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The Sheriff's Back

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Emboldened by the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency asserts its authority as the nation's eco watchdog.

In addition to the economic woes of the “noughts”—the years from 2000-2009—it was also a lawless era for environmental protection in the United States. Bush administration efforts at “dismantling safeguards, ignoring climate concerns, marginalizing sound science and catering to industries that endangered Americans’ health and natural heritage” meant......read more

Energy Matters

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A new report from the World Economic Forum touts the environmental, security, and economic benefits of energy efficiency.

It’s rare that a 60-page policy paper makes for riveting reading. But a new report, The World Economic Forum’s Energy Vision Update 2010, does exactly that. Bringing together dozens of top thinkers from both the public and private sectors to address the issue of energy efficiency, the overall message is a hopeful one: small changes to the way we use energy can be a fast and......read more

Tree Spiker

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In his new memoir, Mike Roselle looks back on life as a radical environmentalist.

Looking forward to checking out this book from the controversial cofounder of the Rainforest Action Network and Earth First!. In the realm of radical environmentalism, Mike Roselle has done it all, from blocking timber roads and nuclear sites, to helping put a gas mask on Mount Rushmore and draping a banner from the Golden Gate Bridge with Woody Harrelson. Sure to be a rollicking read. Buy the......read more

Going for Olympic Green

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Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki offers his take on the greenness of the games.

Several people have asked me if the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics will be the greenest games yet. The answer may be yes—if we’re talking about the abundance of greenery and lack of snow brought on by record high temperatures during one of the earliest spring seasons the city has experienced. With respect to environmental impact, all Olympic Games leave a very large footprint.......read more

The Environment of the Unconscious

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Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota contemplates the connectedness of things...visible and not.

Chiharu Shiota's spatial installations underscore the guiding principle behind nature: connectivity between things. Peter Fischer (via We Find Wildness) characterizes Shiota's work of the Osaka-born, Berlin-based artist as occupying a space between two extremes, “On the one hand, in her installations she creates a world of her own, a world delineated as a spatial entity divorced......read more

Gas Station Rankings

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Research helps consumers choose the best (or least bad) gas stations based on environmental and human rights records.

In a perfect world we'd all be flying around the city in upcycled bathtubs with wings, powered by garbage-burning engines that emit nothing but cold, fresh drinking water. Last time we checked, those weren't invented. So for the time being, we'll have to make do with our hybrids and our—gasp!—fully gas-powered vehicles. Which means, as of now, gasoline is a necessary......read more

Is There an Ecological Unconscious?

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Exploring the connections between the environment and the human psyche.

About eight years ago, Glenn Albrecht began receiving frantic calls from residents of the Upper Hunter Valley, a 6,000-square-mile region in southeastern Australia. For generations the Upper Hunter was known as the “Tuscany of the South” — an oasis of alfalfa fields, dairy farms and lush English-style shires on a notoriously hot, parched continent. “The calls were like......read more

State of the Union: Obama's Green Report Card

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Environmental leaders weigh in on Obama's first year in office.

A year ago, as President Obama prepared for his inauguration, environmentalists were optimistic. For eight years previous, the most hostile administration to environmental concerns in the nation’s history had flouted science and flogged nature. There was nowhere to go but up. My brilliant (and more succinct) predecessor, Peter Dykstra, pegged a column to the inauguration. He asked five......read more

Green-Tune Your Ride

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Green Garage will make your car gentler on the environment. And easier on your wallet.

By now, we all know we should be driving hybrid and electric cars. Or perhaps, not driving at all. But many of us don't have an extra $30 grand to spend on a green automobile. And not driving is not always an option. Too often, when our cars starts making funny noises and cautionary lights on the dash stare us in the face, we’re left at the mercy of mechanics to use whatever they deem......read more

Ars Natura: Adam Wolpert

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New abstract paintings by California artist/environmentalist capture power and mystery of natural world.

Many years ago I visited a magical place in northern California called the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. It was founded in the 70’s as a think tank for environmental innovation (cum heirloom seed bank) and one of its founding directives was to promote the arts as a means for exploring the natural world and visioning a sustainable future for humankind in which prosperity and......read more

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