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Feeding the World without Destroying the Environment

Written by , on September 19, 2019

Researchers show that undernourishment is not a problem of agricultural production capacity but of the current economic and political system and that, if equity of food distribution is accompanied by a reduction in over-consumption and food waste, undernutrition could be eradicated while at the same time reducing agricultural production.   Read more »

Human Population through Time

Written by , on November 24, 2016

The American Museum of Natural History has posted an animation of the growth of human population. When will global population peak? And how can we minimize our impact on Earth’s resources as we approach 11 billion?  Read more »

New Model Predicts Lower Future Population

Written by , on April 5, 2013

The United Nations estimate of future world population is 9.3 million by 2050, rising to 10.1 billion by 2100. However, the U.N. figures are given with a very wide range of uncertainty – between 6.2 billion and 15.8 billion in 2100. A new model developed by a team from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) […]  Read more »

“Food is the new oil”, Lester Brown

Written by , on February 13, 2013

Lester Brown, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, discusses the global struggle for food security, which is the subject of his latest book "Full Planet, Empty Plates".  Read more »

Ship the Factory – Not the Product

Written by , on September 16, 2012

When the Texas company, re:char, wanted to ship their biochar kilns to Kenya, they found the usual options were wasteful and costly. They concluded that it would be much more efficient to manufacture near to the customers. To do this, in a place with little industry or infrastructure, re:char designed  a fully functioning, off-the-grid, solar […]  Read more »

UK Govt. to Make Research Free Online

Written by , on July 17, 2012

The British government is to make publicly funded scientific research available for anyone to read for free by 2014. Under the scheme, research papers that describe work paid for by the British taxpayer will be free online for universities, companies and individuals to use for any purpose, wherever they are in the world. Tensions between […]  Read more »

Green Job Growth

Written by , on May 30, 2012

The U.S. Labor Department recently announced the results of its first ever survey on green jobs in the United States. Green jobs accounted for 2.4 percent of total employment in 2010, or approximately 2.3 million jobs. The following graph shows job category growth as measured by LinkedIn. Jobs in renewables and the environment are growing […]  Read more »

Microsoft to Impose a Carbon Price on Itself

Written by , on May 11, 2012

Microsoft is creating a "carbon price and charge back model" that will levy fees on each of its various internal business groups for the emissions they generate. The company expects that this will result in its becoming carbon neutral by its next fiscal year. Each Microsoft business unit will be responsible for the carbon that […]  Read more »

What’s Wrong with Copyright and Patents

Written by , on February 18, 2012

 This video from explains it all: .  Read more »

It’s Not about Protecting Authors and Artists

Written by , on January 19, 2012

We have just seen widespread protests aginst the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act. Proponents of these Acts claim that they want to encourage creativity by protecting the rights of authors, artists and musicians. But copyright law is not about protecting authors, artists and musicians. It is, and always has been, […]  Read more »