Will 2013 be the Year of Environmental Security?

Happy new year, folks.  The Mayans were wrong, and I hope you haven’t cashed in the retirement fund.  We’re still here.  And yet the rhetoric of doom is alive and well, as the lead up to the entirely-avoidable “fiscal cliff” in the United States testifies.  It seems like we always enjoy flirting with disaster.  And…

NATO and Environmentalism

Did you know that Richard Nixon tried to turn NATO into an environmental organization?  It was pretty baffling for the allies, who took the alliance seriously as a military organization, and also took seriously their scientific bodies devoted to environmental issues.  But Nixon had a different agenda, to link environmental issues to American foreign policy…