Carbon Neutral Road Trip

My friend Jack Byrne was in the upcountry last week to teach a sustainability workshop at Furman University. Jack’s the director of Sustainability Integration at Middlebury College in Vermont, one of the leaders in academic responsibility in the area of climate change. Middlebury has pledged to be carbon neutral as an institution by 2016, and Jack has a large role in getting them there....

The Climate Crisis Heats Up

It’s time for a little upstate update on climate change. Don’t worry, I’ll try not to mention Al Gore. What got me started on one of my favorite subjects was that Friday morning a friend wrote to say: “Even as scientific evidence for global warming grows dramatically stronger, popular belief that global warming exists has undergone a precipitous decline–apparently...

What Happens When 700 Million Chinese Want their Equivalent of Santa Shoppe?

Last week Wofford College hosted the second Santee-Cooper Lecturer in Sustainability and Energy. Our speaker was John Doggett, senior lecturer at the McCombs Business School at the University of Texas-Austin. The Santee-Cooper Series is meant to introduce our college community to the practical and intellectual challenges of sustainability in the 21st century. We began the year in September with...

Is Al Gore Smarter than You?

If your answer is “no” then you don’t have to read any further this week in the Kudzu Telegraph. This column may not appeal to you. You could be one of those discerning readers who at the mention of Al Gore begins composing a well-practiced tirade against the author, former vice president, almost successful presidential candidate, climate change activist, Oscar winner, and last...

The World Without Us

I’m a sucker for “end of the earth” stories like the Bible’s “Revelations,” Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds,” Walker Percy’s LOVE IN THE RUINS, and Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD, but here’s a new one with a twist: THE WORLD WITHOUT US by Alan Weisman. Weisman’s story is an apocalypse without any bad guys. This new book...

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