Now is Not the Time to Back Down on Climate Change: Among environmentalists and green-minded thinkers, the angst is palpable. With a deep, protracted global recession all but certain, will politicians, leery of imposing additional costs on already beleaguered businesses, lose the will to tackle climate change? Jeremy Jacquot
Aboard the Highest Train in the World: China's Railroad to Tibet:
To many this amazing engineering feat is a blessing for Tibet -- or for those who want to behold or control its remote landscape. But it is also a curse, some say, for the place it's meant to serve. As we barreled into the mysterious region, half a year after capital Lhasa was beset by deadly political turmoil, I wondered how the train was changing Tibet. Alex Pasternack
Green Idealism, or Which Way the Wind Is Really Blowing
Hooray! None other than Time magazine is talking about the importance of green collar jobs to a rebuild of the economy, discussing some of the ideas author Van Jones outlines in his new book The Green-Collar Economy.
As Jones sees it, well-paid jobs such as retrofitting homes for energy efficiency, putting up solar panels and servicing wind turbines are all sure-fire ways to help an ailing economy, and as we've noted, compared to bailing out banks, wouldn't cost all that much. Graham Hill