| 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 ...

'Gore's Nobel Prize is wonderful'

| Oct 24, 2007

'Gore's Nobel Prize is wonderful'

As soon as the rumors began that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the U.N. Intergovern- mental Panel on Climate Change were being considered for a Nobel Peace Prize it was easy to predict at least one thing: Win or not, the commentators, ...

Turning waste into rich resources

| Sep 26, 2007

Turning waste into rich resources

Visit Calcutta, even briefly, and you soon learn the rules of the road — or rather that there aren’t many, if any. You will also meet some of the planet’s most resourceful people, from street children to scientists who are masters of making very ...

| Jul 25, 2007

Our world is being driven by denial

As an environmental columnist, one question that repeatedly comes to mind is, “How much denial is humanly possible?” Inevitably, the answer turns out to be the same, time after time: “Boundless amounts.” Humans routinely overcome the complexities of war, disease and famine, and yet ...

TETRAPODS

Jul 22, 2007

TETRAPODS

Ah, tetrapods! They stand firm and upright year after year, from sunrise to sunrise, silent sentinels unmoved by summer’s raging typhoons or winter’s crashing ice floes. Not sure what to think of tetrapods? Not even sure what they are? Well, fear not, you’re probably ...

Is this a poisons coverup?

| Jun 27, 2007

Is this a poisons coverup?

Mariners say the oceans reveal their secrets only grudgingly. Shelly Parulis would say the same of the U.S. Navy. No matter. Parulis is undaunted in her quest to find out what that branch of the American armed forces knows — and what it is ...