I found your September/October 2005 cover story “Cities of the Future” informative and well done. I believe, however, that some of the information regarding Jakarta, where I lived for several years in the early 1990s, is dated, and in some cases superficial. Jakarta had the “three passengers in one car” policy for vehicles traveling into […]
Thank you for the outstanding coverage of the problems facing the world’s oceans ("Ocean Rescue," cover story, July/August 2005). As the articles point out, two blue-ribbon commissions have separately come to the same conclusion: our oceans are in trouble and the time for action is now. However, your discussion of one solution—individual fishing quotas—left out an issue in which citizens can play a crucial role.
I read your cover story "Is the Green Movement in the Dumps?" (May/ June 2005), and I have some feedback as a lifelong green, educator and policy guy. George Lakoff has it right, but if he has to be paid $350,000 to "re-frame" the issues in plain English, then we are already dead. We are […]
In "Sunset for Chlorine" (July/August 1993 cover story), David Moberg write that polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or vinyl is "often easy to avoid" and advises: "Don’t buy vinyl siding, gutters, window frames, pipe…" That’s all very well for people who can afford expensive alternatives, but most cannot afford brick, natural wood siding, or copper pipes. And these natural materials also have negative environmental impacts. Bricks are energy-intensive to produce and transport and very labor-intensive to lay. And what of the copius amounts of cement needed to brick mortar?
Last September, Jane Fonda addressed the United Nations, now preparing for the Conference on population and Developement in Cairo, Egypt this September. She and her husband, Ted Turner, are Special Goodwill Ambassadors to the United Nations Population Fund. The following is excerpted from her speech.
I greatly enjoyed and mostly concurred with Jeremy Rifkin’s comparison of the American quality of life versus the European ("Learning from Europe," cover story, March/April 2005), but I cringed when I read that "…almost everyone [in Europe] has some small second home in the country somewhere…" Second homes, large or small, are definitely not part […]