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Environmental Policy

Is the IPCC Government Approval Process Broken?

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Several of the CLAs present with me in Berlin commented that given the nature and outcome of the week, the resulting document should probably be called the 'summary by policymakers,' rather than the 'summary for policymakers.'

How to Talk to a Conservative About the Environment

Robyn Camparo Purchia | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
Robyn Camparo Purchia

Not too long ago, environmental reform was a bipartisan, no-brainer issue. President Richard Nixon, a social conservative on many issues, established the Environmental Protection Agency. What happened?

Robert Musil's Rachel Carson and Her Sisters

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Lawrence Wittner

Musil shows that, although Carson herself worked well with men, her deepest influences and relationships, her love of nature and science, and her influential contacts came from women.

This Earth Day, Put People Before Polluters

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Elisabeth MacNamara

This Earth Day, put people before polluters. If supporters like you stand up and demand the strongest standard possible, we can put our country -- and our planet -- on the path to a sustainable future and ensure a cleaner, healthier future for everyone.

The West Virginia Trance

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Conflicted public or not, the state's politicians from both parties have consistently and confidently sided with coal. It remains to be seen whether it is because they have been bought by industry campaign contributions or ultimately mesmerized by the state's century old cultural dependency on coal, just like so many of their constituents.

Debasement of Science

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republican politicians are in the habit of labeling science credible only if it supports their positions. If it doesn't, the science often ends up the...

Overseas Canary

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Edward Flattau

Clearly, no one country can solve its own environmental problems by itself, let alone those that circle the planet. But better-off nations can share their technological expertise with the pollution-ridden Third World counties, provide resources when possible, and follow a lifestyle that sets a sustainable example.

Can There Be a Positive Prognosis for Climate Negotiations?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

International negotiations continued under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The two most important countries in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- China and the U.S. -- engaged in a war of words.

War on Health

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Undaunted, the industry is pressing Congress for more leeway to slice off Appalachian mountaintops to get at seams of coal just below the surface. But at what price to the health of humans and the environment on which they depend? How meaningful is a job if one is too sick to show up for work?

Asia Chooses a Greener Path

Billy Mason | Posted 05.18.2014 | Hawaii
Billy Mason

Faced with an existential task to go green or go bust, Asia leaders realize that only by adopting progressive, greener methods will they be able to achieve sustainable economic growth without causing devastating impacts.

The Globalization of Education and Sustainability Management

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

The crisis of sustainability is a distinctly global crisis, but one that manifests itself in different ways in different places. As we learn more about how to solve problems caused by West Virginia's chemical contamination of its drinking water, we may have lessons to offer local governments in China.

Berkshire Grown: A Case Study of an Organization Vital in Creating a Local Food System in Western Massachusetts

Rafi Bildner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Rafi Bildner

Before I started farming, I had little idea that non-profits like Berkshire Grown existed all over the nation, supporting small farms in ways that, unfortunately, state and federal governments are currently not set up to do.

Environmental Justice Should Not Be an Either/Or Proposition

Matthew Chapman | Posted 04.27.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Because of the power of real estate interests (in this particular case), we are now set against each other, perplexed, lashing out.

Louie to the Rescue

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Maybe the Republicans will lose the majority. Maybe Gohmert will opt for a position on another committee. Or maybe his party will decide to skip the natural order. But be forewarned, America, Louie in charge of overseeing the nation's natural resources is -- gasp -- a distinct possibility.

PLASTIC: The Official Bag of California?

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Politicizing the environment makes for bad government and pandering to a special interest constituency is no justification for trading the benefit and betterment of our environment for the privilege and profit of a select few.

Federal Supremacy

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

With the Supremacy Cause in mind, one looks askance at 21 states' legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to oversee a six-state cleanup of the polluted Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Water Shock: Design Flaws in the American West

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

We'll have a bad water year this year, no doubt. But the fault lines to our core problems are less weather-related than the handed-down rules drawn up more than a quarter century before the first New York to San Francisco phone call.

Sustainability, Leadership and Management Innovation

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.29.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

By integrating environmental protection into the center of urban economic development, we have begun to hardwire a healthy biosphere into a standard requirement for effective and enlightened urban governance.

Will Europe Scrap Its Renewables Target? That Would Be Good News for the Economy and for the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Without the renewables mandate, the cap being planned for the EU ETS will be achieved at lower cost and will foster greater incentives for climate-friendly technological change.

The Warsaw Climate Negotiations, and Reason for Cautious Optimism

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Warsaw meetings must be judged to be at least a modest success -- the baton was not dropped, rather it was passed successfully in this long relay race of negotiations.

Honeybees on the Verge of Extinction

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Here is a beneficial insect pollinating a third of America's crops, especially fruits and vegetables, and we thank it with stupefying killing.

Tea Party Wakeup Call

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

I feel sorry for the Tea Party. It is paying dearly for being duped by the very corporate culture that is bankrolling it. And to make matters worse, T...

Interior Secretary Jewell Announces Strong Conservation Agenda

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

'Mitigation' is not mysterious. It simply means taking reasonable steps to avoid harm to our natural resources, reducing that harm as much as possible if it can't be avoided and compensating for any harm that remains.

Molasses and Hawaii's Environmental Blind Spot

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

It's a blind spot for Hawaii's green politicians, green advocacy groups, and many people who profess to be green. It's an inconvenient truth that animal agriculture's annual share of total global greenhouse emissions is estimated at 51 percent or more.

Taxing Carbon Is Like Taxing Diamonds

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 11.23.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Imagine that we impose a sales tax on diamonds. Would we worry about the burden on middle-class purchasers of one-fourth-caret engagement rings? What about the part of the tax "passed back" onto the DeBeers Group?