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    Indians and Cowboys

    Cowboys and Indians are at it again.   Americans who don’t live in the West may think that the historic clash of Native Americans and pioneering settlers is long past because the Indians were, after all, defeated and now drive cars, watch television, and shop at Walmart. Not so. That ...

    Overpopulation: The Global Population Speaks Out

    1) How does your campaign differ from other population initiatives? First and foremost our campaign, the “Global Population Speak Out” approaches the global population issue with the power of positive thinking. We do not approach the issue as an intractable, scary, or utterly oppressive ...

    How to Get Solar Panels Onto More Affordable Apartment Buildings

    This is a guest post from Laurie Mazur, editor for the Kresge Foundation/Island Press Urban Resilience Project.Solar power seems like the ultimate no-brainer. Free energy from the sun! And the cost of installing solar panels — like other renewables — has plummeted in recent years. Still, ...

    Two, Three … Many Flints

    Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.“I know if I was a parent up there, I would be beside myself if my kids’ health could be at risk,” said President Obama on a recent trip to Michigan.  “Up there” was Flint, a rusting industrial city in the grip of a “water crisis” ...

    Night of the Living Dead, Climate Change-Style

    Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.Oil drills and fracking for natural gas cause far-reaching damage to natural environments.When I was a kid, I was creepily fascinated by the wrongheaded idea, current in my grade school, that your hair and your fingernails kept growing after you ...

    The Politics of Extinction

    The demand for ivory carvings in China has resulted in the deaths of roughly 100 African elephants every day.Reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.Maybe baby steps will help, but the world needs a lot more than either the United States or China is offering to combat the illegal traffic in ...

    To Drill or Not To Drill?

    Reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.Here’s a Jeopardy!-style question for you: “Eight different species of whales can be seen in these two American seas.” Unless you’re an Iñupiaq, a marine biologist, or an Arctic enthusiast like me, it’s a pretty good guess that you can’t ...

    Can Shrimp Shells Cure the Global Plastic Addiction?

     From an environmental standpoint, plastic is a huge problem. In America we use 2.5 million plastic bottles each hour and recycle only 27 percent of them. Discarded packaging and other plastic products are huge contributors to things like oceanic trash islands, garbage patches, plastic eating ...

    On Being Podcast: Gordon Hempton on Sound, Silence, and Sense of Place

     Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist. His journey to this uncommon calling is profiled in the podcast "On Being with Krista Tippett." If the podcast medium ever had an ideal subject, Hempton and his philosophy of sound might be it. Natural soundscapes like the the hollow hum of wind ...

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