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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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By David Wilcove / On November 20th, 2008

A reporter recently called me, asking what changes in environmental policy I hoped to see in an Obama Administration. I immediately thought of the specific issues that have troubled me over the past eight years: unregulated oil and gas exploration in the...

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By Ann Vileisis / On November 19th, 2008

In the months leading up to the election, food activists (see the video by The White House Organic Farm Project, a.k.a. below) have been salivating over the...

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By Jonathan Isham / On November 18th, 2008

So what next for climate activists swept up in ‘Yes, we can!' mania?  Perhaps we first must acknowledge how hard this is going to be.  As a friend wrote to me in reaction to last week's blog post...

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By Frank Ackerman / On November 18th, 2008

My favorite quote from the recent campaign was the statement in Obama's acceptance speech at the convention in Denver. Speaking about the United States, he said, "We are better than these last eight years."

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By Peter Newman / On November 12th, 2008

The financial crash is developing a whole industry of responses that can tell us where we went wrong and what we must do to make our future more resilient, especially in our cities where so much of the crash is hurting. Finance and economics dominate...

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By Ann Vileisis / On November 11th, 2008

November 4, 2008 will be best remembered for the historic election of Barack Obama, but it was also a day when Californians voted their gut and their appetite.

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By Elizabeth Grossman / On November 10th, 2008

On November 4, from the White House to state houses and the unsung offices of Soil & Water Conservation and Public Utility Districts, American voters elected what is likely an...

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By Heather M. Boyer / On November 10th, 2008

"The year 2008 marked the first time in history that a majority of the world's people lives in cities-a percentage projected to rise to 70 percent by 2050" begins the Rockefeller Foundation publication distributed...