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There is no piecemeal solution to the gas price crisis. It's a systemic sickness that goes to the root of the American way of life: big cars, big oil, big business and sprawl.

With hurricane season approaching and another Bush crony at the helm of
FEMA, a few restive lawmakers are seeking real reform for the storm-tossed agency. Whether they
will succeed is another story.

As oil profits soar, Americans are getting hosed at the gas pump, and Congress can't decide whether to raise taxes, lower them or throw money at the voters.

Tina Rosenberg is wrong to argue in the New York Times that
environmentalists who fought to limit the use of DDT have contributed
to the worldwide spread of malaria.

Climate change is real, and its impact is potentially devastating to our
way of life. So why do the news media have such a hard time telling the
straight story?

Alan Lightman makes scientists into artists in his new book The
Discoveries
, promoting original journal articles as "the great
novels and symphonies of science."

It's no surprise to learn that oil companies are underpaying royalties for drilling on public land, or projecting profits in the billions. The battle for energy regulation was lost a long time ago.

Bobwhite quail have little to cheer about these days, their numbers
depleted and habitats ravaged by hunters like the Vice President and
his pals.

Among the superrich, there's a growing desire to freeze themselves and
their bank accounts in hopes of rising again. Talk about Groundhog Day.

NASA climatologist James E. Hansen won't let political pressure from the
Bush Administration blunt the urgency of his research on global
warming: It's not too late to mitigate the damage.

Blogs

You can’t squeeze clean water out of dirty business.

April 27, 2015

We look back to the time when a science columnist wrote up one possible replacement for "the fossil fuel which is now so important an element in the existing order of human society."

April 22, 2015

Today, the environment is a controversial issue divided along partisan lines—but it wasn't always that way.

April 20, 2015

As its battle against the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan intensifies, Big Coal is getting a lot of help from friends in high places.

March 25, 2015

Some Democrats and health groups say this Senate bill is even worse than the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

March 19, 2015

Florida officials have reportedly been banned from using the terms "climate change" and "global warming."

March 9, 2015

Refusing to divest now is an irresponsible and unsustainable abrogation of Harvard’s power.

February 12, 2015

The scariest conclusion of a new comprehensive study is that scientists have no clue what geoengineering would really do to the planet.

February 10, 2015

Tell your election officials to support a new rule that would help protect the drinking water of more than 117 million Americans.

February 10, 2015

Because nothing says "I love you" like refusing to get vaccinated.

February 9, 2015