March 14, 2014 |
We generally think of climate change as a story of sky - of emitted gases, of atmospheric carbon levels, of storms. Author Kristin Ohlson would like to direct our gaze earthward, to take a long, hard look at the dirt beneath our feet. We may have overlooked a solution there. In her sometimes breathless but important new book, "The Soil Will Save Us," Ohlson lays out a thesis that farmers and climate researchers have been talking about for decades: that a change in farming and forestry techniques could sequester enough carbon in the ground to not only mitigate but reverse global warming.
March 5, 2014 |
It sounds as if someone in the Obama administration has been re-reading George F. Kennan, who ( as I noted in my column ) advocated a policy of “containing” Russian expansionism - but always giving Moscow's rulers a face-saving way to back down. “It is a sine qua non of successful dealing with Russia that the foreign government in question should remain at all times cool and collected,” Kennan wrote in 1947, “and that its demands on Russian policy should be put forward in such a manner as to leave the way open for a compliance not too detrimental to Russian prestige.” What does that mean in 2014, when Russian troops have occupied the Crimean peninsula (once part of Russia, now part of Ukraine)
February 26, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels open the season March 31. Will Josh Hamilton be ready? We're optimistic he will be," Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday. Hamilton strained his left calf Tuesday. Scioscia confirmed the expected, that the left fielder would sit out "a minimum of a couple of weeks. " Hamilton had an MRI examination and the Angels have been told that the injury should heal on its own, ruling out the kind of severe strain that would require surgery. "This thing has to heal on its own terms," Scioscia said.
February 16, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - Kobe Bryant cheerfully answered questions about his new line of shoes, a possible visit to India and his preference for old-school dunk contest rules. His joviality didn't quite carry over to the update on his injured left knee. The Lakers guard said before the All-Star game Sunday that his recovery was "coming slowly" and did not provide a timetable for a possible return from the injury that has sidelined him since Dec. 17. "I'm optimistic coming out of the break that I will have some improvements once I get back to L.A. and do a couple [of]
February 1, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Last April, when the pre-Olympic winter sports season ended, the optimist and pessimist weighed in about U.S. medal chances for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Back then, the optimist liked the U.S. to improve its record total of 37 medals, with nine gold, from the 2010 Winter Olympics. The glass-very-full view showed 52 medals, including 20 gold. The glass-nearly-drained view showed just 22 medals, with three gold. As the 2014 opening ceremony looms, it's time to revisit those predictions.
January 27, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Economists working for U.S. businesses are more optimistic about growth this year and see little effect from the start of healthcare reform or the reduction in a key Federal Reserve stimulus program, according to survey results released Monday. More than 40% of respondents in the January survey by the National Assn. for Business Economics said they expected their firms to raise prices in the first three months of the year, the largest percentage since 2012. But despite the brighter outlook, the pace of hiring is not expected to increase, the survey said.