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Pascal’s Wager: The Climate Change Version

In EcoOptimism terms, the climate change “wager” says we’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose. Continue reading

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Scent and Non-sensibility

A Wrongest Product Award nomination: a scent-filled accessory that plugs into your cellphone’s earphone jack, enabling you to smell two choices of red meats. Continue reading

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Space Missions: the ultimate disposable packaging?

It occurs to me on this anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission that the technology of space missions are an unintentional analogue for our methods of manufacturing and consumption. Continue reading

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Towers in the Block

Thoughts on densifying existing urban neighborhoods, with a review of the SPURA Lower East Side redevelopment proposal. Continue reading

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If Overpopulation Isn’t the Problem, What’s the Question?

In a previous post, I refuted an EcoPessimist. Now I need to refute a false optimist. Continue reading

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Almost Good Advice on Consumption

A CNN article advising parents to buy less stuff initially caught my eye, but its advice wasn’t as smart as I’d hoped. Continue reading

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Holy (grass-fed) Cow, It’s Been a Year

Reflections on a year of posts, which — somehow — leads to a new formula for environmental impact Continue reading

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Post Post-Apocalypses

It probably means something that my last post of 2012 was on resilience and one of my first posts of 2013 is on apocalypse. Perhaps I’ve got things backwards. Do I know how to have a good time or what? … Continue reading

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Lines in the Earth

Is the idea of individuals possessing parts of the Earth strange and unnatural? Continue reading

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Resilience – 2012 Word of the Year?

Even before Sandy, the word ‘resilience’ was on its way to becoming a meme. Then, when a “natural disaster” struck the political and financial powers of New York City – along with countless others – the idea started to take … Continue reading

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