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A plant gene that could protect organic crops from contamination from genetically engineered seeds is out of reach to most organic farmers, thanks to an agribusiness patent.

America's environmentalists won big in the midterm elections. But can
they make real progress on climate change by 2008 and beyond?

Poverty, race and obesity have a lot in common. In Alabama an underfunded federal program addresses the problem by providing fresh produce to low-income residents and seniors.

A G-8 plan to ramp up nuclear energy is defended as a necessary
response to global warming. But the nuclear waste it generates will hurt
people and the planet.

OK, market forces control oil prices. But market forces--with a lot of push from Republicans--are driving down the price of gas. And you can be sure they'll rise again after the election.

Will Democrats lose 50,000 votes every time the price of gasoline drops?
If so, don't blame the GOP (they don't have that much power). Blame instead
the greed of US consumers.

Three new books reappraise the massive earthquake of 1906, which was felt across an area of 400,000 miles and leveled much of San Francisco.

California's global warming initiative shows how far ahead the state is
compared with the federal government. But it also reveals how America lags behind the rest of the world.

Pluto's demotion from a planet to a dwarf isn't the work of
mean-spirited Grinches. It is a necessary part of the same process that
got Pluto discovered in the first place.

As the generation of power brokers over 40 continues to blow off
global warming, our dependence on a waning supply of oil will create
a miserable future for their children and grandchilden.

Blogs

Anyone despairing over the immense power of the corporate sector to dominate world affairs should watch this video documenting the power that grassroots protest can still muster in the face of mass injustice.

December 14, 2011

Bureaucratic battles reveal the nuclear industry has many friends at the agency which regulates it.  

December 12, 2011

$209 million isn't enough. Revoke Massey's corporate charter.

December 8, 2011

Seriously confronting the warming of our planet would essentially spell the end for free market capitalism.

December 8, 2011

Despite a cagey effort from House Republicans, it looks like the Keystone XL project will remain stalled.

December 8, 2011

Leading environmentalist Kumi Naidoo urges activists to “name and shame” uncooperative corporations and governments into entering a dialogue on climate change.

December 5, 2011

Two Republican bills in Congress have the potential to restart the pipeline project. 

December 2, 2011

The lowest country on the planet needs action at the UN world conference on climate change in Durban. But “Occupy COP17” is expecting much from governments.

December 1, 2011

President Obama’s delay of two major clean air rules has enraged environmentalists

November 17, 2011

In Louisiana, wetlands erosion and an overall lack of infrastructure have created a situation in which the state is incredibly vulnerable to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina six years ago and the BP oil spill.

November 15, 2011