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The Future of Food Series: Exponential Solutions to Transforming Our Food System

(11) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 11:34 AM

Part 1: Smart Food -- Is there an alternative to GMOs?

By 2050, we need to figure out how to not only feed but also nourish the three billion new people who will be joining the seven billion of us who are already here on the planet. And we...

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Election Day: Not in the Chosen but in the Choosing

(6) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 8:35 AM

Election Day, November, 1884
by Walt Whitman

If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show,
'Twould not be you, Niagara - nor you, ye limitless prairies - nor
your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado,
Nor you, Yosemite...

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Twilight, Mia Maestro and the Call of Our Wild Side

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 12:12 PM

It seems that werewolves, vampires and biodynamic farmers share a common passion of making the most of the moonlight. Under its glow, the creatures hunt for prey and the farmers harvest grapes for wine.

I came upon this strange realization in talking with my friend Mia Maestro,...

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Baseload, Now -- From a Cow?

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 10:26 PM

Riddle me this: What do nukes and cows have in common?

I couldn't have answered that question myself last week. But, while attending the Agriculture 2.0 Conference last week in San Francisco, I discovered they're both potential sources of critical baseload power for utilities.

It's common knowledge...

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Operation -- Rock the Boat

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 5:20 PM

These invisible culprits silently sweep the seas bringing us our shiny new toys, cars, computers and Q tips, as fast as we require with the upmost convenience and at awe-striking global scale.

There are over 100,000 shipping vessels out plying our oceans ensuring you and I receive all our...

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Branson Ignites the Gigaton Throwdown in Cancun

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 7:44 PM

While the expectations for the United Nations COP16 climate negotiations now underway here in Cancun may be low, they are high elsewhere along the shimmering azure coastline here where leaders from companies such as Siemens, Coca Cola, BMW, Dow and Phillips -- as well as smaller, entrepreneurial startups...

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Live through this: The Premiere of 127 Hours

(10) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 9:58 PM

How many times have you said to your self, "This was the worst day of my life?"

Or maybe, "I barely survived losing my job, or breaking up with my ex"?

The Danny Boyle film 127 hours, starring James Franco, brings a whole new meaning...

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Proof That Renewable Energy Is Alive, Well and Profitable!

(11) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 8:11 PM

Last week marked the beginning of a new chapter in the creation of America's renewable energy future. In one of the nation's most strategic clean economy deals to date, NRG Energy, Inc. announced the $350 million acquisition of Green Mountain Energy, the company founded by my...

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Waxman-Markey Property Rights to the Sky ? Part 3 Interview with Economist James Quilligan

(6) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 6:19 PM

This is the final interview in a 3 part series with Economist James Quilligan.

Christiana Wyly: Considering your positioning as a global economist working on both environmentally and economically sustainable policy solutions, what do you think of the new Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill?


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The Juggling Contest -- Balancing the Global Economy: An interview with Economist James Quilligan

(55) Comments | Posted July 3, 2009 | 3:45 PM

This interview is a follow-up to Guest Blogger James Quilligan's blog which appears in my previous post "Stimulate This!"
In the previous post Mr.Quilligan shares with us what is emerging out of the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development, along...

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Stimulate This!

(5) Comments | Posted June 29, 2009 | 1:28 PM

Rich Nations Boycott UN Economic Summit
G20 Leaders to Global South: "Stimulate This!"

This blog is written by my colleague economic development policy advisor James B. Quilligan. who has just emerged from the UN Economic Summit, and feels like the core messages vital to global economic transition are not...

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Is Whole Foods Market Just Another Evil Corporation?

(42) Comments | Posted May 28, 2009 | 11:23 PM

I just finished reading Sharon Smith's article by the same name online at I am writing this blog in direct response to the question she posed in the title of her article.

Whole Foods Market is, like any human endeavor, hardly perfect. In my mind, however,...

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New York's Green Business Competition

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2009 | 5:40 PM

Last week I found myself in Brooklyn's Borough Hall sitting behind the courtroom podium, watching passionate young entrepreneurs present their world-changing ideas in competition for first place and grand prize in New York's Green Business Competition.

Hosted and organized by Green Spaces, sponsored by Con Edison, GBC was established to...

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The TED Conference: Day One: Highlights

(5) Comments | Posted February 6, 2009 | 12:14 PM

I'm wrapping up day one at the TED conference. This is the 25th anniversary of an annual event bringing together the greatest minds in the fields of Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The stage is graced by those who are considered the greatest global innovators, here to share with the world...

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Selling Hope Instead of Fear: 
Redefining Activism

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 5:41 PM

On January 17th, I found myself on the stage at the Green Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C. presenting a short talk I titled: Selling Hope instead of Fear: 
Redefining Activism.

I believe that the environmental advocacy community can learn much from Obama's example of achieving the impossible, held afloat by...

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Sweet Surprise

(8) Comments | Posted November 25, 2008 | 2:16 PM

The commercial informs me that I am in for a sweet surprise. A sweet surprise?? Oh yes, I am surprised. Shocked might be a better word. Or perhaps appalled. The other day while traveling I found myself flipping channels on a hotel gym TV. Then this commercial came on:

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Picky About the Pickens Plan

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2008 | 3:21 AM

I went to hear T. Boone Pickens speak at the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles. Ain't T. Boone a good ole' southern name? (I'm allowed to talk like that cuz I'm part Texan) 

One thing I surely respect about T. Boone is that he aint sittin' around at the...

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