Stories by Brian Merchant

Brian Merchant is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. subscribe to Brian Merchant's feed

Posted on: Jul 27, 2011, Source: TreeHugger

Forcing a vote on a matter that may bind the United States' fate to fossil fuels for decades to come is the most irresponsible aspect of all in this debate.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2011, Source: TreeHugger

Essentially, the environment, endangered species, the sick, and the poor all lose out -- and corporations and the wealthy win.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2011, Source: TreeHugger

It's time to wake up -- climate change is happening here and now, and it's killing our buzz.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2011, Source: TreeHugger

The companies get to skirt the full environmental review Obama promised offshore drilling projects would have to face, and mostly due to political reasons.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

To be blunt: It's not going to be good. At all. Besides a few silver linings here and there, the results paint a pretty grim outlook.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

Yet another reason to examine the habits and environs we've grown accustomed to -- and some would say, oblivious to -- over the years.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

An ad campaign in the city urging New Yorkers to drink from the tap cost $700,000. So why is the city still spending $1.2 on bottled water a year?

Posted on: Jul 2, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

A group of scientists have gathered some invaluable evidence in the quest to predict which people will live to be older than 100.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

The Gulf crisis has been made worse by the fact that BP's CEO Tony Hayward has been spewing tone-deaf gaffes about as fast as the Deepwater Horizon site has spewed oil.

Posted on: May 6, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

The germ of genuine policy and action can be planted during the course of such a disaster -- has it?

Posted on: May 3, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

Environmentalists probably blew up the oil rig (courtesy of Rush Limbaugh) and other idiotic conservative ideas.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

This is huge news, as one study has shown that the United States could meet every last kilowatt of its power demands if offshore wind was properly utilized.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

There are oh so many ways to pollute your body with American fast food. Here's the top five.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

What does the classified paper reveal about US plans for brokering a climate agreement on the international stage?

Posted on: Apr 6, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

How does one of the most massive bodies of water in the world vanish?

Posted on: Mar 31, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

Obama has unveiled his offshore drilling plans, and to the eyes of the environmentally conscious, it ain't pretty.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

But the EPA will indeed commence regulation in 2011. The delay is intended to give businesses more time to prepare their carbon reduction strategies.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

Sanaa is home to 2 million people, and is growing fast -- but experts say that if trends continue, it could be a ghost town in 20 years.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

What are the culprits? Overgrazing, extracting too much water from aquifers, rerouting of water from its natural sources to population centers, and a warming climate.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

It appears that the Chinese government has been saying they were cleaning up water sources when in fact the pollution levels were rising.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2010, Source: Planet Green

Around the country, chemists have discovered that fish in the water downstream from water treatment plants absorb chemicals found in antidepressant drugs into their bodies.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

And this despite the fact that such bagged salads often display claims of 'prewashed' or 'triple-washed' and attract customers who consider them cleaner and safer.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

For the time being, it looks like the so-called 'global climate accord' is a piecemeal agreement of stitched-together promises and voluntary pledges.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

Scott Brown's ascension may indeed have severe implications for the Democratic agenda -- including a climate change and energy bill.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

A new report finds that Chinese farmers used a stunning 40 percent more fertilizer than necessary.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

Radon kills more people every year than drunk driving, fires, and carbon monoxide. It's also the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2010, Source: Planet Green

That's a long ways -- nearly a quarter of the entire length of the United States.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

The reasons to not eat at fast food restaurants just keep on piling up.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2009, Source: TreeHugger

The status of the Senate clean energy reform bill may have fallen a bit out of focus as of late. But it's still very much alive -- and doing rather well, actually.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2009, Source: TreeHugger

Her book is hardly out the gates, and it's already facing a torrent of criticism from mainstream news sources for including various untruths and flat out lies.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2009, Source: TreeHugger

Millions of people get their drinking water from rivers and lakes polluted by the coal industry.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2009, Source: TreeHugger

He's never taken food stamps or other government assistance, and despite what his lifestyle may lead you to believe, he's certainly not crazy.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2009, Source: TreeHugger

Here's a first look at its pros and cons, how it's different from the climate bill that passed the House, and what to expect next.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2009, Source: TreeHugger

A report today in Bloomberg that reveals -- gasp -- that the climate bill will do exactly what it's supposed to do.