April 20, 2012 |
The very title of the subversive documentary "Surviving Progress" sounds counterintuitive. Isn't progress a good thing, the sure cure for civilization's ills? What's to survive? Plenty, according to this expect-the-unexpected Canadian film based on Ronald Wright's bestselling "A Short History of Progress. " Both brainy and light on its feet, bristling with provocative insights and probing questions, this film feels like it's expanding your mind while you're watching it. The premise of "Surviving Progress," much more dystopian in its quiet way than "The Hunger Games," is that we delude ourselves if we think the seeming improvements that growth and development bring will result in quality-of-life advances or even survival of the planet.
July 8, 2007
Re "The wealth between our ears," Opinion, July 3 Jonah Goldberg claims that biologist Paul Ehrlich and 18th century British economist Thomas Malthus were wrong about the relationship between population and resources because "we're still here." The fact is, as virtually every qualified scientist will confirm, the Earth's resources are finite, and although one can argue about when a continuously growing population will result in disaster, there is no question that it eventually will.
January 20, 2006 |
By 2050, the planet's population will increase to 9 billion, with most people migrating to massive cities. Better vaccines will lessen the epidemic of HIV and offset flu pandemics. The global economy will quadruple. Demand for food, fresh water and raw materials for construction and heat will stretch natural resources to their limits, according to an analysis released Thursday.
December 6, 1989 |
Crying out against man's destruction of the natural environment, Pope John Paul II warned Tuesday that a global ecological crisis threatens not only the well-being of humanity but world peace as well. The Pope attacked greedy consumerism, the pillaging of natural resources and the "indiscriminate application of science and technology" as elements in a global crisis he said is moral as well as material.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1999
California's natural resources have suffered for the past 16 years under prior governors. Now, under Gov. Gray Davis, who promised to be a friend of the environment, the state's natural resources face yet another stingy budget. Even with a $4.3-billion surplus to draw on, Davis added relatively little to the resources budget, leaving it even smaller than the final outlay of Gov. Pete Wilson.
April 5, 2005
There is no shortage of frightening reports on the future of our planet making the rounds, but the granddaddy of sky-is-falling warnings came last week from the United Nations. In sum: Without radical changes, 1 billion of the world's poorest citizens will, within 50 years, be deprived of the fresh air, clean water and other basic natural resources they need to survive. The U.N.'
August 8, 1994 |
Toward an outdated goal of developing the West, the federal government is virtually giving away billions of dollars' worth of natural resources to subsidize private business, a congressional report says. The subsidies come in the form of cheap water, underpriced timber and help for private interests ranging from mining companies to ranchers and farmers, according to a study released Sunday by the House Natural Resources Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1994
The opening this weekend of some 6,600 acres of land that stretch from Coast Highway inland through Emerald Canyon to the north and from Laguna Canyon Road to Crystal Cove State Park was a double dose of good news for nature lovers and for those who cherish the preservation of precious open space. In making good on a 4-year-old promise, the Irvine Co. has made this rare reserve accessible to the public through tours.
August 21, 1991
When Mikhail S. Gorbachev was ousted, so were some of the achievements that blossomed under perestroika. Among them: Union Treaty: Gorbachev was to officiate at the treaty's signing, scheduled to begin Tuesday. His treaty would have kept the federation together while granting greater autonomy to the republics. These republics were to be given greater powers in the national legislature, military matters, foreign affairs, natural resources and the administration of energy resources.