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April 22, 2018 Environment

Nepal’s Last Wild River

By: Michael Buckley

The Karnali in western Nepal is the nation’s longest river. It flows gloriously free for now, to the benefit of rafting tourism and the people and wild animals that depend...

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April 3, 2018 Opinion
Emma González, is a high school senior. She survived the February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida and co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey)

Darwin, Guns and School Safety

By: W. Douglas Smith

Darwin firmly established that no species can survive if it does not ensure that its offspring reach reproductive adulthood. Where are the priorities of the richest nation on Earth when...

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April 2, 2018 Opinion

Why Business Should Support Regulation

By: Lisa Kaas Boyle

"When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.” – Native American Saying,...

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February 12, 2018 Environment

Straws Upon Request Makes Sense and Cents

By: Lisa Kaas Boyle

New legislation (AB 1884) proposed by California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon to decrease plastic pollution by requiring restaurants to offer plastic straws only upon request is facing pushback. And...

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January 3, 2018 Opinion
Demonstrators in Washington, D.C., oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA in February 2017. (Photo: Lorie Shaull / Flickr)

And I Thought the EPA Was There to Protect Me...

By: Peter Banner

I owe a debt of gratitude to my friend, investigative reporter Marcus Stern. Thanks to his recently published article on Weather.com, I believe I finally have the necessary insight into...

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November 14, 2017 Opinion
The 2018 Women's March on Washington. (Photo: Molly Adams / Flickr)

It's About Damn Time

By: W. Douglas Smith

Men may take credit for conquering the frontier but women make it livable.  We are now zealously engaged in a new frontier of discovery in technology, economic entrepreneurialism, globalism and...

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September 25, 2017 Opinion
Donald Trump on his way to being inaugurated the 45th President of the United States. (Photo: The White House / Flickr)

It Can Happen Here & 2℃

By: W. Douglas Smith

The importance of 2℃ is difficult for the average person to see, but 2℃ was established as the point where normal economics ends and survival economics takes over. Most Americans...

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September 19, 2017 Opinion

What Is Driving Change?

By: W. Douglas Smith

Before we can address sustainable development we must first look at what is driving change.  Just what are the powerful, interconnected trends that transform how we are altering the natural...

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August 21, 2017 Opinion
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke eating lunch with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue. (Photo: USDA / Flickr)

Trump's Other Agent of Ecocide

By: Brian Klonoski

Should we conserve American wilderness and cultural sites, or bulldoze trees, lop off mountaintops and deface areas of spiritual and ancestral heritage to benefit extractive industries? The fiery, never-ending debate...

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July 25, 2017 Opinion
Driven by the pursuit of social-media stardom, Instagram photographers are more than willing break the rules if it means more likes. (Photo: Hans Vivik / Unsplash)

Instagram and Nature's Demise

By: Brian Klonoski

After selfies and food porn, nature shots -- especially those of a lone hiker staring wistfully at a sun-drenched landscape -- just might be the most popular genre of photography...

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July 3, 2017 Opinion
A coal mine in Gilette, Wyoming. (Photo: Greg Goebel / Flickr)

Finally, Some Real Help for Coal Country

By: Brian Klonoski

While pursuing an ecocidal agenda friendly to extractive industries and Big Agriculture, President Trump and members of his administration, like EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, have repeatedly invoked America's struggling coal miners....

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June 30, 2017 Opinion

Scott Pruitt, You Have No Conscience

By: Ariane Sims

Mr. Pruitt, It’s been a little over three months since I last wrote and I have yet to receive a response.  No, no — it’s okay.  You’re a very busy...

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