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By Royal Gardner / On September 6th, 2013

The concept of “no net loss” of wetlands, first officially endorsed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1990, continues to spread across the globe. The latest example is Taiwan’s national Wetland...

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By Admin / On July 15th, 2013

Lester Brown of The Observer and Preside of the Earth Policy Institute explores the future of agriculture as our dependence on water hits its peak.  Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is...

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By Admin / On July 9th, 2013

Sarah LeRoy of the Southwest Climate Change Network weighs in on the rising temperatures and their impact on current energy systems. 

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By Admin / On June 21st, 2013

Here's another important book to add to your summer reading list: Unquenchable by Robert Glennon. Named a "Top Ten Environmental Book of 2009" by Mother Nature...

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By Admin / On January 21st, 2013

  Well, it's officially President Obama's second term in office. And with his commitment to addressing climate change, we have compiled a list (in no particular order) of ten books...

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By Admin / On October 19th, 2012

This week’s selection is from Wade Davis’ brand-new book, River Notes. Here's what author...

By Jason Leppig / On May 7th, 2012

Island Press authors Peter Gleick and Robert Glennon lend their expertise to this new movie about our most...

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By Dominick A. DellaSala / On August 30th, 2011

Canada’s growing interest in exporting some of the dirtiest crude oil in the world is a threat to not only North America’s wildlife but also a rational energy policy and a stable atmosphere. NASA and climate scientist James Hansen called this project a...

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By Dominick A. DellaSala / On February 2nd, 2011

The next time you turn on the tap, chances are the water came from a local National Forest. National Forests provide drinking water for about 60 million Americans nationwide and about 15 percent of the nation’s freshwater runoff. This clean water is...