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NAFTA on Steroids: Free trade fever crosses the Atlantic

Three top news items emerged from the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland last week … No one is going to do anything serious about Syria anytime soon Vladimir Putin does not play well with others The US and EU will … Continue reading

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The Death of Cars: The private automobile is running out of gas

Cars suck. Over the past century, automobiles established themselves as the default mode of transportation across the industrialized world and became the gotta-have item that proves developing countries have arrived. Cars have bent to their needs everything from patterns of … Continue reading

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Amsterdam on the Willamette: I got yer bike infrastructure right here …

I recently spent a couple of days in Portland, Oregon, a city I’ve known peripherally for years as a Seattle resident. I’ve always sort of seen Portland as Seattle’s younger, slightly hipper brother to the south, with better beer but … Continue reading

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To Bee or not to Bee: Europe does the right thing on pesticides

Bees are in big trouble. For nearly a decade, bees in the US, Europe and elsewhere have been dying off at an alarming rate. If you like eating, this is a big deal. That’s because bees and other insects are responsible for … Continue reading

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Michele and Me

For a brief, shining moment this week, the deeply-batty Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann and I had something in common: we’re both dual US/European citizens. Or we were, because in less time than it takes to don a tricorn hat, the Honorable Member … Continue reading

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Ya gotta love the Dutch!

I saw this on the Bike Portland blog and it put a huge smile on my face  … No, it’s not a massive teacup. It’s a Dutchtub; a portable hot tub that you can trailer behind your bike and take … Continue reading

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Looking Forward from Cancun

It was time to put up or shut up. Delegates to the United Nations climate conference in Cancun knew if they came out of the talks empty-handed, the whole effort to reach a global warming treaty could collapse. The agreement … Continue reading

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On the Ground in Cancun: Global Warming’s Evil Twin

The focus of attention at the U.N. climate summit in Cancun, Mexico is global warming caused by too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. But there’s another impact of high carbon levels that poses a whole different set of problems: … Continue reading

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On the Ground in Cancun: Youth Activists Throw Down the Gauntlet

Nearly 200 countries are represented at the U.N. climate summit this week in Cancun, Mexico. There are also caucuses speaking up for the interests of women, indigenous people, and others whose voices often haven’t been heard. Today I spent some … Continue reading

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On the Ground in Cancun: Using I.T. Against Climate Change

Technology companies from around the world are gathered as part of the U.N. climate summit in Cancun, Mexico this week. The tech wizards say they can be a powerful force for fighting climate change. (continue reading …)

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