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Lou Leonard leads World Wildlife Fund’s climate change program. A lawyer by training, Leonard has practiced and taught international and domestic energy and conservation law, including with the US government, the private sector, and at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

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Conventional Wisdom, Coal and China

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 11:07 AM

The Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. There's no way Barack Obama can defeat Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination. People will never read digital books.

Conventional wisdom can seem so enticing. With everyone saying the same thing, it's hard to imagine an alternative. An echo chamber starts and...

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The Amazing Race

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:31 PM

As Americans, we love reality TV. We particularly love shows that involve a race against time, creative problem solving and a big cash pay-off or other high stakes (like avoiding a tank full of spiders) waiting at the end. Week after week, these shows top the ratings and we root...

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Dirty Dishes and Climate Change: Taking a Small First Step Toward a Safer Future

(5) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 11:13 AM

I hate cleaning the kitchen. I put it off until it becomes a growling, reeking monster. Dishes piled high in the sink; the ancient garbage evolving into a cranky sentient creature. Of course, at that point there's no way I could even imagine starting the job. It's too overwhelming, too...

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The Greatest American (Climate) Heroes

(9) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 3:12 PM

Quick, without thinking about it, answer this question: What's the most important thing that's happened in America on climate change over the past year? The tragedy of Superstorm Sandy? President Obama's State of the Union address? Sixty percent of America in the grip of a devastating drought?...

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Talkin' on Turkey Day: A Thanksgiving Climate Pledge

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 4:01 PM

We think of Thanksgiving as an eating holiday. And why not? One thought of Mom's candied sweet potatoes and my salivary glands are off to the races. But Thanksgiving is about something more, isn't it? The average American travels nearly 600 miles for Thanksgiving and -- my mom's...

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Sandy's Wake-up Call: The Future Is Here Early

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 3:30 PM

Two years ago, during a trip to New York City, I visited a startling exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Called "Rising Currents," the project pulled together teams of architects and engineers with a single mission: create a compelling vision for how New York could become...

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Losing the Top of the World: Breaking the Arctic Sea Ice One Record at a Time

(4) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 5:57 PM

In our world of information overload, we get used to hearing of records being broken. Even so, some moments stand out: Usain Bolt smashing the 100-meter dash record in Beijing, despite easing up before the finish. In 1998, Mark McGuire hitting 70 home runs to crush Roger Maris' nearly forty-year-old...

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The Melting North: Arctic Ice and Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 4:03 PM

When I was a kid, one of my prized possessions was a globe. It was about the size of a basketball and had a waxy coating over its topographically bumpy outer skin. I'd spend hours looking at the deep greens of the Amazon in South America, the rich browns of...

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A Tale of Two Droughts: As in '88, Will 2012's Weather Extremes Push Climate Change Higher on the National Agenda?

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 7:10 PM

"Those who think we are powerless to do anything about the 'greenhouse effect' are forgetting about the 'White House effect.'''

Was that Barack Obama in 2008? Nope. Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush spoke those words 24 years ago this month, as he headed to victory that November.

But...

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