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The Green Party fell from power in recent German elections, but Greens continue to be the party to watch, a progressive influence on the world's third-largest economy.

Natural gas is rapidly emerging as the next big prize for consumer
countries like the US and China. In the twenty-first century, alliances
and hostilities between economic powerhouses and volatile nations will
be carved by the pipes that will someday carry this environmentally
safer resource.

To take back the nation in the post-Bush era, start thinking now about some bold but plausible progressive reforms, from universal health insurance to free daycare and a shorter work week.

In the gloom of post-election 2004 few people, if any, could have
anticipated the wild surprises of 2005. Focusing on three unforeseen
developments of the past year, a meditation on
how life has changed in unexpected ways.

If New Orleans is to reclaim its greatness, the scope of the solution must match the scope of the problem. The city could become the nation's classroom by re-engineering levees, responsibly building neighborhoods and schools and repairing the environment, but time is running out.

Industrial society is on a collision course with nature. The devastation of New Orleans is a metaphor for what can happen next to us all. Will America decide to reshape the future in positive terms, or sit back and wait for the inevitable destruction to occur?

Faced with the challenge of rebuilding, New Orleans seems stuck in the mud--not just mired in the muck caking the city but also trapped by centuries of policy mistakes, especially the fantasy that it can be separated from its surroundings.

Gas-guzzling SUVs take a lot of blame, but landfills make stealthy
stealthy contributions to climate change. While they should be
developing innovative waste disposal strategies, corporate-owned
landfills use techniques that generate heat-trapping methane that
accelerate global warming.

While political pressure is mounting for a pullout from Iraq, the
subject of total withdrawal remains unbroachable within the
political establishment. Control of the Iraq's oil reserves, from the
beginning, was the Bush Administration's real reason for this war.

The scramble for petroleum by developing countries worldwide is
reshaping global geopolitics in favor of oil-rich nations like Iran,
Venezuela and Sudan.

Blogs

Intercollegiate rivalry isn't all about the academics anymore. It's also about eco-friendliness, says the Sierra Club.

August 25, 2010

The flooding in Pakistan has displaced 2 million people, killed at least 1600 and affected 14 million. It should be affecting all of us.

August 12, 2010

 A group of high schoolers investigate buses and cars idling longer than legally permitted.

August 11, 2010

 One Canadian university is sending students to help green small rural communities in Alberta.

August 4, 2010

Deep water oil spills, shallow water spills, bursting pipelines: there's got to be a safer way to fulfill our energy needs.

July 30, 2010

A watered-down version of an energy bill is being published today—but Obama can effect clean changes simply by changing the types of products that the federal government buys.

July 27, 2010

Eric Alterman on pushing for a progressive Presidency.  Plus: Colin Robinson takes on Amazon.

July 16, 2010

To supply the United States with power without destroying the earth in the process we need radical changes in the way we think about energy consumption and our energy infrastructure. 

July 14, 2010

On The Nation on Grit TV, Mark Hertsgaard argues that oil to Louisiana is like heroin to an addict. It's high time we started the weaning process.

July 14, 2010

If the United States government is the largest energy consumer in the world, asks Nation contributing editor Christian Parenti, why doesn't it use its massive buying power to support real green, clean energy technologies—instead of subsidizing the catastrophic failures of oil giants like BP?

July 6, 2010