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Environmental Policy

4 Questions for GOP Candidates for President on the Spread of the Zika Virus and the Role of Federal Agencies Like the U.S. E.P.A.

Alan Farago | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Alan Farago

If you support a federal role in preventing the spread and the consequences for the Zica virus but not federal responsibility to tighten toxic mercury, monitoring and enforcement of protections for our drinking water, please explain why?

Local Knowledge as a Model of Climate Change Mitigation

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 01.25.2016 | Green
Nichlas Emmons

The Inuit Circumpolar Council - Alaska (ICC-AK) recently released a report that strongly tied the protection of traditional aspects of culture to the protection of the natural environment.

Microbeads, Marine Debris, Regulation and the Precautionary Principle

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.28.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

A small, one could say, micro-sized miracle took place earlier this month as the United States Congress enacted the Microbead Free Waters Act of 2015.

It's Time to Listen to Nature, Not Soundbites

David de Rothschild | Posted 12.15.2015 | Green
David de Rothschild

Knowing that we're currently on a trajectory that will see us end up somewhere between 4°C and 5°C of warming, can we really afford to wait another five years before we even start to act on the Paris discussions?

Chinese Cities Will Not Become Greener Without a Decentralized and Smarter Taxation System

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

In a recent visit to Xuzhou city, Jiangsu Province, a third tier Chinese city with nearly 10 million inhabitants and also a resource-exhausted city, we could not help but think what we would do and what we could achieve when facing the city's environmental and economic challenges.

The Papal Encyclical and Climate Change Policy

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Pope is to be commended for taking global climate change seriously, and for drawing more world attention to the issue. There is much about the encyclical that is commendable, but where it drifts into matters of public policy, I fear that it is -- unfortunately -- not helpful.

How Corporate Governance Affects Corporate Sustainability and Why It Matters

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

Corporate governance is increasingly applied to an extended form of monitoring corporate activities that include the impact on society and the natural environment. This additional agenda can create tension and conflicting priorities among the traditional roles of shareholders.

COP21 Climate Change Summit Provides Litmus Test to Sino/American Commitment

Rachael Willis | Posted 10.27.2015 | Green
Rachael Willis

Historically there has been some contention between China and the US whenever the ghost of emissions past has raised its head. As China's economy has grown in recent years and its emissions consequently risen in tandem, the US had insisted that they be responsible for the greatest cuts.

Legacy Litmus Test

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Whether any of Obama's legacy-related initiatives would benefit the nation is irrelevant for Republicans in Congress' bitterly partisan atmosphere. Nor does it make any difference if Obama's ideas were borrowed from Republicans or were previously supported by the GOP.

A Key Element for the Forthcoming Paris Climate Agreement

Robert Stavins | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

This minimalist approach will allow diverse forms of linkage to arise, among what will inevitably be highly heterogeneous INDCs, thereby advancing the dual objectives of cost effectiveness and environmental integrity in the international climate policy regime.

Lesson Learned From Rebuilding New Orleans: Consider Our Changing Climate

Vicki Arroyo | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Vicki Arroyo

Ten years ago this week, my hometown was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. My mother's, sister's, and other family members' homes were destroyed by the floodwaters. We all wondered: Could our unique and beloved city survive--and thrive again?

Cynical Opportunists

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

In the eyes of anti-big government Republicans, the EPA is a bureaucratic overreaching economic scourge that needs to be drastically scaled down if not dispensed with altogether. The hypocrisy of some Republican politicians in dealing with the EPA is breathtaking.

The Time Is Now for ASEAN to Push Toward Environmental Crime Accountability

Rachael Willis | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Rachael Willis

What really happened in Tianjin is the result of a creeping environmental disaster unfolding across the globe, particularly in Southeast Asia, and it reflects the magnitude of the challenge that the leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations face.

McCain's Sellout

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

It was sad to see Senator John McCain in a recent floor speech publically shed the last vestiges of his pro-environmental maverick identity. It was an identity that reached its apex two decades ago, when he was frequently urging his conservative-minded party to follow him into green pastures.

How is Economic Slowdown and Environmental Degradation Democratizing China?

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

While many discuss whether some signs of environmental improvement result from economic slowdown, and less intensive use of natural resources, or from successful pro-green regulations, we argue that a much deeper transformation is happening across China.

LULAC Asks Congress to Save Land and Water Conservation Fund

Brent A. Wilkes | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Brent A. Wilkes

Sometimes it's easy to take things for granted. We may spend a Saturday with our families at a soccer game or cookout in a park, not always thinking about the peaceful setting we are in or how it came to be set aside for the public to use and enjoy.

A Key Moment Is Coming for the IPCC's Future

Robert Stavins | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

Now is an important moment to think carefully about the path ahead for the much-maligned and much-celebrated IPCC, because in early October of this year, the 195 member countries of the IPCC will meet in plenary in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to elect a new Chair.

Dirty Energy vs. Clean Power: The Past Battles the Future at Seneca Lake

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 07.09.2015 | Green
Ellen Cantarow

Let's amend the famous line from Joni Mitchell's "Yellow Taxi" to fit this moment in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. There, Big Energy seems determined to turn paradise, if not into a parking lot, then into a massive storage area for fracked natural gas.

Great Lakes, Amazing Connections: The Power of Cooperation in Policymaking

Roger Germann | Posted 06.19.2015 | Green
Roger Germann

The Great Lakes connect more than 40 million people who live in the region through shared coastlines and drinking water, a trillion-dollar economy, and governmental partnerships.

Prisoner of Reality

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Democracy is no walk in the park. Embattled President Obama's latest energy conundrum is a graphic illustration.

Latino Voters Crucial To Passing Environmental Laws: Report

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

Latino voters care deeply about green issues, and could be a crucial voting bloc in support of environmentally-friendly legislation, according to a ne...

A Columnist's Lament

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Pentagon analysts make a credible case that climate change-related sea level rise threatens our coastal transportation systems. In addition, they warn that increasingly extreme weather events are potential disruptors of domestic energy supply and distribution.

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Robert Stavins

With gasoline prices relatively low — and natural gas supplies holding down electricity prices, at least in the United States — there has never been a better time to introduce progressive climate policies in the form of carbon pricing. Unfortunately, none of us should hold our breath waiting for that to happen.

When Reasonable Policy Discussions Become Unreasonable Personal Attacks

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

It is ironic, offensive, and sad that anyone would suggest that my support of Harvard's divestment position is somehow tied to my outside engagements. That suggestion -- and the recent threats I have received -- defies logic and is contradicted by the record.

What to Expect at COP-20 in Lima

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

On Monday, December 1, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commence...