Lester Brown

Lester R. Brown is founder and president of Earth Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Follow EPI: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn

Getting the market to tell the truth

Cross-posted from Earth Policy Institute. Moving the global economy off its current decline-and-collapse path depends on reaching four goals: stabilizing climate, stabilizing population, eradicating poverty, and restoring the economy’s natural support systems. These goals—comprising what the Earth Policy Institute calls …

World governments spend $1.4 billion a day to disrupt climate

A world facing catastrophic climate change can no longer justify $500 billion a year in subsidies to expand the burning of coal and oil. Carbon emissions could be cut worldwide simply by ending fossil fuel subsidies.

Harnessing the sun’s energy for water and space heating

Rooftop solar systems provide a simple, low-cost way to heat water and space.Photo: London PermacultureCross-posted from Earth Policy Institute. The pace of solar energy development is accelerating as the installation of rooftop solar water heaters takes off. Unlike solar photovoltaic …

U.S. carbon emissions down as renewable energy keeps growing

Cross-posted from Earth Policy Institute. Between 2007 and 2011, carbon emissions from coal use in the United States dropped 10 percent. During the same period, emissions from oil use dropped 11 percent. In contrast, carbon emissions from natural gas use …

Pipeline? We don't need no stinkin' pipeline

Arguments against the tar-sands pipeline focus on the environmental dangers it poses. The more fundamental question is: do we really need that oil?

Dust bowls, water shortages, and toxins drive people from their homes

Droves of climate refugees across the world are on the move in search of greener and cleaner pastures.

Raging storms, rising seas swell ranks of climate refugees

The last decade's destructive storms are a warning: If we can't stabilize the climate, more damage, displacement, and loss lies in the decades ahead.

A $50 million tipping point?

Michael Bloomberg's contribution to the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign could have many ripple effects and force the U.S. to quit coal for good.

Iowa is a lean, mean, grain-growin' machine

The single state of Iowa produces more grain than all of Canada, and almost as much soy as China.