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Readers talk back about art, our climate quiz, and how much they adore us

  Re: Imagine That Dear Editor: “Where are the books? The poems? The plays? The goddamn operas?” Bill McKibben is asking the right question, but looking in all the wrong places. The concern for subjects such as global warming and …

Everything coal is new again

Congress seeks tax money to make defunct “clean coal” plant dirty again For aficionados of government pork, the energy bill that recently passed the House is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest gem uncovered is a provision that …

Shock and Thaw

New Yorker launches three-part exploration of climate change Writer Elizabeth Kolbert must have single-handedly accelerated global warming with the jet fuel she burned visiting the Arctic, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, and the Antarctic to research a big three-part series on climate …

Allan Thornton, environmental investigator, answers questions

Allan Thornton. What work do you do? I run the Environmental Investigation Agency, a nonprofit environmental group with offices in Washington, D.C., and London. I generally oversee the strategic development of the organization, which includes targeting research, deploying investigative teams …

Mark Shelley, environmental film producer, answers questions

What work do you do? I produce films and other media about the environment. In the film world, I am executive producer of Sea Studios Foundation and a senior series producer for National Geographic Television and Film. In the foundation …

Umbra’s N-power column and Grist’s giveaway raise ire and interest

  Re: Half-Life Is Beautiful? Dear Editor: Embracing nuclear power in an attempt to avoid the global-warming implications of reliance on coal is like taking up heroin to avoid an addiction to crack. While disregarding the known greenhouse-gas costs associated …

Arni Finnsson of the Iceland Nature Conservation Association answers questions

Arni Finnsson. With what environmental organization are you affiliated? Iceland Nature Conservation Association. We are the biggest member-based NGO in Iceland with 1,300 members. What does your organization do? What, in a perfect world, would constitute “mission accomplished”? The powerful …

Readers talk back about Lakoff, immature humor, homeschoolers, and more

  Re: Don’t Think of the Environment Dear Editor: First, full disclosure: I am a former grad student of George Lakoff’s and was a research associate at the Rockridge Institute for several months. That should make my biases obvious. Amanda …

Photos of Iceland reveal a land of extremes

Photos: © Layne Kennedy In case you haven’t heard, we’re giving away a trip to Iceland. As a result, this photo essay is a bit of a divergence from our usual tough-as-nails coverage, wherein the prettiest pictures we run are …