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The Hidden Hand Behind 'Natural' Disasters

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Floods and droughts in many parts of the world are getting ever more frequent and intense. Scientists have long warned that a changing climate is making such weather events more extreme. What is often neglected in the public debate is that the impacts of climate change on flood and drought disasters are exacerbated by environmental destruction.

The Externalities of Climate Change

Peter Neill | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Mountaintop removal, hydraulic fracturing, open pit mining, dams, highways, filled wetlands -- these are just some of the many other examples of human-engineered intrusion into natural systems that are not typically planned or valued within the full context and cost of their use.

It's a Small World After All - and We're All Connected

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Walt Disney sped up the tempo from the original version and made it more cheery, but it is arguably a simple message that we continue to strive for decades later.

Alright GOP, Time to Put Up Or Shut Up

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Congratulations Republicans, you've won control of Congress. Now it's time to put down the talking points, stop your OCD obsession with ObamaCare and ...

Superstorm Sandy Two Years Later: New York Is Becoming More Resilient But More Is Needed

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

There is no single fix that can make our region more resilient in the face of climate change. But by working in our communities and at the national level, we can defuse this threat. Here are six areas where additional attention is greatly warranted.

This Is How America Will Reduce Pollution and Stamp Out Our Carbon Footprint

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The US can become carbon neutral in our lifetimes. In the process, we will put millions of Americans to work, make our companies more competitive, and shield our communities from extreme weather. And we will honor our obligation to leave the world a better place for future generations.

Wetland: Love Down Under

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 11.26.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

It's not the Little House on the Prairie landscape that this film's hero Helen must wade through. Its more like the bathrooms of Berlin.

Don't Let Misinformation Prevail Over Clean Water

Jane Graham | Posted 11.09.2014 | Miami
Jane Graham

Wetlands improve water quality by filtering out pollutants. Wetlands buffer against flooding and provide crucial habitat for birds and other wildlife. All of these benefits support local economies. But these marshy wonderlands are being destroyed faster than they can be restored.

Oil Industry's Image Is Tarnished in Louisiana, Green Activist Says

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.31.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Oil and gas operators have lost their luster in Louisiana, Lafayette resident Mike Stagg, a civic activist and organizer with the grassroots Green Arm...

Hostages Strapped to the Tank: Coastal Commission Stories - Lesson 2

Steve Blank | Posted 08.17.2014 | San Francisco
Steve Blank

"Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception." Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince For six and a half years I served as a public official...

Farming for Developers: Coastal Commission Stories - Lesson 1

Steve Blank | Posted 08.10.2014 | San Francisco
Steve Blank

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive." Walter Scott, Marmion Last week I got an email last week from a New York VC as...

One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

By Jane Lubchenco, Former Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Mark R. Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservan...

Finally: Our Waters Could Be Given Their Clean Water Protections Back

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

Polluters and their friends in Congress will cry that this amounts to government overreach -- that the EPA wants to regulate the puddles at the end of our driveways. But this isn't about puddles; it's about protecting the critical sources of our drinking water.

Business Resilience Comes From Working With Nature

Andrew Winston | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

With these once extraordinary events becoming more ordinary, it's becoming clearer that businesses in vulnerable regions need to prepare. But how should companies go about building resilient enterprises that are ready to face extreme weather and other effects of climate change?

Good News For Great Lakes Wetlands

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 03.07.2014 | Green

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Honking geese soar overhead in a V formation, buffeted by bitter gusts off nearby Lake Erie, while flocks of mallards bob along...

Kansas Highway Construction May Unearth Human Remains

Sarah Smarsh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Sarah Smarsh

No habitat goes unchanged, and our species is a flicker in infinite transitions of place. But we choose what role we play in that unfolding, and our choices reveal what we value, what our highways mean to us. An improved life? For whom?

Why You Should Care About Everglades Restoration

Jane Graham | Posted 12.25.2013 | Miami
Jane Graham

Okay, I get it. The only alligator you like is the one on your Lacoste polo shirt. Your favorite bird is either barbequed or fried. And you utterly despise mosquitos. Why then, you ask, should you care about Everglades restoration? Your water.

Tackling Our Planet's Most Pressing Challenges

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

Our planet's population is nearing 7 billion. The nexus between human well-being and conservation of nature needs our attention more than ever.

Enormous Wetland Restoration Nears Completion

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green

In one of the Bay Area's largest natural restoration projects, biologists and construction crews have been able to turn back the time 150 years on a N...

Flood Board Sues Oil And Gas Industry Over Eroding Wetlands

AP | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and KEVIN McGILL | Posted 09.23.2013 | Green

NEW ORLEANS — The oil and gas industry has cost Louisiana hundreds of thousands acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against flo...

Threatened coastal stretch of Louisiana Highway One needs funding

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.06.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 8, 2013 edition.) The lower section of LA Highway 1, which runs from Grand Isle in ...

Louisiana's Pointe-au-Chien Tribe Struggles to Preserve Its Way of Life

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.16.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 17, 2013 edition.) Theresa Dardar, a member of the Pointe-au-Chien tribe in Terrebon...

Louisiana turns sand berms into barrier islands

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.02.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 3, 2013 edition.) Scientists and engineers questioned the cost and longevity of san...

10 Surprising Senators Who Voted Against Clean Water This Week

Steve Fleischli | Posted 07.16.2013 | Green
Steve Fleischli

Some members of Congress consistently vote against clean water, and many others are reliable champions. The senators profiled below were the biggest surprises in their vote to block protections for our nation's waterways.

Missing Illinois' Lost Wetlands

Jack Darin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Wetlands are also very good at filtering pollution out of our water supply, and provide critical wildlife habitat for most species. But today we're especially missing their flood protection superpowers aren't we?