Eric de Place

Eric de Place is a senior researcher at Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based sustainability think tank.

  • Not-so-charismatic megafauna

    Ginormous earthworm discovered, may get federal protection

    Here’s the deal: there’s a three-foot-long pink earthworm living in the Palouse region of Idaho and Washington and nowhere else on the planet. It can burrow 15 feet underground and it was re-discovered last year after scientists believed it had …

  • Efficiency vs. biomass smackdown

    This post was written by Clark Williams-Derry, who’s on vacation. An interesting contrast. The NW Current is reporting that, even with rising prices for fossil fuels, biomass electricity projects — using, say, wood waste or sewage solids — are having …

  • This book was made for walking

    It makes intuitive sense that living in a community that encourages walking — with sidewalks, good street connections, and homes that are close to shops and services — would make you active and healthier. As Sightline Institute’s new book — …

  • Nature needs people

    I found this report by CNN more than a little disturbing. A new study by the Nature Conservancy found that Americans are visiting national parks less often. Researchers believe that 98 percent of the decline can be attributed to an …

  • Kyoto is a bargain

    Amusing column in the Washington Post today. (And I mean “amusing” in a bitterly ironic sort of way.) The U.S. has spent roughly $300 billion on the Iraq war, with the final figure estimated to be in the ballpark of …

  • Driving with alcohol

    What lessons can America learn from Brazil’s energy independence?

    Alcohol can lead to all kinds of unintended consequences — but who knew it could lead to energy independence? Apparently, the Brazilians did. Processing sugar cane into ethanol is expected to help Brazil meet its rising energy demands in a …

  • Sometimes extinction is forever

    Ivory-billed woodpecker may be gone after all

    Remember that thing about the ivory-billed woodpecker — alive in the swamps of Arkansas — not extinct after all? Well, maybe not so much. In a new article in the journal Science, renowned bird expert David Allen Sibley says the …

  • Wolf millennium

    New wolf numbers released this afternoon from U.S. Fish and Wildlife: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming now host an estimated 1,020 wolves, a stunning 21 percent increase in just a single year. Since reintroduction in the mid-1990s, gray wolf numbers have …

  • Beetle battle

    Pine beetle outbreak devastates BC forests

    From the Washington Post, an article worth reading on a subject that’s depressingly well-known to Canadians, but probably unfamiliar to most Americans: the mountain pine beetle outbreak devastating forests in British Columbia. The damage has been colossal: