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February 3, 2017 Opinion
The Capitol Building in Washington, DC, where a GOP Congress is slashing environmental regulations left and right. (Photo: K3nna / Flickr)

GOP Congress Wrong to Bench Environmental Protections

By: W. Douglas Smith

The Republican Congress is rapidly acting to remove environmental protections as well as banking and financial disclosure regulations. This poses a threat to water supplies and reverses economic stability protections put in...

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January 30, 2017 Opinion
Is torturing a coyote for her fur to line a jacket’s hood not willful? (Photo: mrpolyonymous / Flickr)

Confused About Cruelty: The Canada Goose Story

By: Adam Roberts

I’m so confused. Well, I’m often confused by animal cruelty, mistreatment, and assaults on endangered species. But, at the moment, I’m just confused — mystified, really — at certain concepts involved...

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January 30, 2017 Opinion
The time to resist the Trump Administration is now -- otherwise, it may be too late. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr)

You Can’t Fool All the People All the Time

By: W. Douglas Smith

A demagogue, a press secretary and a counselor walked into the White House and said: “Ignore what Trump says and see what he actually does.” “Climate change is a hoax.”...

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January 25, 2017 Climate & Energy
The KAPITAN DRANITSYN moored in the Arctic Ocean ice, north of western Russia. (Photo: NOAA Climate Program Office / NABOS 2006 Expedition)

Arctic Oil and Environmental Legacy in the Crosshairs

By: Belinda Waymouth

President Barack Obama’s last days in the Oval Office included a flurry of new environmental protections. In his first days, the incoming president is busy trying to dismantle them. One...

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January 24, 2017 Opinion
The first week of President Trump's administration has not been a good one for the environment. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Ecocide as Official White House Policy

By: Brian Klonoski

Less than a week into his presidency, Donald Trump has declared war on the environment. The assault commenced minutes after he was sworn into office, when the official White House...

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January 22, 2017 Opinion
President Obama didn't focus on the environment early in his term, but he more than made up for it. (Photo: dcblog / Flickr)

Remembering Barack Obama's Pragmatic Environmentalism

By: Brian Klonoski

In the waning days of his presidency, Barack Obama did his finest Teddy Roosevelt imitation, taking steps to protect the environment by establishing national monuments, safeguarding vast swathes of sea...

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January 5, 2017 Opinion
An elephant tusk, or in China, white gold. (Photo: Steve Snodgrass / Flickr)

The End of the Ivory Trade?

By: Adam Roberts

Media have been buzzing over the New Year’s holiday break with news that China has declared publicly that it’s going out of the ivory business: Closing down carving factories and...

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December 29, 2016 Opinion

Science Casts Down the Gauntlet to Corrupt Government Officials

By: W. Douglas Smith

I am holding members of the U.S. government in contempt of science. Real climate scientists have been threatened by Big Oil shills and right wing talk media for decades. More...

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December 19, 2016 Opinion
Donald Trump speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

I’m a Scientist Who Has Gotten Death Threats. I Fear What May Happen Under Trump.

By: Michael Mann

Michael E. Mann is a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. He co-authored, with Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles, “The...

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December 9, 2016 Opinion
Donald Trump. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr)

Don't Be Fooled by Trump's Jibber-Jabber

By: Brian Klonoski

Shortly after we, the United States of America, elected Donald Trump president, I opined that it meant war. It's about time for an update. Trump ran on a decidedly anti-environment...

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November 10, 2016 Opinion
The next four years will be Trump versus the environment. (Illustration: Donkey Hotey / Flickr)

OPINION: This Means War

By: Brian Klonoski

I'll spare you the perfunctory platitudes about coming together as a country in the aftermath of a savage election. It's a cheerful thought, but it doesn't make sense when we're talking about...

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November 10, 2016 Opinion

President Trump: Earth's Nightmare?

By: Dana Hunnes

With the election over, the “decision” made, and now the new EPA director “chosen,” I truly fear for environmental progress. The United States just elected a president who believes that...

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November 9, 2016 Environment

OP-ED: Where Is the Place for Me in Donald Trump’s America?

By: Pierce Nahigyan

In high school, most of my friends were second- generation Vietnamese-Americans. That was in Irvine, California. My freshman year of college I attended UCI, referred to by the locals as...

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October 26, 2016 Opinion

Imagining a Different World

By: Dana Hunnes

Can you imagine a world where we don't kill animals for sport, for fun, for trophies, or for greed? Can you imagine a world where we treat each other with respect...

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October 17, 2016 Environment
The Great Barrier Reef. (Photo: Sarah Ackerman)

Rest in Peace: Great Barrier Reef

By: Dana Hunnes

To hear that the Great Barrier Reef is on life-support, and may officially be "dead" is not only sad, but also disturbing. The Great Barrier Reef, the largest living organism...

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September 23, 2016 Environment

Can Taiji Re-Brand Itself?

By: Dana Hunnes

As of this writing, Taiji, Japan remains ground zero for the capture and distribution of wild dolphins to amusement parks, dolphinariums, and swim-with-dolphin programs worldwide, fetching as much as $200,000...

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September 14, 2016 Opinion

Elections Are a Bore, but the Planet's Fate Hinges on This One

By: Peter Banner

Thank You, Mr. Trump, for Showing Us the Dark Side The pending presidential election has become more than just a distraction to many of us. History has shown that who...

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September 8, 2016 Climate & Energy

A View of Earth From the Milky Way

By: Dana Hunnes

As a child I was always fascinated with astronomy, the stars, planets and galaxies. I can still remember my parents taking me to stargazing events on those clear somewhat-cool Florida...

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