Ecomodernism

By Andrea Müller | Shaping a positive anthropocene - Pragmatische Umweltnutzung

Are Google & Apple Really “Powered” By Renewables? Understanding Corporate 100% Renewable Energy Policies

With Google and Apple boasting they met their 100% renewable energy targets in 2017, here is a closer look at how big companies go about acquiring …

Ecomodernism and Science-Based Environmentalism

I have always considered myself an environmentalist, but never found common cause with the environmentalist movement. The problem was (and remains) …

Evidence-Based Medicine

Archaeologists found an astonishing site in the Brazilian jungle that may have housed over a million people — and it could change everything we know about the mysteries of the Amazon

Deep in the Amazon rainforest, archaeologists found something astonishing: 81 never-before-seen earthworks, which may have supported a complex civilization containing a population of up to a million people.<p>That's according to new research published on Tuesday in the journal Nature …

Where the environmental movement can and should go from here

<i>Adam Werbach presented this speech at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco on Dec. 8, 2004. Further discussion of the issues he raises can be found</i> …

Political Science

A special series on the alleged “Death of Environmentalism”

Environmental leaders were rather dismayed late last year when upstarts began offering high-profile obituaries of their beloved movement.<p>We are …

Environmentalism

The death of environmentalism: Global warming politics in a post-environmental world

<i>This essay by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus was released at an October 2004 meeting of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, and it’s</i> …

Climate

California’s Pro-Nuclear Renegade

Michael Shellenberger, a pro-nuclear Democrat, makes a longshot bid for California governor.<p>If California’s upcoming gubernatorial race gets decided …

Die provokative Sicht auf den Raum Schweiz

Die Schweiz ist urban, weder ländlich konzipiert, noch eine einzige Grosstadt. Die These des ETH-Studio Basel stellt planerische und andere Mythen …

Nicht ganz dicht

Baulich verdichten, verdichten, verdichten, so lautet das Gebot der Stunde in der Schweiz, wo Boden knapp ist. Doch Verdichten heisst nicht zwingend …

Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O Wilson – review

A chilling warning that we’re in danger of wiping out all wildlife on Earth<p>In 2000, workers finished construction of a hydropower plant in Tanzania’s Udzungwa mountains. A giant reservoir was created by damming 90% of the water that had previously poured into nearby Kihansi gorge. The consequences …

Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet | Kim Stanley Robinson

There are now twice as many people as 50 years ago. But, as EO Wilson has argued, they can all survive – in cities<p>Discussing cities is like talking about the knots in a net: they’re crucial, but they’re only one part of the larger story of the net and what it’s supposed to do. It makes little sense …

Urbanization

Menus with vegetarian sections can lead customers to eat more meat

While certain restaurant menu designs can encourage some consumers to make pro-environmental food choices they can have the opposite effect on others.<p>…

Food

Umweltschützer kritisieren schärfere Grenzwerte für Insektizide

Alle Augen sind auf das Glyphosat gerichtet. Der umstrittene Unkrautvernichter ist zur Chiffre geworden für eine auf Ertrag getrimmte Landwirtschaft. …

Sprawl Can Be Beautiful—if Cities Learn to Manage Growth

In northern Colombia, in the unsettled outskirts of the city of Valledupar, stand parallel rows of newly planted <i>cañaguate</i> trees, the kind you expect …

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Kurz vor N`Djamena musste ich pinkeln, als mir der weisse Toyota Hiace auffiel, angeschrieben mit “Schreinerei Leuzinger GmbH” aus Glarus. Ein sehr …

GMO crops create “halo effect” that benefits organic farmers, says new research

Growing genetically modified insect-resistant corn in the United States has dramatically reduced insecticide use and created a “halo effect” that …

Essen | Fleisch ohne Augen

<b>Der Konzern hinter der Marke Wiesenhof investiert drei Millionen Dollar in ein Start-up für veganes Hühnchen</b>Vor bald einem Jahr hatte sie der …

How the Cost of Light Fell by a Factor of 500,000

As the BBC recently pointed out, our prehistoric ancestors needed to gather and chop “wood 10 hours a day for six days… [in order to] produce 1,000 …

George Washington

Impossible Environmentalism: Green groups promote utopian fantasies

Green groups need to make peace with modernity and technology and abandon pastoral nostalgias and utopian fantasies.<p>You would be hard pressed to find a better example of the ways in which contemporary environmental thought and advocacy are simply bad for the environment than the recent effort by …

Why what we eat is crucial to the climate change question | Ruth Khasaya Oniang’o

Our food – from what we eat to how it is grown – accounts for more carbon emissions than transport and yet staple crops will be hit hard by global warming<p>Did you know that what’s on your plate plays a larger role in contributing to climate change than the car you drive? When most wealthy people …

Climate

Sustainable intensification of agriculture for human prosperity and global sustainability

Nature-based solutions for sustainable intensification of agriculture to build prosperity and resilience<p>Evidence increasingly shows that sustainable …

Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture

If global population and food consumption trends continue, by 2050 the world will need 60 percent more food than is available today. Because arable …

What Will It Take for Americans to Eat Genetically Engineered Salmon?

A biotech company is on the brink of selling the first genetically modified animal food ever in the United States, but they still have to convince grocers and consumers to want it.<p>One day in 1992, a technology entrepreneur sat down for a meeting with a pair of biologists who were studying the genes …

The Future of Fish Farming

As global demand for seafood increases alongside population and income growth, fish farming has become more necessary than ever, despite its negative …

Our World in Data

How many people does synthetic fertilizer feed?

This blog post draws on data and research discussed in our entry on Yields and Land Use in Agriculture.

Farming and GMOs

Here you will find the pieces I’ve written and resources I’ve collected on agriculture, food, and genetically engineered organisms (biotech crops). …

Global Extreme Poverty

First published in 2013; substantive revision March 27, 2017.<p>I. Introduction<p>I.1 Overview of this entry<p>This entry is concerned with extreme poverty. …

Energy use per capita vs. GDP per capita

Annual energy use per capita, measured in kilowatt-hours per person vs. gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, measured as 2011 international-$