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Environmental Policy

What the Environmental Community Has Is a 'Failure to Communicate'

Miroslava Korenha | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Miroslava Korenha

The environmental community has a communication problem. The problem lies neither with the validity of their facts and figures nor with the caliber of their experts. The problem is a failure to convey to the American people the relevance of the environment to their everyday lives.

US Congress Sets Strict Limits on Global Dam Funding

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Congressional criteria reflect the lessons of past experience with large dams. If taken seriously, they will stop the worst project from going forward, and can improve the projects that still get built.

Fatal Miscalculation

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republicans are making a big mistake if they think that because environmental protection ranks far down on the public's list of priorities, the issue is fair game.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Look Forward To A Long Two (Or More) Years Of A GOP Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– To say Tuesday was a bad day for environmental groups would be an understatement. In his opening remarks at a National Press Club e...

WE ACT for Environmental Justice: "Moms Make Connection on What Makes Families Sick"

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

One of the key concerns for parents is the elimination of toxins in the home that create neurological impairment -- preventing "successful futures" for their kids.

A New Spin on Anti-Immigrant Legislation: Swiss Party Proposes Immigration Cap to Limit Consumption

Hazel Guardado | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Hazel Guardado

While there are many available strategies to prevent overconsumption and high birth rates, the ECOPOP proposal will not be successful in achieving this. Rather, it only serves as a guise for xenophobic immigration restrictions that will divide Switzerland socially and hurt it economically.

The End of the EPA

Edward Flattau | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Iowa Republican senatorial candidate Joni Ernst is advocating abolition of the EPA. What she overlooks is that many states lack sufficient resources and/or the will to pick up the slack. Should she get her way, there would be plenty of places in this country where polluters would have a field day.

Deciphering Monsoons in a Time of Drastic Changes

Sarah Casson | Posted 10.23.2014 | Science
Sarah Casson

The increasing irregularity of monsoons affects lives around the world. We do not know how climate change will affect monsoon behavior, but the best scientific hypotheses are that we may never return to a steady, dependable monsoon. Climate change may fatally break the ancient relationship between farmer and monsoon.

The Oklahoma Granny

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

"God is still up there (controlling the weather)," Inhofe recently intoned in a Senate speech. "People would like to think it is man who is causing climate change. They don't want any progress." That is a pretty sweeping indictment of the more than 300,000 people from all walks of life and age groups who paraded in New York City.

The Future of Conservation and the Tragedy of Triage

Michael Paul Nelson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Michael Paul Nelson

Because the ESA is a flagship of conservation legislation, one can expect this new meaning to influence the direction of conservation far beyond the formal purview of the ESA.

The Two Trillion Regulatory Burden

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Without question, the cost of federal regulations is eventually borne by workers, consumers and investors.

Fasten Your Seat Belts: An Energy Phase Shift Has Begun

Carl Pope | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

The turbulent economics of low carbon energy are poised to ride roughshod over everyone's expectations and transform the conventional dynamics of climate policy. A phase shift is occurring -- and like a spring melt, what follows will be wild and unpredictable.

Plastic Bags, Nuclear Waste and a Toxic Planet

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

Last week we saw California move a step closer to banning one-time-use plastic bags and the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission legalize above-ground storage of nuclear waste. What's the connection?

Right to Know Reader: Cancer-Causing Power Plants Might Be Closer Than You Think

Earthjustice | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Earthjustice

When you think about sources of toxic air pollution, one of the first things you might picture is a large power plant with huge smoke stacks belching black clouds into the sky. But the truth is that smaller power plants collectively contribute more to the cancer risk faced by Americans every day.

Global Policy Needed to Keep Sharks in Our Oceans

Greg Stone | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Greg Stone

There is weak international governance of our oceans. The fragmented nature of ocean governance is a challenge that needs to be overcome in order to protect sharks on the global scale.

What Are the Benefits and Costs of EPA's Proposed CO2 Regulation?

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Obama Administration's proposed regulation of existing power-sector sources of CO2 has the potential to be cost-effective, and if you accept these numbers, it can also be welfare-enhancing, if not welfare-maximizing.

A New Election Climate

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Edward Flattau

Climate change was a no show issue in the 2012 national election cycle. That won't (nor should) be the case when Americans go to the voting booths this November.

World Bank Environmental Safeguards In Need Of Updating

Reuters | Anna Yukhananov | Posted 09.14.2014 | 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 08.23.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.16.2014 | 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 07.27.2014 | 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.