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Childhood deaths, often preventable, US improving much slower than other wealthy nations

Nothing is sadder than and child's death, for a parent or for a society. So why is it that they are so invisible to us in the US?

A recent review of childhood deaths shows that the number of deaths among children less than 5 will drop below 8 million for the first time in 2010. In 1990 there were 11.9 million deaths in this group. The decline in the US is slower than all other wealthy nations, it is on a par with Kazakhstan and Angola (really and literally) with 6.7… Continue

Added by Frank James on May 25, 2010 at 12:21am — 3 Comments

Transition movement too little too late according to Peter Goodchild on Culture Change

Editor's note: The author presents a definitive essay. Learn why:

• "Those who expect to get by with 'victory gardens' are unaware of the arithmetic involved."

• "There are already too many people to be supported by non-mechanized agriculture."

• "To meet… Continue

Added by Frank James on January 31, 2010 at 9:32am — No Comments

Art in Action photos of energy generation politically transforming: Mitch Epstein's photographs

“I mean, I’m not much of an environmentalist,” he said. “But as I worked and traveled, I came away troubled by the implications of what I was seeing and what happened to me.”

What he saw — during the first and second administrations of George W. Bush, years deep in the shadows of 9/11 — was a country that could be both largely ignorant of the immense environmental and political costs of its energy consumption and profoundly suspicious of anyone paying too much attention to the… Continue

Added by Frank James on October 10, 2009 at 6:44am — 1 Comment

Direct action on trial in Utah

Tim DeChristopher became convinced last year that global warming’s potential effects were so urgent and dire that direct action was needed. The niceties of debate and environmental lobbying were not getting the job done, he said.

link to todays NYTs article

The details of how a defense works or does not work when one takes direct action. A very useful and informative read.

Added by Frank James on October 10, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

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