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63 Articles by Lester Brown

The Rising Tide of Environmental Refugees

Our early twenty-first century civilization is being squeezed between advancing deserts and rising seas. Measured by the biologically productive land area that can support human habitation, the earth is shrinking. Mounting population densities, once generated solely by population growth, are now also fueled by the relentless advance of deserts and ... keep reading

Written by Lester Brown in October 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Economics, Education, Environmental Disasters, Events, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Population, Poverty & Development (1 comment)

U.S Headed for Massive Decline in Carbon Emissions

For years now, many members of Congress have insisted that cutting carbon emissions was difficult, if not impossible. It is not. During the two years since 2007, carbon emissions have dropped 9 percent. While part of this drop is from the recession, part of it is also from efficiency gains ... keep reading

Written by Lester Brown in October 2009, about Air Quality, Carbon Trading, Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Consumerism, Design, Economics, Education, Emissions, Energy Saving, Events, Finance & Money, Green energy, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Pollution, Poverty & Development, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Smart Growth

Our Global Ponzi Economy

Our mismanaged world economy today has many of the characteristics of a Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme takes payments from a broad base of investors and uses these to pay off returns. It creates the illusion that it is providing a highly attractive rate of return on investment as a ... keep reading

Written by Lester Brown in October 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Consumerism, Design, Economics, Education, Green energy, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government

Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization?

In early 2008, Saudi Arabia announced that, after being self-sufficient in wheat for over 20 years, the non-replenishable aquifer it had been pumping for irrigation was largely depleted. In response, officials said they would reduce their wheat harvest by one-eighth each year until production would cease entirely in 2016. The ... keep reading

Written by Lester Brown in October 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Children and Families, Climate Change, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Economics, Education, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Events, Finance & Money, Food, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Pollution, Population, Poverty & Development

On Energy, We're Finally Walking the Walk

The United States has entered a new energy era, ending a century of rising carbon emissions. As the U.S. delegation prepares for the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December, it does so from a surprisingly strong position, one based on a dramatic 9 percent drop in U.S ... keep reading

Written by Lester Brown in September 2009, about Air Quality, Children and Families, Climate Change, Consumerism, Economics, Education, Events, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government

How on Earth Can We Feed 8 Billion People?

In April 2005, the World Food Programme   and the Chinese government jointly announced that food aid shipments to China would stop at the end of the year. For a country where a generation ago hundreds of millions of people were chronically hungry, this was a landmark achievement. Not only has ... keep reading

Written by Lester Brown in September 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Economics, Education, Environmental Disasters, Events, Finance & Money, Food, Politics & Government, Population, Poverty & Development (2 comments)

Throwing Out the Throwaway Economy

The stresses in our early twenty-first century civilization take many forms--social, economic, environmental, and political. One distinctly unhealthy and visible illustration of all four is the swelling flow of garbage associated with a throwaway economy. Throwaway products were first conceived following World War II as a convenience and as a ... keep reading

Written by Lester Brown in August 2009, about Consumerism, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Pollution, Population

A Civilizational Tipping Point

In recent years there has been a growing concern over thresholds or tipping points in nature. For example, scientists worry about when the shrinking population of an endangered species will fall to a point from which it cannot recover. Marine biologists are concerned about the point where overfishing will trigger ... keep reading

Written by Lester Brown in August 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Art & Culture, Children and Families, Climate Change, Consumerism, Deforestation, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Economics, Education, Environmental Disasters, Events, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Pollution, Population, Poverty & Development

Learning from Past Civilizations

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute To understand our current environmental dilemma, it helps to look at earlier civilizations that also got into environmental trouble. Our early twenty-first century civilization is not the first to face the prospect of environmentally induced economic decline. The question is how we will ... keep reading

Written by Lester Brown in August 2009, about Children and Families, Climate Change, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Pollution, Population

Rethinking Food Production for a World of Eight Billion

In April 2005, the World Food Programme and the Chinese government jointly announced that food aid shipments to China would stop at the end of the year. For a country where a generation ago hundreds of millions of people were chronically hungry, this was a landmark achievement. Not only has ... keep reading

Written by Lester Brown in July 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Food, Politics & Government

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