Category Archives: Country/Region

China’s One Child Policy: Overwhelmed By Increased Affluence

The classic I.P.A.T. (Ecological Impact = Population * Affluence * Technology) equation very succinctly sums up the problem that humanity faces. Growth in both the number of people on the planet, and the level of affluence per person (I use … Continue reading

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Watching The World Go By: Iceland

When I used to think of Iceland, thoughts of a plucky nation that fought off the curse of the bankers, and runs everything on renewable energy, would come to the fore. As usual, the reality is somewhat more mixed than … Continue reading

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Watching The World Go By: Valencia, Spain

Sitting on a beach south of Valencia, 30 degrees and no clouds, with my iPad and a cold beer (and a ready supply from the bar 20 feet away from me). Only 30 minutes away is the city itself, with … Continue reading

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Watching the World Go By: Quebec

I sit here in a Montreal coffee shop on a rainy day, looking through the window at people living their lives. I feel as if I am watching one of those movies where normality pervades, but the ominous soundtrack warns … Continue reading

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