We agree and are hoping for a bit more to celebrate by the time the year is over when Secretary Salazar recommends Wilderness for the Coastal Plain of the Refuge -- to recognize that the Arctic Refuge should be protected as one of our greatest treasures, as Americans want it to be.
There are many good reasons for speeding the development of renewable sources of energy, not the least of which is the threat posed by accelerating climate change. But a look at these threatened habitats might provide another good reason to hasten the introduction of alternatives.
A heated exchange between two Congressmen and a historian they didn't want to hear from shows what happens to democracy when knowledge is no longer the arbiter of what is true, but is simply another "way of knowing."
The EPA is under attack from the Republicans, and we must fight to protect the very agency that works to protect public and ecological health in America. Is this a private fight or can anyone get in it? Earth activism is a public fight.
Reindeer are dying in large numbers all across the Arctic. If the actions of the House Rhetoricians are allowed to play out this year, Rudolph won't be here much longer to carry Santa around the globe.
The government cannot make thoughtful decisions about the future of drilling in the Arctic Ocean until we close two critical gaps: the gap in our scientific understanding of the Arctic ecosystem and in our ability to respond to spills in that forbidding landscape.