Natural Gas Drilling: Recent Study Makes Headlines

By | May 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm | No comments

Photo by hudsonriverkeeper via flickr Opposition to the natural gas industry is celebrating after a recent study out of Duke University demonstrated that proximity to natural gas drilling increases the risk of methane contamination of in Pennsylvania and New York. Meanwhile,...

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Shark DNA “Zip Codes” May Help Prevent Shark Finning

By | May 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm | No comments

Photo by richard ling via flickr When beginning my education in ecology, one of the first things I learned about was shark finning. This brutal practice of killing sharks for only their fins is common in many Asian countries, but may be halted thanks to genetics. The...

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Hippo Inspires Army of Little Eco-Warriors

By | May 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm | No comments

Denis Thomopoulos of Hippo Works. Photo by Donna Kohut. It is never too early to educate and empower future environmentalists -- and writer, educator, cartoonist, Denis Thomopoulos, is leading the way with his latest creation, Simon Says, “Let’s Stop Climate Change!” ...

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San Francisco’s Green Festival: A Network of Revolutionaries

By | April 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm | One comment

Art by Photo by Donna Kohut. If it is your first time attending the Green Festival in San Francisco, the immersion into a fast-paced marketplace can be a bit overwhelming. But as I discovered, if you just take in a deep breath, go with the flow, and take...

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The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Book Review and Lessons Learned (Part 2)

By | March 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm | One comment

Part 2: Advice From the Book, The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists In the book, the authors identify the 7 most environmentally harmful consumer activities, listed below in the order of greatest...

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The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Book Review and Lessons Learned (Part 1)

By | March 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm | No comments

Part 1 of 2: The Book Many of us are concerned about the condition of our planet, and are conscious of the really big problems facing humanity: global climate change, resource depletion, air and water pollution, for example. It is likely that most of us who are aware of these...

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The Republican Book on $cience

By | March 16, 2011 at 11:13 am | No comments

Since taking over the House, the Republicans have utilized their sway to continue their attack on the environment. Any time you fight to weaken clean air and water standards, carbon (etc.) emissions standards, and make every effort to make the world a less healthy place to...

Posted in: Green Cartoons, Politics, Science

On the Invasion Front: The Pesky Problem of Invasive Species

By | March 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm | No comments

Photo by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory via flickr Globalization has had many obvious, yet controversial benefits. Check your clothing tags, or where your computer was made. It’s likely that at least one of those things wasn’t made in North America....

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Mark Hertsgaard Gives the Youth of Today a New Name: Generation Hot

By | February 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm | No comments

Photo of power plant by Donna Kohut Visualize a world with raging storms, water shortages and a Greenland without its ice. Imagine experiencing a southwestern climate while walking the streets of Chicago. Consider a rain forest that no longer absorbs carbon dioxide, but...

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Stop Talking. Plant Trees.

By | February 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm | No comments

Photo of Felix Finkbeiner by deutsche-welle via flickr A few weeks ago, I posted a blog that advocates for children and young adults to take the lead in the climate change dialogue. I highlighted two particularly extraordinary kids – Eric Loorz and Severn Cullis-Suzuki...

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