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Culture of Denial

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Former VP Al Gore highlights the parallels between the fiscal crisis and climate change denial

Kate Sheppard for The Huffington Post: Former Vice President Al Gore sees parallels between the last two and a half weeks of budget chaos on Capitol Hill and the climate crisis: Many will deny there's a problem -- until they are ultimately compelled to take action by forces beyond their control. "The tendency by many members of Congress to deny the reality of the government shutdown and the......read more

The Wilderness Act's Midlife Crisis

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As we approach the legislation's 50th birthday, it's time to rethink the wild

In September 1964, Congress passed the Wilderness Act, which created a national system of protected natural areas. As environmental legislation goes, it is uncompromising. The definition of wilderness provided by the act is "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” But today, in the face of climate......read more

The Pacific Northwest in the 1970s

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Fascinating photos of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska during the height of the energy crisis

In 1971, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency embarked on a project to document the state of America's environment in images. With 15,000+ images, the Documerica Project [previously] is an important record of American life in the 1970s, before environmental legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act came to be. The Atlantic's In Focus recently hosted a week of Documerica......read more

House Republicans Are Blowing It

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With debt crisis looming, the GOP takes aim at environmental regs

When it comes to protecting the environment, House Republicans simply do not give a damn. Not only that, but they view economic prosperity and environmental sustainability as mutually exclusive endeavors, which is simply inaccurate and ignorant. The Interior and EPA spending bills are working their way through Congress, and Republicans are proposing massive reductions in both budgets. Boehner and......read more

Is Pacific Seafood Safe from Nuclear Contamination?

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The seafood industry braces for the impact of the crisis in Japan.

This year's World Water Day brings fresh concerns about seafood safety in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks in Japan. Fishermen, fish buyers, and consumers on both sides of the Pacific are dealing with the ripple effects of the crisis. Addressing U.S. consumer safety concerns, the Food and Drug Administration said it was taking steps to measure radiation contamination in......read more

Crisis Mismanagement

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Beleagured Toyota president faces the music...sort of.

In Washington Wednesday, embattled Toyota president Akio Toyoda testified to Congress, saying he was "deeply sorry" for the carnage caused by faulty brakes and accelerators in his cars. “We pursued growth over the speed at which we were able to develop our people and our organization, and we should sincerely be mindful of that," Toyoda said, "I regret that this has resulted......read more

How to Help Haiti

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Show your support for a country in crisis.

One week after the catastophic earthquake that left Haiti in ruins, the world community is converging to help rebuild a country that was barely functioning before the disaster happened. Meanwhile, aid groups on the ground are working to get desperately needed assistance to victims in an environment of chaos. By all accounts, it is a dire situation. Friday, George Clooney organized and produced......read more

What Is Missing?

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Maya Lin's new "Listening Cone" installation brings attention to the crisis of collapsed biodiversity.

In San Francisco, the main component of Maya Lin's What Is Missing? art project - a "multi sited artwork dedicated to bringing awareness to the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss" - was unveiled yesterday. Lin, who is best known for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., says this memorial will be her last. "My goal with......read more

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