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25 Articles by Joe Brewer

A Message of Hope for 2008

Today we embark upon another tour around the Sun on this precious spinning rock we call home. It is an honor to be among you – the great messengers of change in our time of need. Our journey this time around can be purposeful and productive if we keep in mind ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in January 2008, about Philosophy & Religion

Energy Crisis Won't "Wait for the Market"

The Invisible Hand of the Market Courtesy: Throbgoblins How should we respond to the argument that we need to "wait for the market" to solve our energy and climate problems? Proponents of the "do nothing" approach to real-world problems often claim that there is no solution to the harmful impacts ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in December 2007, about Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Weather

The Rape of the World

One of the great unappreciated musical heroes in my life is Tracy Chapman. Most of us know her for the song or two that made it onto the radio. Perhaps it was Fast Car, Talking 'Bout a Revolution, Give Me One Reason or Across the Lines (the latter hits hard ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in December 2007, about Environment & Wildlife, Health

Emergent Ecological Order – When Players Change the Game

We are in the midst of an enormous transition from state-based anarchy to global governance. In times past, each sovereign territory sought advantage over its neighbors in the acquisition of resources. Over time the rules were changed and international treaties were forged to gain the valuable benefits of cooperation. But ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in December 2007, about Politics & Government, Weather

Beyond Extreme: The Illusion of a New Climate Centrism

Andrew Revkin Environmental Reporter for New York Times I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of media reporting that deceives the public about the climate crisis. Andrew Revkin disappointingly presented a grotesque distortion of reality recently as if it were news. He is a science ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in November 2007, about Media, Politics & Government, Weather

Climate and the Psychology of Loss

An article today in the Washington Post is using fear to inhibit action. Juliet Eilperin boldly declares "climate is a risky issue." Essentially saying, "Be careful! You are going to lose something of value." She then goes on to frame efforts to address the climate crisis as costly, while ignoring ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in November 2007, about Philosophy & Religion

Living On Stolen Time: The Population Problem

It's overloaded already, but within the next 50 years we'll see another 2.5 billion added to this train we call Earth The tremendous increase in human population has caused us to pass our carrying capacity – the number of members of a species that can survive at replacement ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in October 2007, about Population

Who Framed Global Warming?

Photographers are well aware of the use of frames. The boundaries placed around a scene cause our minds to recognize central features and disregard whatever lies outside the border. Thus, when we see a picture hanging on the wall that shows a waterfall in the center of the image with ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in October 2007, about Philosophy & Religion

Missing the Real Message in Nobel Prize?

by Joe Brewer, Rockridge Institute, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A. The big story today is that the Nobel Peace Prize recognizes the climate crisis as a genuine threat to humanity. It now has official standing along with the proliferation of nuclear weapons, conflict in the Middle East, landmines, and poverty ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in October 2007, about Media, Politics & Government, Weather

The 'Feel Good' Approach to Climate Distortion

An article published last week in the science section of the New York Times clearly demonstrates the importance of frames and narratives when discussing important political issues. John Tierney's article "Findings: 'Feel Good' vs. 'Do Good' on Climate" is currently among the most popular articles of the day. This ... keep reading

Written by Joe Brewer in September 2007

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