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State of the Planet
This is an exciting time for environmental activists, professionals, and scientists. Much has been made of our new president's apparent commitment to re-incorporating science into the American political dialogue. In his inaugural address, Obama expressed his intention to "restore science to its rightful place." John Holdren's appointment to science advisor comes on the heels of the Island Press release of Science Magazine's State of the Planet 2008-2009, a comprehensive and authoritative look at one of the toughest environmental problems we face: the need to change the way we produce and consume energy.
The book is edited by Don Kennedy, former editor-in-chief of Science magazine, and is out just in time for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, taking place in Chicago this week. Holdren provides the framework for the book with the first chapter, The Energy-Economy-Environment Dilemma. "Arguments about which of the three. . . is 'most important' are pointless," he writes, "in part because each of the three is indispensable: just as a three-legged stool falls down if any leg fails, so is human well-being dependent on the integrity of all three pillars."
The energy crisis is not an isolated, independent problem. Real solutions will require economic deference, technological breakthroughs, and government and public support. This concept is gaining ground, especially as discussions heat up over stimulus package stipulations. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week, Vice President Al Gore connected three of the most detrimental and urgent challenges currently facing the United States and the entire international community: climate change, the economic recession, and national security, he said, "are linked by a common thread -- our dangerous over-reliance on carbon-based fuels."
Environmental issues don't affect some people, in some areas, but all people, everywhere, and in every way. State of the Planet 2008-2009 inspires this whole-world perspective, and puts us on the right path to discover the solutions we know are possible.
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ENVIRONMENTAL HOT TOPICS AND RECOMMENDED READING
'Green' Energy a Tiny Share of Stimulus Plan (The Christian Science Monitor): For all the hope and hoopla surrounding the largest public works program since the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s, the share spent on long-term "green" investments is surprisingly small.
From Island Press: Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy by Jay Inslee and Bracken Hendricks