| 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 ...

| Sep 12, 2004

Exploring a cautionary tale

MINAMATA DISEASE, by Masazumi Harada (1971), translated by Sachie Tsushima and Timothy S. George, edited by Timothy S. George. Kumamoto Nichinichi Shinbun Culture & Information Center, 2004, 215 pp., 2,500 yen (cloth). Across Japan and throughout much of the world, the name Minamata is ...