s flatulence. We have the technology ...

Welcome to the new world of cities

| Sep 27, 2006

Welcome to the new world of cities

Flying into Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, just after sunset last month, I could have sworn we’d overshot the airport and were heading for the distant, frigid waters of the South Atlantic. I wasn’t the only one. Mariko, one of the seven young women ...