ATLien Invasion

What will an Atlanta parks project mean for low-income residents?

Atlanta is embarking on a massive redevelopment project to transform a mostly unused railroad into a 22-mile, in-town loop of walking trails, bike paths, public transit, and more than 1,200 acres of parks. Sounds great. But Atlanta activist Na'Taki Osborne worries that for the city's poor and moderate-income residents, there might be a catch. new in Soapbox: ATLien Invasion see also, in Grist: Poverty & the Environment, a special series

Zoned Out

Over on Environmental Economics, there's an interesting review of what looks like an interesting book: Zoned Out: Regulation, Markets, and Choices in Transportation and Metropolitan Land Use, by Jonathan Levine. It directly addresses some of the questions raised in this much-discussed post on new urbanism. Here's how it starts:

Let My People Flow

Water privatization falling out of favor The privatization of water systems took off globally in the ’80s and ’90s; now it seems to be going the way of ankle zippers and acid-washed denim. At last …

Mumbai-Bye, Birdie

India’s vultures on verge of extinction thanks to cattle medication India’s once-abundant vulture population has plummeted an astonishing 97 percent in the past decade, and conservationists worldwide charge the Indian government with not acting quickly …

Klamath Is Hard!

Judge orders Bush admin to shift water to Klamath River salmon Endangered Klamath River coho salmon — what’s left of them anyway — scored a victory yesterday, as a federal judge ordered the Bureau of …

Finding Nemo, seaweed, and condoms on a small tropical island

Now, I am not a veteran snorkeler, but the underwater views I had last week were truly amazing. I was diving off a tiny (11 hectare) island in the Philippines where orange Finding-Nemo clown fish danced around my hands and the table coral must have been 10 feet in diameter. Cobalt blue starfish spread their arms across the spiky coral forests. But this is not a post on a vacation, although the hour I was in the water felt like a holiday. No, snorkeling on the edge of the Gilutongan Marine Sanctuary was the highlight of a site visit to an integrated population, health, and environment program on this tiny island. We were a group of fifty invaders visiting Cebu City, the Philippines, for the 2nd National Conference on Population, Health, and Environment. What had been just a marine-conservation program a few years ago has become a dynamic mix of efforts: children's immunizations and pre-natal checkups, family-planning services, clean-water provision, and alternative-livelihood strategies including tourism and seaweed farming.

Blood and Gore in the WSJ

Speaking of the Wall Street Journal, the co-founders of Generation Investment Management -- Al Gore and David Blood (Blood and Gore!) -- have a commentary therein neatly summarizing the case for integrating social, moral, and environmental concerns into the market. They even use the WSJ's favored dry, technical business-speak to do it. It begins thusly:

WSJ on Canadian tar-sands oil

The Wall Street Journal is running a magisterial survey of the Canadian tar-sands issue. Sadly, I don't have time to say anything about it, and you can't read it (unless you're a subscriber). But at least throwing this link up relieves some of the bloggy guilt.

Small town sprayed with fine mist of oil like Wolfgang Puck salad

The Houston Chronicle reported today on a recent oil spill in Texas. Residents of Baytown awoke to an eerie grey mist hanging over their town, like in a John Carpenter movie. Cars were coated with a slippery film of oil, so that locals found it difficult to open their car doors (but easier to open that front gate, which was needing a little WD40). When resident Felicia Joseph called the authorities, no one came. For six years Felicia Joseph lived beside one of the nation's largest oil refineries -- and not once did she complain about pollution. "It's like living near a bakery," said the 34-year-old hairdresser. "You know you are going to smell baked goods. You pretty much know what you are up against." Yes, just like living near a bakery. In which case an accident like this would have caused her neighborhood to be showered in a fine mist of cinnamon buns. Flawed Response To Exxon Spill Exposed (Houston Chronicle)

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