| Jul 28, 2005

Moves afoot to counter U.S. Big Oil's clout

Reducing the greenhouse gases that derive from human activities and cause global warming is perhaps the most critical environmental challenge facing the world community. The task is made even more difficult by the intransigence of the world’s largest economy and its leading oil company. ...

| Jun 23, 2005

China's growth sums just don't add up for the planet

China’s 1.3 billion (and counting) citizens are poised to transform the global landscape dramatically, both economically and ecologically. Today, the United States dominates the world stage with military spending of over $400 billion a year, a GDP topping $11 trillion annually, and carbon dioxide ...

Mining the Earth's problems for drama

| May 26, 2005

Mining the Earth's problems for drama

‘It starts with the Earth. How can it not?” So begins Ruth Ozeki’s second award-winning novel, “All Over Creation,” which is a rollicking tale of a Japanese-American woman returning to her family’s potato farm in Idaho to face her past. “All Over Creation” looks ...

Matters of survival in a 'shattered world'

Apr 21, 2005

Matters of survival in a 'shattered world'

One of the best things about writing a newspaper column is that I get a chance to meet people whose paths I might otherwise never cross. Last weekend, at the Odaiba waterfront launch of Earth Day Tokyo 2005, I had the rare pleasure of ...

| Apr 21, 2005

Time to honor the planet, every day

‘If the environment is a fad, then it’s going to be our last fad,” warned Denis Hayes at the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, having given up his own graduate studies at Harvard only months before to organize this historic event. “We ...

| Mar 24, 2005

Power answers blowing in the wind

There is no doubt our dependence on fossil fuels will end. We will wean ourselves off oil and coal because they pose unacceptable environmental and security risks, or we will be forced to stop using them as reserves dwindle and climate change intensifies. To ...

| Jan 27, 2005

'Sobering study' spells out the global crisis

After more than 30 years of work in national and international environmental policymaking, James Gustave Speth has written an extraordinary book. Even better, it’s now out in Japanese, published by Chuohoki. Few environmentalists can match Speth’s career in law, advocacy, policy research and public ...

| Dec 23, 2004

Spending the planet into eco-bankruptcy

When I was a teenager, my uncle would joke, “When all else fails, read the instructions.” About the same time I also learned that the most important things don’t come with directions for use. Our planet is a good example. At a loss for ...