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Rapid Protection of Wetlands Critical to Environmental and Economic Health of the Hudson Valley

Ned Sullivan | Posted 05.23.2016 | Green
Ned Sullivan

Tidal wetlands are among the most productive and protective ecosystems on the planet. Unfortunately, they're also among the most fragile.

Coastal Resilience: Residents of the Isle de Jean Charles Forced to Relocate

Stephen Maloney | Posted 05.04.2016 | Green
Stephen Maloney

Wenceslaus Billiot stands on his front porch on the Isle de Jean Charles in Terrebonne Parish.

Carbon Sinks: The Next Big Thing (Part 4)

William S. Becker | Posted 04.01.2016 | Green
William S. Becker

The safest and most sensible strategy to combat climate change consists of two parts. The first is to make the transition from carbon-based to carbon-free energy. Second, we should restore and protect the natural ecosystems that store carbon and provide fringe benefits that include water savings, flood protection, wildlife habitat, food security and many other services.

Protecting FL Wetlands: If Not Rick Scott, Who Can We Count On?

Sherry Gray | Posted 03.29.2016 | Miami
Sherry Gray

In a state where most of the land is below sea level and legislators are prohibited from using the "C" word (climate change), you might expect to see ...

World Wetlands Day: US Wetland Forests are a National Conservation Priority

Danna Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Green
Danna Smith

World Wetlands Day marks the day in 1971 when international governments and nongovernmental organizations who were concerned with conserving Earth's wetlands came together and signed a global conservation treaty. It was the first global intergovernmental environmental treaty in the modern era.

The Most Powerful Climate Solution You've Never Heard Of

P.J. Marshall | Posted 12.10.2015 | Green
P.J. Marshall

What if there was a powerful but overlooked tool that could reduce global warming by 0.5°C by the end of the century? Imagine if reversing the decline of ecosystems was good for economies. What if making our world more beautiful, also made it stronger and more resilient?

COP21 Is Reminding Us That Everyone's Prosperity Relies on Nature

Justin Adams | Posted 12.04.2015 | Green
Justin Adams

The voices of the world's leaders are echoing the voices of the hundreds of millions of people whose lives and livelihoods depend on the decisions made this week.

A Rare Look at the New U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

Jared Green | Posted 07.14.2016 | Green
Jared Green

GSA ended up creating the second largest green roof in the U.S. at 550,000 square feet, and the third largest in the world. It's so big that a deer actually grazed on the roof, not realizing it was on one.

Every Stream Counts

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green
Edward Flattau

Leading the opposition to the clean water rule are Republican congressional lawmakers and conservative think tanks such as the Federalist Society. In deploring Washington's increased protection of freshwater resources, critics ignore the U.S. Government Accountability Office's recent survey of state water managers.

Dear God, Please Just Say No to Governor Jindal

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Dear God, if you are listening to Governor Jindal's prayers asking if he should run for president, please just say, "No." Louisiana cannot afford his ambitions anymore.

A Wild Answer to Climate Change

Vance G. Martin | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Vance G. Martin

It's the start of a new year and we need new ways to get the message out there. Climate change is a threat, wilderness is necessary as a solution, and we're all better off with more of wild nature intact.

The Hidden Hand Behind 'Natural' Disasters

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Floods and droughts in many parts of the world are getting ever more frequent and intense. Scientists have long warned that a changing climate is making such weather events more extreme. What is often neglected in the public debate is that the impacts of climate change on flood and drought disasters are exacerbated by environmental destruction.

The Externalities of Climate Change

Peter Neill | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Mountaintop removal, hydraulic fracturing, open pit mining, dams, highways, filled wetlands -- these are just some of the many other examples of human-engineered intrusion into natural systems that are not typically planned or valued within the full context and cost of their use.

It's a Small World After All - and We're All Connected

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 01.19.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Walt Disney sped up the tempo from the original version and made it more cheery, but it is arguably a simple message that we continue to strive for decades later.

Alright GOP, Time to Put Up Or Shut Up

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Congratulations Republicans, you've won control of Congress. Now it's time to put down the talking points, stop your OCD obsession with ObamaCare and ...

Superstorm Sandy Two Years Later: New York Is Becoming More Resilient But More Is Needed

Frances Beinecke | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

There is no single fix that can make our region more resilient in the face of climate change. But by working in our communities and at the national level, we can defuse this threat. Here are six areas where additional attention is greatly warranted.

This Is How America Will Reduce Pollution and Stamp Out Our Carbon Footprint

Frances Beinecke | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The US can become carbon neutral in our lifetimes. In the process, we will put millions of Americans to work, make our companies more competitive, and shield our communities from extreme weather. And we will honor our obligation to leave the world a better place for future generations.

Wetland: Love Down Under

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 11.26.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

It's not the Little House on the Prairie landscape that this film's hero Helen must wade through. Its more like the bathrooms of Berlin.

Don't Let Misinformation Prevail Over Clean Water

Jane Graham | Posted 11.09.2014 | Miami
Jane Graham

Wetlands improve water quality by filtering out pollutants. Wetlands buffer against flooding and provide crucial habitat for birds and other wildlife. All of these benefits support local economies. But these marshy wonderlands are being destroyed faster than they can be restored.

Oil Industry's Image Is Tarnished in Louisiana, Green Activist Says

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.31.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Oil and gas operators have lost their luster in Louisiana, Lafayette resident Mike Stagg, a civic activist and organizer with the grassroots Green Arm...

Hostages Strapped to the Tank: Coastal Commission Stories - Lesson 2

Steve Blank | Posted 08.17.2014 | San Francisco
Steve Blank

"Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception." Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince For six and a half years I served as a public official...

Farming for Developers: Coastal Commission Stories - Lesson 1

Steve Blank | Posted 08.10.2014 | San Francisco
Steve Blank

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive." Walter Scott, Marmion Last week I got an email last week from a New York VC as...

One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

By Jane Lubchenco, Former Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Mark R. Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy...

Finally: Our Waters Could Be Given Their Clean Water Protections Back

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

Polluters and their friends in Congress will cry that this amounts to government overreach -- that the EPA wants to regulate the puddles at the end of our driveways. But this isn't about puddles; it's about protecting the critical sources of our drinking water.

Business Resilience Comes From Working With Nature

Andrew Winston | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

With these once extraordinary events becoming more ordinary, it's becoming clearer that businesses in vulnerable regions need to prepare. But how should companies go about building resilient enterprises that are ready to face extreme weather and other effects of climate change?