Contemporary Watermelon

This is  an opinion piece and guest post by Tom Collingwood. Thanks Tom: Former “Green jobs Czar” under President Obama, Van Jones is now calling for environmental laws that would give mother nature the same status as human beings. While at first blush this appears as a silly agenda, upon reflection there is a more […]

Tsunami Wave Images

Here are some incredible images of the wave displacement from the tsunami. This image is a simulation of the globe-spanning waves generated by the earthquake off east coast of Japan’s Honshu Island. Below is a video animation of the wave pattern made by NOAA. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBZGH3yieLc] The power of nature is impressive. Here is an analysis taken from […]

Environmental Fun

Here’s a creative way to approach the environment, the Volkswagen funded “Fun Theory”. You can see some videos, as below, of how fun improves sustainability, and physical fitness. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbEKAwCoCKw] While this idea is creative, and certainly fun, it may be a little naive to convey  that fun can, and even should, solve our environmental problems. […]

Micro Finance and Development

Below is a guest post by Trey Malone on micro finance and its relationship to development. Soon he will follow up with reflections on micro finance and the Pope’s economic ideas as explained in Caritas in Veritate. Please write your comments, support and criticism on the blog comment interface and Trey will eagerly respond. Thanks […]

Economics, the Pope and G20

Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the G 20 Summit and highlighted the importance of the economic crisis and the duty of leaders: I therefore encourage you to tackle the numerous serious problems facing you — and which, in a sense, face every human person today — bearing in mind the deeper reasons for the economic […]

The Heat from ‘Cool It’

There is a new documentary out that is causing quite a bit of controversy, on the mistakes and exaggerations of global warming. For some, it is the response to Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth”. It is called “Cool It” and despite its potential for generating controversy, has been surprisingly well accepted. One good way to learn […]

The Middle East, Fundamentalism and Climate Change

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_U_-ggZbdM&feature=player_embedded] In the Synod of Bishops of the Middle East, the Pope delivered an incredible reflection, without reading a text or prepared paper (see the video), that includes deep spiritual reflections, especially on Mary and ‘simple faith’, the dangerous ideologies of our times, such as the slavery of capital and fundamentalist terrorism that become gods, […]

Energy in the USA

The Economist has in interesting article on the failure of nuclear energy to fill in the energy gap in the USA. As you can imagine a lot of it has to do with politics, and the Obama administration that seemed favorable has pulled out big time. Meanwhile, it seems that “drill, baby, drill” is the […]

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