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E.O. Wilson calls for kids to be set free outside, scripted activities be damned

Renowned biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson regaled the crowd at last week's Aspen Environment Forum with his wit and wisdom during an on-stage interview. A choice segment: The worst thing you can do to a child, in my opinion, is take them on a hike through a botanical garden where there are the names of the trees on the side. Rachel Carson once said, so true, take the child to the seashore, turn her loose with a pail, and tell her to go explore the tidepools. Don't tell her the names of any of these things. Let her find them, …

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New campaign plans to relocate polar bears to Antarctica

[UPDATE: This post is a joke, as is the Polar Bear Conservancy website. Happy April Fools' Day!] While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dawdles over whether or not to list the polar bear as a federally protected endangered species, a nonprofit group is ready to act to save the fast-disappearing mammal. The Polar Bear Conservancy has announced a new program that aims to relocate 3,000 polar bears from the rapidly melting Arctic to the Antarctic -- which, yes, is also rapidly melting, but still has a lot more ice for the bears to roam around on. GOP presidential candidate …

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Wolf recovery chief Ed Bangs talks about the species’ delisting

The gray wolf population in the northern Rocky Mountains is being dropped from the federal endangered species list on Friday, and on Thursday I just happened to run smack into Ed Bangs, the wolf recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Such is life at the Aspen Environment Forum.) Bangs oversaw the celebrated and controversial reintroduction of gray wolves into Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho in 1995 and 1996, when the nice Canadians gave the U.S. government 66 wolves to set free in a region that hadn't seen the carnivores since 1926 (though about 60 had come …

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Thinkers and doers exchange grand visions in the scenic Rockies

The first full day of the first-ever Aspen Environment Forum kicked off Thursday morning with a handful of the impressive invitees taking a couple minutes each to share a "big idea." Throughout the day, others tossed their sizeable thoughts into the ring. A sampling: Majora Carter. Majora Carter, founder and head of Sustainable South Bronx: "Make the invisible places visible." Carter talked about how her home borough and other low-income or minority communities all around the country have become "regional sacrifice zones" where the dirtiest business of our dirty economy is done -- landfills, incinerators, sewage plants, hog farms. She …

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Ralph Nader announces his presidential run, calls for carbon tax

Nader is officially in the race -- and he is now the only big-name presidential candidate who supports a carbon tax. On the issues page of his campaign site, Nader also declares "No to nuclear power, solar energy first." Only solar? Sounds like he hasn't thought a lot about renewable energy since the '70s.

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Ralph Nader might jump into the presidential race

[UPDATE: Yep, Nader is officially in.] Ralph Nader is set to appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday (as David noted), and that has tongues wagging. Might he use the occasion to announce that he's jumping into the presidential race? As you already know, he ran in 2000, garnering 2.74 percent of the popular vote as the Green Party nominee. As you might not know, he also ran in 2004, then getting only 0.38 percent of the vote. This year, Nader's already got an exploratory committee and corresponding website, sprinkled with good old-fashioned corporate bashing and establishment whacking: Maybe …

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Hillary Clinton touts her green cred in an Us Weekly spread

Us Weekly, Feb. 18 In an effort to humanize and humorize her image, Hillary Clinton gamely went along with a four-page spread for the latest issue of celeb rag Us Weekly, offering comments on some of her fashion misses of yesteryear. Explaining a huge, garish coat she wore in 2000, she says, "I'm a big believer in recycling -- even carpets!"

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The top green stories of 2007

Wow. That was something else. Green has gone from "dead" to ubiquitous in just a few short years, and it peaked with the crazy buzz of 2007, which kept us Gristies busy as bees -- ironically without the actual bees (see No. 15). Here you'll find our selection of the year's top 15 stories, biased toward the U.S. and ranked by a process about as scientific as a James Inhofe press release. Think we missed something? Blew something? Overdid something? Let us know in comments below. After all, "interactivity" is so 2007! Bees buzz off This year, bees started disappearing, …

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John McQuaid explains the lessons we should have learned from Hurricane Katrina

In an new series in Mother Jones, John McQuaid reports on what we should have learned from Hurricane Katrina. McQuaid knows what he's talking about -- three years before the storm, he coauthored an award-winning series predicting all-too-accurately what would happen to New Orleans if it were hit by a big-time hurricane, and he's since coauthored the book Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms. His MoJo series includes an interesting look at what the Netherlands is doing to protect its low-lying lands: Over the past 50 years, the Dutch have built the …

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‘Bill Moyers Journal’ on religious resistance to mountaintop-removal mining

The upcoming episode of Bill Moyers Journal reports on evangelical Christians in West Virginia who are fighting against the scourge of mountaintop-removal mining. Check PBS listings for airtimes in your 'hood. This episode follows up on a 2006 Moyers special, Is God Green?. Our own David Roberts interviewed Moyers about it last year. Have you submitted a public comment yet about the Bush admin's proposed rule change that will clear the way for still more MTR mining?

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