| 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, ...

| May 13, 2004

Confessions of a schizo environmentalist

I have a confession to make. For the past month I’ve been suffering from a strange affliction: I can’t seem to buy and dispose of plastic bottles without being overcome by a mild case of environmental schizophrenia. The condition set in last month when ...

| Apr 8, 2004

Report condemns Bush's corruption of science

Kurt Gottfried, professor emeritus of physics at Cornell University and Chairman of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), is very concerned about the Bush administration. “Across a broad range of issues, the administration has undermined the quality of the scientific advisory system and the ...

| Mar 11, 2004

Bush majors in suppression of science

It comes as no surprise that U.S. President George W. Bush is calling for a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. He is simply using the age-old tactic of picking on others to save his own hide. Quite simply, and simplistically, if the ...