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John Kerry Likens Climate Change to WMDs

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US Secretary of State is right about the 'fearsome' potential of global warming

NRDC's Susan Casey-Lefkowitz for the Huffington Post:  Secretary Kerry got it right when he identified climate change as one of the most urgent issues facing the world in a February 16 speech in Jakarta. Kerry got it right on the science, the urgency, and the opportunity to be found in clean energy solutions. He ranked climate change right up there with “terrorism, epidemics,......read more

Small Victories for Healthy Eating

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Falling obesity rates, curbs on food marketing, and transparency on packaged food give reason for hope

For those of us on the progressive side of eating and health in America, there have been several bits of recent news for which to be thankful. To start, a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that obesity rates in young children have declined sharply. Next, First Lady Michelle Obama announced plans to eliminate junk food marketing in public schools.......read more

Kerry Delivers Climate Policy Directive

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The move will require action on a number of fronts, writes Jake Schmidt of the NRDC

Jake Schmidt for the Huffington Post: Secretary Kerry has just issued his first “Policy Directive” as U.S. secretary of state. This new directive outlines that climate change is a central issue for the State Department and directs an “all hands on deck” approach to this issue. He rightly recognized that this will require strong action in the U.S., while helping spur......read more

Lessons From the Little Ice Age

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What we can learn from the coldest century on record

Geoffrey Parker for The New York Times: Climatologists call it the Little Ice Age; historians, the General Crisis. During the 17th century, longer winters and cooler summers disrupted growing seasons and destroyed harvests across Europe. It was the coldest century in a period of glacial expansion that lasted from the early 14th century until the mid-19th century. The summer of 1641 was the......read more

Cleaning Up the Clean Water Act

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EPA proposes enhanced protections for streams and wetlands

The Obama administration has proposed a new rule that would give the federal government regulatory authority over millions of acres of wetlands and about 2 million miles of streams. The regulation would clarify that the EPA has jurisdiction over waterways intermittent streams — the kind that only flow seasonally, or after heavy rains — and riparian wetlands. That will mean......read more

Tom Colicchio Will Save the World

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NYT profiles one of the most powerful advocates for sustainable food

The New York Times has published a profile on chef and food activist Tom Colicchio that shows just what a bad ass the guy really us. Over his storied, 20-plus year career, the "Top Chef" judge and owner of the Craft chain of restaurants has emerged as one of the most powerful advocates of the sustainable food movement: Though the field is crowded with colleagues and competitors — Mario......read more

Dan Barber: The Farm-to-Table Movement Isn't Working

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Chef and sustainable food advocate presents radical new vision for food

As the brainchild Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Dan Barber knows a thing or two about the farm-to-table movement. Diners at the restaurant, which sits on a farm along the Hudson River, are served food that's harvested on the farm year-round. It's a great model, one that we like so much that we partnered with Stone Barns for our Mobile Kitchen Classroom project. But Barber thinks there's a problem......read more

Krugman Blames 'Anti-Intellectualism' for Climate Denial

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Economist slams irrational opposition to action on climate

The environmentalist community has a tendency to blame climate inaction on the funding and lobbying efforts of fossil fuel companies. In his latest op-ed for the New York Times, famed economist Paul Krugman argues that while it's true that monied interests like the Koch brothers aggravate the issue by funding climate denialism, the real reason for the government's failure to address emissions is......read more

Global Warming is Going to Be Financially Hard-Hitting

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Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Global Economy from Global Warming

More than a million homes and businesses along the nation’s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts northward in a warming world. Heat and humidity will probably grow so intense that spending time outside will become physically dangerous, throwing industries like......read more

California's Climate Revolution

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Could it change the national conversation?

Preeta Vissa for the Huffington Post: Largely under the radar of national and even local media, California has begun a quiet revolution in climate policy that could change the whole national conversation about curbing global warming. Advocates of strong climate change policies have had an immense political challenge that goes far beyond debunking the antiscientific rants of global warming......read more

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