Why Food Waste is an Urgent Global Problem

It’s a never-ending cycle: An over-plentiful food production that exists to satiate our needs and preferences — and which, in its abundance, also feeds landfills instead of families in economic need … all the while creating increasing fuel for climate change. We speak with Mathy Stanislaus of the EPA to get the straight skinny on this burgeoning problem and what the U.S. government, businesses and consumers are doing to help break the cycle.


Victory in the Arctic: Obama Cancels Lease Sales

A few months ago, it seemed inevitable that the world’s most pristine ocean would be drilled. Today, after a massive, months-long grassroots and social media mobilization, the Arctic will be preserved, from now to the foreseeable future.


How Corporate Climate Change Talk Differs Online, in D.C.

It’s in vogue these days for a corporation to say it stands behind climate change action. It’s another thing however, say the authors of the new website, InfluenceMap, to find one that really does support steps that offer change. The website dug deep when it looked at 100 global corporations and their public (and not so public) stance on climate change. The results were quite revealing.


TerraPass, Moms Clean Air Force Talk Climate Change and Our Kids’ Futures

Moms Clean Air Force is a national organization of more than 500,000 parents, committed to fighting air pollution. Nancy Bsales of TerraPass had the pleasure of working with Moms Clean Air Force and speaking with Molly Rauch about the organization’s mission and how to get involved.


In Defense of Recycling and Common Sense

In his New York Times opinion piece from Oct. 3, John Tierney marginalizes the environmental benefits of recycling and waste diversion when he posits that recycling a great number of manufactured and organic materials has no economic rationale. As leaders of the sixth largest city in the U.S. and the nation’s largest university, respectively, we not only find Mr. Tierney’s assertions faulty, but we also contend that they are based on an obsolete economic model.


Portland’s Clean Diesel Initiative Builds New Specs for Green Construction

What do you get when you put a real estate developer, a large neighborhood association, a state environment agency and a whole lot of contractors in one room? If it’s Portland, you get dialogue and a way to accomplish green goals few would have thought were possible a few years ago.


Volkswagen Injury and Death Stats Significantly Underreported, Say Analysts

Volkswagen is under the microscope again, this time because analysts say the yearly accident stats it gives to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration are underreported. Their proof? Other automakers’ are known to be guilty of underreporting, and VW’s reported numbers are nine times below those of its competitors. It’s a novel way of finding discrepancies, for sure.


Maine Lobstermen Cry ‘Foul’ Over Proposed Searsport Harbor Dredging

A proposed joint federal and state harbor dredging project in Maine has the potential to destroy Maine’s robust lobster fishing industry. Other benthic sea life could also be at risk if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Maine Dept. of Transportation go forward with their plans, say local lobstermen.

Nestlé Pipeline in San Bernardino National Forest

Nestlé’s Expired Permit Prompts Water Diversion Lawsuit

Yesterday, three California nonprofit organizations joined together in a lawsuit against the U.S. National Forest Service. Their beef? Nestle’s water bottling permit in the drought-stricken state expired 27 years ago.


Congress: TSA Needs Transgender Sensitivity

The Transportation Security Agency serves as the front-line buffer against terrorism at U.S. airports. Last week it faced yet another stiff rebuke from Congressional members for inadequate and offensive screening procedures. It’s only one of many such criticisms that the agency has received recently. Is that because the screeners aren’t doing their jobs, or because they are? And is it always the TSA’s fault?

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IMF Managing Director Calls for Carbon Tax

The IMF has become the latest advocate for a new twist on financial reform as its managing director, Christine Lagarde, has added her voice to the global chorus calling for a carbon tax.

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Why We Need Science-Based Targets at COP21

In advance of COP21, countries have come forward with voluntary targets, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. But by and large, those targets have not been sufficiently aggressive to achieve the overall levels of reduction needed. We might need the strong hand of mandates.

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Climate Change Could Turn the Horn of Africa into a Drier, More Unstable Region

According to a report issued by Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Ethiopia, along with its neighbors on the Horn of Africa, Djibouti and Somalia, could be in for a long-term struggle with climate change. Evidence suggests the region has actually become drier over the past 100 years — and will continue to become drier and warmer in the coming years.