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From Wolves to the Economy

Fifteen years ago last month I joined in a great experiment. That great gamble was the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park under the newly created experiment designation section of the Endangered Species Act. I was soon writing articles about what biological changes we hoped the...

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Tags: Economy, Oregon, Wolves, Yellowstone
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Wal-mart Launches Sustainability Index

Lot of chatter in the enviro press lately about Wal-mart's new Sustainability Index, and possible plans to establish a sustainability label for the products it sells, somewhat akin to nutrition labels currently on food packaging. Yes, you say, but it's Wal-mart. Time was, the two corporations m...

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Tags: Advertising, Climate change, Economy, Environment, Green, Marketing, Shopping
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Maybe 1872 Mining Law Will Finally Bite the Dust

I read recently that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is going to make it a priority to reform the The General Mining Act of 1872. Hey, better 137 years late than never. This law was enacted to promote the development of public lands back when such lands were just sitting there, unused and unloved ...

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Environment, Policy, Waste
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No Bonuses, No How

I was in the building lobby yesterday and happened upon two women. One was sobbing and the other was consoling. The sobbing one was pregnant and bemoaning the fact that she and a third of her staff were just laid off. She worked for a non-profit that helps those who are challenged by the economy....

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Tags: Aig, Economy, Goldman sachs
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Four New Books Explore American Consumption

It is always nice when someone else does my work for me. I was scanning the web today, trolling for stories, when I came across an entry by Sarah Kessler on the Sierra Club website—a review of four new books on consumption issues. Together, these four books (listed in parenthesis below) seem to c...

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Tags: Advertising, Consumption, Culture, Economy, Quality of life, Urban
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VISA is hungry: a humorous video critique of the consumption-based economy

Everyone is talking about ways to jump-start the economy, but many of us are skeptical of the solutions that sound like more of the same...more compulsive spending, more growth based on more stuff... Sometimes satire is a great way to give perspective on a situation that is already out of whack. ...

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Tags: Consumption, Credit, Economy, Humor, Spending
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No Worries: We Can Solve Climate Change By Getting Richer

Most would agree that solving the climate crisis will require science--creative science and a lot of it. It seems like that science shouldn't be contrary to common sense, though. I've read and re-read John Tierney's Use Energy, Get Rich and Save the Planet in today's New York Times, and it's hard...

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Tags: Climate change, Developing, Economics, Economy, Wealth
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Working Tent-Dwellers: One foot in, one foot out of the American Dream

Around the holidays, this blog explored where homelessness and environmental issues like recycling, consumerism, and green housing. While I noted that shelters and food pantries were receiving a huge influx of patrons after the economic downturn began, the post was mainly about folks who were alr...

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Tags: Crisis, Downturn, Economy, Families, Homeless, Poor, Poverty
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Hope for Correcting Our Collective Myopia

The State of the Union was, as expected, heavy on the economic talk. In the NYT's Dot Earth Blog yesterday, Andrew C. Revkin asks the question ‘Macromyopia’ for Finance, Now for the Planet? Macromyopia, in case you haven't heard, is the "short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity," th...

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Tags: America, Crissi, Economy, Finance, Future, Macromyopia, Money, President
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Access to Healthy Food: A Civil Issue

There's a blog I've been wanting to mention for awhile: Civil Eats. It's a group of bloggers writing about food policy, food culture...they do an amazing job at bringing together the macro and the micro, which is so important when writing about food. Something I especially appreciate about their...

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Tags: Civil, Class, Economy, Food policy, Social justice
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