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By Anthony Barnosky / On April 10th, 2009

My extended family tells me they're getting a little depressed about hearing all the bad things that might happen from global warming. So I guess it's time to point out that maybe it's not as bleak as it seems. Here's the good news.

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By Anthony Barnosky / On April 3rd, 2009

I admit it. In my heart of hearts, I'm hoping for the best. Those scenarios of climate change we see splashed across the newspapers and magazines include a wide range of possibilities, and I keep my fingers crossed that we'll end up closer to the best...

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By Anthony Barnosky / On March 25th, 2009

Be afraid (but don't panic).

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By Anthony Barnosky / On March 18th, 2009

When you’re in the middle of a forest fire, trees exploding all around you, smoke burning your lungs, and fireballs dropping from the sky, it’s hard to think about much except getting out of there alive.  That’s kind of where we are with thinking about...

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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 Elizabeth Grossman / On February 19th, 2009

If anyone doubts that the world's environment is in a state - if not of crisis then of grave concern - I suggest attending a major scientific conference. Among the sobering assessments offered at the 2009 annual meeting of the...

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By Jonathan Isham / On December 15th, 2008

Monday Night, at a fine Indian restaurant in the shadow of Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies: after giving...

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By Ann Vileisis / On December 10th, 2008

At climate talks in Poland last week, delegates considered the issue of farm emissions. Globally farm animals generate 18 percent of greenhouse gasses—that's more than cars, planes, and buses. According to The New York Times (...

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By Peter Newman / On December 2nd, 2008

In my first blog post, I suggested that we need to respond to the present economic crash in ways that do not undermine the basic cause of our dysfunctional global urban economy. The issues of peak oil and climate change are exposing the weakness of...

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By Frank Ackerman / On November 24th, 2008

It's no surprise that financial disaster has pushed environmental problems out of the news of late. But it's too bad that they can't get together somehow; the two areas of crisis, and the needed solutions, have a lot in common. The common thread is that...

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