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Eco Barons

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

While many people remain paralyzed by the scope of Earth's environmental woes, eco barons— a new and largely unheralded generation of Rockefellers and Carnegies— are having spectacular success saving forests and wild-lands, pulling endangered species back from the brink, and pioneering the clean and green technologies needed if life and civilization are to endure. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Humes’ new book Eco Barrons looks at the efforts of this new class.

Events: Edward Humes will be speaking
Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 pm
New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Branch
455 Fifth Avenue
For more information, call 212-340-0874.

Wednesday, March 4, at 6:00 pm
New York Public Library, Mulberry Street Branch
10 Jersey Street, between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets
For more information, call 212-966-3424.

Guests:

Edward Humes

Comments [11]

hjs from 11211

tractor
with that economy going the way it is and energy prices going up and up americans won't be able to afford all that meat soon. heart disease for the rest. so the point is moot.

Mar. 04 2009 12:16 PM
tractor guy from Hackensack, NJ

Sure, just cut down on meat, even better, stop eating meat…. Stupidest idea I’ve heard all day. Are you people smoking crack? Americans give up meat? What kind of fantasy world do you guys live in? Relying on small farms to supply beef is just as laughable. You really think you can just put the meat industry out of business and not destroy a lot of people in the process? How about a realistic down to earth plan? You can’t get all of Americas beef supply eating out on the open plains. You’ll squeeze out all natural life by eating up their food supply. A more realistic idea would be to get all cattle back on the grass instead of corn. But no matter how hard you whish and try and pray, Americans will not stop or cut down on eating meat. But hey, doesn’t hurt to dream…

Mar. 03 2009 04:16 PM
hjs from 11211

barry
if you talking to me, yes THEY say that sorry for my short hand. my point still stands

also per beef "Livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions as measured in carbon dioxide equivalent, reports the FAO. This includes 9 percent of all CO2 emissions, 37 percent of methane, and 65 percent of nitrous oxide. Altogether, that's more than the emissions caused by transportation. " http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0220/p03s01-ussc.html
we could all cut back on the meat. good for the world, good for our waist line, good for our hearts.

Mar. 03 2009 02:51 PM
anonyme from NY NY

Please pass this along to Mr. Humes:

Please be more accurate when you talk about teh beef thing. There is a huge huge difference in confinement (factory farmed) beef's impact on teh environment vs. the kind of grazing taht goes on at small farms like Joel Salatin's farm in VA. (You get to read about that in The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan) - I don't eat meat but I think properly raised meat should not be put in teh same box as factory beef. Market forces could change taht - if people stop buying factory beef, start buying grass fed beef, they will buy less beef because it's more expensive (costs the the real cost of eating meat) - vegetables, fruit, grains, Grass fed beef, lamb, chicken (eggs) are the original solar energy!!! Beef makes methene when fed grain. they aren't built to digest grain!

Mar. 03 2009 02:14 PM
barry from Manhattan

My understanding is that if we the world quit using fossil fuels it would have no effect on the rise of temp.
the cost of doing it would devastate the world economy.
How about we change our way but also try to get clean water for the 3rd world?
This no beef thing is silly. Let em eat Beef already!

Mar. 03 2009 01:58 PM
mike ryan from astoria

Does your guest agree that we must allow detroit to collapse in order to let these true mavericks to transform the car industry? This interview proves to me that Obama should not bail out the car companies, they have blocked progress and now they must die so that a true eco friendly industry can raise from the ashes

Mar. 03 2009 01:57 PM
barry from Manhattan

I don't think they say there is no climate change. They say climate change is not caused by man.
Many also point out the rather troubiling facts about what is really important in the world
BJORN LOMBORG has a great take http://www.projo.com/opinion/contributors/content/CT_lomborg3_01-03-09_4SCK9UN_v10.3e33194.html

Mar. 03 2009 01:54 PM
JT from LI

I tend not to believe the incredible stories about what has been done and is being kept from us. If incredible mileage and battery life were possible some company or university would be able to replicate the work. If they could they would be world famous and extremely wealthy and there are a lot of businessmen driven by that. All the stories seem to be anecdotal so I think the performance would not stand up to scrutiny.

Mar. 03 2009 01:53 PM
hjs from 11211

why does the pro-business GOP say there's no climate change: besides that fact that the right rejects science in general, confronting climate change would challenge the basis of the american consumption culture (and the greedy profit above all society which we live in.)

Mar. 03 2009 01:44 PM
Andre from NYC

A couple of years ago I heard a story on public radio about how right-wing religious conservative people beleive that there's no need to conserve the environment since the Second Coming will arrive soon.

Mar. 03 2009 01:43 PM
Judith Targove from Highland Park, NJ

Last night TV5Monde had a documentary on Benneton in Patagonia. Apparently the fencing off of huge tracts of open land has not been popular with the peasants living there. The company produces their wool from huge flocks of sheep on their enormous estancia (?) down there.

Mar. 03 2009 01:38 PM

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