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Victory for Forests: Disney Stands Up for Endangered Forests and Animals

(17) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 3:36 PM

Today, Disney adds its significant voice to the growing chorus of companies demonstrating that there's no need to sacrifice endangered forests in Indonesia or elsewhere for the paper we use every day. This entertainment giant, which is the world's biggest publisher of children's books and magazines, has adopted...

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What Will It Take to Win the Gold in Rainforest Defense?

(6) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 5:36 PM

I just returned from a trip to Indonesia that was filled with thrilling wildlife encounters and inspiring visits with allies fighting deforestation. I'll admit it, I feel smug that this is my job.

There was another side to the trip too: the flights over miles and miles and miles...

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Orangutan Emergency in Indonesia: The Edge of Extinction

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 3:42 PM

The extinction of the world's great apes, taking place in remote rainforests and seemingly out of our control, is much closer than you might imagine -- and the solution is nearer still.

Massive fires, intentionally and unconscionably started by palm oil companies as a means of clearing forests, are, right...

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Top 10 Dirty Corporate Tax Dodgers of 2011

(40) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 4:24 PM

Two weeks ago it was announced that the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world -- sparking furious debate from Fox News types concerned about corporate well-being. The truth is, the actual corporate tax rate may not matter when corporations don't pay anything close to it anyway.

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Top Five Ways to Change the World in 2012

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 12:08 PM

2011 saw more people power than I could have dared to hope. Last New Year's Eve, who could have predicted that the protests in Tunisia, just then making the news, would lead to the ousting of its president of 23 years not two weeks later; that this would inspire citizens...

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Dismantling Corporate Power: A Call to Action on the Anniversary of Citizens United

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 4:23 PM

The anniversary of the Citizens United ruling this January 21 promises to be monumental. For all of us working day and night on behalf of people and the environment, January 21, 2012 marks two years to the day since the advent of one of the most egregious 'rules of the...

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Fed Up With Wall Street's Greed? Time to Put Bank of America on Notice

(2) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 3:55 PM

The flowering of Occupy Wall Street into a nationwide and even international movement has been something to behold. The mounting frustration with the structural inequalities in our system -- bailouts for the rich and the leftover crumbs for everyone else -- has finally boiled over. There are probably as many...

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This Week In D.C.: The Outcry for Climate Solutions Has Become an Uproar

(40) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 2:16 PM

Last fall, Bill McKibben, Phil Radford and I issued a letter calling on people of conscience to take direct action to amplify the demands of the climate movement. Of course, we were far from the only people making...

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An Earth Day Letter to Michelle Obama: Save the Sumatran Tigers

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 9:39 PM

On Earth Day 2010, Michelle Obama invited a group of children to the White House and told them her daughter Malia's most frequent question about the president's job is about what he's doing to protect endangered tigers. Mrs. Obama said, "[In] the Obama household, we're trying to save the tigers."...

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Mountaintop Removal, an American Tragedy (VIDEO)

(11) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 2:11 PM

The fist time I visited Appalachia I was shocked. In place of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains that I was expecting was a moonscape. Deep gashes and fresh scars in place of decades-old mountain ranges. Thanks to mountaintop removal coal mining, more than 500 mountaintops in Appalachia have...

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Why Wisconsin Matters for Environmentalists

(40) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 4:34 PM

For one thing, the attack on worker's rights in Wisconsin matters for environmentalists because it matters for everyone. A war on workers is a war on all of us.

Across the country, many of us are public workers or have family or friends that are. We also depend on...

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In Chevron RICO Suit Against Amazonians, Who's the Real Gangster?

(7) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 12:52 PM

Have you ever seen the movies Erin Brokovich or The Rainmaker? Basic plotline: evil company dumps poison into town's drinking water, for years people get sick while the company denies any wrongdoing, but then someone decides it's time to fight back. The big company has a band of lawyers and...

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Top Five Ways to Protect Rainforests in 2011

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 6:14 PM

Many of us live thousands of miles away from Brazil, Indonesia and the Congo Basin, where the last stands of tropical rainforests still exist. It's easy to forget that each breath we take is connecting us to those remote ecosystems, and that we should care as much about their survival...

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Green Books for Black Friday: Rainforest-Safe Books on the Rise

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 5:58 PM

UPDATE/CORRECTION: Based on new information since this report was published, Rainforest Action Network has included Candlewick Press, publisher of Where's Waldo, as a 'recommended' publisher. The below piece has been amended to reflect the correction.

A good book is one of my all time favorite holiday gifts. Especially books for...

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Chevron Spending $4 million on Prop 26, Prop 23's Stealthier Twin

(5) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 1:21 PM

Co-authored by Steve Kretzmann, executive director of Oil Change International

Chevron CEO John Watson recently insisted his company is neutral on California Proposition 23, even though the so-called Dirty Energy Proposition seems like such a good fit. Chevron's money may be on a different horse,...

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Does Chevron Think We're All Stupid?

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 3:22 PM

Have you seen the way big oil has tried to rebrand itself since the BP oil disaster started six months ago? Each company wants us to believe it is the good oil company, the exception to the rule — not at all like BP. A few months ago, Shell launched...

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James Cameron Goes to the Tar Sands

(12) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 5:34 PM

The most powerful man in Hollywood just confronted the most powerful industry on the planet. Director James Cameron wrapped up a three-day tour of Alberta where big oil is making its biggest play for the planet's dwindling oil reserves in the form of Canada's colossal tar sands project.

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General Mills Joins Race to Save Rainforests

(3) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 4:58 PM

America's largest food companies are finally taking steps to protect the world's rainforests. And yesterday, America's favorite food company, General Mills, took the lead at the front of an increasing number of food companies who are tackling unsustainable palm oil, the controversial substance that is causing rampant deforestation in some...

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Wall Street Bails On King Coal

(28) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 2:23 PM

While the climate bill is withering on the vine in Washington, many of my environmental colleagues have spent the last few weeks rehashing what went wrong. And who could blame them? There is good reason to be disillusioned by Congress's inability to curb climate change, and to reconsider our movement's...

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Is the EPA Afraid to Piss off King Coal?

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 11:21 AM

While working on environmental issues, from food safety to energy and climate, I've seen a recurring theme: the federal regulatory agencies that are charged with monitoring big industries and guarding our public and environmental health wind up cowing to the interests of those industries over sound science and public safety....

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