REI's 'Opt Outside' campaign makes a virtue of shunning Black Friday and hiking instead of shopping. But while outdoor retailers preach sustainability, they still fuel our consuming habits.
Stacks at the Nucor Steel plant – one of the types of manufacturing sites that would be affected by a carbon tax – in front of the Space Needle in Seattle.
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Washington state's plan to create a carbon tax would make it a climate leader, but local environmental groups are fighting it. What gives?
Thousands protest against the proposed expansion of a chemical factory in Ningbo, Oct. 28, 2012.
China has the world's second-largest economy, powered by cheap labor and cheap fossil fuel. But now Chinese urbanites want greener, healthier lifestyles. Can the government deliver them?
While Green Party candidates win elections and make policy in Germany, here the Green Party barely registers. Why? Contrasting electoral systems, and the fact that U.S. Greens run as purists, not as politicians.
Crunchy, and sustainable.
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Humans have eaten insects for centuries, but western diets seem to have lost the taste for them.
Ripe for more regulation?
Our appetite for avocados affects more than just our choice of sandwich filling.
No nukes: a 1979 rally against the construction of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which is slated to shut down by 2025.
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The anti-nuclear movement in the U.S. is at a critical juncture as worries over climate change grow.
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All too often the environment’s advocates are portrayed as outsiders, elitist, out of touch.
The ACF’s major focus this election is shaping up to be the Great Barrier Reef.
The ACF has retreated from an "insider" approach of lobbying politicians for policy change, towards a more grass-roots approach, harnessing community support. And it seems to be working.
The earth is a finite place.
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The global economy is already unsustainable – let alone if it gets bigger.
Sunrise on Angel’s Window, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park.
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Why do Americans revere the Grand Canyon? It taught us to look at nature in a new way, and to respect iconic places by leaving them alone.
Protector in chief: Theodore Roosevelt with conservationist John Muir at Yosemite in 1906.
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Historically, environmental causes enjoyed bipartisan support but gains by NGOs and the emergence of climate change as a social issue have created a sharp political divide.
Is the “end of the world” the best way to understand our ecological woes?
Collapse porn. Apocalyptica. Eco-rapture. A growing genre of environmental writing that sees endless economic growth as the enemy.
All in the same boat? A Oxfam protest outside the Lima 2014 climate talks.
For as long as the United Nations has been holding climate summits, protesters have been gathering outside them to bemoan the rate of progress and call for tougher action.
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Should conservationists 'sell' the value of nature by focusing on the ecosystem services nature provides people? Surveys show this may be the wrong tack.
Hearing it from supporters: attendee at Clinton rally in New Hampshire expresses opposition to Keystone pipeline.
Hillary Clinton's opposition to construction of the Keystone pipeline has little effect in the short term but reflects building "supply side" strategy of environmentalists to limit fossil fuel development.
Outgoing Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo sees the struggles against political repression, poverty and climate change as intrinsically interconnected.
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The international executive director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, explains why he believes the big global challenges cannot be tackled in isolation.
If only we could all get this excited about tackling climate change.
The UK should look to mainland Europe for greener music festivals.
Among certain minority religious communities, there’s a focus on homegrown or locally grown food.
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Yes, environmental racism is still a problem, but recent research shows that minority groups care about protecting the environment because of the positive experiences they've had.
Business, environmental, trade union and social groups all see advantages in looking beyond high-emission industries such as coal-fired power.
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The Australian Climate Roundtable unites business, environmental and social groups in calling for a strong climate policy. This unprecedented show of unity might even break down Canberra's climate stalemate.