Issue #37
March 29, 2012

Movie Review: Up the Yangtze

Begun in 1994, scheduled for completion this year, China’s Three Gorges Dam is already a marvel of engineering. It spans a point on the Yangtze River, in Hubei Province, stretching 7,661 ft from end to end. It will be capable of generating 22,500 MW. The dam is expected to reduce China’s greenhouse gas emissions and also the threat of devastating floods, from one every ten years, to one a century. It has also cost more than a million Chinese their homes. ... Read More

Earth Hour Eats

I saw an interesting poster at a restaurant, recently. ‘Earth Hour Dinner,’ it said. Now that’s impressive, I thought. A restaurant eschewing power for 60 minutes during dinnertime on a Saturday is risking a lot of potential profits. But then I saw the entree: barbequed steak. I wondered how many other people saw the irony in this. Livestock production generates nearly a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases. The restaurant would have done better for the planet by serving a vegetarian di ... Read More

Three Lessons from KONY 2012

I was sent a link to the Kony 2012 video the night before it went viral. Watching it took me on a 30-minute rollercoaster ride through sadness, hope, anger, happiness, and inspiration. It had a motiva ... Read More
Issue #37
March 29, 2012