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 increased by 6 percent. The net effect of these trends was that U.S. carbon emissions dropped 7 percent in four years. And this is only the beginning.

– Lester Brown, “U.S. Carbon Emissions Down 7 Percent in Four Years: Even Bigger Drops Coming,” Earth Policy Institute, 2 November 2011

The New Geopolitics of Food

From the Middle East to Madagascar, high prices are spawing land grabs and ousting dictators. Welcome to the 21st-century food wars.

In the United States, when world wheat prices rise by 75 percent, as they have over the last year, it means the difference between a $2 loaf of bread and a loaf costing maybe $2.10. If, however, you live in New Delhi, those skyrocketing costs really matter: A doubling in the world price of wheat actually means that the wheat you carry home from the market to hand-grind into flour for chapatis costs twice as much. And the same is true with rice. If the world price of rice doubles, so does the price of rice in your neighborhood market in Jakarta. And so does the cost of the bowl of boiled rice on an Indonesian family’s dinner table.

Welcome to the new food economics of 2011: Prices are climbing, but the impact is not at all being felt equally. For Americans, who spend less than one-tenth of their income in the supermarket, the soaring food prices we’ve seen so far this year are an annoyance, not a calamity. But for the planet’s poorest 2 billion people, who spend 50 to 70 percent of their income on food, these soaring prices may mean going from two meals a day to one. Those who are barely hanging on to the lower rungs of the global economic ladder risk losing their grip entirely. This can contribute – and it has – to revolutions and upheaval.

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Climate Change: US Carbon Emissions Down 7% in 4 Years 

From Link TV:

With US carbon emissions down 7% in four years and bigger drops coming, the United States may emerge as a global leader in cutting carbon and stabilizing climate.

Lester Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute, tells Earth Focus that new forces including life style and demographic changes are reducing the use of both coal and oil in the United States. He expects that carbon emissions could decline by as much as 20% in the United States by 2020.

What we’re probably looking at down the road is a situation where there will be extreme hunger in some of these countries where the investments are being made and people will simply resist — and try to block — the trucks that are hauling the grain from the fields to the ports. … It’s a new situation and quite unlike any that we’ve faced before.
—  Countries like Saudi Arabia, China and South Korea have all leased land in Africa, where the governments lease irrigable land for as little as $1 an acre. On today’s Fresh Air, environmentalist Lester Brown explains how the land leases are creating huge conflicts between local populations and investors


A diverse collection of dreamlike ‘tropical’ music. MICKEY BROWN is a collaboration between Pretty Puke’s music project(?) MICKEY MICKEY ROURKE and Lester Brown.

Kick back and get lost in the excellent range of moods and soundscapes. Forget about your worries. Zone out. Enjoy.

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I’ve put off listening to Mickey Mickey Rourke + Lester Brown’s collabo project Mickey Brown for a while now. Maybe I’m just an asshole that doesn’t take the time he should to listen to everything that comes through his inbox. (I promise I do, guys. It just takes me a while). Or maybe (justification incoming) a record like Mickey Brown’s SOUL GLO needs time, Ya know? Time to hit you the right way. Time to sit. To grow. It hit me today. It hit me like “hey, this is good stuff. it’s poppy and nostalgic and fun and I need to share it with the world.” I hope it hits you too. 

You can pick up the recently released 16-track SOUL GLO for the magical price of $3.20 USD or more from MMR’s bandcamp.

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Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, talks about the significance of tar sands exploitation, the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, and his vision for a carbon-free future.

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I can honestly say that I’ve been looking forward to this album for a l o o o n g time. I was a huge fan of Lester Brown’s Islomania EP that he released last year and I’m also a fan of his MICKEY BROWN side project that he did with crazy man MICKEY MICKEY ROURKE. And while I love that project with all of its manic unpredictability, what I’ve really been longing for is a proper album from Lester himself. And he’s been teasing it out for a while on his tumblr with a demo here or a track preview there.But now the teasing is over and Hauntology is here!

Now one of the things that I loved most about Islomania is how the fidelity, the jangly surf guitars, and the shimmering synths gave the whole thing a very under-the-sea kinda feel. It felt like a lost transmission that was picked up coming from some underwater sea cave. With Hauntology though Lester’s music seems to have washed up on shore all sandy and water-logged. All that’s left is for some unsuspecting beach comber to come along and discover the treasure. It’s obvious that he tinkered with and polished his sound for this album really making it shine, and it was all for the best.

Do yourself a huge favor and download the whole thing right here. And if you never downloaded Islomania you can also snag that bad boy right here.


Big Ideas: Lester Brown’s new book ‘World on the Edge’ (Free Download) 

I first learned about Lester Brown a couple of years ago when I read his solutions-oriented book Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. Turns out he’s one of the legends of the American environmental movement, helped develop the concept of sustainable development in the 1970s and founded both the Worldwatch Institute and theEarth Policy Institute. He has also written or co-written upwards of 50 environmentally themed books, in addition to countless articles for journals and magazines. 

Described by the Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” Brown has a new book outwith a title that doesn’t hide from the challenges before us. According to the blurb on its website 'World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse’ explains that:

We are facing issues of near-overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. Our challenge is to think globally and develop policies to counteract environmental decline and economic collapse. The question is: Can we change direction before we go over the edge?

If you’re interested in reading ityou can buy a hard copy or download the book as a free PDF! Its website also has downloadable datasets, a fact sheet and a great PowerPoint presentation on the global food situation. Powerful stuff!  

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Food: The Hidden Driver of Global Politics

Food prices are rising, but the impact is not being felt equally around the world, says environmentalist Lester Brown.

Brown, the founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, argues that food has quickly become the hidden driver of world politics in a piece published in the May/June issue of Foreign Policy.

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Mickey Brown is a collaboration project between LA’s Mickey Mickey Rourke and Canada’s Lester Brown. The album titled Vision Quest is an experimental explosion of tropical psychedelic instrumental tunes which sound so unique and varied I couldn’t resist but post several songs from the album. The duo have flawlessly brought and blended their own styles of music making into this project and the result is an impressive journey through sound and exploration that is too hot to resist.

The album can be streamed here

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Watch'n'Share: Lester Brown’s ‘Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization’ 

Last night I was thrilled when I read that Lester Brown’s excellent book ‘Plan B’ had been made into a TV documentary. Unfortunately, I missed it but all is not lost because now available for watching online (e.g. above), albeit in a shorter version. The full length should be repeating sometime this Saturday. Check your local PBS listings

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Lester Brown: The Great Food Crisis of 2011

From Foreign Policy :

The combined effect of these … growing demands is stunning: a doubling in the annual growth in world grain consumption from an average of 21 million tons per year in 1990-2005 to 41 million tons per year in 2005-2010. Most of this huge jump is attributable to the orgy of investment in ethanol distilleries in the United States in 2006-2008. While the annual demand growth for grain was doubling, new constraints were emerging on the supply side, even as longstanding ones such as soil erosion intensified. An estimated one third of the world’s cropland is losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming through natural processes – and thus is losing its inherent productivity. Two huge dust bowls are forming, one across northwest China, western Mongolia, and central Asia; the other in central Africa. Each of these dwarfs the U.S. dust bowl of the 1930s. Satellite images show a steady flow of dust storms leaving these regions, each one typically carrying millions of tons of precious topsoil. In North China, some 24,000 rural villages have been abandoned or partly depopulated as grasslands have been destroyed by overgrazing and as croplands have been inundated by migrating sand dunes. In countries with severe soil erosion, such as Mongolia and Lesotho, grain harvests are shrinking as erosion lowers yields and eventually leads to cropland abandonment. The result is spreading hunger and growing dependence on imports. Haiti and North Korea, two countries with severely eroded soils, are chronically dependent on food aid from abroad. Meanwhile aquifer depletion is fast shrinking the amount of irrigated area in many parts of the world; this relatively recent phenomenon is driven by the large-scale use of mechanical pumps to exploit underground water. Today, half the world’s people live in countries where water tables are falling as overpumping depletes aquifers. Once an aquifer is depleted, pumping is necessarily reduced to the rate of recharge unless it is a fossil (nonreplenishable) aquifer, in which case pumping ends altogether. But sooner or later, falling water tables translate into rising food prices. Irrigated area is shrinking in the Middle East, notably in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, and possibly Yemen. In Saudi Arabia, which was totally dependent on a now-depleted fossil aquifer for its wheat self-sufficiency, production is in a freefall. From 2007 to 2010, Saudi wheat production fell by more than two thirds. By 2012, wheat production will likely end entirely, leaving the country totally dependent on imported grain.

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On TV: Lester Brown’s ’Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization' 

 Tonight (Wednesday, March 30) at 10 pm on PBS:

The Journey to Planet Earth series continues with a special program, hosted by Matt Damon, which features Lester Brown, environmental visionary and author of “Plan B.” This documentary delivers a clear and unflinching message – either confront the realities of climate change or suffer the consequences of lost civilizations and failed political states.

Brown, together with other notable scholars and scientists, including Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, former Governor and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, provides a glimpse into a new and emerging economy based upon renewable resources as well as strategies to avoid the growing threat of global warming.

You can read about, buy or download a copy of Brown’s latest book through an earlier post here.

(UPDATE: The show will be replayed on Saturday, April 2, check your local PBS listings for the time)

Food: The Hidden Driver of Global Politics

This is a fascinating article and an incredibly important topic of discussion. Listen up y'all!

“Countries like Saudi Arabia, China and South Korea have all leased land in Africa, where the governments lease irrigable land for as little as $1 an acre. "This is becoming a huge political issue in many parts of the world, and it’s creating conflict between local populations and these investors,” Brown says….“And what we’re probably looking at down the road is a situation where there will be extreme hunger in some of these countries where the investments are being made, and people will simply resist — and try to block the trucks that are hauling the grain from the fields to the ports….It’s a new situation and quite unlike any that we’ve faced before.”

The End of Civilization

I don’t know about you kids, but I am SO fucking stoked about life. I awake each morning with so much love for people and god. So it was understandably a mind shock to read a short article about Lester Brown’s Plan B. Plan B is a plan to reform the world. With global warming growing at warp speed, predictions for the end of “our time” are expected by 2020!!! THAT IS LESS THAN NINE YEARS AWAY!!!

It was actually very funny, because two nights ago my mom sent me a text telling me to watch Lester Brown’s documentary immediately. Yesterday, before I went into my yoga class, there was a California monthly on the lobby table, with a short article on Lester Brown. FUNNY how when you wish to do something GREAT and good for the world, the universe immediately reacts and manages your life in a way to bring your dreams to fruition. 

If you have ever said thank you for ANYTHING in your life, please read this FREE book online. Lester Brown’s Plan B. I am getting to work on this TODAY. Just by sharing this with all of you I am contributing to the rebuilding of humanity. The link is attached, and also below if you want to copy & paste. 

I sincerely thank you from the light in my heart for taking the time to read this much, and in nine years time YOU will thank yourself for doing something with this information. You have absolutely no clue as to how great and infinite my love and compassion is for you, and all living things on this planet. I was blessed with the best parents in the world, who never allowed me to be tainted or fearful of this world or society.

I also HIGHLY encourage you to read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It gives complete insight as to who we really are, ALL of us. We are light. We are god. We are capable of anything. I’d like to thank Andrea Bowen for giving that book to me for my birthday. (I have the best friends!) And I can only hope that I am the same for you.

The light in me recognizes and honors the light that also resides in you. Namaste. 




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