'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 ...


Jul 22, 2007


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 ...

| May 23, 2007

Can 'organic' feed us all?

Having experienced firsthand the waste, power abuse and nepotism that malign the United Nations from within, I am not usually a fan of its conferences. I am, however, a big fan of organic produce and composting, so my interest was piqued earlier this month ...

| Apr 25, 2007

Ponder awhile the wisdom of Bhutan

If nations had laws requiring that we all went about our business wisely and with respect for the planet, those laws would prioritize precaution and force polluters to clean up their mess. So far, however, few citizens demand such statutes — and fewer governments ...

| Mar 28, 2007

Hail to the '3-alarm' Chief

It must be tough being Al Gore. No American has done more to raise awareness of global warming and climate change, and yet the media continue to needle him and still routinely misquote him as saying he “invented the Internet.” Until recently, even environmentalists ...