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Map Shows Who Gets Screwed by Climate Change, Who Doesn't

In a new map illustrating climate vulnerability, it’s obvious which countries take the biggest hits, and are most susceptible to the effects of climate change. Developed by risk analysts Maplecroft, the map combines measures of the risk of certain global warming impacts, including storms, flooding, and droughts, with the social and financial ability of both […]

October 28th

The World Food Prices Spike Continues (4th Installment)

The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN) released their global food price index data today showing what happened in April.  Last month there had been a glimmer of hope that the upward price trend was reversing, but as many predicted that was not a trend that continued.  Dairy, Oil and Sugar prices on […]

May 5th

Massachusetts Town First to Ban Bottled Water Sales

Now this is what I want to see more of in the headlines. Residents of Concord, Massachusetts recently voted to ban sales of bottled water, making their city the first in the US to make such a decision. In an era of throwaway everything and patches of trash floating in the ocean, measures such as […]

May 13th

Banned Chemicals Continue To Appear in Our Food

This article caught my eye from Change.org: current research shows that numerous banned chemicals, including DDT, are continuing to show up in US food supplies, even though they have been previously outlawed. These chemicals, which fall under the category of POPs, or ‘persistent organic pollutants’, take decades to break down and are capable of traveling […]

May 12th

Plan B Update: The Copenhagen Conference on Food Security

Lester R. Brown For the 193 national delegations gathering in Copenhagen for the U.N. Climate Change Conference in December, the reasons for concern about climate change vary widely. For delegations from low-lying island countries, the principal concern is rising sea level. For countries in southern Europe, climate change means less rainfall and more drought. For […]

November 16th

Earth Policy Institute: The End of an Era — Closing the Door on Building New Coal-fired Power Plants in America

By Jonathan G. Dorn Community opposition, legal challenges, and financial uncertainty over future carbon costs are prompting companies to rethink their plans for coal. Since the beginning of 2007, 95 proposed coal-fired power plants have been canceled or postponed in the United States—59 in 2007, 24 in 2008, and at least 12 in the first […]

An Old-New Trickle-Down Theory? Basic Corporate Social Responsibility Has Potential to Save Us, Eliminate Plastic Bag Dependency

Yesterday I posted here about plastic bag fees and bans being frozen in — or before reaching — legislatures. Supposedly that’s due to economics, though reality seems to be more connected to politics. That, coupled with a post here by Low Impact Living about the green benefits of the stimulus plan signed by President Obama […]

February 25th

Small-Scale Sustainable Communities: The Key to the Next Social (R)evolution

This article marks the first in the author’s series on Sustainable Communities, in which she investigates theories and examples of how we might organize ourselves toward sustainability.  This introductory article examines why it is crucial to focus on the viability of sustainable community prototypes, the likes of which are popping up in both urban and […]

November 24th