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(Read caption) With more than 300,000 rickshaws on its streets, the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, has the highest concentration of the cabs in the world. But the Dhaka District Corp. has issued only 80,000 licenses; the other 220,000 drivers operate with forged ones. Competition among driver for passengers is fierce.

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Stewart Brand, creator of the Whole Earth Catalog, has a new book coming in October called Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto.

In it, the longtime environmentalist argues that nuclear power, genetically modified crops, and geo-engineering – approaches generally abhorred by enviro-purists – are necessary to solve the litany of ecological problems currently facing humanity.

(For a quick run-through of the ideas contained in the book, see Mr. Brand's TED talk here. And here's a more recent, albeit longer talk.)

The ideas Brand proposes are not necessarily new. (For articles on geoengineering, click here. And here's a story on the "new nuclear enthusiasm."

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