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By Robert Engelman / On December 18th, 2008

The government of Vietnam will decide on December 22 whether to penalize parents who have more than two children, reinitiating a coercive population policy it abandoned in 2003. "We are considering an adjustment to our policy appropriate to the...

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By Jonathan Isham / On December 15th, 2008

Monday Night, at a fine Indian restaurant in the shadow of Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies: after giving...

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By David Wilcove / On December 11th, 2008

Here's a quiz for the birdwatchers out there: Which country has experienced the greatest loss of bird species over the past quarter century? (And by "greatest loss," I mean global extinctions). The answer is not Brazil, Indonesia,...

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By Ann Vileisis / On December 10th, 2008

At climate talks in Poland last week, delegates considered the issue of farm emissions. Globally farm animals generate 18 percent of greenhouse gasses—that's more than cars, planes, and buses. According to The New York Times (...

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By Peter Newman / On December 9th, 2008

How did the crash happen? Over-inflating the economic balloon with debt that was vulnerable to rises in oil price. What do we do about it? Use non-oil-based projects and approaches to generate economic growth or else we are going to make things...

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By Walker Wells / On December 4th, 2008

green: environmentally sound or beneficial urbanism: the practice of creating human communities Green Urbanism: the practice of creating communities beneficial to humans and the environment

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By Ann Vileisis / On December 3rd, 2008

In my recent book Kitchen Literacy, I concluded by urging readers to learn where their food comes from and how it is raised. In developing my own "kitchen literacy," I...

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By Peter Newman / On December 2nd, 2008

In my first blog post, I suggested that we need to respond to the present economic crash in ways that do not undermine the basic cause of our dysfunctional global urban economy. The issues of peak oil and climate change are exposing the weakness of...

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By Elizabeth Grossman / On December 1st, 2008

 

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By Ann Vileisis / On November 26th, 2008

Of all our national holidays I've always loved Thanksgiving best. Aside from the fun of cooking and eating terrific food together, it's the only national holiday that hasn't degenerated into an entirely commercial affair. In fact, it even seems to...

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