The Week in the Huffington Post Vol.2: A Culture of Recession

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Taking a Cue from the Canadian Election's Focus on Climate Change
Imagine for a minute an election in which green issues like carbon taxes and renewable energy take center stage -- an election in which 60 percent of voters recently made clear that climate change will be a top issue, or even the issue, guiding their ballot. Sound far-fetched? ::Jeremy Jacquot

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'Culture of Recession' to a Culture of Abundance
Famed prognosticator Faith Popcorn says we've already been living in a culture of recession for the last few months - and finding "creative, innovative and even desperate ways to manage [our] lives in new ways." According to Faith, though it's a painful process, we'll probably all emerge the better for it." ::Graham Hill

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How Robert De Niro Should Deal with the Nobu Tuna Scandal
Robert De Niro's PR firm take note: That time when you could kick environmental issues under the rug is over. What does this mean? De Niro's use of the endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna at Nobu, the chain of upscale sushi restaurant he co-owns, is headline news. The very public spanking comes from publications including The Telegraph and New York Daily News, and high-profile blogs including Perez Hilton. Even when serving the fish is actually legal. ::Mairi Beautiman
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New Drug Is The Bees' Knees for America's Bees
Last winter, over 36 percent of US bee colonies collapsed, affecting honey production, but more significantly, the collapsed affected one-third of all food production that requires pollination. This is the bad news.

The good news is that an Israeli-American company Beeologics, has been racing to find an anti-viral against Colony Collapse Disorder; it's a virus they believe that is causing bee colonies to die. The news comes in time for the Jewish New Year, where thanks to bees, honey is a big part of the menu. ::Karin Kloosterman

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Let's Get Small

Slow food has evolved into slow cities, slow design and more; it is a useful meme for the idea that you take it slow, do it carefully, do it right and take the time to enjoy it. However I have come to believe that we need another movement, a new Small Movement, where less is truly more. In everything we do, smaller is cheaper, more efficient and has a lower carbon footprint. After my first inspiration from Steve Martin, I went to an earlier source: Small is Beautiful by E F Schumacher. Back in 1974, Schumacher called the modern economy unsustainable, as natural resources were treated as expendable income rather than capital, so we would run out of them. He put forward an idea of "enoughness," a word to remember. ::Lloyd Alter

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