| 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 ...

| Jun 10, 2004

Kicking up a storm over climate change

For those who cannot decide whether to see “The Day After Tomorrow,” I sympathize. This recent Hollywood thriller that offers an apocalyptic portrayal of global climate change has me at odds with myself. I am torn between the desire to wallow in mindless hyperbole, ...