The Science of Cicadas

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Steve Hochstadt: In some desert regions, people fry cicadas up and consider them a delicacy. Those people are not playing “Survivor” games. Where food is scarce, any local source of nutrition is valuable.

Mother Nature’s Day

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Steve Hochstadt: My whole gardening effort is unnatural. Without constant human intervention to develop these artificial arrangements of plants, very different processes would take over.

Melting Down

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Robert Illes: A scant 11 months after British Petroleum’s deep water drilling gambit exploded, and kept profusely bleeding black blood into the Gulf of Mexico for weeks, the work of greedy, short-sighted men helped out immeasurably.

“Modern Times” Really Akin to “Dark Ages”

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Sherwood Ross: As humanity pushes the planet toward destruction, it is incredible that half of all the taxes collected from the American people — who are principal players in this rush — are used for warfare rather than to rebuild and rejuvenate the planet they are ravaging.

Earth Day 2011

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This year North East Trees will be celebrating Earth Day on Saturday April 16th at Rio de Los Angeles State Park with a day of service and maintenance.

Aristide in Haiti: Demand Justice not Gestures

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Ezili Danto: Keep vigilant for the carnival of violence will be blamed on Lavalas and Aristide. No doubt about this, the chessboard is set. The perpetrators will be seen as the peacemakers

Earth’s Climate Enters Uncharted Waters

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Andrew Glikson: Doubts are often raised among climate scientists whether the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets can survive the 1.8 – 4.0 C temperature rises projected by the IPCC-2007, leading to meters-scale sea level rise.

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Reconsidering the Nuclear Power Industry Bailout

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Tracy Emblem: the United States should consider phasing out its nuclear power plants over the next generation and begin investing in other safer renewable energy sources. We can lead the world in clean energy technology.

Safety on the Cheap

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Robert Reich: G.E. marketed the Mark 1 boiling water reactors, used in TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, as cheaper to build than other reactors because they used a comparatively smaller and less expensive containment structure.

Nuclear Power Madness

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Norman Solomon: Like every other president since the 1940s, Barack Obama has promoted nuclear power. Now, with reactors melting down in Japan, the official stance is more disconnected from reality than ever.

How L.A.’s New “Farmers Field” Football Stadium Could Boost Urban Agriculture

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Alissa Walker: The name Farmers Field is actually incredibly appropriate for L.A. Agriculture is the business that L.A. was built on—the Farmers Insurance company started here in 1928 to provide lower premiums to L.A. farmers and ranchers.

A Brewery Gone Green

Ken Grossman, founder, CEO, and owner of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Jerry Drucker: If President Obama wants to push ahead into the new century regarding a self-sustaining “Made in America,” energy policy, there is no better example than the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

As Tea Party Koch Brothers Earned $11 Billion, They Laid Off Thousands

Lee Fang: While the Koch brothers were enjoying spectacular financial gains, Koch Industries laid off well over 2,000 people. Using the same approximate “jobs multiplier” Koch Industries used in its study last week, that means Koch Industries extinguished nearly 8,000 jobs in recent years

Solar Peace, or Blood for Oil: The Need to Broaden the Peace Movement

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Tom Hayden: In his State of the Union address, President Obama opened a door through which the peace, labor and environmental movements should march, towards an energy future not dependent on resource wars.

Who Are the Knuckleheads?

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Steve Hochstadt: It disturbs some conservatives no end that Americans who teach in colleges and universities tend not to share their ideas about evolution, global warming, and history. So dismiss the source: just look at where we work, and that should tell you all you need to know.

Transition Initiative: Feeding Ourselves Tomorrow

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Robert Haw: Climate change is fact. It will bring us great misery if fossil fuel use continues unabated. Perhaps a better name for the phenomena unfolding around us is climate chaos, because “a climate” (as we define it) will no longer exist.

Port-au-Prince Still Buried Under Rubble of Competing NGOs

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Georgianne Nienaber: Honestly not wanting to be cynical and sincerely wanting these programs to succeed–looking at the organizations that “benefit” from the Clinton Bush Fund–one sees the list of usual suspects of foreign NGOs and religious organizations.

The BP Oil Spill Saga: Where Things Stand Now

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Marian Wang: Many questions remain unanswered about the long-term health and environmental effects of the crude oil and the unprecedented amount of dispersant, chemicals BP used to break down the thick crude. Both BP and the government have committed funding for continued study of these issues.

So What Happened to Global Warming?

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Patrick Henningsen: Britain and Europe have been hit hard for the third straight record-breaking winter season. Labeled by experts as the coldest winter in 100 years and set to blow well into 2011, it is already raising some very interesting questions about the new ideological split we are witnessing throughout society in the much celebrated green debate.

Haiti to the US Embassy: Here’s the Will of the People

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Ezili Danto: In our shallow, narcissistic, celebrity-driven globalize pop culture, the novice Martelly is merely a tool to be used by those “more schooled in the patterns of privilege and domination” than any self-serving Haiti politician could ever dream to be.

Disaster Capitalism in Haiti, New Orleans, Congo and Pakistan

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Ezili Dantò: Since the 2004 Bush regime change in Haiti, US large footprint in “poor?” Haiti keeps increasing. US Embassy in Haiti is the fifth largest US Embassy compound in the world, after Iraq, Afghanistan, China
and Germany.

Big Brother Is Watching You Recycle

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Wendy McElroy: If households can be forced to assume these labor-intensive tasks, then selling recyclables—especially such goods as aluminum cans—is more likely to be profitable.

Evolution Continues

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Ron Wolff: Species typically become extinct as a result of failure to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Homo sapiens may be the first species not only to have caused its own destruction but to have had the power to see it coming — and failed to heed the warning signs.

Did Major Aid Organizations Dupe Donors, Fail Haiti?

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Georgianne Nienaber: The Disaster Accountability Project (DAP) released an online petition Friday, targeting leaders of major disaster relief and aid organizations for failing to do more to prevent the cholera outbreak in Haiti

Overpopulation and Related Matters

Emily Spence: Why, why have human population numbers been exploding during my lifetime without the attention of every expert on the planet being focused upon this question?

Haiti: Cholera Outbreak Metaphor for No Accountability

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Georgianne Nienaber: It will be astounding to see the media coverage of this event, should it unfold in all its potential horror, but where has the media been since the six-month anniversary in July?

Van Jones Affirms That Immigrants Lead a Greener Life

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Andrea Nill: Jones noted that “there is a greenwashing of hate that is going on in our country.” Anti-immigrant front groups are using “green concerns as a bludgeon against immigrants and low-income communities.”

On 10-10-10 Fight Big Oil and Big Coal

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Lauren Steiner: Stand up and be counted at rallies and public hearings. Make telephone calls, sign petitions and write letters to public officials and newspapers and get your friends to do the same. Like Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” There is so much you can do. Learn more here.

Mary Landrieu Goes to Bat for Louisiana’s Wetlands

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Georgianne Nienaber: Landrieu did not mince words, blaming the federal government for malfeasance and mismanagement of a delicate ecosystem that has placed the Mississippi River Delta at “extreme risk of complete and utter collapse.”

Labor, Enviros Share Blame for Democrats Enthusiasm Gap

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Obama can narrow the enthusiasm gap by aggressively campaigning, but it will be up to labor and environmental groups to rouse their disaffected supporters to the polls.

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