The controversial Wal-Mart Supercenter is now open for business in the heart of New Orleans" historic Lower Garden District (see "Urban Wal-Marts: No Big Easy," <I>In Brief</I>, November/December 2003), but it’s still not out of the courts.
Ask Americans what they most admire about the U.S.A. and they will likely cite the individual opportunity to get ahead. Ask a European what they most admire about Europe and they will invariably say "the quality of life." To understand why Europe has left America behind in the race to create a sustainable society, we need to look at the very different dreams that characterize the American and European frame of mind.
Europe is taking the lead in the shift to sustainable farming practices and organic food production. While the organic food sector is soaring in the U.S.—it represents the fastest-growing segment of the food industry—the government has done little to encourage it.
Americans spend billions of dollars a year on holistic healers, for both the services they provide and the remedies they prescribe. There’s clearly a cultural shift in the way we perceive healthcare and medicine. While more medical doctors are educating themselves regarding natural methods, it is still often the patient who must request these types of treatment.
Saving energy means saving pennies, but some energy-saving techniques such as adding insulation or installing new windows are costly for homeowners and unavailable to renters. Here are 10 inexpensive ways to save energy in your home or apartment without breaking the bank or launching major projects.
A mere four years ago, fuel-cell stocks were the toast of NASDAQ, with millions of individual and institutional investors driving share prices through the roof. But cut to the present and Ballard’s stock is down from an all-time high of $140 per share in 2001 to just $6 and change these days.