Monthly Archives: October 2006

Infinite growth cannot be supported

(This letter was published in the Chapel Hill News, 22 October 2006.) Let us take a moment to appreciate our neighbor, Winston L. Kirby, for the Oct. 11 letter to the editor, “Growth mentality seems unalterable.” Thankfully, what seems to be real is occasionally an illusion. Such is the case with regard to the growth […]

Watching the clock

This morning the estimated human population of the United States reached 300 million. We’ve been watching the planetary population clock for years. In some ways 300 million humans is just one more number, one more statistic, one more blip on a screen that has a lot of troubling information to display. In one way this […]

Health of Apex residents, economy, go hand-in-hand

Last night a fire erupted at a chemical storage facility in central North Carolina. Thousands of people evacuated the bedroom community of Apex as a cloud of extremely dangerous toxic gas spread. Rain dampened the fire and stopped the gas cloud, but now the chemicals will liquefy and drain into groundwater and stormwater run-off systems. […]