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The Bottom Line: Rebuilding Plans Work for U.S. Fisheries

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.13.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

The combination of these shortsighted approaches is likely to result in depleted fish populations and degraded marine ecosystems that will eventually be unable to support the fish that coastal communities depend on.

BLM Continues "Business as Usual" for Wild Horse Program 50 Days After Independent Report Urges New Course

Suzanne Roy | Posted 09.24.2013 | Green
Suzanne Roy

In the pubic relations world, late Friday afternoon is the time to release bad news. And the BLM's announcement is bad news indeed for wild horses and American taxpayers. Why?

The Tax Code Flunks a Carbon Audit

William S. Becker | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

Policy geeks - I use that term with love -- have been waiting patiently for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to reveal how the U.S. tax code inf...

Independent Scientists, American Public, Members of Congress and Celebrities to BLM: Reform Wild Horse Program

Suzanne Roy | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Suzanne Roy

This is a pivotal moment in the fight to save wild horses and burros in the West. Science is now firmly on the side of those who want the wild horses managed in the wild, not removed en masse from their homes on the range.

President Obama Supports Scientific Integrity of Anthropology

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.06.2013 | Science
American Anthropological Association

In an era in which some members of Congress are attempting to undermine the peer-review process and academic freedom in research, it is heartening to have the support of the president on these important issues.

'Green News Report' - April 30, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.30.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Pushes Politicization Of Scientific Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House science committee are making an unprecedented move to require oversight of the scientific research process, pus...

We Need Climate Change

Terry Tamminen | Posted 04.21.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Given the staggering costs of droughts, heat waves, and super storms, it would seem our political leaders would come quickly to some consensus on these seemingly urgent issues and take some kind of concerted action. So where do our political leaders get their information that has instead led to partisan gridlock?

Where Is the Path Forward for Forensics? Part II

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 11.07.2012 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

When you start to look at just one case, like Donald Eugene Gates', you find out that unreliable methods and poor standards were in place. Then you find even more wrongful convictions and you realize there is a real system problem with forensics.

Scientists and Religion

Victor Stenger | Posted 07.15.2012 | Science
Victor Stenger

Scientists and science organizations are being disingenuous when they say science can say nothing about the supernatural. They know better.

When Presidents, Cowboys and Scientists Agree

Richard Alley | Posted 06.24.2012 | Green
Richard Alley

Parts of America are powered by technologies that Abraham Lincoln advocated more than a century and a half ago. But some in our country are weakened by failure to appreciate another, even more powerful idea that Lincoln also promoted.

Tennessee Joins The Anti-Evolution Parade And Ignores The Experts

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

These anti-evolution bills undercut any hope that we might produce a scientifically literate citizenry.

Why Is the GOP Ignoring Its Own Climate Scientists About Climate Change?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green
Marvin Meadors

Before we get conservative politicians to change their minds regarding climate change we must get them to listen, a rather Herculean task in itself.

Wing Cracks and Cars That Won't Stop

Christine Negroni | Posted 03.25.2012 | Technology
Christine Negroni

Everyone who did not go on a wild ride in a Toyota may be sick to death of the subject just as many people are tired of the debate over whether portable electronic devices should be allowed on flights below 10,000 feet.

Climate Change Must Be Addressed Now

Ted Kaufman | Posted 03.03.2012 | Green
Ted Kaufman

We are beginning a new year, and the silence in Congress is still deafening. Will there ever be a debate about what should be done to deal with climate change?

We're Not Laughing

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.05.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

If they weren't so damaging to children, congressional leaders' explanations for their policy decisions that cater to big money interests at those children's expense would be downright funny.

Jason Linkins

How To Turn Pizza Into A Vegetable

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics

On Tuesday, Congress decided that pizza is a vegetable. I have to imagine that this news instilled confusion in many Americans, as many Americans are: familiar with pizza; familiar with vegetables; and sane. But, according to the geniuses in Washington, pizza is a vegetable for the purposes of determining what goes into public school lunches by virtue of the fact that pizza traditionally includes a schmear of tomato paste. And if you're wondering how it came to pass that Congress arrived at the conclusion that pizza could count as a serving of vegetables for this reason, wonder no more! Congress was guided along this path by lobbyists. And lobbyists can do all sorts of things, by magic!

Vaccines Are Not Linked With Autism, Study Says

The Washington Post | Posted 10.25.2011 | Healthy Living

Vaccines are generally safe for most people, the National Academy of Sciences has concluded, dismissing stubborn concerns about supposed links to auti...

Why Test-Driven Accountability Is Grasping at Straws

John Thompson | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Bill Gates says that his $5 billion experiment in education has not failed. Gates also claims that he trusts in science. That prompted me to reread the National Academy of Sciences' analysis of the failure of test-driven accountability.

U.S. Status and Recovery Can't Be Hostage

Riane Eisler | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Riane Eisler

In the last few weeks something amazing happened: the U.S. economy and its international credit rating were taken hostage by a Republican Party that has itself been high-jacked by extremists.

Joy Resmovits

WATCH: Focus On Accountability In Schools Deemed Too Narrow

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Education policies pushing more tests haven't necessarily led to more learning, according to a new National Research Council report. "W...

Their Spray Rigs in a Twist

Ken Cook | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green
Ken Cook

It apparently doesn't occur to the pesticide-produce lobby that the reason sales for organic products have surged is because they taste better and don't deliver toxic pesticides into one's daily diet.

Laura Gottesdiener

After Arizona Veto, Guns On Campus Legislation Still Pending In Other States

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

On Monday night, Hildy Saizow, President of Arizonans for Gun Safety, received very surprising news: Gov. Jan Brewer (R) had vetoed SB 1467, a bill th...

An Open Letter to Congress From Climate Scientists

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Already, there is far more carbon in the air than at any time in human history, with more being generated every day. Climate change is underway and the severity of the risks we face is compounded by delay.

Time to Clean Up

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

Big Coal has redefined the word "cheap" as keeping the profits and passing your true costs onto society. But those days are numbered.