July 13, 2008
For new views of an ancient planet, National Geographic visited all seven continents, collected 250 hours of film and chronicled the natural forces that combine to shape Earth. Earth scientist Ian Stewart, the show's host, examines how various systems mesh to make Earth a unique presence in the solar system. "It was captivating to look at the Earth as a finely tuned machine and how it all works together," said Ashley Hoppin, executive producer of the five-hour, three-night project "Earth: The Biography.
December 10, 2009
I share Mike Tidwell's feeling of urgency about global warming ["To really save the planet, stop going green," Outlook , Dec. 6]. I disagree, though, with the notion that daily, personal responsibility comes at the expense of more profound change. Of course we need to call our senators, and, no, swapping light bulbs will not by itself pull us back from the abyss. But as we engage our fellow citizens with small, shared sacrifices, we are creating a new environmental ethos that is changing our culture.
November 1, 2011
Regarding the Oct. 31 front-page article " A world growing — and growing grayer ": Fear of declining birth rates in developed countries serves to divert attention from climate change, mounting food and drinking-water shortages, species impoverishment and the host of far more pressing economic and ecological disasters that are already upon us as a result of unrestrained population growth. Raising birth rates would, in the short term, only add to the excess of dependents reliant on a graying workforce.
November 5, 2009
The Oct. 28 news story "Economics of climate change in forefront" missed the key point. Of course politicians will argue about whether climate change legislation will "slow U.S. economic growth," because economic growth is assumed to be a top priority. But that assumption is simplistic and outdated. Stabilizing the climate is all about stabilizing the economy: moving it toward a "steady state" that is neither growing nor in recession. The economy is predominantly fossil-fueled, and that will not change on a dime.
July 28, 2012 |
Getting a good look at Andrew Rogers's art can be tough. It helps to have a satellite. Or a helicopter. Or a plane. The picture above was taken from a hot-air balloon drifting over central Turkey. Rogers used stone walls to sketch this horse across the rocky hills of Cappadocia. The figure is enormous, almost 200 feet wide. It took 450 people to construct it. This horse is one of the dozens of pieces Rogers has scattered over all seven continents. You've never heard of him, right?
August 1, 2008 |
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opposes lifting the moratorium on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and on the Outer Continental Shelf. She won't even allow it to come to a vote. With $4 gas having massively shifted public opinion in favor of domestic production, she wants to protect her Democratic members from having to cast an anti-drilling election-year vote. Moreover, given the public mood, she might even lose. This cannot be permitted. Why? Because, as she explained to Politico: "I'm trying to save the...