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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.

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’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?

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.

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.

Ambitious California Renewables Legislation Signed Into Law

Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown during a ceremony this week at the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, Senate Bill 350 mandates that California produce half of its electricity from renewables such as solar and wind power by 2030.

Sweden on Target to Become First Fossil Fuel-Free Nation on Earth

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven recently declared at the U.N. General Assembly that his country would become “one of the first fossil-free welfare states in the world.” How can this nation of 10 million people make this a reality?