Editorial

  • Slowly, quietly, people concerned with achieving a sustainable and equitable society are beginning to get serious about two new challenges. The first involves what is best understood as the next system question. The second has come to be called the new economy movement. Movement forward in both cases is likely to intensify as social, economic, …

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Feature

Perspectives

  • Most Americans probably know that we incarcerate more people in this country—both per capita and in sheer numbers—than any other country in the world. The Pew Research Center reported in 2008 that one out of every hundred Americans was behind bars.1 The Sentencing Project sets the total number at 2.2 million. Many times that number […]

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  • Shanti Devi was born in the 1960s, somewhere around the start of India’s Green Revolution. The introduction of pesticides and fertilizers was heralded as a game changer in Devi’s village of Pirakhpur in the state of Bihar. However, the meager yield from the old traditional ways of farming and the huge expenditures on chemical pesticides […]

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  • As the sun sets every night over developing countries, more than a billion people are plunged into darkness, and forced to rely on polluting light sources such as kerosene. Eighty percent of them live in rural areas, and have been waiting for electricity to arrive—and they’ll continue to wait for decades more if the world […]

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  • You could argue that a more comprehensive, albeit wonky, word for farmer is “nutrient steward.” Think about it. Farmers till the soil, manage the flow of water, and do much more to grow the food and fiber products that our society needs to stay fed and clothed. Unfortunately, most farmers are only compensated for their […]

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  • In his book Collapse, Jared Diamond provides us a chilling historical anecdote of the Greenland Vikings: faced with an increasingly harsh climate in the early fifteenth century, a large swath of the population died out from starvation. Greenland Inuit, however, continued to live during this period. Unlike the Vikings, they harbored no cultural …

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On the Ground

Solutions in History

  • In 2010 the United States government supported a proposal by Monaco that would have imposed a ban on the international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).1 The proposal recognized the cold fact that these prized tuna populations have been fished to …

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Envision the Future

  • The year 2050 is a good time to look back on the major events in the United States since the turn of the century. There have been great hardships, but we have prevailed and achieved so much. Without question, our greatest challenges have been the unparalleled loss of life and the tremendous destruction caused by […]

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Interview

Media Review

  • REVIEWING The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don’t Nate Silver, Penguin Press, 2012 After the tremendous success of Nate Silver’s model in correctly predicting the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, his book The Signal and the Noise published by Penguin in the same year, achieved a great deal of […]

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