Capitalism and Climate Change

Nearly every political or economic dialogue of the past few years has featured talk of “green jobs” and the prospects offered by “the clean-energy economy.” L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen seek to make tangible the actual business economics of de-carbonization and sustainable development in their new work Climate Capitalism (Hill and Wang, $26).  Much … Continue reading

The Vertical Farm

by Aaron Martin Did you know that in New York City there are 10 rats for every person? Perhaps you suspected as much, and Dr. Despommier confirms this suspicion in his delightful new book, “The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century.”  What I didn’t know was that this army of rats is … Continue reading

The Road to Sustainability: 4.5 billion years in the making

Australian sustainability professor Tim Flannery wants to solve the many crises humanity is facing (environmental, economic, resource, health, nutrition, social inequality). One way he did this was by writing Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet (the Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, 2010), which explains the need for taking a holistic approach to climate … Continue reading