BLOGWATCH: Cheap heroin on the rise; Afghanistan’s problem is ours

  • Propping up the Taliban: Violet Wang, International News
    Afghanistan opium production is believed to be funding the Taliban and other militants opposed to President Hamid Karzai’s rule. A state department report earlier this year described a relationship in which traffickers supply weapons and money to the Taliban in exchange for the protection of drug trade routes and poppy fields.
  • Afghanistan’s addiction affects everyone else: Global Dashboard
  • Disaster in Afghanistan: Rock the Truth

STATE OF THE PLANET

  • The historical precedent: Christian Science Monitor
    Brian Fagan believes climate is not merely a backdrop to the ongoing drama of human civilization, but an important stage upon which world events turn. As it turns out, the anecdotal evidence of climate change in this, the 21st century, shares much in common with a historical antecedent, the Medieval Warm Period, circa AD 800 to 1200, that radically shaped societies across the globe. The Medieval Warm Period was a time when the capacity of agriculture rapidly expanded and enabled people to flourish in Europe. Yet elsewhere, extended lack of rainfall, or too much of it, brought famine, plagues, and wars.
  • Meatless fast food: Springwise
  • Middle class is biggest threat to climate: The Telegraph
  • Global-Warming Payola? Tierney Lab, The New York Times

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