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March 21, 2017 Opinion
Photo: Vladimir Chuchadeev / Unsplash

Environmental Negligence to the Highest Degree

By: Dana Hunnes

The United States population hovers around 320 million people. We represent less than 5 percent of the world’s population – 7.4 billion people -- yet, use roughly 25 percent of the...

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March 20, 2017 Opinion
Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Scott Pruitt, How the Hell Do You Sleep at Night?

By: Ariane Sims

Dear Mr. Pruitt, Congratulations on your confirmation last month as the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. What a political coup that was! Surely, no other nominee has ever faced...

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March 13, 2017 Opinion
Protesters in Washington, D.C. rally against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who denies incontrovertible evidence linking humans to climate change. (Photo: Lorie Shaull / Flickr)

Scott Pruitt Needs to Consult His Own EPA Experts on Climate Change

By: W. Douglas Smith

A federal agency is required to respond to public inquiries about their mission. The person responsible for directing a federal agency and mission is the Administrator appointed by the President...

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March 7, 2017 Opinion
Deforestation in Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. (Photo: glennhurowitz / Flickr)

The Environment & Biological Diversity Are Our Greatest Assets. Destroy These, Destroy Life.

By: Dana Hunnes

In a month and a half, we have already witnessed a lack of care and decency with regards to climate change and the environment from this administration. They have made...

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March 6, 2017 Opinion
A power plant emits CO2 and other pollutants in Germany's Ruhr region. (Photo: Eric Huybrechts / Flickr)

Climate Change: 2020 and the Precautionary Principle

By: W. Douglas Smith

Recently an associate asked why I say a 30 percent reduction in emissions by 2020 is key to the 2℃ limit on global temperature rise set by the Intergovernmental Panel on...

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March 1, 2017 Opinion
President Trump at the unveiling of the Boeing 787-10 in North Charleston, SC. (Photo: North Charlston / Flickr)

Are You Drinking Trump's Kool-Aid?

By: W. Douglas Smith

Forget global warming and climate change. Despite their importance, those terms have become somewhat hackneyed and mind-numbing in the public consciousness. Let’s talk economics instead. Is the new Trump administration...

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February 24, 2017 Opinion
Scott Pruitt is an enemy of the EPA as well as its leader. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Should Resign

By: Brian Klonoski

Scott Pruitt was always a dubious choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Formerly the attorney general of Oklahoma, he made a name for himself by suing the EPA 14...

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February 22, 2017 Climate & Energy
Hurricane Sandy swirls over the eastern U.S. in 2012. (Photo: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS)

Don't Believe a Word I Say About Climate Change

By: W. Douglas Smith

The Trump administration has put scientists and science under siege. The only defense we have is the truth, which of course, in this day and age, places us at an...

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February 17, 2017 Innovation
"The best way to predict the future is to create it" - Abraham Lincoln (Photo: W. Douglas Smith)

Science: Where Dreams Come True

By: W. Douglas Smith

The pace of human enterprise is not constant. Change is so fast that policy makers and governments are way behind the curve. Climate change is only one example. The result...

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February 17, 2017 Opinion
A section of existing border fence along the Mexican border. (Photo: Steve Hillebrand /USFWS)

Border Wall May Negatively Affect 111 Endangered Species

By: The Humane Society of the United States

No matter where you stand on the issue of the border wall between the United States and Mexico, we can all agree that the deleterious harms a border wall could...

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February 17, 2017 Opinion
A pod of Risso's dolphins. (Photo: Michele W. / Flickr)

Dolphin Families Fight For Their Lives in Taiji

By: Dana Hunnes

Taiji, Japan. From September until March, killers go out almost every day to hunt the ocean of its dolphin families, who endure either brutal and inhumane murder or brutal and...

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February 16, 2017 Opinion
An angler prepares to net a salmon in Grand Lake Stream, Maine. Although it was already late October and the season was set to close in a couple days, most salmon had yet to leave the lake for the stream because its waters were too warm. (Photo: Brian Klonoski / Planet Experts)

A Government Hostile to Anglers and Fisheries

By: Brian Klonoski

Let's toss the politics of the day into the dumpster fire where they belong and talk for a second as anglers. I'm a passionate fly fisherman who's worried about the health...

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