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34 Articles by Eliav Bitan

Outsourcing Our Offsets

Have we outsourced global warming?  Critics of cap and trade systems or carbon offsetting have argued that buying a carbon credit is like a medieval indulgence. Rather than saving the planet, it allows me to buy a clean conscience. I'll give two examples of how this might be true ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in April 2010, about Carbon Trading, Climate Change, Consumerism, Design, Economics, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government

Lessons on the Highway

Route 80 is an amazing American road. It stretches from New York City and the Atlantic ocean to San Francisco and the Pacific. I had the pleasure of traveling on this American road (our second longest) for 15 hours from New York to Iowa. Countless trucks. And two enduring images ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in April 2010, about Children and Families, Design, Transport, Travel (2 comments)

Heated Issues - Climate Change and the Media

For the last six months, major newspapers and news-magazines have completely misrepresented climate science to the detriment of our public discourse and our planet. Newsweek argued that climate scientists are playing fast and loose with facts. The New York Times reported a controversy raging in the field of climate science ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in March 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Education, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media

Give a Gift - Save the Planet..?

To stop climate chaos we're going to have to change the way we think. And I'll show you why gift giving might be the best way to do that. Gift giving might be the most practical, down-to-earth dirty way to stop climate change. Since the invention of the ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in March 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Agriculture & Food, Art & Culture, Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Consumerism, Design, Economics, Education, Finance & Money, Food, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Permaculture, Politics & Government

Carbon Friendly Agriculture?

As climate crisis accelerates, our farmers are placed in the ever more precarious position of growing food for an increasing population in the face of increasingly bizarre weather patterns. Weather patterns are shifting due to the increasing amount of energy trapped in our atmosphere by greenhouse gases.  And yet, farming ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in March 2010, about Agriculture & Food, Carbon Sequestration, Children and Families, Climate Change, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Food, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Permaculture (5 comments)

Polyface Farm- The Way of the Future?

We’re in for some climate chaos. The Copenhagen Accord means at least 2-4 degrees of warming over the next fifty years. And who knows how much global weirding. As greenhouse gases trap more heat (energy) close to the earth, that energy is used by large weather systems—they move ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in February 2010, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Consumerism, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Organic

Copenhagen Follow Up

Friday, December 18th, 2009 was one of the saddest days of my career. The Copenhagen Climate Conference had ended with a non-binding Copenhagen Accord. And no on knew what it meant. When I returned to the negotiating center, it was as empty as the Copenhagen Accord. The NGO and government ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in February 2010, about Children and Families, Climate Change, Economics, Emissions, Events, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Smart Growth, Weather

Hunters and Anglers Greener Than You Think

I've written before in this space about 'right greens.' 'Right greens are people who believe the government ought to preserve traditional rights like gun ownership, private property, and use of public spaces.' In the United State these people are often defined as conservatives or libertarians, frequently 'sportsmen' who enjoy ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in October 2008, about Clean Technologies, Coal & Oil, Environment & Wildlife, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government (5 comments)

BPA: The Grand Human Experiment

In the beginning, life formed in the sea. The phospho-lipid membranes of our cells wrapped themselves around primordial saltwater, enclosing water, salt, and other chemicals. Our blood today includes those chemicals as evolutionary remnants of our origins. In the last twenty years a new chemical has been added to our ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in October 2008, about Health, Industry & Business, Politics & Government

Prioritizing Sustainability

Last Thursday night, during the U.S. presidential debate, Barack Obama took an unprecedented leadership position on the crucial environmental issue of energy. The candidates were asked what their presidential priorities would be given the "new economic realities". Presenting priorities in a presidential debate is a risky move, because the ... keep reading

Written by Eliav Bitan in October 2008, about Clean Technologies, Green energy, Politics & Government

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