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NEWS IN REVIEW | The Carbon Year: The Building Pressure

NEWS IN REVIEW | The Carbon Year: The Building Pressure

By Ray Grigg —  The pressure is building to reduce global carbon emissions. At each meeting of the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties (COP), the urgency becomes more palpable. The Lima meeting of COP 20 in December, 2014, failed to reach the preliminary commitments necessary for the binding international agreements expected at the COP […]

CONSERVATION | Secretly Hoping to be Wrong

CONSERVATION | Secretly Hoping to be Wrong

By Ray Grigg — Anyone who gives serious consideration to environmental issues these days secretly hopes to be wrong. This curious contradiction stems from the stark realization that almost all the credible information coming repeatedly from multiple objective sources has identified the inability of our planet’s essential ecologies to absorb the impact of the materialistic […]

INDUSTRY | Political Economics

INDUSTRY | Political Economics

By Ray Grigg — Most economists like to think that economics is a science. So they advance economic theories, governments confidently design economic policies, politicians vigorously justify their economic action plans, and the lives of countless people are guided by strategies that are presented as necessities. Success is guaranteed by assiduously following the rules. This, […]

CLIMATE CHANGE | Choices:  Selecting the Climate We Want

CLIMATE CHANGE | Choices: Selecting the Climate We Want

By Ray Grigg — Choices are one of the many benefits provided by our modern, affluent, consumer culture. A television universe of 500 channels should provide something for everyone’s viewing preferences. Toothpaste? More different kinds than can be imagined. Breakfast cereal? The varieties are overwhelming. Cars? A model with specifications for every possible need. Don’t […]

SCIENCE | A Report on Precarious Civilizations

SCIENCE | A Report on Precarious Civilizations

By Ray Grigg — Anthropologists such as Ronald Wright in his book, A Short History of Progress, and physiologist Jared Diamond in his, Collapse, are not the only ones noting the precarious condition of civilizations. Now, a report by a multi-disciplinary team of natural and social scientists from the University of Maryland, led by an […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Marsh Book

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Marsh Book

By Ray Grigg — A unique kind of book is being written at Edgewood Blue in British Columbia’s Upper Clearwater Valley. Instead of using words, paragraphs, and pages, Trevor Goward has been using water, soil, and plants. His ideas are not expressed with phrases, sentences, or punctuation but in channels, islands, and stones. Goward’s “book” […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Wild Forests

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Wild Forests

By Ray Grigg — Real forests are wild. The forests of human contrivance are tree farms, plantations, monocultures, timber supply areas. Such clusters of trees may superficially appear to be real forests, but they are less complex, less organic, less living, and therefore, less enduring. And they were handicapped by their beginnings. Instead of originating […]