News and Features
America's environmentalists won big in the midterm elections. But can
they make real progress on climate change by 2008 and beyond?
Poverty, race and obesity have a lot in common. In Alabama an underfunded federal program addresses the problem by providing fresh produce to low-income residents and seniors.
A G-8 plan to ramp up nuclear energy is defended as a necessary
response to global warming. But the nuclear waste it generates will hurt
people and the planet.
OK, market forces control oil prices. But market forces--with a lot of push from Republicans--are driving down the price of gas. And you can be sure they'll rise again after the election.
Will Democrats lose 50,000 votes every time the price of gasoline drops?
If so, don't blame the GOP (they don't have that much power). Blame instead
the greed of US consumers.
Three new books reappraise the massive earthquake of 1906, which was felt across an area of 400,000 miles and leveled much of San Francisco.
California's global warming initiative shows how far ahead the state is
compared with the federal government. But it also reveals how America lags behind the rest of the world.
As the generation of power brokers over 40 continues to blow off
global warming, our dependence on a waning supply of oil will create
a miserable future for their children and grandchilden.
As the world grows short of oil, nations in search of a viable energy
policy should take a lesson from Cuba, which turned to sustainable
agriculture to offset its own oil crisis.
If we are to survive and prosper in an oil-short world, we must not only
think outside the box--we must get rid of the box. We must abandon the
long-held idea that growth is the path to achieve every national goal.