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March 9, 2018 Climate & Energy
A solar array in Chile. (Photo: Antonio Garcia / Unsplash)

Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Smaller-Scale Systems

By: W. Douglas Smith

Mark Twain said, “It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.” Policy, politics and popular opinion sometimes have little relationship to scientific knowledge. Modern...

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February 18, 2018 Climate & Energy
Grand Prismatic Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park is an example of geothermal energy puncturing the Earth's surface and showing itself. (Photo: Tupulak / Flickr)

Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Geothermal Power

By: W. Douglas Smith

I recently visited the small town in Oregon where I was born. December in Klamath Falls had left snow drifts up to the window sills. Strangely, the sidewalks were completely...

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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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February 6, 2018 Wildlife
Conservationist Esmond Bradley Martin was found dead in his home in Nairobi Kenya, stabbed to death in what authorities are saying is likely a botched robbery.

Slain Conservationist Remembered for Exposing Details of Ivory & Rhino Horn Trades

By: Brian Klonoski

Esmond Bradley Martin was willing to risk it all for rhinos and elephants, working dangerous undercover operations that put him face-to-face with nefarious criminals, all for the chance to unearth...

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January 24, 2018 Climate & Energy

Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Wind Power

By: W. Douglas Smith

Wind and solar renewables do present a problem when the sun don’t shine and the wind don’t blow. So what? America still has existing sources to maintain the power flow...

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January 8, 2018 Climate & Energy
Solar Panels harnessing the power of the sun in Nebraska. (Photo: American Public Power Association / Unsplash)

Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Solar Energy

By: W. Douglas Smith

The global energy economy is rapidly transitioning to sustainable energy and those that stand still will soon be left behind. Too much information about the cost of transitioning to a renewable...

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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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December 20, 2017 Environment

Biodiversity in the Greater Mekong Region

By: Denise Adaoyibo Onwumere

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According to the WWF,  115 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong region.  These include Three mammals, eleven amphibians, two fish, eleven reptiles and eighty-eight plants were...

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December 12, 2017 Lifestyle
The author, Peter Wohlleben, hanging out with some goats.

Review: 'The Inner Life of Animals' Tells of Beauty, Hints at Magic

By: Daniela Ginta

There are some paradoxical occurrences in today’s world. We are witnessing an unprecedented level of animal anthropomorphizing – of pets and wild animals alike, which is often unhelpful in understanding...

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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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November 8, 2017 Environment

DAnCiNG like a CRANE

By: Michael Buckley

November 11 is Crane Festival Day at Gangtey Monastery in eastern Bhutan. The main performers are school kids who enact a special crane dance: this is hands-on environmental education. The Bhutanese...

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November 6, 2017 Environment

America's National Park System: 'The Best Idea We Ever Had'

By: Peter Banner

To quote Wallace Earle Stegner, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at...

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November 2, 2017 Climate & Energy
Photo: Alejandro Melendez Gonzalez

Using Solar Energy to Bring Power, Clean Water to Puerto Rico

By: Empowered by Light

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico and the surrounding region, the media reported that 90 percent of people on the island were still without power and over half...

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October 26, 2017 Wildlife
Insect populations are declining, dramatically. (Photo: Mona Eendra / Unsplash)

Where Are the Bugs?

By: W. Douglas Smith

In the 1960s, entomologists began to suspect that a decline in some insect species might indicate a trend.  At the time there were no longterm studies to establish if that...

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October 24, 2017 Environment
A protestor holds a sign at the Clean Energy March in Philadelphia on July 24, 2016. (Photo: Mark Dixon / Flickr)

Jury Nullification -- If Not Now, When?

By: Peter Banner

Jury nullification is a concept where …members of a trial jury can vote a defendant not guilty if they do not support a government's law, do not believe it is constitutional...

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October 24, 2017 Environment

Extinction Before Our Eyes

By: Tom Kimmerer

We rarely see plants or animals become extinct before our eyes. Extinction is often something far away and abstract - it happened long ago or far away. Yet right now...

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October 11, 2017 Environment
Deforestation to make way for palm plantations in the Leuser ecosystem. (Photo: Nanang Sujana / Rainforest Action Network)

RAN Investigation Exposes Illegal Palm-Oil Production

By: Rainforest Action Network

The Leuser Ecosystem is made up of some of the most important forests still standing today. Literally the last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos, sun bears and...

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October 6, 2017 Environment

The Solution's in the Soil: Food for Thought

By: Julia Jaye Posin

My first job, ten years old, 6:00 am, meticulously weaving row by row, the satisfying snap and crack sounds rolling one after another, as I loosen the roots from the...

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