Environment

Why Won’t Obama or Romney Talk Climate Change?
October 24, 2012

For the first time since 1988, none of the presidential debates featured a discussion of global warming.

Where the Wild Things Were
October 11, 2012

A Zainesville zookeeper disputes police accounts of the Ohio town's infamous animal massacre

The Low Ground
July 18, 2012

With its tales of rising tensions and shrinking resources, The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources possesses an a

Winged Sense
July 10, 2012

Professor Tim Birkhead, author of The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Ornithology, is a birder of birders, and his new book, as its title implies, is an am

Nearing the Point of No Return? A Conversation With the Author of a Game-Changing New Climate Study
June 22, 2012

In anticipation of this week’s Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, a group of 22 scientists from a variety of disciplines collaborated to complete a sobering—that is to say, terribly frightening—new study of the global ecosystem.

Creating Value from Society's Waste: The Viennese Method
May 29, 2012

Trash. Just the sound of the word brings to mind rotten food, mountainous landfills, and general noxiousness. But what if a city turned this image on its head? What if trash became a city resource? What if landfills became a relic of the past? This is the exact effort underway in Vienna, Austria.

What Would You Pay for Clean Water?
May 24, 2012

What would you pay for clean water? Clean water is a top health issue for any community, and that includes public and economic health. A modern s

Stop Saving These Animals!
January 09, 2012

A week before Christmas, Russia banned the import of harp seal pelts—the skins of those undeniably cute animals with their big, melting eyes and their cuddly bodies. This followed a similar ban in the E.U. and the U.S., both of which have forbidden the import of almost all seal products. Prominent animals rights activists, like Paul McCartney and Pamela Anderson as well as groups like Humane Society International, hate seal hunting—and I understand their objections. I had a toy stuffed seal when I was a kid. (Name: Sealy).

Meet the Obama Administration's Office For Antagonizing Environmental Activists
January 03, 2012

When President Obama took office, most environmental activists assumed that their cause would still meet resistance in Washington DC—they just assumed it would be located in Congress. But according to activists, a chief opponent of environmental causes has turned out to be within the White House itself: The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). A division of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OIRA has always had the power to review the economic impact of virtually any new federal regulation.

Dust Storm
November 09, 2011

The GOP’s favorite punching bag right now is a government regulation that doesn’t exist. “Our goals include ... overturning the EPA’s proposed regulations that inhibit jobs in areas [such as] farm dust,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wrote in an August Washington Post op-ed. There was no such proposed rule. “We’ll stop excessive federal regulations that inhibit jobs in areas [such as] farm dust,” House Speaker John Boehner similarly pledged in a September 15 speech to the Economic Club of D.C. Still, there was no such proposal.

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