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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.

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.

As the world grows short of oil, nations in search of a viable energy
policy should take a lesson from Cuba, which turned to sustainable
agriculture to offset its own oil crisis.

If we are to survive and prosper in an oil-short world, we must not only
think outside the box--we must get rid of the box. We must abandon the
long-held idea that growth is the path to achieve every national goal.

As leaders of the world's richest nations gather in St. Petersburg to craft a global energy security strategy, they're poised to endorse a major expansion of nuclear power. Bad idea.

Few of us can now imagine a world without freshwater, but look to the
future, when the scarcity of this most basic commodity will profoundly
change our lives.

Blogs

Help “the Mandela of the Indian Ocean” regain his office.

February 9, 2012

One of the terrible ironies of the climate change crisis is that the nations that have contributed the least to the problem are the ones now working hardest to prevent consequent disasters.

February 6, 2012

The grassroots environmental group Peaceful Uprising recently discovered that it was one of 200 nonprofit projects that have been financially wiped out in an astonishing act of apparent fraud.

January 26, 2012

What is the connection between US Pentagon expenditures and the market price of oil?

January 9, 2012

A contentious House hearing Wednesday featured direct calls for the resignation of NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko. 

December 14, 2011

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

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

December 5, 2011