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    Eat Less Beef II: Convenience Paid Member

    Yes, the ethanol-corn debate is boring. So grass makes better ethanol than corn. Yawn! We're saturated with this stuff. But read on for some eyebrow-raising numbers (maybe). Foreign Affairs, in an article updated in May 2008, pronounces: In 2008, 30 percent of the U.S. corn crop will be used for ethanol. Meanwhile the Nebraska Corn Board, on an undated page, says: Livestock continues to be the corn grower’s most stable and important customer, consuming about 45 percent of U.S. More »
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    Police State 2.0? Paid Member

    Naomi Klein discusses how China used the Olympics as a chance to tighten security. Activists in China now find themselves under intense pressure, unable to function even at the limited levels they were able to a year ago. Internet cafes are filled with surveillance cameras, and surfing is carefully watched. At the offices of a labor rights group in Hong Kong, I met the well-known Chinese dissident Jun Tao. He had just fled the mainland in the face of persistent police harassment. After decades of fighting for democracy and human rights, he said the new surveillance technologies had made it "impossible to continue to function in China." Mikel Dunham on the question of Indian vs. Chinese influence in Nepal. More »
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    PB&J will save the planet — which bedbugs hate Paid Member

    Ezra Klein on the wisdom and all-around goodness of eating less meat. I hadn't thought of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich being a "plant-based lunch" before: Each time you have a plant-based lunch like a PB&J you'll reduce your carbon footprint by the equivalent of 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over an average animal-based lunch like a hamburger, a tuna sandwich, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets. For dinner you save 2.8 pounds and for breakfast 2.0 pounds of emissions. Those 2.5 pounds of emissions at lunch are about forty percent of the greenhouse gas emissions you'd save driving around for the day in a hybrid instead of a standard sedan. PB&J three meals a day? More »
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    Molting Paid Member

    It was a tiny feather, not more than an inch and a half in length, pale gray and barely discernible against the matching gray surface of the sidewalk. And then there was a second feather as well. It’s unlikely that I’d have noticed them at all if a little breeze hadn’t blown them about just as I came along. This was in mid-August, and the House Sparrows that nest in the hollows and crevices under the eaves of the building that houses Chico Natural Foods we’re beginning their fall molt from breeding plumage into their winter feathers. More »
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    Damage from Nargis still unknown Paid Member

    Six weeks post-Nargis we still don't know the full extent of the damage or loss of life. The Burmese affected by the storm are still in urgent need of aid. But as the junta lets aid workers fan out across the delta, they also released 15 of Aung San Suu Kyi's supporters. The survivors of China's earthquake struggle to rebuild their lives. Beijing has drawn criticism for its handling of the crisis, but would any other government have done much better? Buddha Space has a review of The Teachings of Ajahn Chah. More »
  • Carbon Footprints and Your Dinner Paid Member

    The average American family produces 8.1 metric tons of greenhouse gases per year as a result of the food they eat -- almost twice as much as that produced by the average car in the same time period. So regarding that food we eat, a new study argues that it's not so much how far your food travels, but what it is and how it is is grown or raised that really matters. The big offenders are red meat and dairy. More »