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The Growing Level of Environmental Awareness

December 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen

While it is far from universal, more and more people understand that we need to sustainably manage our planet's resources and ecosystems. This awareness has been growing for about a century, but has picked up momentum over the course of the past decade.[read more]


Beyond Environmentalism: Marching toward Climatism

November 4, 2014 by Christopher Sellers

The People’s Climate March signaled that what we have long called environmentalism has shaken itself out of grassroots torpor. And in so doing, it may well have already become something else altogether; a new movement--shall we call it climatism?[read more]

The Culture of Environmentalism and Sustainability

July 1, 2014 by Steven Cohen

People like to breathe. Rich, poor, Tea Party Republicans, progressive Democrats, old, young, Americans, people from other countries, all are united in the biological necessities of being human. The political support for environmental protection is derived from this fundamental fact.[read more]

Environmentalism: It's the Climate, Not the Oil Spill

October 22, 2013 by Mark Jaccard

Sorry, folks, but if you care about the environment – the planet for that matter – your strategy to stop oil pipelines is futile if its only focus is oil spills on land and sea. You may stop one or two poorly conceived projects, but you won’t stop industry expansion.[read more]

Nuclear Fission Can Help Solve George Monbiot’s Environmentalist Dilemma

May 16, 2011 by Rod Adams

George Monbiot has recently published some thought provoking articles about the dilemmas facing people who are focused on protecting the natural environment. Those articles have made me think hard about trying to share my own thoughts on the matter, perhaps offering a way of overcoming at least some of the challenges.One of my favorite...[read more]

Environmentalism explained (part 2)

September 5, 2010 by David Levy

Here is part 2, continued from the last post. This part focuses on corporate, or reform environmentalism. Apologies for the academic style, but it’s all part of the job! Reform environmentalism, a third paradigm, is a more pragmatic approach that recognizes the limits of natural systems and attempts to address them within the...[read more]

Earth Day Hits Middle Age; Time for a Midlife Crisis?

April 22, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

It’s rather fitting. Earth Day turns 40 today, entering that oft-dreaded middle age when reevaluation becomes a way of life, past memories resurface and we start to worry whether our team will win a championship in our lifetime (Yankees fans excluded). Now Earth Day 2010 is upon us, and all the uncertainty, angst and apprehension...[read more]

From Counterculture To Cyberculture: The Life And Times Of Stewart Brand

March 12, 2010 by Big Gav

This post was prompted by my reading Fred Turner's book "From Counterculture To Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism", which looks at the influence Bucky Fuller had on a range of people, in particular Stewart Brand, who helped create first the hippie counterculture and the back to the...[read more]

Let’s talk (carefully) about climate and population

November 18, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Have you heard that we’re getting new neighbors? Demographers expect that the number of people living on earth—now about 6.8 billion—will grow to between 8 and 11 billion by 2050. Whether population tops out at the high or the low end of those projections will have a huge impact on climate change. So population control is again claiming...[read more]

What’s Areva trying to hide?

October 15, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Take a look at the full-page ad from Areva below. Notice the symbols: American flag, people at work doing who knows what. Notice the words that stand out: American clean-energy solutions, thousands of American jobs. So what two words are missing from the ad? In case you can’t read the text, here it is: AREVA is America’s largest...[read more]

Nuclear Nonsense: Amory Lovins On Stewart Brand

October 15, 2009 by Big Gav

Grist has an article from Amory Lovins on Stewart Brand's new book "Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto" - Stewart Brand’s nuclear enthusiasm falls short on facts and logic. I like Brand and usually agree with him, but I'm with Amory on this one.Supporting technical details and citations for this post can be found here: “...[read more]

Earth Days: The Seeds of a Revolution

July 19, 2009 by Tim Hurst

If you’re not familiar with PBS’ American Experience series, you should be. I always have my DVR set to record any new ones - and they have yet to disappoint. That’s why I am extra-excited, in that geeky, I love good documentaries kind of way, for the new film by Robert Stone, Earth Days: The Seeds of Revolution, which is set to appear...[read more]

Google Earth Outreach – Best Practices on Mapping Social and Environmental Issues Accross the Globe

July 17, 2009 by Lorna Li

Steve Miller, Product Manager Google Earth, gave a presentation for Net Tuesday on Google Earth Outreach – a program that enables nonprofits and NGOs to use Google Earth and other geo-spatial applications to tell their stories. Steve highlighted a number of organizations that leveraged Google Earth to tell their stories in effective,...[read more]

75% of Greens OK with Nuclear Power?

April 24, 2008 by Tim Hurst

Over in the TalkClimateChange section of the new Green Options Discussion Forum, my colleague Mark Seall recently wrapped-up a “Live Debate” on the merits of nuclear power. In addition to the excellent and informed discussion with nuclear experts and environmentalists, there was also a reader poll that concluded with some rather...[read more]

Anti-environment, anti-technology Gingrich tries to rewrite history. Don’t buy it or his new book.

November 13, 2007 by Joseph Romm

If you look up the word ‘Orwellian’ on Wikipedia — “An attitude and a policy of control by propaganda, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past” — there should be a picture of Newt Gingrich’s new book, A Contract with the Earth. Instead of wasting time reading a whole book of disinformation, you can just read this...[read more]