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Wind and Solar Power Are Taking the Lead

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Dam builders like to claim that hydropower is the world's largest source of renewable electricity. But new figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) show that the picture is quickly changing.

American Petroleum Institute Ads Target Smog Rules

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

In a move that seems ripe for a John Oliver comedy segment, the American Petroleum Institute (API) has taken to radio, print, television, and social media to blanket Americans with the concept that our air is just fine the way it is -- more specifically, that ozone pollution doesn't require any further regulation.

IKEA Vows to Slow Climate Change

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

According to IKEA, the company already has over 300 wind turbines and about 700,000 solar panels at various stores worldwide. Will this take a bite out of climate change?

The Big, Good Wolf: Real Lives of Alpha Males

Brenda Peterson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Brenda Peterson

Can Washington now manage its wolf reintroduction more sustainably than other states, like Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana who focus on "lethal control"?

How the Woods Can Heal Us

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Danielle Wolffe

A priest visited the woods with his coffee every morning; like me (and my dog) he was a regular. Sometimes, we exchanged a few words, then continued on, traveling silently to our private respective spots.

How the Inga Dams Are Holding the Congo's Energy Future Hostage

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is time for the World Bank and the DRC government to embrace more feasible solutions and stop holding the Congolese population hostage to their multi-billion dollar dreams.

Sustainable Ocean Development Is Possible: Q&A With Maria Damanaki

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

That's the idea behind an emerging Nature Conservancy (TNC) strategy led by Maria Damanaki, TNC's new Global Managing Director for Oceans.

How Business Leaders Can Help Save the Planet -- and Lead a Joyous Life

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Your businesses have clout. I encourage you to be bolder -- use your clout to push decision-makers and build coalitions that result in win-win strategies that strengthen both business and environmental outcomes.

The Power of Rivers -- in Whose Hands?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Sustainable water and energy development requires public participation in decision making just as much as money and technical expertise. The Nature Conservancy makes a strong case that smart planning needs to address the systems level rather than just individual dams. It now needs to expand its approach and give the rights of affected communities the place they deserve.

Transforming Cities for Sustainability: Q&A With Urban Expert Pascal Mittermaier

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Making cities more sustainable isn't just good for nature -- it's good for people, too, of course. That's a concept Pascal Mittermaier, the Nature Conservancy's new Global Managing Director of Cities, believes can transform how leaders incorporate nature into urban planning.

College Graduates Will Clean Up in the Green Economy

Mattias Wallander | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Mattias Wallander

The result is thousands of bright-eyed, clever college graduates are seeking to begin their careers in green jobs. Job growth and economic opportunity are the subtext of the save the environment movement.

The Forgotten Farmers

Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN

While I advocate for organic food, I see a rising obsession for certified USDA Organic that is alarming. In other words, anything that doesn't have the organic seal is rejected as "poisonous garbage," and the farmers who produced it labeled as "evil."

New Hope for Tres Ríos -- A New Plan From BLM

Rod Torrez | Posted 05.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Rod Torrez

Although Mesa Verde is off limits, I had visions of an unbridled takeover of nearly every place else by the industry, with well pads, derricks and storage tanks overwhelming the beauty of that Colorado landscape. I had fears of the underground effects of fracking on the aquifers, with natural gas and benzene rising up through the streams, poisoning the trout.

Apprentice Navigator Guides Voyaging Canoe Hōkūleʻa to Australia

Polynesian Voyaging Society | Posted 05.13.2015 | Hawaii
Polynesian Voyaging Society

Over the past two weeks, Kaleo and his mentor, master navigator Bruce Blankenfeld, successfully guided the crew of Hōkūleʻa out of Polynesia and on a first-ever journey to Australia.

True or False: Cork Is the Greenest Wine Bottle Stopper

Eleanor Shannon | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
Eleanor Shannon

Did you know that xork stoppers are made by stripping bark from Cork Oaks? Here is a tree that was recently stripped in the San Pietro Forest in Southern Sicily (Italy).

Nick Visser

You Can Help Save The Planet. Here's How.

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Visser | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the n...

Shell's Arctic Ambitions Held Up in Seattle

James Stafford | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
James Stafford

It is not at all clear that Shell will, in fact, move forward with drilling, even if it can obtain a city permit in time. It still needs to receive the necessary approvals from the U.S. Department of Interior for its drilling plans in the Chukchi Sea.

Adding Solar Panels to Your Home

Redfin | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Redfin

Solar panels are growing in popularity, and it doesn't look like a trend that will be going away anytime soon.

Helping Pets Before They're in Harm's Way

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

The ASPCA's Cruelty Intervention Advocacy is a holistic intervention approach that takes into account how the societal challenges that pet owners often face -- including poverty, housing restrictions, lack of transportation, and limited resources -- profoundly affect the animals under their care. I'd like to share why this uncommon approach is so necessary to keep animals alive.

Pebble Mine: Down to Lawyers, Lobbyists and Legislators

Taryn Kiekow | Posted 06.28.2015 | Green
Taryn Kiekow

The company hasn't given up on its dreams to build a colossal mine at the headwaters of the world's greatest wild salmon fishery. Last January, with the sale of special warrants to existing investors, it raised about $15 million -- almost half of which came from a hedge fund in the Cayman Islands. Where is the money going? Not to mining but to lawyers and lobbyists.

Earth Day: A Two-step Strategy Makes a Sustainable Difference

Brian Kennell | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Sustainability is top of mind as this week we mark Earth Day and Arbor Day, tributes aimed at raising respect for the environment. That makes this the perfect moment to note a new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report that says, "Brands that place packaging" into commerce must take more responsibility for its life cycle impact.

A Planetary Perspective

Erin Sharoni | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Erin Sharoni

Planetary uses the unique perspective of astronauts to illustrate the earth's vulnerability in a way that is as extraordinary as it is simple.

Bonding the Future: Green Bonds for a Greener Planet

Scott M. Stringer | Posted 06.20.2015 | New York
Scott M. Stringer

In New York City, our coastline, growing population and aging infrastructure put us on the front lines of the climate battle, which poses challenges to our future prosperity and quality of life.

Extinction Machine: Fixable?

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Joseph Carlisi

Unfortunately, as dire as the consequences of accelerating climate change are, for sustaining life, it is only one of a myriad of human-caused factors unbalancing the global environment with equally significant and disturbing consequences.

The Game-Changing Water Revolution

James Stafford | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
James Stafford

"It's not enough anymore to think that if you don't live in a dry state you won't be affected. The water crisis affects us all in many ways. "