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Eurozone to Environmentalists: “Austerity Doesn’t Work”

Posted on May 3rd, 2012

After causing untold pain with very little to show for it, the backlash against austerity in the Eurozone is gaining ground. The diktats from Brussels and Berlin have pushed public tolerance to its limit. Politicians standing on an anti-austerity platform are making gains in the polls and at the ballot boxes. The message is clear […] ...Read more »

There’s nothing special about climate change denial

Posted on April 28th, 2012

Climate scientists and environmentalists are all in a tizzy about ‘climate change denialism’. They seem unable to understand how there is still a vocal minority that refuses to believe. My question today is – why is anyone annoyed or even surprised about this? In a recent email list I belong to, someone asked why there […] ...Read more »

“Nature Deficit Disorder” – Let’s not burden children with it

Posted on April 22nd, 2012

It has become fashionable to talk about a fictitious condition called “Nature Deficit Disorder”. This habit is dangerous to children. Activists abusing this term should tread more carefully and with a greater sense of responsibility. “Nature Deficit Disorder” was first coined by Robert Louv to describe the fact that children these days spend less time […] ...Read more »

Science or Activism? Lessons from the Peter Gleick episode.

Posted on April 12th, 2012

The most recent environmental community ‘scandal’ arose when Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick falsified his identity to gain access to confidential internal documents from The Heartland Institute – a climate skeptic organization. Predictably his actions ignited a vigorous public debate. Much of the environmental community rallied behind Gleick presenting the case in the most superficial […] ...Read more »

Is it ethical to eat meat?

Posted on April 7th, 2012

Is It Ethical to Eat Meat?   Essay in response to “Calling All Carnivores” competition at the New York Times, 2012   Download pdf of this essay here Finalists in the competition can be found here     “Is it ethical to eat meat?” This is the question posed. And it is the wrong question. […] ...Read more »

Building Skills Beyond the Silo

Posted on February 20th, 2012

“The action is not to be found on the straight and narrow path of individual disciplines but at their points of intersection.” I thought it would be appropriate to start the blog on this site looking at how we harvest the opportunities to be found at Intersections. Society faces issues and concerns that do not […] ...Read more »

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