A plea for the wetlands

| Oct 22, 2008

A plea for the wetlands

Representatives of 158 nations will converge next week on Changwon in South Korea, where they will spend nine days, from Oct. 27 to Nov. 4, talking about how to save the world’s wetlands. When they are done, they will have spent fortunes on flights, ...

| Sep 24, 2008

You know IG makes common sense: a re-energized U.S.

What if nations around the world were to adopt intelligent systems that would revolutionize the way we produce and consume energy? These would be energy systems that would dramatically cut carbon-dioxide emissions, promote the use of renewable energy, provide millions of “green” jobs that ...

| May 28, 2008

Burying our heads in the sand

We’ve all heard the warning, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.” Still, with daily reports harping on the dangers of climate change, just about any method to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is getting a closer look. Carbon capture and ...

| Apr 23, 2008

Is growth driving us to oblivion?

Last month, when I wrote a column headlined “Apocalypse when? Can three experts all be wrong on looming disaster?,” I expected that readers would harangue me for taking up ranks with the pessimists. After all, for every doomster, there seems to be a Pangloss ...

| Mar 26, 2008

Can three experts all be wrong on looming disaster?

If you ask British scientist James Lovelock about the future of humanity, be prepared for a shock. Writer Decca Aitkenhead of the London-based Guardian newspaper recently spoke with the 88-year-old independent scientist, inventor and author, and found his predictions “unnerving” and “alarming” — especially ...

Even oceans can only take so much

| Feb 27, 2008

Even oceans can only take so much

N ow that the wider world has finally recognized the extent to which human activities are altering the Earth’s climate, maybe we can also begin to grasp the fact that our oceans, too, are in dire straits. Oceans cover more than 70 percent of ...

| Jan 23, 2008

Cars and fuel set to get more political

In 2007, climate change finally became a reality in the wider public’s consciousness. So what about this year? With a U.S. presidential election slated for November, it’s a good bet that 2008 will mark the first time our planet’s health plays a prominent role ...