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Conservative Discrepancy

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Conservative Republicans are trumpeting the resounding election victory of the British Conservative Party as a triumph of kindred souls. Not so fast. At least in regard to environmental policy, the two Conservative parties bear little resemblance.

The Final Stage of IPCC AR5 -- Last Week's Outcome in Copenhagen

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

First of all, here's the simplest headline statement: Things improved significantly at the Synthesis Report (SYR) government approval sessions in Copenhagen last week, but in saying this, I am only referring to the material for which I've been responsible. Let me explain.

Climate Change Trap

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's public declaration of concern about climate change has put himself and other Republican presidential aspirants in a political bind.

The UN Climate Summit and a Key Issue for the 2015 Paris Agreement

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

The following post was originally published on Sept. 27, 2014, on Robert Stavins' personal blog. World leaders converged at the United Nations in New...

Federal Dysfunction Continues to Underfund Science and Infrastructure

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Funding ports and scientific research should be ideologically neutral pieces of consensus in American politics. But in the toxic environment of the American Congress we can't even do the easy stuff.

Republican Confusion

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republican assertions that California's drought is really a manifestation of water mismanagement are red herrings. State water experts say the unbuilt dams touted by Republicans as solutions would add little to the state's consumption capacity. Besides, where would the water to fill these storage sites come from in the course of an extended drought?

Losing Ground

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Despite the vital importance of coastal wetlands and the public and private efforts to save them, the nation is losing the preservation battle.

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

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 05.04.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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.