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By Admin / On October 30th, 2009

Last year comic actor Ben Stein bamboozled evolutionists with his anti-evolution movie "Expelled!". He hoodwinked evolutionists, even Richard Dawkins, into appearing in a movie that attacked them. Now Kirk Cameron -- Mike Seaver in the 80s sitcom ...

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By Jonathan Isham / On July 17th, 2009

At a recent three-day workshop here in Vermont, I joined a visionary set of leaders, including Mary Evelyn Tucker,...

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By Jonathan Isham / On June 29th, 2009

Today, hundreds of citizens are on the forefront of the climate movement; 20 years ago, in the summer of 1989, the fight against global warming had only two well-known spokespeople: Senator Al Gore and NASA Scientist Jim Hansen.  (Bill McKibben, now at...

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By Holly Doremus / On April 21st, 2009

The western United States is characterized by highly variable and seasonal rainfall patterns. To deal with the constant threat of drought, the West relies on intensively managed water systems. Today, those systems face two challenges that were not...

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By Terry Tamminen / On April 15th, 2009

The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) sounds like a contradiction in terms--conferences are business-like and dull while parties are, well, fun! But COP 15 is actually the formal name of the annual gathering of nations that participate in the UN's...

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By Scott A. Bonar / On March 11th, 2009

I never thought they could dig themselves out of the situation. But they did--and the way they did it is a great lesson for all conservationists who work with people.

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By Jonathan Isham / On February 25th, 2009

In times of great trial, the best politicians strive for Churchillian rhetoric – or better yet, simply quote Churchill.  And in tough times, no quote resounds more than Churchill’s memorable assessment, in late 1942, of the Battle of El Alamein, the...

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By Paul Ehrlich / On December 22nd, 2008

Horrible-and we thought it couldn't get worse when we were in southern Africa six months ago......Paul Ehrlich

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By Robert Engelman / On December 18th, 2008

The government of Vietnam will decide on December 22 whether to penalize parents who have more than two children, reinitiating a coercive population policy it abandoned in 2003. "We are considering an adjustment to our policy appropriate to the...

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