Have a happy planet holidays!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Pancha Ganapati, Saturnalia, Newtonmas or any other year end / solstice related holiday, happy holidays! May your days be joyous, peaceful and meaningful! I know I am early, but I wanted to prompt you to think about making your holidays a little greener this year. So you’ve got two…

RTW, Trump, travel and the environment

Well, the unthinkable happened again. First Brexit, now Trump presidency. I watched the results roll in with mounting shock and disappointment. Like with Brexit, so with Trump’s popularity: the people who voted for them are predominantly white, uneducated people who feel the world has passed them by. A friend wrote on his Facebook wall the following:…

RTW and Brexit

You know that scene in “The Day After Tomorrow” where the astronauts orbiting the planet can only observe as the world gets buried in snow in a catastrophic weather anomaly? I feel a bit like that. In my case, I am on a 15 months’ around the world tour, looking toward the UK and the…

Babies and the planet

Six billion and counting. Estimated to hit nine billion by 2050. Now, it’s simple math that even if all the existing people cut down on their consumption and emissions, it will be useless if humans keep breeding like rabbits.

The beef with beef: Part 2

In The Beef with Beef: Part 1, I discussed reasons why meat eating is bad for the planet. In this entry I will discuss meat and your health.

Especially factory farmed meat has many serious issues that can cause health problems in humans.

The beef with beef: Part 1

I’ve referred to the bad side of meat production in Green Diet, and in this entry I will present some facts and figures around behind this, and what might be part of the solution.

Industrial farming is resource intensive and has many environmental side effects. Methane emissions from factory farms contribute to global warming and degrade local air quality, and poor waste management practices pollute local water supplies with little consequence. Many of those animals are fed diets consisting mainly of corn, which also must be grown on arable land. Corn requires large amounts of fertilizer and pesticides, both of which require lots of fossil fuels to manufacture.

Book review: The End of the Long Summer

A book review of a recently read book, which highlights an issue which is not discussed much even in books about how to prepare for climate change: the fact that globalization has made us vulnerable globally to potential local disruptions of food and energy production, and vulnerable locally to problems on the global scale. Thus, steps to limit our greenhouse gas emissions is not enough to secure the future, but we must increase our survivability if we are to weather the climate changes to come.

Saving Nemo

If you read my entry on Going Vegan, you might think that you are “safe” eating seafood. Unfortunately this is not so. As much damage we are doing to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, we are damaging the oceans even worse.

Green diet

Human population is so big that we cannot feed everyone, and especially not with meat that has been raised humanely (given our current consumption!). Factory farming, whether beef, chicken or fish causes severe environmental problems, health problems for us and misery for the animals in question.

This is stuff you do not want to know, but I think you should so that you can decide whether your love of meat is worth the suffering of sentient beings, and destruction of the environment.

James Hansen on carbon fee-and-dividend

Dr James Hansen, one of the smartest guys on the planet when it comes to climate change, weighed in on the US climate strategy. Hansen is in favor of fee-and-dividend, instead of cap and trade (tradeable permissions to pollute). What is fee-and-dividend? Read on!