Walter Brasch: Why Ringling Brothers is removing its elephants from the touring company is because of increasing public pressure and charges of animal cruelty, much of it leveled by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups.
Robert J. Burrowes: There are no military strategies that focus on the root causes of climate change and what should be done to change these, because the military’s primary objective is to secure the current world order, no matter how unjust or unsustainable it is.
Jack Eidt: We must find cleaner, safer alternatives to these ecosystem-fouling, climate-disrupting extreme fossil fuels like tar sands and fracked oil shale.
Rosemary Jenkins: People in the northern San Fernando Valley are beginning to report on birds that have fallen to the ground—dead from the fumes they can’t see but are lethal for them anyway.
Georgianne Nienaber: Big oil lost a skirmish in late December when North Dakota Grand Forks District Judge Debbie Kleven ordered Canada’s Enbridge Energy Partners to pay farmland owner James Botsford $45,000 of $60,000 in attorney fees.
Rosemary Jenkins: Properties in this area have already lost 20-25% of the values that they held prior to this incident. Many seniors have looked to their homes as nest eggs for their future post-retirement and for too many, that is gone or nearly so.
Jennifer Krill: The environmental and community health damage caused by fracked natural gas extraction is well known at this point, and science is confirming its danger with every new peer-reviewed study.
Rosemary Jenkins: The victims here continue to be told that no long-term negative consequences will accrue from exposure to these gases despite expert testimony to the contrary. Such claims are simply too unbelievable.
Hilary Lewis: Over 1,000 families have already chosen to relocate and the school district recently authorized the two local schools to move out of the area. But no one had actually seen the pollution.
Rosemary Jenkins: Porter Ranch victims are already experiencing migraines, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tingling in extremities, skin eruptions, and more. This is no minor incident that can be waved off by the authorities as they tried to do when the exposure was first discovered.
Mel Gurtov: You thought the battle over the Iran nuclear deal was a tough slog for Obama? Wait ‘til you see this one over climate-change policy.
The landlord saves itself lots of money by not paying for the water, does not encourage tenants to save water, and forces even eco-conscientious tenants to waste water. This is truly the worst of possible worlds.
Andrew Needham: Long before most other Americans, Indians debated whether energy development represented opportunity or exploitation.