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Watching the World Slip Away Kathleen Dean Moore makes the Wall of Fame today with this essay in the September 1 edition of High Country News.  “This one is soft. That means it’s sick.’ My grandson is 3 years old, and already he knows the signs of starfish wasting syndrome. He gives the sea star a last poke with his forefinger and stands to gaze around the intertidal cove.” The co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril has given us a poignant, heart-felt lament. She tugs at our heartstrings, not with a sermon, but by sharing her profound sadness. “Just last year, this...
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Paul Krugman Digging Way to China New York Times columnist and Princeton economics professor Paul Krugman finds himself once again on the Wall of Shame at Growth Bias Busted. Over the past few weeks Krugman has been providing a delicious demonstration of the old Will Rogers adage: “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” At the risk of over-cooking, today we roast Paul Krugman for his October 7 blog post, Slow Steaming and the Supposed Limits to Growth. To fully enjoy this feast of foolishness, we should go back a few weeks to when Krugman first picked up this particular...
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Climate Change Solution in Women's Bodies Some of the best writing about family planning intersects linking climate change with population growth to form today’s very worthy honoree on the Wall of Fame. Author and psychologist Valerie Tarico’s recent commentary at AlterNet is eloquent, compassionate, informed and accurate. Don’t miss this one. Tarico begins with the little-discussed fact that bringing population growth to an end sooner will provide significant carbon reduction (at a lower cost than tech solutions, she adds): “The Aspen Institute has estimated that voluntary family planning for all who want it could provide 8-15 percent of needed carbon reductions.”  Then she sets up the rest of...
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What's Possible? I’m honoring on the Wall of Fame today a very inspirational short film. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and populated with footage from the world’s best filmmakers and stock footage libraries, in less than 4 minutes What’s Possible inspires us to want to make a difference. It makes you want to make the big changes necessary to leave the next generation a world worth inheriting. It is truly inspiring. The words, written by Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum), are scrumptious. The Hans Zimmer music score is spot on. Something about the film did trouble me, a little. What bothered me is...
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Romm and Klein: Kinder Capitalism Needed We’ll continue on the climate change topic today, since that is on everyone’s mind this week (usually it’s only on the minds of those who are awake). Joseph Romm makes the Wall of Fame today for his review of Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate. I’m pretty sure we should be honoring Klein here and recommending her book, however I’ve not had time to pick it up and read it. It sounds irresistible, as the book jacket declares that it “tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against...
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