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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 22 Feb 22

  Last year, the folks at Our World in Data published an article and some graphics about how human diets affect land use. The conclusion, as you can see on their chart below, is that if everyone in the world ate a vegan diet – one without any animal products at all – global agricultural land use would decrease by 75%.     Examining land use makes it clear how inefficient consuming animals really is; the carnivore’s footprint is huge compared to the vegan’s. Our World in Data suggests that globally about 1/3rd of forests and 2/3rds of grasslands and …

How to go vegan without really going vegan: precision fermentation, cellular agriculture and the disruption of food Read More »

  Last year, the folks at Our World in Data published an article and some graphics about how human diets affect land use. The conclusion, as you can see on their chart below, is that if everyone in the world ate a vegan diet – one without any animal products at all – global agricultural land use would decrease by …

How to go vegan without really going vegan: precision fermentation, cellular agriculture and the disruption of food Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 2 Feb 22

We are pleased to announce that we have published Carter Phipps’ most recent article entitled “It’s the Comet, Stupid!” in the Post-Progressive Post. This article is a critique of the Netflix movie Don’t Look Up, but more importantly, it is a critique of the oversimplified way the American public thinks about the challenge of addressing climate change, which Don’t Look Up is an allegory for. Carter points out the many tradeoffs and complexities that need to be negotiated in addressing climate change, and how oversimplification of these complexities leads to unproductive moralizing, demonizing, and paralysis. Check out this important new …

Carter Phipps’ Newest Article Critiquing “Don’t Look Up” Has Been Published in the Post-Progressive Post Read More »

We are pleased to announce that we have published Carter Phipps’ most recent article entitled “It’s the Comet, Stupid!” in the Post-Progressive Post. This article is a critique of the Netflix movie Don’t Look Up, but more importantly, it is a critique of the oversimplified way the American public thinks about the challenge of addressing climate change, which Don’t Look …

Carter Phipps’ Newest Article Critiquing “Don’t Look Up” Has Been Published in the Post-Progressive Post Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 2 Feb 22

We are pleased to announce that we have published Carter Phipps’ most recent article entitled “It’s the Comet, Stupid!” in the Post-Progressive Post. This article is a critique of the Netflix movie Don’t Look Up, but more importantly, it is a critique of the oversimplified way the American public thinks about the challenge of addressing climate change, which Don’t Look Up is an allegory for. Carter points out the many tradeoffs and complexities that need to be negotiated in addressing climate change, and how oversimplification of these complexities leads to unproductive moralizing, demonizing, and paralysis. Check out this important new …

Carter Phipps’ Newest Article Critiquing “Don’t Look Up” Has Been Published in the Post-Progressive Post Read More »

We are pleased to announce that we have published Carter Phipps’ most recent article entitled “It’s the Comet, Stupid!” in the Post-Progressive Post. This article is a critique of the Netflix movie Don’t Look Up, but more importantly, it is a critique of the oversimplified way the American public thinks about the challenge of addressing climate change, which Don’t Look …

Carter Phipps’ Newest Article Critiquing “Don’t Look Up” Has Been Published in the Post-Progressive Post Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 6 Jan 22

The 2019 miniseries Chernobyl, about the deadly 1986 nuclear power plant accident in Ukraine, was—unsurprisingly—an immense commercial success: a nuclear disaster makes for good drama. But in my native country… View Post The post Germany’s Quiet Nuclear Disaster appeared first on Areo.

The 2019 miniseries Chernobyl, about the deadly 1986 nuclear power plant accident in Ukraine, was—unsurprisingly—an immense commercial success: a nuclear disaster makes for good drama. But in my native country… View Post The post Germany’s Quiet Nuclear Disaster appeared first on Areo.


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 22 Nov 21

Decision-makers at the COP26 UN climate summit might do well to remind themselves of a game called ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’. Because only by understanding the interconnection of the world’s problems can we recognize how they can be rapidly solved by addressing them systemically at the root. Invented in the 1990s by three college students, ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ was based on the idea that prolific actor Kevin Bacon has appeared in films with a vast number of other actors. For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger was in the movie ‘Dave’ with Laura Linney who was in ‘Mystic River’ with …

How Kevin Bacon Can Save the Planet and Regenerate the Earth Read More »

Decision-makers at the COP26 UN climate summit might do well to remind themselves of a game called ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’. Because only by understanding the interconnection of the world’s problems can we recognize how they can be rapidly solved by addressing them systemically at the root. Invented in the 1990s by three college students, ‘Six Degrees of Kevin …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 8 Nov 21

Global business groups are calling on governments to pursue an international strategy on carbon pricing at the COP26 UN climate summit. While well-intentioned, the reality is we don’t need carbon pricing to create a level-playing field in global markets. We just need to end trillions of dollars of subsidies to the coal, oil and gas industries: because these industries are already stranded.  Carbon polluters, like any polluters, should pay for the damages they impose on societies. But carbon pricing is not the most effective way to accelerate the clean energy disruption and get to net zero.  Carbon pricing takes mainly …

The fastest route to net zero is not a carbon tax: it’s ending the $6 trillion/year fossil fuel bailout Read More »

Global business groups are calling on governments to pursue an international strategy on carbon pricing at the COP26 UN climate summit. While well-intentioned, the reality is we don’t need carbon pricing to create a level-playing field in global markets. We just need to end trillions of dollars of subsidies to the coal, oil and gas industries: because these industries are …

The fastest route to net zero is not a carbon tax: it’s ending the $6 trillion/year fossil fuel bailout Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 5 Nov 21

OK, Doomer…  Doom and gloom are everywhere, and not just because of what the COVID-19 pandemic has done to societies and economies across the globe over the last 18 months. A deeper contagion of pessimism has been spreading as well. The belief that we are doomed by climate change, and that all other human progress has been for nothing, is a pathogenic idea that has infected an entire generation worldwide.   Although it is dead wrong, this idea is far more pernicious and destructive than is widely appreciated.   At the individual level, despair over climate change and the false belief that …

Restoring Our Faith in Human Progress: Part 1 – How Prosperity Solves Problems Read More »

OK, Doomer…  Doom and gloom are everywhere, and not just because of what the COVID-19 pandemic has done to societies and economies across the globe over the last 18 months. A deeper contagion of pessimism has been spreading as well. The belief that we are doomed by climate change, and that all other human progress has been for nothing, is …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 2 Nov 21

Over 100 world leaders have pledged to end, and even reverse, deforestation by 2030 at the COP26 UN climate summit. And over 30 of the world’s biggest financial companies have promised to end investment linked to deforestation. But in 2014, a similar ‘landmark’ agreement was reached – and this didn’t slow deforestation at all. Part of the problem is that decision-makers are locked into trying to solve problems within the framework of the incumbent paradigm. But this paradigm is about to be dramatically transformed, opening up entirely new ways of thinking about forests. Far from focusing purely on ‘band aid’ …

The Great Land Liberation and the opportunity for reforestation Read More »

Over 100 world leaders have pledged to end, and even reverse, deforestation by 2030 at the COP26 UN climate summit. And over 30 of the world’s biggest financial companies have promised to end investment linked to deforestation. But in 2014, a similar ‘landmark’ agreement was reached – and this didn’t slow deforestation at all. Part of the problem is that …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 28 Oct 21

A sign from the No Planet B global climate strike in September 02019. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash The following essay was written by Lucienne Bacon and Lucas Kopinski, senior year students at Avenues: The World School. Bacon and Kopinski spent the previous school year engaging with Long Now ideas, such as the pace layers model, while they pursued an independent project reflecting on the importance and fallibility of metrics when it comes to balancing long-term environmental and societal health. The essay crystallizes their learnings and proposes a long-term index that combines social, environmental, present, and future considerations. Authors’ …

The Future of Progress: A Concern for the Present Read More »

A sign from the No Planet B global climate strike in September 02019. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash The following essay was written by Lucienne Bacon and Lucas Kopinski, senior year students at Avenues: The World School. Bacon and Kopinski spent the previous school year engaging with Long Now ideas, such as the pace layers model, while they pursued …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 28 Oct 21

A sign from the No Planet B global climate strike in September 02019. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash The following essay was written by Lucienne Bacon and Lucas Kopinski, senior year students at Avenues: The World School. Bacon and Kopinski spent the previous school year engaging with Long Now ideas, such as the pace layers model, while they pursued an independent project reflecting on the importance and fallibility of metrics when it comes to balancing long-term environmental and societal health. The essay crystallizes their learnings and proposes a long-term index that combines social, environmental, present, and future considerations. Authors’ …

The Future of Progress: A Concern for the Present Read More »

A sign from the No Planet B global climate strike in September 02019. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash The following essay was written by Lucienne Bacon and Lucas Kopinski, senior year students at Avenues: The World School. Bacon and Kopinski spent the previous school year engaging with Long Now ideas, such as the pace layers model, while they pursued …

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