A new study reveals how to appeal to different political ideologies
Three academics recently devoted themselves to a subject that, they say, has received "surprisingly little attention": How to convince liberals and conservatives, respectively, to recycle. READ MORE >>
After four long years, millions of dollars spent on lobbyists, massive protests in Washington and a dramatic pre-election presidential punt, the campaign to get a pipeline built from the Alberta tar sands to the heart of the Midwest is nearing its end. READ MORE >>
Some argue we should hire more regulators. But the EPA is sitting on a different solution.
We may not know for some time what caused the West Fertilizer Co. facility in West, Texas, to explode last week, killing 15 and injuring more than 200. But it is already clear that the warehouse, which housed two hazardous chemicals, was a regulatory nightmare. READ MORE >>
Is abundance really the solution to our problems?
“The future is better than you think” is the message of Peter Diamandis’s and Steven Kotler’s book. Despite a flat economy and intractable environmental problems, Diamandis and his journalist co-author are deeply optimistic about humanity’s prospects. “Technology,” they say, “has the potential to significantly raise the basic standards of living for every man, woman, and child on the planet.... Abundance for all is actually within our grasp.” READ MORE >>
Are you a beer butterfingers? A cola klutz? A soft drink simpleton?America's beverage industry apparently thinks you are. With the year not even four months old, we've already seen three high-profile brands release new package designs that seem to present a solution in search of a problem: They're easier to hold in the hand. Or at least that's what they're claiming. READ MORE >>
In 1970, as many as twenty million Americans took part in the first Earth Day. A cluster of young activists, inspired by liberal Senator Gaylord Nelson, put together what is still the largest demonstration in the nation’s history. Protestors listened to Pete Seeger down by the Washington Monument, rode horses down a busy highway, and dumped oil into an elegant pool outside the headquarters of Standard Oil—among thousands of other gatherings and antics. READ MORE >>
Why triangulation is the answer on Keystone
In his second inaugural address, President Obama evoked the highest possible authority in stating his commitment to the global environment:We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. … The path to sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. … That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. READ MORE >>
LET’S START WITH my qualifications as a critic of graphic novels: Putting aside an adolescent excursion into a stoner comic strip called the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, I have none. Worse yet, I tend to associate graphic novels with the regressive and haughty wing of hipsterism, the one that favors mope rock and off-brand beers. I guess what I’m getting at here is that I’m a nitwit. READ MORE >>