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Environmental Policy

World Bank Environmental Safeguards In Need Of Updating

Reuters | Anna Yukhananov | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) - The World Bank has systemic defects in its procedures to ensure that people and the environment are not harmed in de...

Environmental Groups Say Obama Administration Watered Down EPA Pollution Rule

The Huffington Post | Kasey Varner | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocacy groups have filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit accusing the White House of withholding documents the grou...

The Second Summer After Sandy: Incompetent, Mismanaged Reconstruction

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

I know this is the era of limited government and no new taxes, but we need to acknowledge the need to do better on post-disaster reconstruction. We need a new tax and a more effective government-managed response.

Ever Really Thought About What's in Your Exfoliator?

Indie Lee | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Indie Lee

When it comes to getting the perfect summer glow, it's no secret that an exfoliator is a key player in the process. But, have you ever looked closely into your bottle and thought about what those tiny little beads of added texture actually are?

Individual Material Consumption, Guilt and the Crisis in Global Sustainability

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

A key question as we make the long transition to a sustainable and renewable economy and culture is the role of individual responsibility and personal lifestyle. In the end, our individual behavior as "consumers" adds up to the crisis of sustainability, but the causes of this crisis are far from simple.

Understanding Environmental Policy

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

In addition to the positive steps of developing the new field of sustainability management, we will also need to implement an effective set of rules governing our interaction with our home planet's environment.

Understanding the IPCC: An Important Follow-Up

Robert Stavins | Posted 07.04.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

My serious concerns about the effects of the government approval process on one section of the SPM should be considered in the much larger context of what is an exceptionally valuable scientific resource for those concerned with climate change.

Beyond the Fringe

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Edward Flattau

Terry O'Sullivan, president of a labor union that supports construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, defames opponents of the project by labeling them an "environmental fringe." The labor union boss's use of the term is, to put it charitably, way off on the definition.

Is the IPCC Government Approval Process Broken?

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Several of the CLAs present with me in Berlin commented that given the nature and outcome of the week, the resulting document should probably be called the 'summary by policymakers,' rather than the 'summary for policymakers.'

How to Talk to a Conservative About the Environment

Robyn Camparo Purchia | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
Robyn Camparo Purchia

Not too long ago, environmental reform was a bipartisan, no-brainer issue. President Richard Nixon, a social conservative on many issues, established the Environmental Protection Agency. What happened?

Robert Musil's Rachel Carson and Her Sisters

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Lawrence Wittner

Musil shows that, although Carson herself worked well with men, her deepest influences and relationships, her love of nature and science, and her influential contacts came from women.

This Earth Day, Put People Before Polluters

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Elisabeth MacNamara

This Earth Day, put people before polluters. If supporters like you stand up and demand the strongest standard possible, we can put our country -- and our planet -- on the path to a sustainable future and ensure a cleaner, healthier future for everyone.

The West Virginia Trance

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Conflicted public or not, the state's politicians from both parties have consistently and confidently sided with coal. It remains to be seen whether it is because they have been bought by industry campaign contributions or ultimately mesmerized by the state's century old cultural dependency on coal, just like so many of their constituents.

Debasement of Science

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republican politicians are in the habit of labeling science credible only if it supports their positions. If it doesn't, the science often ends up the...

Overseas Canary

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Edward Flattau

Clearly, no one country can solve its own environmental problems by itself, let alone those that circle the planet. But better-off nations can share their technological expertise with the pollution-ridden Third World counties, provide resources when possible, and follow a lifestyle that sets a sustainable example.

Can There Be a Positive Prognosis for Climate Negotiations?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

International negotiations continued under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The two most important countries in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- China and the U.S. -- engaged in a war of words.

War on Health

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Undaunted, the industry is pressing Congress for more leeway to slice off Appalachian mountaintops to get at seams of coal just below the surface. But at what price to the health of humans and the environment on which they depend? How meaningful is a job if one is too sick to show up for work?

Asia Chooses a Greener Path

Billy Mason | Posted 05.18.2014 | Hawaii
Billy Mason

Faced with an existential task to go green or go bust, Asia leaders realize that only by adopting progressive, greener methods will they be able to achieve sustainable economic growth without causing devastating impacts.

The Globalization of Education and Sustainability Management

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

The crisis of sustainability is a distinctly global crisis, but one that manifests itself in different ways in different places. As we learn more about how to solve problems caused by West Virginia's chemical contamination of its drinking water, we may have lessons to offer local governments in China.

Berkshire Grown: A Case Study of an Organization Vital in Creating a Local Food System in Western Massachusetts

Rafi Bildner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Rafi Bildner

Before I started farming, I had little idea that non-profits like Berkshire Grown existed all over the nation, supporting small farms in ways that, unfortunately, state and federal governments are currently not set up to do.

Environmental Justice Should Not Be an Either/Or Proposition

Matthew Chapman | Posted 04.27.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Because of the power of real estate interests (in this particular case), we are now set against each other, perplexed, lashing out.

Louie to the Rescue

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Maybe the Republicans will lose the majority. Maybe Gohmert will opt for a position on another committee. Or maybe his party will decide to skip the natural order. But be forewarned, America, Louie in charge of overseeing the nation's natural resources is -- gasp -- a distinct possibility.

PLASTIC: The Official Bag of California?

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Politicizing the environment makes for bad government and pandering to a special interest constituency is no justification for trading the benefit and betterment of our environment for the privilege and profit of a select few.

Federal Supremacy

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

With the Supremacy Cause in mind, one looks askance at 21 states' legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to oversee a six-state cleanup of the polluted Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Water Shock: Design Flaws in the American West

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

We'll have a bad water year this year, no doubt. But the fault lines to our core problems are less weather-related than the handed-down rules drawn up more than a quarter century before the first New York to San Francisco phone call.