Picks and Pans Review: What the World Needs Now

updated 10/06/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/06/2008 01:00AM

• "There will be another billion people here by 2020," says Hot, Flat, and Crowded author Thomas L. Friedman. His ideas on how we should prepare:

START AN ENERGY REVOLUTION
An "earth" race—like the space race—with China, India, Europe, to see which one of us can create clean power technologies first.

TEAMWORK ON FIGHTING GLOBAL WARMING
The people in China tell me it's their turn [to pollute]. They say, "The U.S. ate the entrée and said, 'Let's split the bill.'" It's unfair, but they can either complain or help.

BIG IDEAS
Incremental change—205 easy ways to go green—isn't enough. We need laws supporting a carbon tax and renewable energy. This is not a hobby; it's a revolution.

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