Images that capture the challenges facing the environment and the reforms that may help save it.
What will it take to survive global climate change? An evolution in consciousness and a revolution in government, writes The Nation's environment correspondent Mark Hertsgaard. Read his prescription for a Global Green Deal and the challenges that face the Obama administration. (Reuters Pictures)
Water is "blue gold." And the next resource wars may well be fought over an increasingly precious commodity we once took for granted. Tara Lohan argues that our collective decisions on how to manage water will determine whether the future is peaceful or perilous. (Reuters Pictures)
Entomologist Gay Williams sports a bug on her baseball cap as she plants native Maryland coreopsis at the Department of Agriculture's building in Maryland. In a recent Nation forum, environmentalist Bill McKibben argues that hyper-individualism has damaged society and distorted our relationship with nature. Only by working together can we restore the balance.
Developing alternative sources of energy is a keystone of the the new administration's economic stimulus plan. Here President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden view a solar panel array on the roof of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Solar installations such as this one represent a unique opportunity to right the environmental wrongs of the Bush years.
The Panther Creek area of Durham County, North Carolina, is drying up. Tom Engelhardt explores the implications of one of the worst global droughts in history. As we focus on economic recovery, are we ignoring a greater threat for which there's no clear set of remedies? (AP Images)
The American flag flies at half-staff in the wake of a mining disaster at coal processing plant in West Virginia. Nation contributor Ari Berman explores the coal industry's commitment to sustainability and finds the evidence less than encouraging.
The Hawaii superferry is an environmentally hazardous boondoggle that has drawn the ire of local activists. In March, it ceased operations in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that the project's developers had skirted environmental laws. But according to Jerry Mander and Koohan Paik, the battle isn't over yet. (Marco Garcia/AP Images)
Obama's green team has come through big-time. A ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency reverses Bush administration policy by defining carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions as pollutants that should be limited under the Clean Air Act. Now Congress must follow up with legislation to act on this recommendation.
Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden sends a clear message to Americans to abandon their junk food past and embrace a healthier, more delicious future.
Our planet's future depends largely on the fate of China's nascent wind sector. The Nation's Christian Parenti investigates how China's embrace of renewable energy is evolving.