In the early spring of 2012, U.S. farmers were on their way to planting some 96 million acres in corn, the most in 75 years. A warm early spring got the crop off to a great start. Analysts were predicting the largest cor… Learn more.
In their book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, American architect William McDonough and German chemist Michael Braungart conclude that waste and pollution are to be avoided entirely. â€śPollution,â€… Learn more.
No previous civilization has survived the ongoing destruction of its natural supports. Nor will ours. Yet economists look at the future through a different lens. Relying heavily on economic data to measure progress, they… Learn more.
World hydroelectric power generation has risen steadily by an average 3 percent annually over the past four decades. In 2011, at 3,500 billion kilowatt-hours, hydroelectricity accounted for roughly 16 percent of global e… Learn more.
One of our legacies from the last century, which was dominated by two world wars and the cold war, is a sense of security that is defined almost exclusively in military terms. It so dominates Washington thinking that the… Learn more.
On May 5, 2012, Japan shut down its Tomari 3 nuclear reactor on the northern island of Hokkaido for inspection, marking the first time in over 40 years that the country had not a single nuclear power plant generating… Learn more.
The Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa make up only 5 percent of the worldâ€™s population, yet they take in more than 20 percent of the worldâ€™s grain exports. Imports to the region have jumped from 30 m… Learn more.
More than a quarter of all the meat produced worldwide is now eaten in China, and the countryâ€™s 1.35 billion people are hungry for more. In 1978, Chinaâ€™s meat consumption of 8 million tons was one third the U.S. cons… Learn more.