If you're like most people, your mind immediately leaps to the latest touch-screen gadget or to scientists dressed in lab coats. But not every innovation is technology-based, let alone tangible.
Many of the great challenges faced by humanity, such as climate change, energy security, and food security, cannot be managed without also ensuring that our citizens have access to reliable water and sanitation services.
Fifty years ago, the battle to create the magnificent Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in far northeastern Alaska inspired Congress to approve America's Wilderness Act, the law that has since protected millions of acres of some of our nation's most iconic and cherished wild places. The Arctic Refuge is, simply put, astonishing.
The climate crisis isn't just about searing heat, super storms and polar bears. Sea life is getting hammered too. Help can't come soon enough.
One can blame a press that treats Congressional malfunction as a bipartisan failure, but the overriding fact remains that while one side has been actively and knowledgeably waging a civil war, the other has been acting as if the war did not exist.
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Despite the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America is not benefiting from its full potential. The law allows for $900 million to be used each year. Only rarely have annual funding levels approached that amount despite it being only a fraction of the billions oil companies pay in in royalties.
In the end, we're still faced with a problem: the President can't do it all. He can't re-authorize the LWCF nor can he appropriate it the money it deserves. We need Congress to act on LWCF and pass the dozens of currently-stalled conservation bills.
Public and private utilities have played an important role in the shared responsibility of federal and state water quality standards from the beginning.
Through wildlife we remember that we, too, are a part of wilderness, even when are physically apart from it. So the truth is, no matter how far we go to try to separate ourselves from what is wild, we cannot ever truly reject that we need it.
Last week we saw California move a step closer to banning one-time-use plastic bags and the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission legalize above-ground storage of nuclear waste. What's the connection?
Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal.
When you think about sources of toxic air pollution, one of the first things you might picture is a large power plant with huge smoke stacks belching black clouds into the sky. But the truth is that smaller power plants collectively contribute more to the cancer risk faced by Americans every day.
It's not easy to try to explain the saga of the decades long battle to hold Chevron to account for deliberately poisoning people and planet in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Drilling means spilling. True recovery after a devastating oil spill is a myth spun by Big Oil.
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