Humans have burned 420 billion tonnes of carbon since the start of the industrial revolution. Half of it is still in the atmosphere.
Global warming and carbon emissions, left unchecked, could cause rising sea levels and displace almost 200 million people. But we can still prevent the worst case scenario if we act now.
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Other EU members don't want a neighbour that ignores air quality standards.
Research has shed new light on whether we prefer policies that would benefit ourselves or our descendants.
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An eco-friendly EU withdrawal is still possible.
In Switzerland, specific and often costly environmental policies are put to test through direct democracy.
EPA personnel collect water samples along the Louisiana coast after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to decimate the Environmental Protection Agency. But a political scientist predicts that while EPA will face budget cuts, the agency isn't going anywhere.
Ecological sustainability is at the core of Australia’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's proposed changes to Australia's national environment act will significantly reduce judicial oversight on environmental decisions. Here's why that matters.
A mandatory plastic bag charge has been a huge success across the UK.
The 5p plastic bag charge is making society more eco-friendly than ever before.
Indoor marijuana farms are becoming one of the most energy-intensive industries in the United States.
As more states legalize marijuana, growing pot indoors is consuming massive quantities of energy. Rules for this new industry should include requirements to use clean power or pay carbon fees.
GM protest in Montpellier.
When the GM crop debate is confined to the human risks, it limits who can participate in the decision making and privileges scientists.
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All too often the environment’s advocates are portrayed as outsiders, elitist, out of touch.
Ready for recycling? These cans are – thanks to the EU’s Waste Directive.
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From recycling to air pollution, eco-friendly European laws have a big impact.
Factory smokestacks, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Do environmental regulations help or hurt the economy? Ask the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates and you'll get starkly different views.
Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, protected as the world’s first national park in 1872. But how do we best protect nature in the future?
You can't simply 'value' nature as though it were a commodity able to be bought and sold.
An environmental activist named David Cameron hugs a husky in Svalbard, 2006.
Summer budget signals a return to the unsustainable ways of the past.
Environmental groups should get involved in politics.
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From the perspective of conservation scientists, the government’s inquiry into the tax-deductible status of environmental groups is a bad idea wrapped in naïveté.
Where do clean water rules begin and end?
The EPA is seeking to clarify the reach of the landmark Clean Water Act to cover tributaries, yet people in agriculture and homeowners worry it will lead to onerous permitting.
The Franklin River which would prove to be Fraser’s environmental undoing.
Malcolm Fraser may be remembered for his failure to intervene in the Franklin Dam campaign, but he otherwise led a government distinguished for its environmental action.
All public decision-making depends on ethical values, even if that’s disguised.
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However they’re spun, environmental concerns are never far from the headlines – and coordinated global marches on the weekend attest to the public’s interest in this area. Whenever we’ve made contributions…