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By Terry Tamminen / On October 14th, 2008

Congress passed the bailout plan with a price tag of nearly a trillion dollars, but the ink was hardly dry on this new Monopoly money when quite a few experts began to predict it wouldn't be enough. Some estimates hope the "investments" that taxpayers...

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By Walker Wells / On October 14th, 2008

Financing isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you here the term green building. Instead it's usually solar panels, bamboo flooring, or a piece of plumbing equipment you're not sure you really want to understand. But just like other building...

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By David Wilcove / On October 9th, 2008

Scientists tend to distrust conclusions that are not based on empirical data and adequate sample sizes. So take what I'm about to say with a large grain of salt, since it is neither empirical nor based on sufficient data.

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By Paul Ehrlich / On October 8th, 2008

Here is the third step we should take to reach a sustainable society (click here for step one and...

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By Terry Tamminen / On October 7th, 2008

As Washington and Wall Street dicker over a financial rescue plan, everyone is missing the real opportunity to fix the problem. Some see the variously proposed plans as bailouts of dumb borrowers and dumber lenders, while others view it as a chance to...

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By Walker Wells / On October 7th, 2008

So, you're approaching green as part of your mission, you're using the integrated design process, and you've tweaked the financing structure to cover the added costs. Voila! A solid green project, right? No quite. There's one more, often ignored, element...

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By Gary Paul Nabhan / On October 3rd, 2008

As mentioned in last week's blog post, in Peru's Parque de la Papa-the Potato Park-, the Quechuan farmers maintain some 1200 varieties of potatoes named in their own language....

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By David Wilcove / On October 2nd, 2008

In late September, there are few places in North America where I would rather be than Cape May, New Jersey, arguably the best place on the continent to watch migrating birds in the autumn. But I'm in Europe now, not North America, and this past weekend...

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By Paul Ehrlich / On September 30th, 2008

Here is the second step we should take toward a sustainable society (Click here for...

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By Paul Ehrlich / On August 27th, 2008

Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich delivered a seminar to the Long Now Foundation a few weeks ago, and you can watch it here. Ehrlich offers an overview of the "state of the world" from the point of view...