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Obama Bars Oil And Gas Development In Alaska's Bristol Bay

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama announced new protections on Tuesday for Alaska's Bristol Bay, barring oil and gas development in the region. ...

What Is Next After the Gates/Buffett Giving Pledge? Building Generosity Networks

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

I believe that the big opportunity is more than just money. Concentrating on connecting serious passionate people to others with similar areas of philanthropic interest, such as educational reform, global health, and nutrition, will produce more long lasting, positive change.

Congress Must Renew the Production Tax Credit

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

The question of whether to invest in innovation in the laboratory or to deploy new technologies in the field is too narrowly drawn and presents a false choice. We should do both.

The Bottom Line: Don't Remove Protection When Cod Need It Most

Lee Crockett | Posted 02.19.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

New England is famous for cod fishing. But the industry is ailing -- and the cure being proposed might be worse than the disease.

Pardon the Turkey, Not Industrial Farms

Karen Steuer | Posted 01.20.2013 | Green
Karen Steuer

The White House turkey deserves a presidential pardon. Industrial animal agriculture does not.

A Clean Energy Plan for American Prosperity and Security

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Amid the clamor of an election campaign season, the reality of America's improving energy situation has been largely obscured. The truth is that the United States is making strides toward a cleaner, more secure energy sector, thereby enhancing our national prosperity.

Electric Vehicles Strengthen US Competitiveness

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

The U.S. should continue to support electric vehicle and technology innovation because the economic and national security benefits of cleaner vehicles powered by affordable domestic electricity -- rather than foreign oil -- are too significant to ignore.

The Bottom Line: Big Opportunity for Pacific Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

These species and a host of other Pacific marine predators need to eat plenty of small fish to survive and thrive. In fact, to understand the well-being of an ocean ecosystem, one of the first steps is to measure the food supply upon which other larger species depend.

The Bottom Line: U.S. Fisheries and Us

Lee Crockett | Posted 12.19.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

NOAA should withdraw this flawed proposal and work to create one that will improve public access to fisheries information so that our oceans can be managed effectively.

Lack of Information on Livestock Facilities Spells Trouble in Illinois and Beyond

Karen Steuer | Posted 10.12.2012 | Green
Karen Steuer

Illinois is the fourth-largest hog-producing state in the country. But water quality problems have caused real concern about that state's regulation of the rapidly growing hog industry.

The Bottom Line: Historic Moment for Menhaden

Lee Crockett | Posted 12.02.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

A historic fish faces its own pivotal moment. Menhaden numbers have plunged nearly 90 percent over the past 25 years, and the regulators responsible for their management will soon make a critical decision.

The Bottom Line: A Creative Solution to a Persistent Problem

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.24.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

For 30 years, fisheries experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have tried to protect western Atlantic bluefin tuna from surface longlines in the Gulf of Mexico, the severely depleted fish's only known spawning area.

New Study: Overfishing Costs Southeast and Gulf Regions Millions Per Year

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.05.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Conserving our ocean fish populations is a prudent economic investment. The converse is also true: Overfishing is bad economic policy.

The Chesapeake's Manure Problem

Karen Steuer | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Karen Steuer

What do 2,700 plant species, 525 species of fin and shell-fish and more than 17 million people have in common? They are all residents of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Congress Must Act on Clean Energy

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 10.24.2012 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Policy matters. Nations that have strong policy commitments to clean energy already reap the economic rewards. If the United States is to effectively compete in the global clean energy race, Congress should extend the production tax credit.

After Rio+20: What Now for the Ocean?

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 10.09.2012 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

While perceptions may differ about the value of the overall outcomes for this year's Earth Summit, I believe most would agree that it is unthinkable to endure another decade marked by inertia in the face of the ongoing collapse of vital ocean ecosystems.

Recent Mishaps Raise Doubts About Arctic Drilling Safety

Marilyn Heiman | Posted 10.06.2012 | Green
Marilyn Heiman

The mishap -- along with a series of other troubling setbacks -- raises a question that some of us have been asking for the past year: Are we really ready to drill in such a remote and risky setting?

Animal Waste, Waterways, and Drinking Water

Karen Steuer | Posted 10.03.2012 | Green
Karen Steuer

A growing body of evidence indicates that concentrated animal feeding operations-generated contaminants are ending up in the waters that we depend on for commerce, recreation, and perhaps most importantly, drinking.

Transportation Innovation Can Reduce America's Oil Dependence

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 10.02.2012 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Nations such as South Korea, Japan, and China are aggressively investing billions of dollars in research and development and incentivizing deployment of EVs to capture large shares in this growing worldwide sector. We should too.

Is It Worse Than They Thought?

AP | Posted 09.08.2012 | Green

ROME (AP) — A pro-environment group says the world's shark populations are in worse trouble than previously thought. The Pew Environm...

Investment Will Follow if Congress Renews the Production Tax Credit

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Transparency, longevity, and consistency -- TLC -- are critical signals to investors and essential factors to increase American jobs, support businesses, and create renewable power.

The Bottom Line: Bluefin Tuna Need You Now

Lee Crockett | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Regulations such as seasonal hook modifications and restrictions on the use of live bait have failed to sufficiently protect bluefin and other species from wasteful longline fishing.

Bigger Isn't Better

Karen Steuer | Posted 08.05.2012 | Green
Karen Steuer

Over time, farming has become more centralized, and scaled-up operations are so large that they could scarcely be termed "farms" any longer.

Quick Update: A Short Season for Big Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.31.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

In case you blinked, here's a quick update: On May 30, the European Union announced that France and Spain reached their purse seine quota for bluefin ...

The Bottom Line: A Small 'Catch' in Recent Fisheries Coverage

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.29.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

I want to make an important distinction between catch limits and catch shares, a difference that has been inadequately explained by NOAA and has resulted in some understandable confusion.