This Week’s Top 10 (09/30/07-10/06/07)

  1. MacArthur Foundation Gives Out ‘Genius Awards’ from NYTimes

    Check out: Ruth DeFries, University of Maryland / College Park

    Ruth DeFries is an environmental geographer who uses remotely sensed satellite imagery to explore the relationship between the Earth’s vegetative cover, human modifications of the landscape, and the biochemical processes that regulate the Earth’s habitability.

  2. What Do Sewers and Our Rivers Have in Common? Too much. from Treehugger

    The facts on sewage in this country are pretty astounding – very, very few Americans have any idea just how much raw and partially-treated sewage is spilled or legally dumped into our streams and rivers every year.

    860 Billion Gallons

  3. Chemical generation: Punjabis are poisoning themselves from the Economist

    IF INDIAN newspaper reports are to be believed, the children of Punjab are in the throes of a grey revolution. Even those as young as ten are sprouting tufts of white and grey hair. Some are going blind. In Punjabi villages, children and adults are afflicted by uncommon cancers.

    The reason is massive and unregulated use of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals in India’s most intensively farmed state. According to an environmental report by Punjab’s government, the modest-sized state accounts for 17% of India’s total pesticide use. The state’s water, people, animals, milk and agricultural produce are all poisoned with the stuff.

  4. Rising Seas Likely to Flood U.S. History from Wired

    Rising seas, an inevitable result of global warming, will almost certainly inundate those important historical sites located along coastlines. And at this point, there’s very little to be done about it.

    If it comes to pass, there will likely be tours like these: 7 Submerged Wonders of the World

  5. The People of Nueva Linda from Mi Mundo
    A lovely photo spread of the “men and women from the southern coast [of Guatemala] who continue their struggle against impunity.”
  6. Debunking the Myths of Hurricane Katrina: Special Report from Popular Mechanics via World Changing

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, sweeping assertions and rumors swirled as violently as the storm. PM heads to New Orleans to investigate what went wrong, what went right and what we can do better next time.

  7. As race for oil-rich Arctic heats up, Inuit stake their claim, too from Christian Science Monitor

    Indigenous to the region, the Inuit want a ‘meaningful voice’ in the territory dispute.

  8. The Seven Commandments of Mexican ethanol from How the World Works

    The overriding goal of author Ricardo Cantú in his delightfully titled “Ethanolomics: The Think-About’s of the Mexican Ethanol Project” is to devise a strategy for improving the living standards of the rural poor in Mexico via an invigoration of the agricultural economy, without committing the major sin of inducing price hikes in food staples that will hurt the urban poor.

  9. Clinton Global Initiative: Climate change and the Third World from Gristmill

    Meles Zenawi, prime minister of Ethiopia, laid out the, ahem, inconvenient truth: That countries like his suffer because of what countries like ours have done, and that a world-wide cap-and-trade treaty would have to allow countries like Ethiopia to sell carbon allocations to countries like the United States.

    He says the funds would be used to invest in green energy. Of course, they could also end up spent on Ethiopia’s continuing quest to take over Somalia, so, it seems, there would have to be some oversight here.

  10. Cuba Does Its Part in Billion Tree Campaign from Treehugger

    With a push from the United Nations “Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign”, designed to encourage tree planting around the world, Cuba has committed to plant some 135 million trees this year.