How to keep conservation policies from backfiring in a globally connected world

A worker marks timber logs at a concession area in Sarawak, Malaysia. Rainforest logging in Asia feeds much of the world’s thirst for timber. AP Photo/Vincent Thian For many years environmentalists have urged the public to “think globally, act locally” – meaning, consider the health of the planet, then take action in your own community. […]

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US sanctions on Venezuelan oil could cut the output of refineries at home

Louisiana’s refineries require the kind of oil Venezuela produces to operate properly. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert U.S. sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned oil and gas company, along with some government officials and executives, are intended to put pressure on the government headed by Nicolás Maduro. As the interim director of the Tulane Energy Institute, which tracks energy […]

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What Green New Deal advocates can learn from the 2009 economic stimulus act

Assembling capacitors for electric automobiles at SBE, Inc. in Barre, Vermont, July 16, 2010. SBE received a $9 million stimulus grant to build electric drive components. AP Photo/Toby Talbot Congressional Democrats have introduced a “Green New Deal” proposal that calls for a 10-year national mobilization to curb climate change by shifting the U.S. economy away […]

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How energy efficiency delivers green dividends in red and blue states

Installing smart meters saves energy and creates jobs. AP Photo/Gerry Broome The Green New Deal, a bundle of proposed policies that would combat climate change, create green jobs and address economic inequities, is eliciting the usual partisan debate over what to do about global warming. But one humble and noncontroversial way to reduce carbon pollution […]

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Regenerative agriculture can make farmers stewards of the land again

Rock Hills Ranch in South Dakota uses managed grazing techniques to maintain healthy, diverse plant communities in its pastures. Lars Ploughmann, CC BY-SA For years, “sustainable” has been the buzzword in conversations about agriculture. If farmers and ranchers could slow or stop further damage to land and water, the thinking went, that was good enough. […]

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Why Venezuela’s oil money could keep undermining its economy and democracy

A sculpture of an oil pump held by a human hand stands outside the headquarters of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company. AP Photo/Fernando Llano As political and economic crises threaten to topple Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, political scientists like us are not surprised that he has run into trouble. Instead, we see Venezuela as another example […]

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Bike-friendly cities should be designed for everyone, not just for wealthy white cyclists

This narrow street, lined with parked cars but devoid of people, is both unwelcoming and unsafe for cyclists. Anne Lusk, CC BY-ND Designing for bikes has become a hallmark of forward-looking modern cities worldwide. Bike-friendly city ratings abound, and advocates promote cycling as a way to reduce problems ranging from air pollution to traffic deaths. […]

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