The Environment

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December 23, 2007


Speaking of Iceland … one of the coolest things about the country is how well they’ve used geothermal energy: In Iceland, there are five major

December 16, 2007


Red A recently had a post which seems to imply that Taiwan’s own hosing bubble is about to burst, with housing prices way above their actual value.

December 11, 2007


I woke up to see this holocaust outside our house. It seems that one of our neighbors who is a member of the home-owners association was complaining

October 5, 2007


The typhoon currently cutting across the northern tip of Taiwan didn’t hit us too hard in Hualien, but we did get something I’d never experienced

August 17, 2007

Chinese Democracy

Three interesting quotes about democracy in China. Each pointing in a different direction: The first from a Rick Perlstein review of Mann’s The

April 3, 2007


The Tainan City Government yesterday issued a medical report showing that residents living near a closed factory in southern Taiwan have extremely

June 12, 2006


Fellow Savage Mind, Alex Golub, was interviewed extensively for this excellent article in the Ottawa Citizen about conflict between a Canadian

January 22, 2006


In 2004 I wrote that rural poverty, rather than a rejection of communalist policies, was largely responsible for throwing the BJP out of power in

December 6, 2005

Smoke, Dust, Haze

I was checking the weather forecast as we pack for India. I was a little surprised at what I saw for the three cities we will be visiting:

October 16, 2005


I know everyone’s budget is drained, but please give something to help Pakistan. This post at Cliopatria recommends some charities you might not

September 24, 2005

Hurricanes vs. Typhoons

Hurricanes happen in the Atlantic and typhoons happen in the Pacific, it just that simple. {hurricanes, rita, typhoon}

September 23, 2005

Houston’s Katrina Refugees?

It looks like Rita will spare Houston, but what has happened to all the Katrina refugees who were resettled in Houston? I can’t imagine the trauma

August 30, 2005

New Orleans

I find it difficult to write about New Orleans. I’ve only visited the city twice, but really loved it. I especially loved the wonderful hospitality

August 29, 2005

Eat the Sun

A sixth of the world’s population lives on less than a dollar a day. Most of these 1.2 billion people are women, and they spend a significant amount

June 21, 2005


Alcoa, with help from Bechtel, is building a giant dam in Iceland which will destroy some of the last protected wilderness in Europe. The whole

April 16, 2005

Pollution & Nationalism

Two protests, two Chinas, each explaining the other. And yet, I have to admit being somewhat overwhelmed and baffled by the whole thing. So please

April 16, 2005

Pollution & Nationalism

Two protests, two Chinas, each explaining the other. And yet, I have to admit being somewhat overwhelmed and baffled by the whole thing. So please

March 8, 2005

Mad Hatters

Listening to an NPR show on new legislation to regulate mercury, I heard this: Mad as a hatter. Years ago mercury was used to stiffen fur in hat

January 5, 2005


Just about a year before the Tsunami struck, I wrote a post on Aceh, decrying human rights abuses in the region. A recent article in the Straits

April 28, 2004

Ice Age

When I read this back in February, my first thought was “Oh s–t! We are all going to die.” My second thought was, “That would make a great movie!”

April 5, 2004

Science Courts

Chris Mooney (who still doesn’t have an RSS feed) has an interesting post about how Republicans have undermined important public policy initiatives

March 26, 2004


Now even tunafish sandwiches aren’t safe to eat

February 27, 2004


So it turns out that the biggest act of (terrorist?) sabotage this century was committed by the CIA: “In order to disrupt the Soviet gas supply,

December 30, 2003


is bad for you: Mercury is one of those unambiguous poisons. It’s a known nerve toxin and a cause of birth defects. Minnesota and 40 other

September 25, 2003


Some people continue to deny that human activity affects climate change (global warming), despite evidence to the contrary. But an ingenious new

September 1, 2003

Water II

Just when you think that things couldn’t get worse in Central Asia and the Middle East, the NY Times reports: Experts warn that Central Asia is

August 25, 2003


Access to water is a fundamental human right. The Israelis are depriving the Palestinians of that right. In spring 2003, CESR, in collaboration