The T-Shirt’s Tale

After letting it sit on my shelf for about a year, I finally got around to reading Pietra Rivoli’s book, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy.  The subtitle is “An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade.”  That’s accurate but makes the book sounds pretty dry and academic.  The …


Climate Lesson #1: It’s a Small World After All

This is the first in a short series of homilies on the lessons we can learn from climate change. Thirty years ago, in the early days of environmental law, it seemed that most environmental problems were local.  Pollution came from cities and bedeviled the residents of those same cities.  Wilderness areas suffered from human incursions, …


Don’t Judge a Book By Its Title

Some months ago, the publisher sent me a free copy of a book by Fred Pearce, Confessions of an Eco-Sinner.  I left it sitting around but  didn’t plan to read it — the title sounded unpleasantly self-righteous and simultaneously self-flagellating.  I finally did leaf through it and ended up reading the whole thing. It’s not …