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Environmental Issues

Environmental Issues news and analysis from The Nation

  • February 23, 2006

    Quail in War and Peace

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

    Alexander Cockburn

  • February 14, 2006

    Political Science

    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.

    Bryan Farrell

  • February 9, 2006

    Who Killed the Miners?

    Recent mining disasters demonstrate that the Bush Administration should be called to account for replacing federal mine regulators, who were identifying hazards and meeting requirements, with industry-friendly stand-ins.

    Erik Reece

  • January 19, 2006

    Coming Clean and Green

    Rein in political and business interests that degrade the environment; pass the Apollo Energy Act to provide incentives for clean technology.

    Raul Grijalva

  • January 11, 2006

    Green Power

    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.

    Mark Hertsgaard

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  • January 4, 2006

    The Geopolitics of Natural Gas

    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.

    Michael T. Klare

  • January 4, 2006

    A ‘Top Ten’ List of Bold Ideas

    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.

    Gar Alperovitz and Thad Williamson

  • December 15, 2005

    The Wonder and Horror of 2005

    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.

    Rebecca Solnit

  • December 15, 2005

    New Orleans Blues

    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.

    the Editors

  • December 15, 2005

    Apollo Now

    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?

    William Greider