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O'Malley's Green Legacy and Lessons for Those Who Will Follow

By the time we get to the next Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan, on March 6, we'll have a lot better feel as to who will go forward as the party's nominee. But now, there are only two Democratic candidates, because Martin O'Malley has ended his campaign. Show More Summary

The Fight To Save Panama's 'Symbol Of Hope' From Extinction

I've lived in Panama for less than a month, and I've already become quite familiar with its celebrated golden frog. The little yellow guy is all over t-shirts and postcards and souvenirs. He's stamped on lottery tickets and grinning above the entrance to the aptly-named "La Rana Dorada" restaurant in downtown Panama City. Show More Summary

Preventable Barn Fires Should Warrant Animal Cruelty Charges

When human lives and safety are at stake, we take fire risk very seriously. Our homes, workplaces and schools are designed and maintained to prevent fires from happening in the first place. When they do happen, fire exits, alarms, and extinguishers are accessible and clearly marked. Show More Summary

"Liquid Freedom": First Company to Export US Crude Oil Now Exporting Iran's Oil

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Proponents of lifting the U.S. crude oil export ban trumpeted the rhetorical question that since U.S. geopolitical rival Iran can export its oil, why can't the United States? But now that "liquid freedom"...Show More Summary

Got Science? Will Oklahoma Finally Get Serious About Fracking-Related Earthquakes in 2016?

credit: U.S. Geological Survey/photo by Brian Sherrod For years, Oklahoman homes and nerves have been rattled by a series of ever-more-frequent earthquakes: in 2015 alone, 857 earthquakes in the state registered 3.0 or more on the Richter scale. Show More Summary

Pesticides, Monsanto, Biased Scientists, or the News Media. Which One Scares You Most?

The headline on the website of the environmentalist organization the Environmental Working Group (EWG) focuses on two of the movement's biggest current bogeymen; Monsanto, and its popular pesticide, glyphosate. Study: Monsanto's Glyphosate...Show More Summary

'Green News Report' - February 9, 2016

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hillary Clinton pushes Congress to act on the Flint Water Crisis; Donald Trump calls out Republican hypocrisy on eminent domain; Bernie Sanders fights to stop oil...Show More Summary

Climate Change This Week: Cool Landscapes, Hot Futures, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. The Bear Cub Club meets in the Tongass National Forest, which, with the Great Bear Rainforest is part of the Pacific temperate rainforest, the largest such ecosystem in existence. Show More Summary

Has the Post-Dam Future Started?

Will solar panels and household battery storage make destructive dams redundant? On February 5 the power utility of California's capital Sacramento decided to cancel the $1.5 billion Iowa Hill Dam, a pumped storage project in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Show More Summary

Nature: The Brand

This photo of John Davis and Dave Foreman in the early days of Wildlands Network was taken by Doug Tompkins, who had a knack for photography among many other gifts. Doug Tompkins, prematurely deceased at age 72 by way of a kayaking accident,...Show More Summary

The Urban Condition Is the Human Condition

"A city is more than a place in space. It is a drama in time." So wrote the urban planner Patrick Geddes at the start of the 20th century. Today, that drama has taken on new urgency and complexity. The world's cities have become theShow More Summary

That Was Then

Fifty years ago, no one questioned whether it made sense to drill for oil or dig for coal. Extracting any and all fossil fuels was accepted practice because that was the cheapest, easiest way to get energy. And for a while, it worked. Show More Summary

The World Is Getting Warmer -- But Here's What We Can Do Now to Prepare

This is the second installment of a five-part WorldPost series on the world beyond 2050. The series is adapted from the Nierenberg Prize Lecture by Lord Martin Rees in La Jolla, Calif. Part one is available here. Part three will be published next week. The world will gradually get warmer. Show More Summary

Teaching Kindness and Compassion Key to Saving Planet

Two experiences last summer changed the way I look at the world. I spoke on a panel with the Dalai Lama as part of the Global Compassion Summit in honor of His Holiness' 80th birthday; and, I met and spent time with Claudine Andre, the...Show More Summary

How California Uses Forests - and Economic Forces - to Fight Climate Change

The Garcia River Forest in California is one of the first forests and the largest to be recognized as a verified source of carbon credits in the U.S. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature's Fortune. Show More Summary

How Should America Fund Its Highways in the 21st Century?

Tristan R. Brown, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Falling gasoline prices have sparked a comeback among gas guzzlers, and the Obama administration wants to stop it in its tracks. The White House last week proposed making crude oil more expensive by imposing a new tax of US$10 a barrel. Show More Summary

Getting Change Wrong

In the mounting, panicky attempts of elites to derail the Sanders candidacy, one strand dominates. You find it woven through every sage piece from the old-school pundits of the Times and the hip insider websites like Vox. Yes, they say, he's saying some useful things. Show More Summary

The Sustainable City

A great paradox of the transition to a sustainable economy is that it will not be achieved in rural places in harmony with nature, but in cities built to exploit nature without destroying it. The problem with the idea of getting "back" to nature is that there are too many people and there is not enough nature. Show More Summary

Can the WTO Take a Lesson from the Paris Climate Playbook?

As readers will know from my previous entry at this blog ("Paris Agreement -- A Good Foundation for Meaningful Progress", December 12, 2015), I was busy with presentations and meetings during the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP-21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris last December. Show More Summary

Ten Priorities for a Green Budget

On Tuesday, February 9, the Obama administration will present its last budget to Congress. With most of his signature environmental initiatives accomplished, and Congress unlikely to adopt any pro-active environmental laws he proposes,...Show More Summary

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