Category Archives: Sustainability

Falling Gasoline Use Means United States Can Just Say No to New Pipelines and Food-to-Fuel

By Janet Larsen Freeing America from its dependence on oil from unstable parts of the world is an admirable goal, but many of the proposed solutions—including the push for more home-grown biofuels and for the construction of the new Keystone … Continue reading

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Expanding Dust Bowls Worsening Food Prospects in China and Africa

By Janet Larsen When most people hear the term “dust bowl,” they think of the American heartland in the 1930s, when a homesteading wheat bonanza led to the plowing up of the Great Plains’ native grassland, culminating in the greatest … Continue reading

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Taking Stock: World Fish Catch Falls to 90 Million Tons in 2012

By J. Matthew Roney The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projects that the world’s wild fish harvest will fall to 90 million tons in 2012, down 2 percent from 2011. This is close to 4 percent below the all-time … Continue reading

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Dust Bowl Revisited

By Janet Larsen On October 18, 2012, the Associated Press reported that “a massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate…forcing police to shut down the heavily traveled roadway amid near … Continue reading

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The Great Transition, Part II: Building a Wind-Centered Economy

By Lester R. Brown In the race to transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy and avoid runaway climate change, wind has opened a wide lead on both solar and geothermal energy. Solar panels, with a capacity totaling … Continue reading

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The Great Transition, Part I: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy

By Lester R. Brown The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way. As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about pollution and climate instability cast a shadow over … Continue reading

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More than 150 data sets accompany Lester R. Brown’s latest book, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity. These tables and graphs help to explain the precarious situation in which humanity finds itself, as the world leaves … Continue reading

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