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Coming undone

Such success stories won’t be echoed everywhere. On a planet with 7 billion humans and counting, wild places are necessarily eroding in the face of human need, despite the activism of conservation interests. For every bird colony fenced by a first world nation, millions of acres of rainforest will be cut down in developing countries. For every bird colony fenced by a first world nation, millions of acres of rainforest will be cut down in developing countries.

Oil exports are now a thing: Prices, production and protectionism

Now that America’s oil production has exploded – crude oil production has increased from five million barrels a day to an astonishing nine million – America finds itself in an entirely new era of oil production. America is still a net oil importer, but as long as its oil deficit is relatively smaller than those its peers, exporting oil would still make sense in the grand scheme of things.

Small steps to sustainability

What if microfinance could accelerate the demographic transition? Many microfinance institutes focus on making loans to women: properly administered, these loans should enable women to establish their societal value economically. But perhaps most importantly, microfinance provides an avenue for people to transition from the day-to-day worries of feeding themselves and their families into lifestyles that provide at least a little breathing room to plan for the future.

Island Earth

For all its present-day pleasantries, the reality of life on a Hawaiian island also foreshadows humanity’s grim future of resource limitation and expensive essentials. Just like Oʻahu, Planet Earth is an island – with one key exception: there’s no mainland stockpile to bail it out.

Roundup Un-Ready

“Why is that man dressed like an astronaut, Dad?” I must have been 10 or so when I asked that question from the back seat of the car while my parents drove by a golf course. The seeming astronaut was a groundskeeper, dressed from head to toe in a white hazmat suit, waving a metal…

Social (r)evolution

Last Wednesday was the 205th birthday of Charles Darwin. February 12 isn’t a date I usually take particular note of. But this year, Darwin’s work on evolution happened to be at the forefront of my mind, due in part to the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham a week prior. Taking on what’s become…