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Sprawl the Right Moves

Urban Planner Seeks New Vocabulary to Describe Sprawl Delores Hayden, a Yale professor of architecture, urbanism, and American studies, found herself struggling when she tried to describe the characteristic features of the sprawling suburbs surrounding American cities — features that …

Politics

Frist sides with right-wingers to stymie widely supported sea treaty

How’s this for a once-in-a-blue-moon scenario? Six major environmental groups endorse a sweeping international treaty strongly supported by the American Petroleum Institute and other industry groups. Do you sea what I sea? Photo: NOAA. On May 12, top dogs from …

It’s the Real Thing

Climate Experts Say Global Warming Is Really, Really Real — Really A group of 10 leading U.S. climate researchers expressed frustration yesterday that despite overwhelming scientific evidence that global warming is already underway, U.S. policy makers continue to dither and …

Ben Cohen, ice cream maven and TrueMajority founder, answers questions

With what organizations are you affiliated? I work with Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, TrueMajority.org, and TrueMajorityACTION.org. What do your organizations do? BLSP is a group of more than 500 business leaders in the U.S. who are committed to focusing …

Rue the Day

Paris May Ban SUVs From City Streets Parisian officials have determined that SUVs are no longer in vogue. The left-leaning city council yesterday passed a resolution that urges the capital’s Socialist mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, to effectively ban the bulky four-wheel-drive …

An urban advocate answers questions

With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I’m executive director of Urban Ecology, Inc. What does your organization do? The five-second elevator speech goes like this: “We offer pro-bono land-use planning and policy advocacy to help transform struggling, low-income neighborhoods …

War in the Time of Cholera

Baghdad Residents Suffer from Polluted Water As if the chaos and violence weren’t enough to bear, millions of Baghdad residents also lack a reliable source of clean water. Some have no choice but to get supplies straight from the Tigris …

To the Manner Bjorn

Lomborg Meeting Downplays Importance of Climate Change Bjorn Lomborg is vexing enviros once again. The Danish contrarian — who generated heaps of controversy a few years ago with his book The Skeptical Environmentalist, which argued that many environmental concerns are …

Cities

A rabble-rousing conservationist answers questions

With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I currently spend 30 hours a week directing the National Public Lands Grazing Campaign (NPLGC), 5 hours a week advising Alternatives to Growth Oregon (AGO), and 15 hours as senior counselor for the …