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A Generation of Termites

The best recent estimates by civil engineers and government experts indicate that we would have to spend well over $2 trillion during the next five years on roads, bridges, airports, railways, transit, sewers, waterways, ports, dams, parks and schools simply to maintain them in decent condition.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



Open Call: Obama’s Town Hall

The casting call for Obama’s town hall, dealing with the media’s masturbation shame, and what Stephen Hawking has to say about God.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE


How Robots Clean Up an Oil Spill

Those nerds at MIT have come up with something really amazing (not the first time). It’s a swarm of autonomous robots that talk to each other as they make their way around a spill, gobbling up the oil. Why didn’t we think of that?

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE


Follow Wyoming on Fracking Regs

Frank Sinatra once said that if he could make it in New York, he could make it anywhere. Thanks to new drilling rules, environmentalists can now say the same about Wyoming.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bela Szandelszky

Toxic Spill Reaches the Danube

The red sludge that, in the words of one official, extinguished all life in Hungary’s Marcal River has now reached the blue Danube, the second longest river in Europe. The disaster began at a waste reservoir in western Hungary where 33 million cubic feet of toxic material began its long spill, reaching more than 6.5 feet high in places.

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AP / Ermindo Armino

Tea Party Socialism

Tea party candidates say big government is tyranny, but they don’t object when the tyranny flows their way in the form of taxpayer funded farm subsidies.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Solar Panels to Add Power to the White House

It’s time someone tended to the pressing issue of how the White House gets its power, and President Obama has apparently caved to special interest groups urging him to take the radical step of reinstalling solar panels on the roof at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Yes we can!

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



Mark Lamonica

Reconstructing Los Angeles: A Journey to the Other Side of L.A.

There are certain places that are still empty enough to give us a second chance, even as the empire of Los Angeles moves ever onward, making a reverse exodus into the region’s last frontier.

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FBI Raids and the Criminalization of Dissent

Early in the morning on Friday, Sept. 24, FBI agents in Chicago and Minnesota’s Twin Cities kicked in the doors of anti-war activists, brandishing guns, spending hours rifling through their homes.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mary Schwalm

Retribution for a World Lost in Screens

Like the Ancients, we arrogant humans who turn ourselves into objects of worship and build ruthless systems of power to control the world around us will get what we are due.

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International Rivers / Dr. Muslim Idris

Nigerian Flooding Displaces 2 Million

The Nigerian government may or may not have warned residents that it would open up the floodgates of two dams in the northern part of the country last month, unleashing a deluge of water that has displaced more than 2 million people.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Oded Balilty

The China Superpower Hoax

How is a country with a lower per capita income than Kazakhstan, one of the worst environmental records of any major nation and a dictatorship, besides, hailed by so many as the next global superpower?

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / GuenterHH (CC-BY-ND)

Justice Dept. Hand-Slaps FBI for Spying on Greenpeace and Friends

The supervising bureaucrats at the Justice Department acknowledged that the FBI should not have been spying on activists, although they decided that the bureau was not targeting anti-war and environmental groups for political reasons.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE



Wayne National Forest / Alex Snyder (CC-BY)

A Little Missed Sunshine

When first lady Michelle Obama started an organic garden at the White House, she sparked a national discussion on food, obesity, health and sustainability. But the green action on the White House lawn hasn’t made it to the White House roof, unfortunately.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



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The Carbon Racket

Proponents say cap and trade will save the world, but an innovative green project in Nepal exposes the carbon market’s flaws.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elise Amendola

Do Not Pity the Democrats

Do not fear Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. Fear the underlying corporate power structure, which no one, from Barack Obama to the right-wing nut cases who pollute the airwaves, can alter.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Why Barack Is Behind

Among the very puzzling aspects of the midterm election—and the Democratic debacle that appears to be looming in November—is why voters would return the opposition to power only two years after the multiple disasters of the Bush administration.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Hundreds Dead in Guatemala Landslides

Weeks of unrelenting rains triggered a series of landslides in the Guatemalan town of Alaska on the Pan-American Highway, burying as many as 300 people. President Alvaro Colom warned that thousands more people are at risk as the government runs out of money to deal with the crisis.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Richard Ellis

U.S. Gets Cold Feet in Arctic Drilling

With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the government’s lackluster performance in responding to that crisis, U.S. regulatory agencies have waved the yellow flag in allowing new offshore drilling in the Arctic.

Posted on Sep 4, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

The $8 Billion Oil Spill

New estimates of the cost of the BP oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico have jumped to a staggering $8 billion, up $2 billion in August alone as the company announced it had already paid out almost $400 million in claims to individuals affected by the spill.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 READ MORE



CDC, Harvard University / Piotr Naskrecki

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite (Update)

Bed bug infestations are way up, thanks in part to stricter health standards for chemicals and the critters’ mounting resistance to pesticides. The problem is so out of control, reports the AP, that desperate Americans are dousing their possessions in toxic chemicals, despite warnings from the EPA.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE


Lessons From a Low-Impact Week

After spending a week trying to reduce my individual environmental footprint, I can report that it was not easy and that I did not achieve perfection—not even close.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


The Billionaire Right-Winger

It certainly seems unlikely that David Koch has ever encountered any of the folks who turn up at a typical tea party event or that he has ever showed up at a congressional town hall meeting to scream about health care reform. For Koch, the tea partyers are merely pawns.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


Rotten Eggs and Our Broken Democracy

The massive recall of salmonella-infected eggs, the largest egg recall in U.S. history, opens a window on the power of large corporations over not only our health, but over our government.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard / Ensign Michael P. McGrew

The Giant Cloud of Oil Hiding in the Gulf

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is raining on Uncle Sam and BP’s well-capping parade. Researchers at the institute say a 22-mile-long, 1.2-mile-wide oil plume deep under the Gulf’s surface is degrading much slower than the government’s more optimistic claims.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Change Accomplished

This is a radical break from journalistic convention, I realize, but today I’d like to give credit where it’s due—specifically, to President Obama. Quiet as it’s kept, he’s on a genuine winning streak.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / Bryan Brenner (CC-BY)

Fishermen Test Troubled Gulf Waters

Americans get half of their shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, but that was before it was contaminated by 190 million gallons of oil and 2 million gallons of chemical dispersant. Shrimp season officially started Monday, but it will be some time before we know whether the ravaged Gulf waters—and American appetites—are up to it.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

Alabama to Sue BP

The great state of Alabama has announced it will sue BP, Transocean and Halliburton for the “catastrophic harm” that followed from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / jarnocan (CC-BY-SA)

Cindy Sheehan Challenges Robert Gibbs to Drug Test Duel

The anti-war mom who famously camped out on then-President Bush’s doorstep is so offended by press secretary Robert Gibbs’ statement that Obama’s critics on the left ought to be drug-tested, she has challenged him to a “urine duel.” “I have no drugs in my system and nothing to be ashamed of ...” (continued)

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / dbking (CC-BY)

News at 11: How Climate Change Affects You

Our daily weather reports, cheerfully presented with flashy graphics and state-of-the-art animation, appear to relay more and more information.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE


Lessons From the Oil Spill

Flying back to Washington from Pensacola, Fla., on June 15, President Obama and the man he put in charge of handling the Gulf oil spill, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, had a come-to-Jesus talk.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley

BP Pumps Money Into Relief Fund—It’s No Gusher

BP has paid $3 billion into the relief fund promised President Obama, including $319 million already paid to victims of the Gulf oil spill, but it will be years before the $20 billion escrow account is fully funded.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammad Sajjad

Pakistan’s Flood Misery Continues

The worst flooding in Pakistan in 80 years has killed more than 1,600 people and affected an unbelievable 12 million people. But there may be more misery to come as the country braces for yet more monsoon rains.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE



SpillCam / globalwarming.house.gov/spillcam

BP Readies the Final ‘Kill’

Someone should tell BP that the whole kill-speak approach does not bode well when you’re actually killing wildlife and industry in the Gulf. But nonetheless, BP says the mud and cement pumped into the blown-out oil well, termed a “static kill,” are holding and that it is preparing to seal the deal with a “bottom kill” later this month.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Dropping Temperatures Take Toll in Peru

After hundreds of children died in weather that has gripped Peru and plunged temperatures to 50-year lows, the country has declared a state of emergency. The declaration will provide funds intended to lessen additional casualties.

Posted on Aug 1, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Recession Pinches Climate Change Progress

Amid recession worries and economic hardships, much of the industrialized world has pushed international goals of curbing climate change far off into the future. Politicians are wavering over caps on carbon emissions, citing the economic costs of cutting emissions.

Posted on Aug 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP

Chinese Muffle Oil Spill Estimates

An oil spill following a pipeline explosion in China’s Yellow Sea could be much bigger than the government is admitting. The Chinese government says 1,500 tons of oil was spilled, but an American expert who visited the scene says it may actually be 50 times that figure, putting it on the order of the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / IgorYakunin

Moscow Is Melting

The Russian capital has suffered nearly 50 fires as Muscovites cope with the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the city. The BBC reports that it got up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday. Guess they won’t be needing those funny hats.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE


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International Bird Rescue Research Center / WikiCommons

Time Magazine Puts Contrarian Spin on Spill

Relying primarily on a controversial Louisiana expert with previous ties to BP but also quoting a leader of the Audubon Society, Time magazine has posted a contrarian report arguing that the environmental damage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been overblown.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / flydime (CC-BY)

Hottest Decade Makes Global Warming ‘Undeniable’

We started calling it “climate change” because it’s not all about getting warmer, but when the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s are each, in turn, declared the hottest decade on record, it’s safe to say things are heating up. According to the annual State of the Climate report, the evidence is “undeniable.”

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE


Tony Hayward’s Exit [A Cartoon From Slovakia]

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BP Puts a Price on Gulf Damage Control

Will $32.2 billion be enough to foot the bill for the tremendous mess the BP oil spill has made of the Gulf of Mexico? The higher-ups at the oil company seem to think so—at least for now.  (continued)

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Tony Hayward?

It’s kind of amazing that BP’s beleaguered CEO, Tony Hayward, is still in play at this point, but he may not last much longer, as the oil company’s board members were slated to debate his fate Monday evening.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Sen Dems Delay Climate Bill

Both hippies and people who enjoy clean air alike will be dismayed at the news from Senate Democrats that they will wait until September to pursue the broad climate change legislation that has been on the Democrats’ “to-do” list since the 2008 election.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE



One-Third of U.S. Counties Face Water Shortage

Today on the list: Britain’s new prime minister flies business class, one-third of U.S. cities face water shortages, the history of canned laughter, and the art professor who squirts paint from the worst possible place.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

We All Live on Turtle Island

When speaking of the natural world, for good reason we often turn to Native American myth. Turtle carries the world on its back is what many of these myths tell us; we are all citizens on turtle island.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


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