Book Review: China’s Environmental Challenges

China’s environmental story is full of contradictions. What does one make of a country where the government severely limits the freedom of NGOs, yet has some of the most thorough environmental laws and most sustainably-minded leadership in the world? A place where the opening of a nature preserve is celebrated with a banquet that includes … Continue reading Book Review: China’s Environmental Challenges

Movie Review: Even the Rain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JKs8aSb7eo Spain's official submission to this year's Academy Awards, También la lluvia, is a film that draws parallels between the historical European colonization of Central and South America and the more ambiguous economic colonization by multinational corporations today. The common denominator in both is access to natural resources. The plot follows a fictional film crew … Continue reading Movie Review: Even the Rain

The Case for Undevelopment

Perhaps some of the energy exerted on developing poor countries would be better spent encouraging developed countries to de-grow. I've been stumbling across subtle advocates for such an idea lately, from a number of different, and somewhat unlikely, professions: a (famous) farmer, an MIT-educated inventor and architects, respectively:The nearly intolerable irony in our dissatisfaction is … Continue reading The Case for Undevelopment