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Why the Earth Is an Investment Opportunity

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

Clean water, clean air and the steady access to food are all in limited supply, and are being depleted at alarming rates. And a rapidly growing, urbanized global middle-class is living and working in ways that are accelerating consumption of those already scarce resources.

Rick Perry, Still a Denier

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Rick Perry is back, and this time he's in it to win it. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Perry left behind the bumbling tea party conservative of 2012 and did his best to appear a reasonable, professorial moderate on environmental issues. Yet even this more polished Perry continued to flub the truth about environmental protection.

Here's How NYC Says It's Saving 800 Lives A Year By Cleaning Up The Air

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.28.2015 | Green

It’s been a cold winter in New York City, which means a lot of building owners are turning up the heat -- and pumping more pollutants into the city...

How to Appreciate Progress? Go Take a Hike.

Ann Morgan | Posted 02.24.2015 | Green
Ann Morgan

It was 45 years ago that the Clean Air Act passed and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created, and they have both made a tremendous difference in our quality of life.

Running Clean Or Running Scared?

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Having a few more Republican Senators on-the-record accepting climate change science is, sadly, a notable development. So is more Republicans tacitly acknowledging that forthright denialism is bad politics. But they can't stop there. They have to offer a plan for solving it.

Air Pollution A Big Factor In Heart Disease, Experts Warn

Reuters | Janice Neumann | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green

(Reuters Health) - Air pollution should be one of the avoidable heart risk factors - just like smoking and excess fat - that doctors warn patients t...

Mandate: Nearly 60 Percent of Voters Worry About Climate Change

Keith Gaby | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Keith Gaby

The important lesson from all of this is that leaders in Washington shouldn't start believing their own press releases. Go ahead and claim voters endorsed everything you stand for, but don't start acting like it's true. The American people did not suddenly decide they don't care about clean air, clean water, and a healthy climate.

4 Midterm Lessons About the Politics of Climate Change

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 01.05.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The GOP has taken control of the Senate after winning a handful of red states. This makes Senator Mitch McConnell the new Majority Leader, yet voters have not endorsed McConnell's pro-polluter agenda of dirty air and unlimited climate change pollution.

Like New Yorkers, Californians Can Say No to Fracking

Sandra Steingraber | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Sandra Steingraber

The oil industry may feel entitled to its potential profits, and will likely fight efforts to curb extreme well stimulation and enhancement anywhere they appear. But the people of California and New York -- indeed of all of states -- are even more entitled to clean air and clean water.

Dirty Denier$ Day 17: Congressman Rodney Davis

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Rep. Rodney Davis is far out of step with most Americans who want clean air, land, water and for the government to do something about climate change. And he needs to show some leadership by embracing his own words by taking action on climate change.

Why Getting Fresh Air Is So Good For You

The Huffington Post | Abigail Wise | Posted 08.08.2014 | Healthy Living

While we grew up frolicking through fields, swinging at the park and cruising along on our bikes, as adults, many of us spend most of our time indoors...

8 Parent Organizations Uniting Against Climate Change

Dominique Browning | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Dominique Browning

Parents' voices matter. A lot. As I like to say: No politician wants to make a mother angry. And nothing makes us angrier than threats to the little (and big) ones we love so dearly.

So President Obama Shared a Gym: Why Did the Media Make Such a Fuss?

Michael Russnow | Posted 08.05.2014 | Media
Michael Russnow

If you don't like Obama's politics, he's fair game. But for being a mensch and not wanting to disrupt the schedules of others and being a good sport when they took photos and videos, hey, members of the media, was it that slow of a news day?

Grandmother Power

Dominique Browning | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Dominique Browning

After all the terrible news from the world's most prestigious climate scientists about the impacts of carbon and methane pollution on our atmosphere, it is nice to have a reset of our moods -- from a grandmother.

A Letter to Coachella Music Festival Promoters: Create Smoking Sections

Ana Beatriz Cholo | Posted 06.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Ana Beatriz Cholo

I am lying on my bed writing this three days after the festival ended because I'm still sick from breathing in the toxic fumes.

Scott Brown's Achilles Heel: Voting for Dirtier Air

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The Northeast is known as the tailpipe of our country, because so much of the nation's pollution filters through the region. This takes a heavy toll on kids. The childhood asthma rate in New England tops 10 percent -- one of the highest in the country.

Moving Cars in the Right Direction

Michael Brune | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Everybody knows that standing in front of a moving car is dangerous, but what about standing behind one? Currently, four out of 10 Americans live in a place where the air is sometimes dangerous to breathe, thanks in part to smog from cars and trucks.

Cleaning Up Our Power Industry

Molly Rauch | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Molly Rauch

The carbon emissions that come from this sector are making a mess of our climate, and it's up to us, all of us, together, to make sure it stops.

Why Are the Detroit Three Resisting New Mileage and Emissions Rules?

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

The biggest single step any nation has taken to fight global warming is working. Now if the auto industry -- finally selling cleaner cars and making real profits -- would just stop fighting it.

Why a Climate Activist Fasted Nine Days for Immigrant Families

Tom Weis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Weis

As someone who believes all social justice issues are interrelated, here was a chance to take a stand in defense of families being torn apart by an immigration system that flies in the face of our nation's immigrant history, and the bedrock American value of justice for all.

Arguing for Inefficiency

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

In what topsy-turvy world would we find large energy companies like the Ohio Valley Coal Corporation suing in the Supreme Court to ask for more stringent, complicated, and expensive environmental regulations?

Looking For a Cure For Burnout? Try Naptime Activism

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 01.24.2014 | Parents
Ronnie Citron-Fink

No need for activism burnout if you are a member of Moms Clean Air Force. Our moms and dads do Naptime Activism!

To Reward Efficiency, Let's Reward Efficiency

Sophia Bush | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Sophia Bush

More than once, I have stopped to refuel my clean diesel hatchback and had another driver at the pumps shout at me that I'm 'using the diesel pump!!' Yes. Yes I am. And getting unbelievable gas mileage thank you very much.

Tired of Negativity?

Dominique Browning | Posted 01.24.2014 | Green
Dominique Browning

Large-scale solutions to large-scale problems: the key to optimism, hope and resilience. That's what I'm going to carry in my heart over the next year as I write to you about air pollution and our changing climate.

The Little Energy Bill That Could

Dominique Browning | Posted 11.13.2013 | Green
Dominique Browning

Ever wonder about the connection between, say, your window -- and climate change?