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Environmental Protection

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.

A Building Worth Its Salt?

Lance Hosey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

A veritable monument to sodium, the Spring Street Shed--and therefore road salt--could be around for a very long time.

Building Resilience Against Climate Change: Women in Bangladesh Lead the Way

UN Women | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
UN Women

In May 2009, she lost all her fish when cyclone Aila hit the country. At the time 179 people died and more than 2.6 million were affected. In the south-west coastal belt, Aila left an estimated 500,000 people homeless, including Ms. Boiragi, who took shelter in a primary school.

5 Myths About Economic Growth

Brian Czech | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Brian Czech

If you liked a rug, but liked your grandkids more, it wouldn't be smart to grab the rug out from under them. That's basic microeconomics. Yet if we look around and reflect a bit, doesn't it seem like all that economic activity is pulling the Big Rug out from the grandkids at large?

Thinking and Tears

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.17.2015 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The thought of young mothers discovering poisons in their breast milk froze me in place while tears filled my eyes. The young mothers are not alone. The entire world is worthy of tears.

Preempting a Misleading Argument: Why Environmental Problems Will Stop Tracking with GDP

Brian Czech | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Brian Czech

I hate to say I told you so, and could be too dead to do so, so I'll tell you in advance: One decade soon, environmental problems will stop tracking with GDP.

Michael Govan and Dave Hickey Discuss Land Artist Michael Heizer's 'City'

JK Russ | Posted 06.17.2015 | Arts
JK Russ

In contrast, there are few images of Heizer's current project under construction, as the site is not yet open to the public. Govan shows us two aerial images, one of the "City" site, and the other of the Washington D.C. National Mall.

Nature's Trust (Part 2)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

What would the American landscape look like if we had no legislation at all? Would it be habitable today? And why would we not take every possible step to defend against it happening again? Is there law on which such defense may depend?

Unleash Competitiveness Against the Drought

George Yang | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
George Yang

Desalination is expensive. It requires a lot of electricity. It takes up valuable coastal land. It may require costly environmental remediation in order to protect marine species. It cost energy and money to pump water up hill to end users.

Who Moved Obama's Win-Win Cheese?

Brian Czech | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Brian Czech

Let's hope Obama starts re-connecting the two issues -- environment and economy -- so that the public and policy makers on both sides of the aisle get used to dealing frankly with the trade-off.

We Have Made Our Planet. Now We Must Try To Live on It

Gaia Vince | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Gaia Vince

Are we just another part of nature, doing what nature does: reproducing to the limits of environmental capacity, after which we will suffer a population crash?

Doug Ose Was Dirty Then, Dirty Now; Bera Is Running Clean (CA-07)

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The incumbent is a freshman who is looking ahead to innovative, clean energy sources of the future. The challenger is a former congressman from a previous generation whose views on climate change and fossil energy are almost as old as the fuels themselves.

Is Scott Brown Running Clean? "Um, No."

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Despite his reputation as something of a moderate, Brown turned out to be extreme on the environment, voting to protect subsidies for oil companies and to weaken offshore drilling protections while receiving big bucks from those same oil companies.

Shocking: New Research Shows Pollution Inequality in America Even Worse Than Income Inequality

Lynn Parramore | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Lynn Parramore

I spoke to James K. Boyce about his research and the impact of environmental inequality on politics, education, economics, and the shape of our society.

Swimming in the Hudson: An Ode to Prevention

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

This is the 21st century. We need to apply our preventive focus to more than assuring we can swim in waters like the Hudson without it being a threat to our lives. We need this river to become a symbol of how we ended drowning and suicides, not a tragic reminder of the failure of prevention.

On Climate and the Environment, New York Is Leading Where Washington Fails

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 11.04.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

Late last month, a stalled weather front dumped more than 13.5 inches of rain in a few hours on Long Island, flooding over 1,000 homes and businesses, opening massive sinkholes, and forcing hundreds to evacuate. That's almost as much rain as Long Island typically gets in an entire summer.

EPA Expanding Crime Division As North Dakota's Oil Sector Booms

AP | JOSH WOOD | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's law enforcement arm has opened an office in Bismarck so that it will have a bigger pres...

Government Has an Essential Role in Oil Refinery Safety and the Environment

Robert Levy | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Robert Levy

Refiners are still in the mode of resisting new government regulatory initiatives and are not acknowledging that reducing pollution is not only good for the environment, but also has an economic return.

And Access for All: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.19.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week in Daily Giving, we continue making two seed grants every day to social change visionaries around the world. Please join us as a member of ...

Passion and Collaboration in the Nonprofit Sector

Gary Gero | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Gary Gero

Even at nonprofits it is easy to get tied up in the day-to-day details of the workload and lose sight to the other pressing issues that are facing our global community.

Hazardous Science and Regulation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I worked for the U.S. EPA from 1979 to 2004, spending most of my time with the program dealing with pesticides. It did not take me long to figure out that the EPA was reeling from the scandal of the Industrial Bio-test Laboratory, IBT.

Can China Win the War on Air Pollution?

Daniel K. Gardner | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Daniel K. Gardner

China's polluted air -- so much in the news these days -- has been 30 years in the making.

Can Environmental Protection And Economic Development Coexist?

Posted 04.09.2014 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Sami Grover: Critics of environmentalism have often been keen to frame the issue as man vs. nature, progress vs. conse...

There Is No Quick-fix for California's Drought

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Despite recent rain, California is still in the midst of an historic drought. The past year has been the state's driest on record since 1895.

Zach Carter

This Is Why Democrats Don't Trust Obama On Trade | Zach Carter | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's top trade official angered some House Democrats last month by privately backtracking from public vows to ensu...