The Atlantic’s In Focus photo blog has a poignent feature called Nigeria: The Cost of Oil, on the environmental and human costs of the extraction of crude oil.
Too bad LA doesn’t yet have a fully built out subways and light rail system, so you can leave your gas guzzler at home. In cities like London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, and Washington, it’s possible — and indeed desirable — to live a high functioning professional life by getting around on environmentally friendly public transportation. LA’s Measure R projects will be a huge step forward, but we still have much progress beyond that to make here.
A Nigerian child is silhouetted against a gas flare at Utorogu facility of Royal Dutch Shell in the Nigeria’s southwest delta, on April 16, 2004. (Reuters/George Esiri RSS)