| Apr 26, 2006

A voice of reason countering Big Oil's clout

The United States government may be hemorrhaging money in Iraq, but the financial condition of America’s oil companies and their top management couldn’t be rosier. Thank goodness at least one politician in Washington is countering with truth the greed and myopia that have characterized ...

Self-interest and those Greenland pigs

| Mar 22, 2006

Self-interest and those Greenland pigs

Why do some societies last for hundreds, even thousands, of years, while others soar, dazzle but then fizzle like short-lived summer fireworks? This is the question American evolutionary biologist and biogeographer Jared Diamond explores in his 2004 book “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail ...

S. Korean wetland faces doom

| Feb 22, 2006

S. Korean wetland faces doom

For those readers long ago numbed to the fraud, waste and environmental abuse that accompanies public works projects in Japan, here’s one that might jump-start your ire: A project by the South Korean government to landfill and develop 40,100 hectares (almost 100,000 acres) of ...

| Jan 25, 2006

Saving our environment one step at a time

Having ended 2005 with a rant (see below), let me begin 2006 on a more positive note by introducing some valuable environmental education resources. As an educator, I am a great fan of knowledge, and though, in unguarded moments, I occasionally let slip the ...

| Dec 28, 2005

Sleazy snappers turn eco-show sour

Originally this column was going to be about Eco-products 2005, a trade show held at Tokyo Big Sight earlier this month. But as you’ll see, I got seriously sidetracked and my focus shifted more or less entirely. The show, advertised as the largest eco-related ...

Too much of a good thing

Nov 27, 2005

Too much of a good thing

Humans are wholly dependent on nature’s cornucopia for food, clothing, shelter, many medicines, beer and wine — to name just a few of life’s essentials and pleasures. We also appear hardwired to control, dominate and undermine the complex systems of nature that serve us. ...

| Nov 23, 2005

Big Money warms to socially responsible investing

Environmentalists have been preaching for decades that true societal change will only happen when the really big-money players, such as multinational corporations and banks, begin to balance profit-making with social responsibility. Now, better late than never, that’s starting to happen. The ranks of the ...

Amazon's best defense is its people

| Oct 26, 2005

Amazon's best defense is its people

In 1989, two years after his first visit to the Amazon, singer/songwriter Sting co-authored a book called “Jungle Stories: The Fight for the Amazon” (Barrie & Jenkins). In the book he writes, “To visit the forest just once is to be haunted forever after ...

Putting people back into ecology

| Sep 21, 2005

Putting people back into ecology

Peter Berg is singularly passionate about his vision for a better world. He is convinced that towns and cities can move beyond the limitations of environmentalism and create vibrant communities that are economically and ecologically sustainable, and he believes bioregions are the key. A ...