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Hungary's Green Minister

John Feffer | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I first met Zoltan Illes in 1990, he was 29 years old and in his first month as the youngest state secretary in modern Hungarian history, working in the ministry of environment. He granted me quite a long interview and was unusually frank not only about the environmental situation in the country but also about the challenges he faced in his own position.

Rebuilding Hungary's Green Politics

John Feffer | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungary has a rich tradition of environmental activism, from the anti-dam campaigns of the 1980s to the nature conservation efforts of the post-Communist period. It has also seen the rise and fall of a number of Green parties, including the most recent, Politics Can Be Different (LMP).

Marin Deserves Real Green Power, Not Slick Marketing Campaigns

Tom Dalzell | Posted 08.20.2014 | San Francisco
Tom Dalzell

From the Too Good To Be True department, the latest installment comes courtesy of Marin County's power provider, the Marin Energy Authority: you can have 100% clean, green electricity for less than the cost of traditional power.

Government by the People, Not the Polluters

Courtney Hight | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Courtney Hight

Ever since the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United v. FEC, big polluting, big money campaign donors have been allowed to wreak havoc on our democracy. Today, we're taking some important steps to fight back.

Who Wants a Shutdown?

Courtney Hight | Posted 12.14.2013 | Green
Courtney Hight

With clean air cops at the EPA off the beat during the shutdown, big polluters may have it easy -- there are fewer people watching what his company is dumping into our air and water. For the rest of us, its not so thrilling.

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.

Eco Etiquette: What Would Health Care Repeal Mean For The Environment?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.28.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. What's the Green stance o...

Toxic Litmus Test

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.31.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

How does the eventual Republican nominee appeal to a wider audience without alienating his or her base?

Global Warming and Religion

Victor Stenger | Posted 07.19.2011 | Green
Victor Stenger

Corporate greed is the primary motivation for global warming denial. However, the antiscientific attitudes of the religious right are being exploited to prevent the government of the United States from taking actions that might be essential for everyone's welfare.

Emanuel the Best Choice for a Cleaner Chicago

Jack Darin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Throughout his career, Rahm has not just been a strong supporter of environmental protection -- he has been a key strategist in efforts to protect Lake Michigan, and to move toward a clean energy future.

Impact Investing -- Using Green Thinking to Make Green Dollars

April Rudin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
April Rudin

It's not easy being green. And we all know that it is not easy "making green." But in the future it will be.

Historic EPA Action Provokes Hysterical Reaction From the Coal Industry

Matt Wasson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Wasson

In the wake of EPA's veto a large mountaintop removal mine permit, the grandstanding of West Virginia politicians and "sky is falling" rhetoric from the coal industry was hardly surprising.

Who Will Fill Daley's Big Green Shoes?

Jack Darin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

What is to become of Mayor Daley's goal of making Chicago the greenest city in America, if not the world, after he steps down in May?

Wrong Revolution for a Hungry Planet That's Heating Up

Jan McGirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jan McGirk

A little guidance wouldn't hurt the growing portion of US voters who confuse the weather with the climate. A cold snap inevitably brings out the global warming deniers, and this should give us all the shivers.

Why Wolves Matter: The Green World Theory

Brenda Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brenda Peterson

In the past fifteen years of studying wolves returned to their native habitat, scientists have discovered that these top predators actually help balance and restore the entire ecosystem.

10/10/10 Global Work Party: How Social Media Made It Happen

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

With international negotiations at a standstill, 350.org, Greenpeace and others are using every new media tool available to share their climate message. Two days before 10/10/10, they had registered nearly 7,000 events in 188 countries.

Want To Fire Obama for a Greener President?

treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Climate and clean energy crashed and burned. The handling of the BP spill was criticized as too lenient on the oil giant, too withholding from the pub...

Inhofe Inception: Your Mind Is the Scene of the Climate (VIDEO)

Miles Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Miles Grant

Inception got us to thinking -- what if you could enter the dreams of Sen. Jim Inhofe, Big Oil's MVP?

Virginia Menhaden Mess

Ginna Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ginna Kelly

Should management of the menhaden be left in the hands of legislators? Or should the species be managed by the more scientifically based Virginia Marine Resources Commission? Is there a better approach altogether?

Why the Hung Parliament in UK Could Make a Greener Britain

Gavin D. J. Harper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gavin D. J. Harper

As parties scratch around to make uneasy coalitions and alliances, I believe that green jobs and technology could provide a unifying theme that will draw together uneasy political allies.

In Europe "Think Globally and Act Locally" Is More Than Just a Slogan for Saving the Planet

Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin

Since it burst onto the scene in the 1970s, the mainstream American environmental movement has too often regarded federal leadership and mandates as t...

Why the Green Movement Should Include Environmental Health Issues

Annie B. Bond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Annie B. Bond

The negative toll of toxic chemicals and pollution on our bodies is probably as dramatic as emissions are for the planet, or plastics are for the oceans, the direct link is just harder to make.

Earth Day 40

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

This downgrading of Earth Day resurrects the tired old shibboleth that when economic growth and environmental reform appear to be in conflict, the latter must give way.

Educating for Democracy: Is "Green Education" Possible?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joel Shatzky

One of the dilemmas I've noticed coming out of the environmental disaster that is still roiling the Gulf of Mexico is the interconnectedness of our economic system with toxic policies -- programs or planning that will lead to eventual destruction of human life.

The Great Shame: America's Pathetic Response to the Gulf Catastrophe

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Daou

A calamity is unfolding before our eyes -- the greatest oil spill in history -- and America's response is little more than a big yawn.