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Archives for April, 2011

40 Under 40

I don’t know that I ever announced this on the blog, but I’m off tomorrow to NYC for an event run by CUNY Feminist Press – last fall they named me one of 40 Young Feminist Writers under 40 whose work on food and environmental issues was changing the way people think about women’s issues.…

April is the month that utility shut-offs are resumed in much of the northern half of the country – it is against the law to shut off people’s primary heating fuel during the winter, but when they can’t pay their bills, generally speaking, April 1 means that you can cut them off. There has been…

Every time oil prices get high, the SPR becomes a central issue. I really like Kopits’ analysis here – I think he may be right that the impact of the SPR might hold off an oil shock. At the same time, the question is whether we would then be able to build it up again,…

About a month ago I had the privilege of spending an hour talking (on stage, in front of an audience) to my congressman, Paul Tonko, about energy issues and preparedness. What emerged from this discussion was that *EVEN THOUGH* Tonko is one of the best congresspeople out there on energy and environmental issues, even though…

10 Ways to Go Seriously Green

Ok, I’ve always hated those “Top 10 Ways to Green Your Apartment/Cat/Sex Toys/Shaving Equipment” articles, and yet they do serve a sort of purpose (at least the ones that aren’t total rubbish) – narrowing things down and prioritizing is helpful. So for those of you teetering on the edge of joining the new Riot for…

Ed Brayton has a post showing a series of polls that indicate that a majority of Americans now approve a gay marriage.This is good news for a whole host of reasons, among them that gay marriage is good for straight folk too – particularly in a society struggling with economic and environmental issues. I’ve written…

Revisiting the Riot for Austerity

Almost exactly four years ago, my friend Miranda Edel and I were discussing the recent IPCC report on Climate Change and George Monbiot’s book _Heat_ and the reactions that we got when we talked about about the sheer depth of the reductions in climate emissions that would be needed to stabilize the climate. Whenever we…

Kurt Cobb has a very funny essay that argues that plants and animals have joined with the climate denialists to bring about the better for them “World Without Us”: The reversal of strategy began when domestic cats and dogs watched the Life After People series on The History Channel along with their putative owners. The…

Bangladeshi Adapting In Place

As part of their ongoing series on population, National Geographic has a fascinating, and typically visually brilliant article about how the Bangladeshi population is using strategies of adaptation to deal with climate change. This isn’t the kind of adaptation most of us are prepared for, but as the authors point out, it may be the…

Mark Notaras has a terrific piece on what things are like in Japan, in a culture that has for several generations not had to worry too much about their food. There are useful lessons there for all of us: But to what geographic point do people’s concerns about radiation extend? Once nearby prefectures are associated…