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312 Articles by Chris Tobias

Singapore's Strategy to Secure Food

In January of this year, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reported an all-time high in its Food Price Index. In early February, the index rose even higher, causing food related riots and global uneasiness that more dramatic surges were coming. It was an ironic backdrop when Lunar New ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in April 2011, about Agriculture & Food, Earth, Soil, & Landscape (1 comment)

Hidden Truths About Energy: Why One Source Just Won't Cut It

Energy involves many complex issues, from how it is sourced to where it is used.  Crafting intelligent energy policy also means understanding how cultural, social, and political issues come into play.    Dr. Michael Quah is one of the well versed experts in this area.  With qualifications from Harvard and Yale ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in December 2009, about Clean Technologies, Design, Energy Saving, Green energy, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior

Innovative Thai Architect Singh Intrachooto: "Focus on process, not products."

Like many countries, Thailand has an issue with waste.  From buildings, to manufacturing and agriculture, to consumer goods and tourism leftovers, mountains of garbage go to landfill each year. Agriculture alone in Thailand churns out 58,190,000 tons of refuse annually (Land Development Department, Government of Thailand).  Think about ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in December 2009, about Architecture, Clean Technologies, Consumerism, Design, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Recycling

Eco-tourism and the Double-Edged Sword of Development (+ Video)

In many developing countries, eco-tourism projects are heralded as one way to bring money into communities and create economic benefits for local people.  The premise is simple: showcase the local culture and natural heritage and gain the tourist dollar.  Unfortunately, this seemingly simple business idea gets messy when implemented.  Small ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in December 2009, about Art & Culture, Children and Families, Design, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Travel (3 comments)

Looking for a New Job? Consider this...

Slammed by the economic crisis?  Been laid off?  Hating your job and wishing you were?  Yearning for something more meaningful?  Congratulations, you’re not alone.  If you’ve been pounding your brain and the pavement in search of alternatives, look no further as there is something perfect for you.    Called ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in December 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Art & Culture, Children and Families, Climate Change, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Economics, Education, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Organic, Philosophy & Religion

Seeing REDD: Could There Be a More Complicated Way to Save Forests?

Trying to stop the destruction of the world’s remaining forests is a complicated affair.  One proposed mechanism to help in the battle is a clean development mechanism for developing countries called REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.  The general idea behind it is to give developing ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in November 2009, about Climate Change, Deforestation, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Economics, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Logging, Politics & Government, Pollution, Poverty & Development

Energy, Peak Oil, and Development 2010 and Beyond

As the keynote speaker at the Singapore Energy Lecture, Dr. Daniel Yergin was toeing his usual line of optimism on the subject of oil and energy.  As the Founder and Chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associate (CERA), Dr. Yergin has a long career in the energy industry, though one some ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in November 2009, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Consumerism, Economics, Education, Events, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government (1 comment)

The Hidden Dangers of Energy Efficiency

A recent event sponsored by the British High Commission on climate change and low-carbon business drew out into the open a serious issue.  As many are aware, should the temperature rise as much as 4 degrees Celsius (or about 7 degrees Fahrenheit) due to climate change, some serious problems for ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in November 2009, about Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Consumerism, Design, Economics, Education, Emissions, Energy Saving, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Pollution, Smart Growth (2 comments)

Developing vs. Developed Nations... Why Not 'Evolved' Nations?

The upcoming climate negotiations in Copenhagen have highlighted an interesting dilemma.  Nations worldwide are trying to shirk their responsibilities around emissions and their economies.  So called “developed” nations like the U.S., U.K., and Australia are having a difficult political time getting industries to swallow the fact that big ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in November 2009, about Climate Change, Economics, Education, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Events, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Population, Poverty & Development

The REAL Cure for Climate Change (+Videos)

Don’t expect climate change to get fixed by the governments of the world.  Don’t expect that, however noble in intention, the efforts of Gore, McKibben, Stern, and their many cohorts will succeed either.  Not on any large scale.  It won’t be clean tech or green products saving ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in November 2009, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Consumerism, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government (7 comments)

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