Independent Commentary on Environmental and Natural Resource News
By Kurt Cobb
Sunday, July 15, 2018
"In Praise of Idleness" Revisited
Last week a new acquaintance displayed mild astonishment at the volume of my writing. He asked me how I come up with ideas for my pieces. I...
Sunday, July 08, 2018
10 years after the oil price spike: Is peak oil a process rather than a moment?
Ten years ago this week—July 11, 2008 to be exact—the price of a barrel of oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit an intraday high of $...
Sunday, July 01, 2018
Is the decline of coal a national security problem?
As the Trump administration seeks to resuscitate the moribund American coal industry , it has decided to invoke "national security"...
Sunday, June 24, 2018
OPEC production increase shows it's still fighting U.S. shale oil
It felt like opposite day as traders bid up the price of oil last week even as OPEC announced an increase in oil production that should ha...
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Leaked U.N. climate change report shows inverted thinking on growth
The Reuters news service managed a genuine journalistic coup by getting an advance copy of a U.N. climate change report not due out until O...
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Plato's dream and our modern nightmare
In a recent conversation a friend of mine described our modern understanding of the world around us as a conspiracy theory of the grandest p...
Sunday, June 03, 2018
Taking a short break - No post this week
I'm taking a short break from posting this week. I expect to post again on Sunday, June 10.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
The toxic price of convenience
As many as 110 million Americans may be drinking water contaminated by a toxic class of chemicals that according to the U.S. Environmental ...
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Genes, synecdoche and the possibility of editing ourselves
Margaret Atwood's 2003 novel Oryx and Crake depicts the evolution and aftermath of a bioengineered global catastrophe. Whether Atwood a...
Sunday, May 13, 2018
America's 'Cadillac Desert': Is there a substitute for fresh water?
Thirty years after Marc Reisner penned Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water his prophesy is being fulfilled. As th...
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