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This page is an index of articles and other written resources, including reports, interviews, book and anthology excerpts, PowerPoint presentations, and presentation transcripts for authors and speakers with last names starting with “B.”

Roger Ballentine

"" How Energy Issues Affected 2004 Race For President. Interview with Roger Ballentine. A John Kerry for President campaign advisor, Ballentine was interviewed in 2005 on how energy issues affected the 2004 race for President of the Unites States. Interview >>

Arlene Blum

"" Are There Flame Retardants In Your Furniture? Interview with Arlene Blum. Flame retardants are notorious for their disastrous human health effects, and though the fight to remove them from consumer products has been well publicized, we still may not be as safe as we think. Environmental scientist Arlene Blum became famous for her work on flame retardants in the 1970’s, when she discovered that chemicals being added to children’s pajamas were causing hormone disruption, reduced IQ, and even cancer. Interview >>

"" Igniting The Debate On Flame Retardants. Interview with Arlene Blum. A biophysical chemist, author and mountaineer, Blum is the founder and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute. The Institute works with scientists, government, industry, and non-profits to facilitate more informed decision-making about flame retardants and other chemicals used in consumer and building products. Interview >>

"" Toxic Chemical Laws Are Not Protecting Human Health. Article by Arlene Blum. Most people assume a chemical in their clothes, cosmetics or couch has been thoroughly tested for safety. Unfortunately, such testing is often nowhere near as rigorous as needed. Article >>

Earl Blumenauer

"" Livability and Community Renewal. By Congressman Earl Blumenauer. When Bette Midler was asked what she would do if she had an opportunity to start her career anew as something other than an entertainer, without missing a beat she said she would be an urban planner. Speech Excerpts >>

Annie Bond

"" 5+ Basics for Nontoxic Cleaning. Article by Annie Bond. “I once had an editor write an entire magazine article about the cupboard under my kitchen sink because she was so impressed with its simplicity. All it contains are these simple ingredients: Baking soda, vinegar, washing soda, a good soap and detergent, and tea tree oil. I find them the safest and most effective for cleaning… everything.” Article >>

"" How to Make a Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit. Article by Annie Bond. Most modern synthetic cleaning products are based on age-old formulas using natural ingredients that were passed down through the generations because the chemistry was right. Going back to the original naturally derived ingredients is a way to make cleaning products that work, don’t pollute, and save you money. Article >>

Jim L. Bowyer

Changing Realities In Forest Sector Markets. Article by Jim L. Bowyer. It has long been the case that the world’s most developed economies consume a much larger percentage of basic raw materials than the percentage of global population collectively represented by these economies. Wood is no exception. A unique aspect of this particular raw material is that the way in which it is used differs widely between developed and developing countries. There is growing evidence that these longstanding realities are about to change in an unprecedented way. Article >>

Forest Carbon Accounting Considerations In US Bioenergy Policy. Study by Jim L. Bowyer, et al. As long as wood-producing land remains in forest, long-lived wood products and forest bioenergy reduce fossil fuel use and long-term carbon emission impacts. The increased use of forest-derived materials most likely to be used for bioenergy in the United States (would result in) low net greenhouse gas emissions, especially compared with those for fossil fuels. Article >>

Managing Forests Because Carbon Matters: Integrating Energy, Products, and Land Management Policy. Study by Jim L. Bowyer, et al. The objective of reducing global greenhouse gases (GHG) requires increasing carbon storage in pools other than the atmosphere. Growing more forests and keeping forests as forests are only part of the solution, because focusing solely on the sequestration benefits of the forests misses the important (and substantial) carbon storage and substitution GHG benefits of harvested forest products. Article >>

Sustainability And The Resource Manager Of Tomorrow. Presentation by Jim L. Bowyer. Leading the list of concerns regarding forests worldwide is the on-going specter of tropical deforestation, today estimated at about 42 million acres (17 million hectares) annually. The fact that the tropical forests house much of the world’s biodiversity accentuates this concern. Unfortunately, the rate of tropical deforestation has accelerated over the past third of a century, with a marked increase in clearing over the latter half of the period. The rate of tropical deforestation is currently estimated at 0.9% annually, compared to 0.6% just a decade ago. Article >>

Lester Brown

Ethanol Could Leave The World Hungry. Article by Lester Brown. The myth that corn is a cure-all for our energy woes is leading us toward a potentially dangerous global fight for food. While crop-based ethanol - the latest craze in alternative energy - promises a guilt-free way to keep our gas tanks full, it could leave much of the world hungry. Article >>

Ethanol's Failed Promise. Article by Lester Brown and Jonathan Lewis. The "food-to-fuel" mandates should be changed because they do not move "America toward energy independence and mitigate global climate change... the evidence irrefutably demonstrates that this policy is not delivering on either goal. In fact, it is causing environmental harm and contributing to a growing global food crisis." Article >>

Full House: Reassessing The Earth's Population Carrying Capacity. Article by Lester Brown and Hall Kane. This article discusses Brown and Kane's book on carrying capacity. It projects that over the next 40 years the world will face massive grain deficits in Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and China as populations grow. Article >>

The Global Population Conundrum. Interview with Lester Brown. Between now and 2050, three billion people will join the six billion-plus that already live on this planet. How will we possibly feed them? Lester Brown has been consumed by this question for decades. Interview >>

"" Restructuring the Global Economy. Presentation excerpt by Lester Brown. In a speech to a Commonwealth Club event at Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, California, Brown describes the need to restructure the global economy to cope with the challenges ahead. Presentation Excerpt >>

"" Review of Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. Article by Lester Brown. In the landmark Plan B 3.0, Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Article >>

Carol M. Browner

"" Development Of Brownfields A Success. Speech excerpt by Carol M. Browner. “What you are doing for brownfields – bringing business and communities together from the very start – proves one of the basic tenets of all our efforts: through partnership we can protect both people and prosperity, our health and our economy.” Speech Excerpt >>

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