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Environmental Policy

Letter From a Mountaineer to President Obama

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

During your presidential campaign, you declared: "We have to find more environmentally sound ways of mining coal than simply blowing the tops off mountains." That time is now. Or never.

Al Gore Asks Scientists to Take Up Politics

Susan Cosier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Cosier

"The solution to this crisis depends on the spread of science into the world of politics," said Al Gore. Now that we have new leadership, we have to make a decision as a species.

The State of Green -- Obama and the First 20 days

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jack Hidary

Holly Kaufman: "Obama has ushered in a refreshing reliance on science, and a commitment to letting scientific fact, and even scientific hunch, see the light of day."

Beijing Will Give Drivers Money To Give Up Polluting Cars

Treehugger | Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Beijing is so desperate to get high-polluting cars off the roads, the city has devised a scheme that will pay citizens as much as $3600 to give up he...

Rights for Nature: In PA's Coal Region, A Radical Approach to Conservation Takes Root

Kate Beale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kate Beale

Seeking legal rights for nature appears pragmatic: just witness how corporations have flourished enjoying the same legal status. At first glance it seems counterintuitive, but perhaps it shouldn't.

EU Bans Certain Pesticides

Reuters | Jeremy Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

European Parliament negotiators have struck a political deal with EU countries about revising pesticide authorization rules that would reduce the numb...

Obama's Animal Welfare Team

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Obama has pledged to make progress for animal welfare and environmental stewardship, and we hope these appointees will prove to be an excellent team to help him meet these crucial goals.

Browner Not Greener: The Decline and Fall of Environmental Policy

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The Times defined Carol Browner as "an acolyte of former Vice President Al Gore." The Clinton administration paid little attention to environmental issues and accomplished less.

Obama: Rescue Detroit and Buyout Gas Guzzlers

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

The U.S. and Canadian governments should devise a scheme to get the gas guzzlers off the highways.

States Wrestle With Diversifying Energy Portfolios

Green Inc. | Kate Galbraith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

State renewable energy targets have an extraordinary number of variations - and sometimes loopholes. Take the example of California, which is workin...

Green Edge 10: Can Government Create Green Jobs?

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John Tepper Marlin

I propose that the Mayor of New York should spend the money and time to convene meetings of green thinkers and entrepreneurs to launch new businesses.

Sam Stein

Environmentalists Fear Obama Will Forget Them In Economic Crisis | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There is a small but growing concern within environmental circles that the current economic crisis will push back some of the "green" agenda that Bara...

Environmentalists draft bold roadmap for Obama

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — A united and diverse coalition of environmental advocacy groups has sent President-elect Barack Obama its roadmap for change _ and ...

States Flirting With Higher Gas Taxes

Green Inc. | Kate Galbraith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

For politicians, two of the most dreaded words in the English language are "gas tax," and it was only a few months ago that a few of them (including s...

Harvard Project Proposes Rich Nations Cut CO2 First

Reuters | Michael Szabo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Rich nations should make the first cuts in greenhouse gases while developing countries carry on business as usual for the time being, according to a p...

Politicians Save

Reuters | Deborah Zabarenko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Politicians actually listened when experts told them to protect Canada's boreal forest, a potent weapon against global warming, and the plan for this ...

Bjork Battles Icelandic Aluminum Industry

Green Inc. | James Kanter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The hugely popular Icelandic singer Björk has gone into battle with another of the island's big exports - aluminum. Björk says the aluminum product...

Green Groups Celebrate The Election Of President Obama

Grist | Sarah K. Burkhalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Big green groups were wholly delighted that voters elected Barack Obama as the next president of the United States on Nov. 4. Take a look at how sever...

President Obama's Climate Challenge

environment360 | Bill Mckibben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

And so our eight-year interlude from reality draws to a close, and the job of cleaning up begins. The trouble is, we're not just cleaning up after a f...

California Says Yes To Animal Rights

Treehugger | Alex Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Yesterday, California voters voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition 2, a historic move that brings animals legal rights in the land of factory f...

Online Video Contest Aims To Inspire Lawmakers On Warming

Dot Earth | Andrew C. Revkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Winners have been chosen in an online video contest aimed at inspiring the next president, Congress and the public to take meaningful action on human-...

Endangered Species Sashimi: The Plight Of Bluefin Tuna

Johanna Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Bluefin tuna, one of the world's most highly prized marine species, have met their plight. These tuna, which the Monterey Bay Aquarium's reputed Seafo...

Palin's Faith Based Science Creates Policy

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

The smell of fresh snow and the burning fuel of a Ski-Doo Olympic Snowmachine are part of my vivid childhood memories. I would hang on to my pop's sno...

The Problem With Polls

Richard Stuebi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Richard Stuebi

Now the key question: do we really want the government following the wishes of the masses on energy, if this is what the public wants or thinks it knows?

Bush Security Advisor Says "Next President Won't Change Climate Policies"

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House on Thursday warned that countries hoping US President George W. Bush's successor will break sharply with his climat...