March, 2011

New Life for Old (Recycled) Textbooks, Courtesy of McGraw-Hill Grant

If you’re like me, “recycled textbook” means a big wedge of out-of-date social studies with a full list of made-up names written on the inside cover (Harry Butte? Delightful!). More …

Highway to Hell and the Roads Along the Way (Part 2 of 2)

For those who do not live close enough to the tar sands to see the immediate impacts, the tar sands still have an effect on you. How? The tar sands present a major source of pollution

How your flood losses are increasing: whether you live in a floodplain or not.

Growing up in Seattle, I have learned to live with the rain. Through the years I have accumulated many stylish brands of rain boots, jackets, and umbrellas. But now that …

Climate Capsule: Clean Air Act Under Siege

This week’s stories: Highlight of the Week: Clean Air Act Faces More Attacks Quote: Former EPA heads Bill Ruckelshaus and Christine Todd Whitman Economic Story of the Week: Treasury grants …

Loggerhead Listing Decision Delayed

Loggerhead sea turtles must wait a bit longer to find out whether or not they will receive stronger protections under the Endangered Species Act. More than a year after a …

Americans Run Hot On Water, Cool On Global Warming

Dirty water is the main environmental worry for Americans according to a new Gallup poll. Out of nine possible concerns asked in a survey, water issues are listed in the …

Girl exploring the garden

Spring Winds and Green Things

In spring, to borrow a few poetic phrases from Alfred Lord Tennyson, a young person’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … kite flying, dirt digging, seed planting and other outdoor activities.

Maddow Tears Apart Drilling Plan Safety Claims

Under heavy fire from Republicans and oil state Democrats, the Obama Administration has sped up offshore oil production, granting six new deepwater permits in a little over a month.  Many …

Dolphins swim next to oil booms

Government Orders Scientists to Stay Silent on Dolphin Deaths

I’d been wondering why we’ve heard so little in recent weeks about the spike in dolphin deaths along the Alabama and Mississippi coasts. Turns out federal officials have ordered scientists …

President Obama flirting with a Great Lakes disaster

President Obama’s 2012 budget would cut funding for sea lamprey control in the Great Lakes, a move that would devastate the lakes’ $7 billion fishery. The president has proposed cutting …

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