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Environmental Policy

The Presidential Candidates Lay Out Their Energy Positions

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.03.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

There is plenty of information out there that gives a snapshot of where both men stand on the environment. But nothing will get the attention of the nation as prominently as embedding a query in the first head-to-head meeting between Obama and Romney.

Keep California Green and Charitable

Mattias Wallander | Posted 11.05.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

California is a model state when it comes to waste reduction, aiming to reduce waste going into landfills by 75 percent by 2020. But there is a new obstacle for California's efforts to reduce waste and it's sitting on Governor Jerry Brown's desk as I type.

A Challenge for Climate Negotiators, and an Opportunity for Scholars

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The negotiating teams are now tasked under the Durban Platform with identifying a new comprehensive policy architecture. The negotiators are therefore hungry for new ideas, in particular for outside-the-box thinking.

Ryan's Double Talk

Edward Flattau | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

So what has the "avid outdoorsman" from Wisconsin done when faced in Congress with real life eco-challenges?

All Sustainability Politics Is Local

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.06.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

While broad, global issues such as climate change are ignored by national governments and international organizations, a wide range of sustainability issues have entered our political agenda and are being acted on by local governments.

Environmental Ethics: Bernie Madoff's Pyramid Scheme Is an Important Lesson

Michael Zacka | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Many consumers assume that less packaging or no packaging is always the best answer for the environment. That may be true of most products, but there are reasons food packaging is different.

Sustainability and the Politics of Environmental Protection

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.08.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

I frequently make the argument that a more profitable economy is one based on sustainability principles: Minimal use of finite resources, minimal environmental impact during consumption and production, and maximum use of renewable and recycled resources.

Sad Commentary

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

In many respects, the recent United Nations Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro was a sad commentary on the international community's -- and our own -...

Not Black or White but Grey All Over

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

The right-wing's hyperbolic demonization of its political enemies seeks to neuter them by simplistically (and falsely) portraying their positions as ones of untenable extremes.

Reflections on Rio+20: Who Are These New Environmentalists Undaunted by Political Gridlock?

Roger Platt | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green
Roger Platt

I firmly believe a new generation of pragmatic and committed leaders was hard at work at the conference in Rio. Our job now is to identify who these leaders are and how to work with them to ensure they succeed.

Mitt Antagonists

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Which environmental policies reflect the real Mitt Romney? Those he displayed as Massachusetts governor, or the ones that the Republican Party is asking him to embrace as a presidential candidate?

IN Primary: Loss of Moderates No Good for Governing or the Environment

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

In a legislative body like the Senate where compromise and bipartisanship have long been necessary, this is another blow for getting things done.

Low Prices a Problem? Making Sense of Misleading Talk About Cap-and-Trade in Europe and the USA

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Since when are low prices considered to be a problem? To understand what's going on, we need to remind ourselves of the purpose (and promise) of a cap-and-trade regime, and then look at what's been happening in the respective markets.

Walmart's Criminal Problems - Much Bigger Than NewsCorp's

Carl Pope | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Carl Pope

Walmart's much heralded commitment to ethical behavior has once again proven to be a pathetically flimsy shield against the driving imperative of its "grow at any cost" business model.

Lead Ammunition And Polar Bear Trophies Approved By House

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A hunting bill passed by the House on Tuesday makes it harder to restrict hunting and fishing on public lands and ensures that the ...

From Mexico to El Otro Lado

Luis R. Cabrales | Posted 06.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Luis R. Cabrales

During my ten years working to protect the environment, I have witnessed the power of the law to bring about positive change in communities of color. This has encouraged me to pursue the kind of career I could only "DREAM" of as an undocumented teenager.

Boehlert's Play Book

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.11.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

In previous White House contests, environmental concerns rarely surfaced in the exchanges between candidates. But the 2012 campaign could be different.

Three Signs of Hope and One Omen on Climate

Auden Schendler | Posted 06.09.2012 | Denver
Auden Schendler

Most of us in the movement to solve climate change want to rock in the corner holding our knees, eating Chinese food out of the box. But that's neither productive nor healthy. Instead, we need to find signs of hope.

Future Block

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.30.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

The Republican Party appears incapable of actively addressing the fundamental challenges posed by the onset of the 21st century.

Don't Let the Lights Go Out on Environmental Journalism

Alex Formuzis | Posted 05.08.2012 | Green
Alex Formuzis

In the entire state of California, there is now only one AP reporter whose full time on the environment.

What BP Owes Americans

Jackie Savitz | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Jackie Savitz

Given the extreme carelessness of BP and the vast scope of the resulting damage done, a low-end settlement would send the wrong message to BP and the other companies that are drilling in our oceans, telling them that they may not have to pay for future damages they cause.

Environmental Justice a Form of Social Justice

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Warren J. Blumenfeld

A so-called "free-market" economic system lacking in environmental protections is tantamount to a social system deficient of civil and human rights protections for minoritized peoples.

Don't Close the Gate on Endangered Species Protection

Noah Greenwald | Posted 04.25.2012 | Green
Noah Greenwald

What if the bald eagle had never made it onto the endangered species list in 1967?

Reflections on Twenty Years of Policy Innovation

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 2009, the U.S. Congress considered but ultimately failed to enact legislation aimed at limiting U.S. greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The bill unde...

Economics of the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.31.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Sixth Edition of Economics of the Environment: Selected Readings has just been published by W. W. Norton & Company of New York and London. Throug...