Blindness and Science

Climate Change Denial

Steve Hochstadt: Why are those voters and politicians who don’t believe in the need to deal with climate change so overwhelmingly Republican? I think the answer is fear.

Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast

Climate Change and Rainfall

Walter Brasch: Residents of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states will experience increased rainfall and floods if data analysis by a Penn State meteorologist and long-term projections by a fisheries biologist, with a specialty in surface water pollution, are accurate.

Do New Fracking Rules Let Big Oil Hide Toxic Chemical Use?

New Fracking Rules

Dan Bacher: Proposed new regulations governing fracking and other dangerous oil well stimulation techniques in California would “do little” to protect the state’s air, water and public health, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

Fire Ecology vs Timber Economy

Fire Ecology

Jack Eidt: Though the Rim Fire of 2013 was the third largest conflagration in California’s history, it has improved the ecological health of the forest, while the majority of the iconic landscapes of Yosemite National Park remain unscathed. However, a salvage logging plan now under review by the US Forest Service does put in danger the regenerating effects of the fire.

A Pipeline Runs Through It…

Bakken Oil Pipeline

Winona LaDuke: It might be time to have a good discussion about oil, infrastructure, and water in Duluth, before 4 million barrels of oil heads this way.

Fight For Environmental Justice Broadens

Militant Environmental Justice

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: With extreme energy extraction and climate change bearing down on the world, environmental justice advocates are taking bold actions to stop extreme energy extraction and create new solutions to save the planet. These ‘fresh greens’ often work locally, but also connect through national and international actions.

How Much Is Tainted Fracking Research Worth?

Tainted Fracking Research

Walter Brasch: It makes little difference if the Community College of Philadelphia accepted “only” $15,000, Lackawanna College accepted $2.5 million, or the University of North Dakota accepted $14 million. We know what they have become—it’s just a matter of deciding how much a tainted body of knowledge is worth.