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Two Years Later, a Thousand Years Ago

Authors:

Wright, Robert

Publication Date:

September 11, 2003

Abstract:

Says globalization as the inevitable result of humanity's search for nonzero-sum games (games in which both players can win) combined with technology that allows us to play those games at greater and greater distances, which in turn enmeshes humanity in a shared fate which in turn requires us to est...

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The Destruction of Society - Challenging the 'Modern' Tryptique: Individualism, Hedonism, Consumerism

Authors:

Hunout, Patrick

Publication Date:

July 15, 2003

Abstract:

Describes the loss of "social capital" and "the erosion of the social link in advanced societies." For more information, go to: http://www.socialcapital-foundation.org/...

Waste Incineration: A Dying Technology

Authors:

Tangri, Neil

Publication Date:

July 14, 2003

Abstract:

This report explains why incinerators are an unsustainable and obsolete method for dealing with waste. The GAIA report concludes that incineration is a dying technology. As a waste treatment technology, it is unreliable and produces a secondary waste stream more dangerous than the original. As an en...

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Implementing the Public Trust in Paleontological Resources

Authors:

Sax, Joseph L.

Publication Date:

January 2, 2001

Abstract:

Describes the use of the public trust doctrine to protect paleontology resources such as fossils, which contain embedded knowledge. Argues that knowledge is part of the public trust that government has an affirmative duty to protect and enhance....

Lost Rivets and Threads, and Ecosystems Pulled Apart

Publication Date:

July 4, 2000

Abstract:

Describes metaphors that biologists are now using to describe the schredding of the biosphere. Some speak of an airplane with rivets being lost one by one; others speak of a tapestry with its threads being removed one by one until the rich image fades and disappears....

Number of Killer Storms and Droughts Increasing Worldwide

Publication Date:

February 27, 2003

Abstract:

Lengthy press release describing conclusions of the World Water Council, that costly extremes of weather are increasing worldwide, partly due to global warming....

Bush Administration Keen on New Nuclear Weapons

Authors:

Pegg, J.R.

Publication Date:

May 7, 2003

Abstract:

Describes a new "generation" of "small" nuclear weapons that President Bush wants the U.S. to develop....

Entering the Century of the Environment: A New Social Contract for Science

Authors:

Lubchenco, Jane

Publication Date:

January 23, 1998

Abstract:

Then-president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Jane Lubchenco, calls upon scientists to devote their energies and talents to the most pressing problems of the day because the environment is in trouble. Jane Lubchenco, "Entering the Century of the Environment: A New Socia...

Places to Intervene in a System

Authors:

Meadows, Donella

Publication Date:

December 1, 1997

Abstract:

How does "the system" (or any system) change? Donella Meadows, one of the most original thinkers of our time, describes 10 places to intervene in any system, ranking the 10 for their effectiveness at producing lasting change....

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Uncertainty, Resource Exploitation, and Conservation: Lessons from History

Publication Date:

April 2, 1993

Abstract:

Examines the history of human use of resources and shows why humans always over-exploit resources; offers suggestions for protecting natural resources in new ways....
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