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Category: Environment

Fighting ‘Climate Injustice’

by Nick Coles | Nov 20, 2013 | Environment

  Pittsburgh On a Monday morning a month ago, I was sitting on the marble floor of the Squirrel Hill branch of PNC Bank, with a circle of activists protesting PNC’s financing of mountain-top removal (MTR) coal mining across Appalachia. MTR causes increased cancer rates and birth defects as well as massive environmental degradation—not to […]

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A Conversation with Denis Hayes

by Lou Dubose | Nov 1, 2013 | Environment

  In 1969, Gaylord Nelson, seven years out of the U.S. Senate, called on Denis Hayes to organize what Nelson envisioned as a national teach-in on the environment. The result was the first Earth Day, conceived of by the former Democratic senator and realized by Hayes and a staff of 85. Today Hayes is head […]

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Mr. Buffett’s Coal Train

by Rick Bass | Nov 1, 2013 | Environment

  I grew up as an oil geologist, worked in Mississippi and Alabama for several years, so it’s not with the sometimes-reflexive reaction of a typical treehugger that I report from Montana with the news that the future of the world may well depend upon obscure and little-known events that are taking place in wild […]

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More Carbon than Keystone

by Lou Dubose | Nov 1, 2013 | Environment

  Bellingham, Washington   At dusk on a warm Wednesday afternoon in September, a Lummi couple in their sixties had just finished picking kelp out of a gill net they had stretched out into Bellingham Bay. The wind was calm and the water so clear that every stone on the bottom was visible. The incoming […]

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Can Obama Stand Up to the Oil Industry?

by Bill McKibben | Oct 28, 2013 | Environment

As the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline has worn on—and it’s now well over two years old—it has illuminated the Obama presidency like no other issue. It offers the president not just a choice of policies, but a choice of friends, worldviews, styles. It’s become an X-ray for a flagging presidency. The stakes are […]

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