Techno-Phobes and Famine Fanatics

At least since the days of Thomas Malthus, a steady chorus of opinion-makers has routinely put forward the case that...

published on: Dec 6, 2012

Fishing for Answers to World Hunger

Since the dawn of civilization, lakes, rivers, and oceans have been a major source of food for human beings. However,...

published on: Sep 1, 2012

Harvesting Arctic Resources

Regardless of its proximate cause, it’s increasingly clear that the Earth’s climate is warming.  The primary...

published on: Jun 1, 2012

Cost-Effectively Adapting to Climate Change

No entity has produced more quixotic, job-killing regulations than the Environmental Protection Agency. Why? Part of...

published on: Feb 7, 2012

Green Jobs: Myth vs. Reality

published on: Feb 15, 2009

We’re hearing a lot of talk about so-called “green jobs” and their anticipated impact on the economy. Some of this is based on “solid...

Recycling Bonanza

published on: Oct 15, 2008

One major effect of China’s rising economy is an explosive rise in the prices of commodities and the high-profile promotion of “sustainable”...

Energy Crisis 2.0

published on: Aug 15, 2008

Since the middle of this decade, the world has been plunged into an energy crisis reminiscent of the one we faced in the 1970s. However, the...

The Emerging In Vitro Meat Industry

published on: Jul 15, 2008

Imagine hamburgers and chicken tenders that were never part of a real cow or chicken. In 5 to 10 years, supermarkets will feature packs of in vitro...

The Climate Change Debate Evolves

published on: Jun 15, 2008

As with almost every wave of change, first there’s an initial rush of enthusiasm by everyone who thinks he can make a buck; then there’s a...

Don't Panic - the Best Is Yet to Come

published on: May 15, 2008

Bad decisions by lenders, consumers, and homebuilders have created a big drag on the U.S. economy. But timely and decisive action by the...

Good Bacteria Goes Mainstream

published on: Feb 15, 2008

For centuries, microorganisms have played an important role in the production of products ranging from yogurt to wine. But in the past decade...

The New Automotive Paradigm

published on: Feb 15, 2008

In many ways, the automobile has not advanced much since the days of Henry Ford. But now, breakthroughs in materials science, nanotechnology,...

The Biofuels Offensive

published on: Dec 15, 2007

The coming confrontation with Iran reminds us that the industrialized world’s dependence on Middle Eastern oil gives aggressors in that region...

The Inevitable Confrontation with Iran

published on: Dec 15, 2007

Ever since 1979, when a militant theocracy seized power in Iran, that former U.S. ally has been our bitter enemy. In the current economic...

The Hydrogen Economy: Don't Give Up Hope

published on: Aug 15, 2007

The hydrogen economy, like fusion power and space tourism, always seems to be “just around the corner,” but it never seems to get here. The...

The Panic du Jour

published on: Jun 15, 2007

Pandemics, terrorism, energy shortages, cancer risks, corporate scandals, second-hand smoke, AIDS, famine, killer bees, deadly nanoparticles. . ....

Now, for the Real Climate Change Debate

published on: Jun 15, 2007

BusinessWeek tells us, “With the skeptics almost silenced, businesses are fighting over how to cut carbon emissions.” Boy, have they got it...

Electric Vehicle 2.0

published on: Mar 15, 2007

Electric vehicles have been around since the 19th century. Yet, unlike internal combustion automobiles, they've failed repeated attempts at...

The Digital Home of 2027

published on: Feb 15, 2007

Since futurists started forecasting technologies more than a century ago, the home has proven the most difficult venue to envision. Nevertheless, we...

Oil Sands: The Near-Term Strategic Energy...

published on: Feb 15, 2007

Despite advances in alternative energy technologies including solar electricity, oil will remain a major energy source for the foreseeable future. ...

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