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Going to Market

Farmers' markets have been one of my favorite indulgences for years.  I think the first one I found was in Towson, Maryland, when I attended Towson State University for my junior year in college.  I remember walking to the Super-Fresh ...

Ciudad Verde

Mayors around the world, including San Francisco’s Gavin Newsom, have traveled to a certain city to learn about sustainable development and urban planning.  This city has rooftop gardens, is creating more greenbelts and bike paths, and has a “today don’t ...

Papering over Uruguay

Uruguay is one of my favorite destinations, a country through which I've traveled three times and which I fantasize about visiting again and again.  Many tourists, and Argentines especially, complain about Uruguay and its capital, Montevideo:  it is "boring," with ...

Djibouti, a geothermal model?

Despite its proximity to the oil-rich Arabian peninsula, Djibouti has no fossil fuel sources of its own.  Lack of resources in general has led to high unemployment, almost no industry, and a huge national debt. 

Danes on Bikes

I miss my bicycle.  Years ago, I lived in Gainesville, Florida, and as a poor graduate student, a car was out of the question.  I had just moved from Baltimore, where I got by without a car because downtown was ...

A Sustainable Hope

Africa is the continent Westerners most misunderstand.  An experience my classmate, who was born in Zimbabwe, had a couple years ago here in LA sums up the knowledge many Americans share about this continent.  While the local cable guy (who ...

A Terrible Warning from Taiwan

Last week's Taiwan took a an awful pummelling from Typhoon Morakot, which was especially cruel considering that many of the villages hit were still recovering from a 1999 earthquake that destroyed many towns and villages. What's chilling about Morakot and ...

A Greener Battery

Assuming that battery technology is a panacea for our current energy woes is ignoring one side affect:  the toxicity, energy and expense racked up from extracting the materials that allow the battery to work. Newer generations of batteries generally use lithium ...

The Circus in Bolivia

No, I’m not talking about Evo Morales and his antics, including his threat to cut off Bolivia’s natural gas to its neighbors.  I’m talking about Bolivia’s law banning all animals—wild and domesticated—from performing in circuses, which was effective July 1.   I’ve ...

Happy Bastille, Lille

It figures France should get a mention on its two hundred twentieth Bastille Day.  We Americans are always happy to pick on France, but in its own way, France has undergone an impressive energy revolution . . . without losing ...
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