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Bush administration cites “national security” as reason to skirt enviro rules

What are the enviro impacts of a construction project on the U.S.-Mexico border? Photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Bush administration has proposed yet another list of environmental sacrifices that it believes America should …

Paul Ehrlich, famed ecologist, answers questions

Paul Ehrlich. What work do you do? Very little — most of my time is involved in scientific research, which for me is fun. What’s your job title? I am Bing Professor of Population Studies, …

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Bush administration proposal would give BLM more incentive to sell off public lands

Your red rocks, in Utah. Photo: BLM. The old Woody Guthrie ballad “This Land Is Your Land” has been reinterpreted in more ways than one recently. There was the hilarious campaign parody cartoon that exploded …

Readers sound off on “sustainable” buildings that ain’t, Clinton’s record, and more

  Semanticable Re: Lofty Ambitions Dear Editor: I absolutely applaud Boyle and Brown’s efforts to create such an amazing living space. Their commitment to reusing materials is exactly the direction that construction, as well as …

Hunter Lovins, thinker on sustainability, answers questions

Hunter Lovins. With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I am a member of several real environmental organizations, like Environmental Defense and Earth Island Institute. Recently I have founded two new organizations: Natural Capitalism, Inc. …

Bye Polar

Polar Bears Are in Peril The latest charismatic megafauna on the chopping block of the modern age is the polar bear. Despite the work of dedicated conservationists, polar-bear populations are declining and experts worry they …

Andrew Light, an enviro-academic, answers questions

Andrew Light. What work do you do? I’m a philosopher specializing mostly in environmental ethics and am currently Assistant Professor of Environmental Philosophy and director of the graduate program in Environmental Conservation Education at New …

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Ray Vaughan, an environmental lawyer, answers questions

Ray Vaughan. With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I am executive director of WildLaw. What does your organization do? What, in a perfect world, would constitute “mission accomplished”? WildLaw is a nonprofit environmental law …

Erin Simmons, an advocate for healthy oceans, answers questions

If Everybody Had an Ocean With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I am West Coast organizer for Oceana. What does your organization do? What, in a perfect world, would constitute “mission accomplished”? Oceana campaigns …