Editorial

Feature

Perspectives

  • The World Health Organization estimates that 884 million people do not have access to safe sources of drinking water. Meanwhile, about half of the world’s population continues to use unsustainable, biomass-based energy sources for indoor fuel, leading to extensive deforestation, harmful indoor air emissions, and in many cases upper respiratory …

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  • The United States possesses a housing stock that is old, comparatively large, “leaky” in terms of energy loss, and operated inefficiently. That’s the good news, at least for those seeking to find cost-effective reductions in energy use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. While the U.S. buildings sector demonstrates these characteristics, the …

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  • “It’s kind of embarrassing,” Emmanuel of Oakland, California, responded when asked about carrying a reusable shopping bag. “It looks like a man-purse.”1 Emmanuel was part of a recent OgilvyEarth study entitled, Mainstream Green: Moving Sustainability from Niche to Normal, which investigated the discrepancy between Americans’ actions and …

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  • At the beginning of the twenty-first century, we find ourselves in a peculiar situation: although hardly anyone would deny the deep ecological crisis facing humankind, we seem to be caught in a net of assumptions that impede a practical solution. Having acknowledged that we need to reduce consumption of energy and materials drastically,1,2 we …

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  • No challenge facing humanity is broader in scope and importance than achieving a sustainable future. Every dimension of our lives is affected, and every discipline and sector of society must be involved in meeting the challenge. Yet we consistently place less importance on distant events than on those close to us in time (as well […]

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On the Ground

Solutions in History

  • The fight against the Keystone XL pipeline has been one of the most publicized environmental controversies in the United States over the past decade. The proposed pipeline would bring oil derived from tar sands in Alberta to the coast of Texas. Since the pipeline crosses an international border, the U.S. State Department must complete an […]

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Envision the Future

  • I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours. —Bob Dylan Mandela City, 2084 The world today, a century after George Orwell’s nightmare year, stands as living refutation of the apocalyptic premonitions that once haunted dreams of the future. This dispatch from our awakened future surveys the contemporary moment, scenes in […]

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Interview

Media Review

  • As a former mayor of Santa Cruz, California, I have had a sustained interest in alternative investment strategies for local communities. Most of the proposals I’ve studied and worked on tend to be either unrealistic about the ability of local communities to function outside of the larger capitalist system, or overly optimistic about the likely …

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Noteworthy

  • Japan powered down its last nuclear reactor earlier this year to make the world’s third-largest economy nuclear free for the first time in almost half a century. The closure of the Tomari plant in northern Japan came a year after the devastating tsunami that led to the meltdown of reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. […]

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  • In just over a month, a small team from San Francisco was able to reconstruct five readable documents from 10,000 scraps of paper. The U.S. Department of Defense paid out $50,000 and gained, in turn, a new method for reconstituting shredded papers. The federal government has hosted more than 150 contests like this one—the so-called […]

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  • Caterpillars might not be haute cuisine for many Americans, but a new organization in Africa is promoting them as a simple, nutritious solution to the continent’s high rate of malnutrition. Shea caterpillars are brown, wriggly worms about the size of a child’s pinky finger. They are already sold live at markets in places like Burkina […]

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