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Environmental Policy

Carbon Shock: How Global Warming Is Changing the Cost of Everything

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 03.04.2015 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

Chaos and uncertainty: These are the first two words of Carbon Shock. And this is what faces us, if we don't pay attention.

Presidential Hubris

Edward Flattau | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

To be fair, Jindal is no different from a long line of Louisiana politicians who have greased the skids for oil industry activity. But those politicians were not angling to become president of the United States. Jindal is. Could the governor be trusted to give a national constituency a better deal than he gave his own state's citizenry in relation to the oil industry?

Was Reagan Right?

Edward Flattau | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

I have always viewed the federal government as an essential cog in the organized effort to curb pollution and resource degradation. It was therefore alarming to me that President Ronald Reagan's tart observation that "the 10 most frightening words in the English language are 'I'm from the federal government, and I'm here to help'" was beginning to make sense.

Oblivious to Oblivion

Edward Flattau | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Scientists have moved the well-publicized Doomsday Clock from five minutes to three minutes before midnight (aka catastrophe), but the Republican majorities in Congress are not keeping time.

Canadian Provinces Take Lead on Climate Protection

Antonia Sohns | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green
Antonia Sohns

Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia all use different economic, environmental and political instruments to achieve their climate goal but have helped Canada lower GHG emissions over the years and tackle climate change at the national level.

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

Civil Dissonance

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I've been thinking a lot about the world we've created. And I've come to the conclusion that it makes absolutely no sense. None. Not even a little.

Agenda for the Ages

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

As the GOP takes control of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wants to set the stage for public acceptance of a Republican president in 2016. So what is the party's Capitol Hill agenda for achieving that objective?

What the Environmental Community Has Is a 'Failure to Communicate'

Miroslava Korenha | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Miroslava Korenha

The environmental community has a communication problem. The problem lies neither with the validity of their facts and figures nor with the caliber of their experts. The problem is a failure to convey to the American people the relevance of the environment to their everyday lives.

US Congress Sets Strict Limits on Global Dam Funding

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Congressional criteria reflect the lessons of past experience with large dams. If taken seriously, they will stop the worst project from going forward, and can improve the projects that still get built.

Fatal Miscalculation

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republicans are making a big mistake if they think that because environmental protection ranks far down on the public's list of priorities, the issue is fair game.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Look Forward To A Long Two (Or More) Years Of A GOP Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– To say Tuesday was a bad day for environmental groups would be an understatement. In his opening remarks at a National Press Club e...

WE ACT for Environmental Justice: "Moms Make Connection on What Makes Families Sick"

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

One of the key concerns for parents is the elimination of toxins in the home that create neurological impairment -- preventing "successful futures" for their kids.

A New Spin on Anti-Immigrant Legislation: Swiss Party Proposes Immigration Cap to Limit Consumption

Hazel Guardado | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
Hazel Guardado

While there are many available strategies to prevent overconsumption and high birth rates, the ECOPOP proposal will not be successful in achieving this. Rather, it only serves as a guise for xenophobic immigration restrictions that will divide Switzerland socially and hurt it economically.

The End of the EPA

Edward Flattau | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Iowa Republican senatorial candidate Joni Ernst is advocating abolition of the EPA. What she overlooks is that many states lack sufficient resources and/or the will to pick up the slack. Should she get her way, there would be plenty of places in this country where polluters would have a field day.

Deciphering Monsoons in a Time of Drastic Changes

Sarah Casson | Posted 12.21.2014 | Science
Sarah Casson

The increasing irregularity of monsoons affects lives around the world. We do not know how climate change will affect monsoon behavior, but the best scientific hypotheses are that we may never return to a steady, dependable monsoon. Climate change may fatally break the ancient relationship between farmer and monsoon.

The Oklahoma Granny

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

"God is still up there (controlling the weather)," Inhofe recently intoned in a Senate speech. "People would like to think it is man who is causing climate change. They don't want any progress." That is a pretty sweeping indictment of the more than 300,000 people from all walks of life and age groups who paraded in New York City.

The Future of Conservation and the Tragedy of Triage

Michael Paul Nelson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Michael Paul Nelson

Because the ESA is a flagship of conservation legislation, one can expect this new meaning to influence the direction of conservation far beyond the formal purview of the ESA.

The Two Trillion Regulatory Burden

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Without question, the cost of federal regulations is eventually borne by workers, consumers and investors.

Fasten Your Seat Belts: An Energy Phase Shift Has Begun

Carl Pope | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

The turbulent economics of low carbon energy are poised to ride roughshod over everyone's expectations and transform the conventional dynamics of climate policy. A phase shift is occurring -- and like a spring melt, what follows will be wild and unpredictable.

Plastic Bags, Nuclear Waste and a Toxic Planet

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

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?

Right to Know Reader: Cancer-Causing Power Plants Might Be Closer Than You Think

Earthjustice | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Earthjustice

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.

Global Policy Needed to Keep Sharks in Our Oceans

Greg Stone | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Greg Stone

There is weak international governance of our oceans. The fragmented nature of ocean governance is a challenge that needs to be overcome in order to protect sharks on the global scale.

What Are the Benefits and Costs of EPA's Proposed CO2 Regulation?

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Obama Administration's proposed regulation of existing power-sector sources of CO2 has the potential to be cost-effective, and if you accept these numbers, it can also be welfare-enhancing, if not welfare-maximizing.

A New Election Climate

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Edward Flattau

Climate change was a no show issue in the 2012 national election cycle. That won't (nor should) be the case when Americans go to the voting booths this November.