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What Role Coal?

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey weighs in on the controversial fuel Coal is the central, vexing question facing anyone attempting to create a 21st-century energy policy. So says Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and …

Greatest video of the century?

Or greatest video ever, of all time, in the universe? You be the judge:

Gillnetters get the boot

Latest victory protects Pacific sea turtles

Endangered leatherback sea turtles migrating from an Indonesian beach to feed on jellyfish off the Pacific coast have one less obstacle to overcome. NOAA has denied issuance of the special exempted fishing permit required for gillnet boats to operate in …

Planktos iron dumping

Illegal, but they’ll do it anyway

According to the Vancouver Sun, Planktos is planning to continue its scheme to dump iron into the oceans off the Galapagos, even though the EPA has ruled it illegal. The EPA ruled in May that it needs a permit. Planktos …

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Gameboys

New U.S. coalition hopes to get vid-kids back outside More than 50 business leaders, politicians, and activists have formed a national partnership to get America’s kids the hell outside. Inspired by recent concerns that too much fun with video games, …

Burgers With a Conscience?

New scorecard rates corporations on their actions to fight climate change Which fast-food joint has the most cred on climate change — McDonald’s, Wendy’s, or Burger King? A new scorecard from the nonprofit group Climate Counts has the answer; it …

An eco-lexical eco-spasm for the modern eco-age

With apologies to “green” and “enviro,” there’s no doubt “eco” is the supreme prefix of the environmental movement. Photo: iStockphoto According to the Oxford English Dictionary — the Bible of the English language, only with fewer lepers and begettings — …

Where does our power originate?

Convincing evidence for the central role of protest and a troubling cost-benefit analysis

The most important and relevant research for U.S. environmentalists is being conducted by Jon Agnone, a sociologist at the University of Washington. Agnone studies sources of environmentalist power -- the first social scientist to undertake a systematic analysis. His comprehensive …

We Had Joy, We Had Funds

Grist wraps up summer fundraiser with one final plea A new study shows that donating to charity activates some of the same pleasure spots in the brain that eating and sex activate. For real! And writing a check (or using …