5 Things You Wouldn’t Do on a Spaceship

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Tomorrow is Earth Day, the one day of the year we have anywhere close to a critical mass of people actually thinking about maintaining our life-support systems.           Here are a few things you wouldn’t do on a spaceship: 1. Disassemble it in order to create jobs and have a robust economy 2. Pack it with more people than it can sustainably support 3. Consume more food or water than its stores can supply for the duration of the voyage 4. Smoke, fart, urinate or def Read more

World Water Day – Are We Nuts???

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Saturday is World Water Day, as declared by the United Nations. As good folks around the world wring their hands over the looming shortage of freshwater for a growing world population, I’d like to take this opportunity to point out the obvious: If a growing population is creating the problem, then let’s stop growing the population. Yet, even the UN’s World Water Day rhetoric tap-dances around the subject (it’s actually the biggest bunch of gobbledygook I’ve seen in a long t Read more

The Most Loving Act on Valentine’s Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day and romance is in the air. Every year at this time I feel it’s a good time to remind loving couples of the most loving and compassionate act they can take – being very intentional about when and whether they conceive a child, and making the informed, responsible decision to have a zero, one or – at most, two – child family. Why? Because on a full planet, overpopulated at 7.2 billion, we need to do all we can to give our kids a shot at living good lives. Adding 8, Read more

The Good and Bad of Crowd Behavior in Sustainable Living

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How can the herding instinct hinder or help us in our shift to a sustainable civilization? Fracking, tar sands, and potential Arctic drilling have some convinced we’ve delayed Peak Oil for years and years. There are many experts, however, who present a solid case for ignoring the boosters’ optimism. Some expect we’ll be experiencing serious post-peak oil shocks this decade. Of course, we should voluntarily be leaving oil in the ground in order to avoid the worst of greenhouse g Read more

Super Bowl Extravagance or Big Family Indulgence? Choose One

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Sunday over 100 million people were glued to television screens in 232 countries watching the Seattle Seahawks humiliate the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Tens of thousands flew to New York to see the rout in person and participate in a week of parties and promotional events. 80,000 spectators packed MetLife Stadium, drinking their share of the 325 million gallons of beer Americans drank during the game, and eating their share of the 1 billion chicken wings consumed that day. I found myself Read more

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