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Environmental Policy

Common Sense and Hope for the Future: A Boy, A Mountain, and the Spirit of Thomas Paine

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nina Sankovitch

Now it is up to Congress to act on pending clean energy legislation and for us to push them to do it. Two recent books illustrate, in very different ways, why.

Educating the Next Generation of Sustainability Professionals

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

I confess that working at a university and teaching environmental policy and management probably distorts my perception of the current generation of c...

Accuweather Freak Out Video Response

Michael McCarthy | Posted 02.12.2010 | Comedy
Michael McCarthy

Weatherman, Guy Weathers, freaks out in response to the Capitol shutting down under heavy snowfall.

New Yale Study Shows Majority of Americans Support Climate Education and Carbon Regulation

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

A new study released today by Yale University in conjunction with George Mason University finds the majority of Americans favor regulating carbon emissions and educational programs related to climate change.

Democratic Support For Climate Change Plan B Grows: No Cap-And Trade, Industry Giveaways

Mother Jones | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the Senate cap-and-trade bill on ice for the foreseeable future, a key bloc of Democrats is agitating for a Climate Plan B: an existing energy po...

2010 Environmental Performance Index Released (PHOTOS): Which Nation Is Most Eco-Friendly?

Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Environmental experts at Yale and Columbia universities released their biannual Environmental Performance Index at the World Economic Forum. The index...

A Successful Year For Our First Sustainability President

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

President Obama has not ended climate change, war, hunger, or drought, but his first year in office has demonstrated the brainpower, judgment and communication skills we saw during the campaign.

GPS-fitted Marine Animals Help "Write" Atlas

Mother Nature Network | Bryan Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In putting together an atlas for one of Earth's least understood marine ecosystems, the Patagonian Sea, scientists had a novel idea: What if it could ...

Jason Linkins

Sarah Palin Op-Ed Is A Chart-Topper: 21st Most Read At WaPo In 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at The Plum Line, Greg Sargent reports that Sarah Palin's recent climate change op-ed is off-the-charts popular, "coming in 21st in page views ou...

The Tide Turns: At Long Last, Federal Chemical Regulation Given Priority

Christopher Gavigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christopher Gavigan

It's special when an advocate bears witness to a tidal shift in attitude and action around a cause. I experienced just that when EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced recently that her agency, with the White House, is ready to get tough on toxic chemicals.

Climate Policy and Sustainability Management

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

The idea that the nations of the world would cede sovereignty over their economies to permit a global greenhouse gas cap-and-trade policy was misguided fantasy that is hopefully now laid to rest. So how do we move forward?

Civil Society Sounds Off on IFC Policies in Istanbul

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chad Dobson

One German participant summarized: "The IFC places all of the burden of environmental and social safeguards on the client ... The whole world is re-regulating and you should too."

Jason Linkins

Sarah Palin Hedges On Agreeing To A Debate With Al Gore | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Against the backdrop of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, former Vice President Al Gore and former sometime Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin hav...

Employment Recovery Needs Focus On | Joel Kotkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

White House operatives, as well as the Democrats in Congress, know high unemployment could bring big political trouble next year. But in their rush to...

The Walls Come Tumbling Down: Is Stonewalling Finally Over on Energy?

Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson

Now that even the most staunch critics have conceded that the US needs to reduce emissions, it's time to stop sitting on our hands and commit to weaning off fossil fuels.

Age of Stupid: Environmentalism is Alive and Well

Ryan Mickle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ryan Mickle

We're still screwed, even if we drive Priuses and buy organic food and less toxic home cleaning products. Either we completely reinvent the way we live, or the fat lady sings. And she is warming up in back room.

Jason Linkins

Murkowski Staffer Confuses 'Reporter' With 'Tape Recorder' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

There is so much to enjoy in this piece on Enviroknow, in which a blogger contacts Senator Lisa Murkowski's office to ask about a bogus set of talking...

Pinon Canyon: Judge Rules Army Failed To "Adequately Assess Environmental Impacts"

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out an environmental review of the Army's plan to increase operations at a training site in southeast Colorad...

Private Security Walks Off The Job in Protest; Coal Company Goes Too Far

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

Laura Steepleton and Nick Stocks spent the past week tree-sitting 80 feet above the ground in an act of civil disobedience protesting Massey Energy's mountaintop removal site there.

Guess What Else Cost a Trillion

Joshua Keyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joshua Keyak

We must live more sustainable lifestyles, not only for our own individual health and pocket book but also for the well-being of others.


Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Click here for the latest from the new and improved LobbyBlog! August 29, 2009 WALL STREET PLANS DELAY TACTICS TO FIGHT DERIVATIVES OVERHAUL The Oba...

Fighting Sprawl Through the Ballot Box

Ernest Cook | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ernest Cook

For all the environmental reasons to rein in sprawl and conserve land and water, there are very human ones, too.

Cap-and-Trade: A Fly in the Ointment?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Stavins

Cap-and-trade systems, in which emission permits or allowances can be traded among potential polluters, continue today to be at the center of this action.

The Green Standard

Jeffrey Hollender | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Hollender

Having spent more than two decades pushing back against the sometimes appreciable damage that "greenwashed" products can wreak, I think a green product certifying agency has a lot of merit.

How Green Is Al Franken? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Franken brings the number of Democratic senators to 60, meaning they'll have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. So what does all this mean for...