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Historic Chemical Regulation Law Sets the Stage for a Safer Future

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Lynn R. Goldman

A landmark bill that was just passed by Congress now gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the power to regulate thousands of potentially to...

Fracking America

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.12.2016 | Books
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The abhorrent practice of spraying our food with toxins has plenty of things in common with hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" the land for petroleum ...

The Biggest Environmental Disaster No One Is Talking About

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 04.18.2016 | Green

The oil and gas industry has a major methane problem, according to an extensive environmental study. Odorless, colorless methane gas is seeping out of...

New Research Offers Much-Needed Hope For Our Oceans

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 03.28.2016 | Science

Earth's fisheries are in bad shape -- populations of some stocks, including tuna and mackerel, declined 74 percent between 1970 and 2010. A new study,...

Cuba Has An Ambitious Plan To Protect Its Environment From Tourists

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 03.19.2016 | Science

President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Cuba on Sunday promises to revive a question raised when the U.S. began normalizing relations with the islan...

The Misinformation Campaign to Stop Clean Air Rules

Keith Gaby | Posted 02.24.2016 | Green
Keith Gaby

When we watch TV commercials, we're conditioned to be skeptical about the claims made by advertisers. Well, that's the same skepticism you should bring to industry claims about the cost of clean air rules.

Discovery's "Racing Extinction" Exposes Tragedy and Reminds Us: There Are Solutions

David Festa | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
David Festa

Here's what I wish all Americans will do this month: Tune into Discovery Channel's "Racing Extinction." I was fortunate enough to see a preview of th...

Meeting a Scientist

Peter Getty | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Peter Getty

I happened to be in New York a few days ago and found myself at the offices of the Environmental Defense Fund, where I met an actual climate scientist. PhD and everything. While it might not have been the equivalent of taking a course, it was helpful to hear a few details and ask a questions.

What's Actually Driving Opponents of the Clean Power Plan?

Keith Gaby | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Keith Gaby

Opponents of the Clean Power Plan seem united in their belief that solving climate change is either unnecessary or should be very low on the list of national priorities. Their ideology remains fixed in a world of polluting energy. Fortunately for our children and grandchildren, the rest of us are moving forward.

Kate Sheppard

Sustainable Fisheries Have More Economic Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green

Sustainable methods of fishing are often touted for environmental benefits. But a new report finds they also yield more wealth than current techniques...

Kate Sheppard

Senate Seems Poised To Advance 'Compromise' Chemical Regulation Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators traded some jabs at a hearing on chemical safety legislation Wednesday, but it seems likely that the bill will advance out of t...

Kate Sheppard

Senate Bill Would Overhaul U.S. Chemical Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan pair of senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would overhaul U.S. chemical regulations. The bill, from Sens. D...

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.

Kate Sheppard

She's As Good As A GOP Senator Gets On The Environment. Is That Good Enough?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the course of her career, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has stood apart from most of her GOP colleagues on the issue of the environm...

New EPA Rule for Dirty Power Plants Fuels Strange Debate

Keith Gaby | Posted 08.03.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

The impacts of unlimited pollution are scary, as outlined in two recent scientific reports that outline the situation globally and in the United States. Kids will have more asthma attacks, storms will be more destructive, drought more severe, and lots of other dangerous problems.

Southwestern Energy Executive Mark Boling Admits Fracking Link to Climate Change

Steve Horn | Posted 07.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogAn Executive of a major shale gas development company has conceded what scientists have been saying for years: global shal...

You Are Already Paying a Price On Carbon

Keith Gaby | Posted 07.13.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

When something is "free", we end up paying the cost somewhere else in the system.

The Way Forward To Kicking Our Carbon Addiction

Keith Gaby | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

The disturbing news is all here: Threats to agriculture from drought, danger for coastal residents and businesses from rising seas, more frequent intense hurricanes, more asthma attacks for kids, the spread of insect borne disease, and much more. But the good news is that this disease has a cure.

What Does 60 Minutes Have Against Public Investment in Clean Energy?

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

Is there a bias against public investment in clean energy? Just ask Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Launch Ad Blitz Defending Vulnerable Lawmakers

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON—Environmental groups are launching a multi-million dollar television advertising blitz to defend vulnerable members of Congress in four s...

Whose Water? Ours! How to End California's Water Crisis

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Mary Manning Cleveland

California is basically a dry state, subject to periodic severe droughts. So, how come the largest water user is cow pasture, watered with giant sprinklers sending great sprays into the atmosphere?

Kate Sheppard

'Social Cost Of Carbon' Too Low, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– The U.S. government uses $37 as its estimate of how much a ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere costs, including decrease...

ALEC's Fracking Chemical Disclosure Bill Moving Through Florida Legislature

Steve Horn | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) model bill for disclosure of chemicals injected into the ground during the controversial hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") process is back for a sequel in the Sunshine State legislature.

A Libertarian Argument for Climate Action

Keith Gaby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

It strikes me that libertarians would support the basic concept that a company seeking private profit should also be responsible for paying all the costs of pursuing that goal.

Kate Sheppard

Four Colorado Cities Vote On Whether To Halt Fracking

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

Voters in four Colorado cities will decide this Election Day whether or not to ban fracking within their communities, putting the state at the center ...