In 1900, the first year from which we have health statistics about the leading causes of death in the United States, cancer was eighth on the list. Today, cancer is the second leading cause of death in this country and, any moment now, is poised to usurp heart disease as the nation’s number one killer.
By Phil Rockstroh “Everything that everyone is afraid of has already happened: The fragility of capitalism, which we don’t want to admit; the loss of the empire of the United States; and American exceptionalism. In fact, American exceptionalism is that we are exceptionally backward in about fifteen different categories, from education to infrastructure. But we’re [...]
By Luke Walsh. Republished from EDIE. United Nation’s carbon offset mechanism is rewarding pollution and could cause unsustainable land grabs in Africa, according to an international charity. The Gaia Foundation says the current market is pushing industrial biofuels, genetically modified crops and biochar regardless of the problems caused to land in the long term.
By Samantha Johnson Climate change and global warming are terms used intermittently but there is a distinction. Global warming occurs when the average temperature of the earth increases over a period of time. Global warming is a result of greenhouse gases that become trapped in the earth’s biosphere. Climate change is the result of global [...]
By Carolyn Baker of Speaking Truth to Power. In our efforts to include voices that offer options for our current human predicament, we often overlook those in our own local communities. I’m fortunate to live within an hour’s drive of sustainability expert and futurist, David Wann. He recently spoke here in Boulder, Colorado, promoting his [...]
We reprint below —in mildly annotated form—Jane Mayer’s important New Yorker exposé of the Koch brothers, a heinous, underhanded plutocratic duo. The interesting thing is that the idiotic hostility of these billionaire American satraps bathes Obama and his irrefutably conservative, pro-financial oligarchy administration in a leftish glow that they scarcely deserve. Such opposition from the [...]