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The Oklahoma Granny

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.24.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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.

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.