Investment strategists are too often cheerleaders of unrealistic growth. Seldom do they come out with sobering bearish predictions. Or issue dire warnings about resource depletion and global warming. Such was the case when Jeremy Grantham sat down and spoke with Charlie Rose for the hour. Its an interview well worth watching.
Bill McKibben, through his article in Rolling Stone and interview on NPR’s On Point, sounds the alarm on climate change, portraying our predicament as perilous and almost insurmountable, especially given the economic and political clout of the fossil fuel industry. Regardless of how difficult, the time to act is now.
After a short walk down a favorite old recreational path, surveying a once familiar landscape, I’m confronted by the devastation caused by the Pine Bark beetle and ponder the ramifications of this infestation that has spread across some 40 million acres of forestland in the American Western and British Columbia.
David Foster is very much a scientist with a mission: to change perspectives on how we manage our vital forests. His work was recently highlighted in the The Green Issue of the New York Times Magazine (April 19, 2009).